Let's put two little pieces of information from today's PDN up here, and see if anyone, anyone at all, can see a connection between the two things...
Clallam County will spend a projected $1.2 million in general fund reserves next year to pay for tax breaks and wage increases that Commissioners enacted this year.
And then this...
The three Clallam County Commissioners will consider authorizing warrants for Opportunity Fund grants to the City of Port Angeles, and the Port of Port Angeles, on Tuesday...The Commissioners have previously approved the $1.3 million infrastructure grants twice, but County Treasurer Selinda Barkhuis rejected the warrants because the board did not hold a budget emergency hearing and secure contracts.
(Sidebar discussion first...Does anyone think that Dim King Jim and his Puppet Peach will really "consider authorizing" this? I mean, let's be honest, this was a decision made before the notion was ever known to the public. Everything else has been an after-the-fact sham show. And really...What kind of business/government/individual agrees to give away over a million bucks without having any sort of contract in place? Could anything make it more clear that this is a total and complete scam?)
Anyway...I am well aware that not all pots of government money are created equal, or are interchangeable. A million dollars in one pool of money can't necessarily be moved to another pool of money, at least not without a great deal of work and oversight.
Well, Dim King Jim is willing to do the work, but he really likes to skimp on the oversight, doesn't he? But what good is a scam if the person behind it isn't scum, right?
This is Clallam County we're talking about here. What's more, this is a lot of money we're talking about here. And when money's on the move in Clallam County, you can bet that pudgy, sticky fingers will be busy, busy, busy.
With all these actions, Dim King Jim is doing several things. One, as just stated, is creating opportunities for his pudgy, sticky fingers to get a workout. Another is to give away - no contracts, remember? - over a million dollars of your money, which only creates yet another money pie for creeps and crooks at the City and Port to dip their sticky fingers into.
Then, with the meaningless "tax breaks" he's pushed through, Dim King Jim can play up to the anti-tax crowd on the far-right. It doesn't matter that the tax breaks essentially mean less than nothing to the general public, and simply cost the County money. Because that's the point, actually. Kiss ass to the far-right and cut the government they seem to hate so much.
And the restoration of a full 40 hour workweek for County employees doesn't really mean that much to said employees when you really crunch the numbers. But it does allow Dim King Jim to publically play nice with the unions, and those on the opposite end of the political spectrum from his far-right base.
In other words, all this activity is for the sole purpose of creating opportunities and illusions that are really only meant to serve one person: Dim King Jim.
Favors are being dispensed. Pockets are being lined. Dim King Jim's ambitions are not sated. Look for him to move further up the food chain, in search of new, bigger pies to dip his pudgy, sticky, filthy fingers into. People will pay, and people will be hurt. And Dim King Jim, greedy sociopath, will just laugh all the way to the bank.