Lou Magazzu is busy doing damage control. He hung his freeholders out to dry, and is now trying to pretend that he has always been reasonable in the debate about the salaries of constitutional officers. Let it be clear that he was never on the right side of this debate until this week, when the self-centered Doug Rainear decided to renege on his sole campaign promise to not take the full “ungodly” salary that is set by statute.
Magazzu Watch at the very beginning advocated that Lou Magazzu and his merry band of freeholders use their position to change the laws. We had a Democrat governor, and a Democrat majority in the house and senate. Jeff Van Drew should have jumped in and fought to bring the salaries back into control of the local government.
Lou refused; adamantly refused. Now he lies and pretends that he always advocated local control. A simple search of the MWatch archives will verify this.
But let’s put aside partisan politics, and approach this issue logically. Fact: the salaries are set by law. Fact: the freeholders are required to uphold the law.
The vote the other day could not have gone otherwise. The freeholder board was required to allow Doug Rainear to collecthis legal salary. It is cut and dry. However, every freeholder that voted in favorof this despicable action by Doug Rainear had a moral obligation to speak out, and to chastise Rainear for breaking a promise, for reneging on an oath.
The problems that we have at MWatch, and the issues that virtually every other citizen in the county have is the betrayal of trust. How can we believe any word that the good reverend Dunkins ever speaks when he blatantly lied during his campaign to be elected, and then stabbed every taxpayer in the back by voting in favor of Doug Rainear’s ungodly salary increase? What Dunkins should have done is to publicly admonish Rainear for being a liar and hypocrite.
Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him
It is clear by Dunkins actions, and by his inaction, that he has forsaken the word of God that he pretends to follow. Apparently he only follows those scriptures that he feels are politically expedient. I would be ashamed to be a member of his church.
Whelan, the moderator of the farce on video, should have spoken up and rebuked Rainear for his callous actions. Rainear’s raise will cost two employees their jobs. Rainear could not care less about the lives he is destroying, he simply wants to pad his pension. Whelan, too, apparently could not care less about the loss of two jobs. After all, he is living on taxpayer money.
Jannarone – again, she ran on the promise to save taxpayers money, and broke it and never once raised the issue that Rainear is a liar, or that he lacks moral integrity. They all quietly colluded to pass this measure which was never even on the agenda. It is clear that they wanted it to pass without the knowledge of the public. Afterwards, they pulled all video of their promises. These are the acts of cowards.
So where do we go from this point? Finally, out of desperation, Lou is doing the right thing in seeking to have the law changed. He should have done this when he had a Democrat controlled state. But, there were too many feeding from the public trough for the law ever to be changed.
We have to ask why the salaries were set by statute in the first place? It was to take politics out of the matter. Lou succeeded in putting politics back in. We need to come up with a fair solution, one that removes politics, and that sets salaries at levels that reflect the actual median income of the region.
One fact that Lou refuses to acknowledge is that only two counties in the state pay their constitutional officers the base salary. Many officers earn as much as $170,000 annually, plus perks. A formula to develop a fair salary based on the actual cost of living in a county needs to be created. The salary must be sufficient to attract competent individuals. Obviously, $75,000 a year is not enough income to attract a competent sheriff, as is proven with the lack of leadership in Cumberland County. Any supposed savings was lost by the need to hire an extra undersheriff because Bob Austino is inept.
A fair and equitable formula advocating a range of salaries for constitutional officers needs to be enacted. Tax savings are possible. Time will tell whether Magazzu pursues this issue, or is using it solely to escape the heat of the fire of public sentiment because of the lies and greed of his freeholders and surrogate.