Greenhut just cracks me up. Here he goes again with his jibber-jabber nonsense about the Orange County Human Relations Commission
Totalitarian quote of the day
Debate continues over whether to continue funding for the Orange County Human Relations Commission, even though the associated Human Relations Council does just fine with private donations, with former Register Editorial Writer John Seiler, OCBlog’s Jubal and moi arguing for an end to funding.Here is a hilarious, totalitarian defense of this totalitarian agency from theLiberalOC: “The Orange County Human Relations Commission fosters community understanding, communication, and partnership. There is no greater role that government can serve than to support such enhancement of our commmunities.”
Really? There is no greater role for government than to manage our private affairs? Here are some good reasons to cut funding:
1. The HRC has operated as speech police, and has inserted itself into local politics as a way to push its leader’s left-wing political agenda. Tax dollars should not be used to undermine free speech through intimidation or to advance a political agenda.
Sorry to burst your bubble Steven, but the Human Relations Commission has no authority or power to act as “Speech Police.” The “Agenda” is set by th Human Relations Commission whose members are appointed by the Board of Supervisors. The mission, or what you call “Agenda,” is set and supported by the Board of Supervisors not by the Executive Director as you suggest.
2. The HRC is Nanny Government and Thought Police rolled into one. The group assumes that we are all hate-mongers without its staff’s policing of our behavior and thoughts.
Wasn’t that your answer for point #1? Contrary to your claim, the HRC does not police thought, nor is it nanny government. The HRC simply helps the diverse communities of Orange County resolve their differences in productive ways. such an efort promots and supports the general welfare of our society. Without a doubt, this is the type of stuff government should be involved in.
3. The HRC promotes Balkanization and division by exploiting small differences to advance its agenda. The more “hate,” the more need for the group.
First, the term Balkanization does not in any way describe the efforts or the results of the HRC programs. Balkanization is the division of communities along racal, ethnis, or religious lines. HRC works to bring communities together through dialogue that facilitates mutual understanding and resulting in the reduction of community tension.
4. The board has become a source of self-enrichment for staff, which is paid up to $131K a year.
Steven, using “facts” from Matt Cunningham can sometimes be a dangerous thing. No one on the Commission staff makes $131,000 a year. In fact the top of the range for Executive Director Kennedy is tens of thousands of dollars less. The wages and salaries of the Executive Director and Commission staff fall under the administrative structure of the Housing and Community Developmant department, not the HRC.
Steven, I get it, you do not see any value in promoting harmony and understanding among our diverse communities of Orange County.Ã‚Â That does not mean that the Commission should not be funded, nor does it mean that the work of the commission is not a legitimate function of government.Ã‚Â Fortunately, there are private supporters of the Human Relations Commisson missionÃ‚Â who leverage the the modest support provided by the County into more than $1.5 million in funded programs offered by the Human Relations Council in support of that mission.