The official history of Groundhog Day can be found here and starts out like this:
Groundhog Day, February 2nd, is a popular tradition in the United States. It is also a legend that traverses centuries, its origins clouded in the mists of time with ethnic cultures and animals awakening on specific dates. Myths such as this tie our present to the distant past when nature did, indeed, influence our lives.
It is the day that the Groundhog comes out of his hole after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow.
If he sees it, he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his hole.
If the day is cloudy and, hence, shadowless, he takes it as a sign of spring and stays above ground.
Unlike the famous American Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, the Groundhogs on the Orange County Board of Supervisors are still hibernating in their little holes. They have not poked their little heads out from behind their office doors to see, that because of their wasteful ways, they are causing far worse than six weeks of bad weather for the County.
They will not come out of their holes to discuss the dozens of suggestions for cost savings that county workers have provided them. They stubbornly cling to the false justification of security necessity for their lobby remodel; moving forward while laying off hundreds ofÂ workers.
The Groundhogs of the Board will not venture out to see that they must lead and chop at the topÂ by eliminatingÂ the frivolous perks they dole out to themselves andÂ their Executive Managers. Nero fiddled while Rome burned and the Board sleeps while theÂ Orange County budget collapses.
Check their agenda for yourselves. While Chairhog Bates said On January 13th that they couldn’t discuss cost savings suggestions because they were not on the “Agenda;” she has yet to place any suchÂ discussion on the agenda, excluding laying off additional workers.
Happy Groundhog Day!