Hey Doug, be a man and take the blame.
Trenton mayor Doug Palmer should be ashamed of himself for attempting to convince senior citizens yesterday that the massive tax hike was the fault of the small group of residents who fought to prevent the sale of one of the last city assets, the Trenton Water Works' outlying suburban infrastructure. Not only should he be ashamed for attempting to mislead one of society's most vulnerable populations, but he should also be ashamed for not taking the blame for something for which he is clearly responsible. The tax hike is not the fault of those who fought the sale, and I hope logic will prevail, and people will see that it was years and years of wanton spending that brought us to this terrible place. Doug Palmer has the nerve to blame his very own citizens, when he has hired guards and drivers; he wears very expensive suits; has been sued several times (and lost) by his own constituents; has had incredibly wasteful policies over the last 20 years; and has a superfluous, gratuitous, and ego-stroking staff. He has a bigger administration than Newark Mayor Cory Booker has, and Booker runs a city almost 4 times larger than Trenton. Palmer makes a bigger salary than Booker, and does far less, though I suppose it must be very stressful spinning bullshit in his last months in office.
Oh, and he should also be ashamed for not making it clear that the tax increase is just for this tax period, and will go back down.
Plus, how screwed are we if the $80 million we might have made from the sale of the Water Works was our only hope? Totally. That's how screwed we are. Sure, maybe it would have kept our taxes down this year, but then what? We lost our source of revenue; AND with an outside company in charge of our water, our rates would have certainly gone up; AND it will probably take years to dig out of the financial mess that Doug Palmer got us into in the first place. He ran so many good people and businesses out of town, and in their place came drug dealers and losers who don't vote or pay taxes (or often, even their rent!), and yet, are a tremendous burden on our resources.
So when you pay your taxes this quarter, you can thank Doug.