Sunday, June 27, 2010

The LuLac Edition #1220, June 27th, 2010



The recent firing of Deputy Pronthonotary Bob Sypniewski points to the insanity that is the Luzerne County Courthouse. If you ever want to escape from the real world, drop in to the building on River Street. In the real world of employment, people are usually given warnings regarding an infraction or a violation of company policy. First there are verbal, then a few written and then termination. Unless the action by the fired employee is so egregious those are the usual steps….in the real world. But the Courthouse is not the real world as we have become painfully aware. Sypniewski was told to take a week’s vacation. He thought everything was fine and was shocked at his termination. Your boss tells you to take a few days off and then you get fired? Sounds like the boss had an agenda already in place. Sounds like the boss didn’t have the courage to face the employee. Sounds like the reforming, crusading boss lost her nerve. I do not know why Sypniewski was fired because it is a personnel issue. But the arbitrary nature of it harkens us back to a pattern of behavior that the Prothonotary exhibited in years past. Those actions brought us Jill Moran. I met Mr. Sypniewski a few times, the most recent in April when he was getting a coffee at the Dunkin’ Donuts. He was wildly enthusiastic about his boss and his job. He was proud to be on the reform side of things. Just having had a baby, he told me that he was proud that her future wouldn’t include questionable policies and decisions of local government. Again, I have no details as to why this happened. Except that it was very sudden. It’s ironic that the newcomer got the boot very quickly while some holdovers are still hanging on. I’ve always felt that Medico Olenginski had the best interests of the people at heart. But the fact that she or any other row officer can dispatch someone without warning (and if there were prior warnings on this I don't know) is not the way private business does things. Actions like this lead me to the conclusion that home rule and a unified policy for personnel can’t come fast enough.


If you are still unemployed, (and by the grace of God I am not) thanks to the GOP Senators, you’re screwed. These great Americans refused to grant extensions for benefits for the unemployed as well as getting rid of the Cobra stimulus subsidy for health care. The Senators are all of a sudden worried about the burgeoning deficit. They can spend 30 billion on bombs but not money for the unemployed to keep food on the table and pay the rent. What a bunch of heartless phonies. These are the same guys that ran up the deficit sending thousands of young men and women into Iraq for assassination by road side bombs. These are the same guys who gave tax breaks to the rich that drove up the deficit. These are the same guys that enriched multi national companies like Haliburton with our tax dollars. I’m all for saving money but I find it interesting that the GOP wants to save tax money on the backs of the very least among us. There is an urban legend out there that people are enjoying unemployment. The right is saying that the laid off workers are calling it “funemployment”. I never, ever met one person like that in the time I was laid off from BCNEPA. The GOP has done its best to demonize the policies of the Democrats. I’m tired of being civil to these bastards. It is time for people adversely effected by these self righteous Republican scum bags to fight back. All of my life I’ve given votes to members of both parties. I think I’ve mentioned here that I have voted for more Republicans than I have Democrats statewide and even voted for a few Republicans for President. NO MORE!! If the Democrats ran a chimp for Statewide office against a Republican, Zippy would get my vote. I’d really like to vote for Tom Corbett for Governor. But I can’t. Because moderate guys like him and Charlie Christ of Florida have to kiss the butts of the GOP naysayers. Next time you hear of a friend having to pay $500 month for a Cobra plan (and that’s an individual) or going without health care, or next time you hear of someone having no money at all and losing whatever income they had, thank the National GOP. They’re worried about the deficit. They’re worried about our future. Sorry, they are wrong. I don’t want to sound like my buddy Bible Buck from Jenkins Township, but "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." Matthew 25:31-46. The party of the Christian Family Values my ass!!! Maybe the national GOP Chairman Michael Steele should put that on the side of his private jet next time he visits a strip club.


Here’s what he said,
“Because of the longevity of the recession, these are people -- and they are not minorities, and they’re not defective, and they’re not all the things you like to insinuate that these programs are about. These are average, good American people. Most of them have been veterans who served, responsible, have worked all their lives, but they’re not full of money. They live pay check to pay check and they always will because they are in the lower margins of our society.”
Whether we want to admit it or not, minorities and people who have had lesser abilities have been ignored by the Republican party. If not for the courageous actions of moderate Republicans and Liberal Democrats, minorities would still be using separate restrooms in this country. The word “defective” was unfortunate but not far off the mark. Social programs are put in place for people who need help. Take it from me, once you lose your mobility, you do become defective. You’re broken but not a lost cause. Kanjorski is talking about those average Americans who have done the right thing. They’ve never gotten into trouble, always paid their taxes, volunteered to make their community better and kept their neighborhoods clean. They aren’t the druggies coming in from Philadelphia and shacking up with a woman so they could use her Section 8 Housing as a drug base. They aren’t the people renting a place and then skipping town in the middle of the night. These are the forgotten Americans. The Americans that are losing their extended unemployment benefits because through no fault of their own they can’t find work. These are the Americans losing their health care because it costs too much. These are the people that are living on the edge. Invest a little something for a rainy day? These Americans live an economic storm every single day. Kanjorski might have been a tad clumsy in his wording but his heart and actions are in the right place. Kanjorski, by using the word minority pointed out that we are slipping behind for all of our people. The people in the middle. Imagine if you were a minority and had a chance at the economic brass ring and that’s pulled back. Imagine if you worked hard all your life and now can’t even pay the light bill on time. Imagine being told by a Tea Party crowd that “my taxes are being wasted on you. Pull yourself up by your bootstraps. This is America”. This is not the America those people Kanjorski talks about invested in through sacrifice and hard work. This is an America of “I got mine”, “you don’t have yours? Screw you”. Instead of jumping on the words “defective”, maybe the GOP so worried about saving money should look in the mirror and realize they are attacking friends, neighbors and most crass of all, voters”. But the GOP nationally as we know it today will surely see the reflection of a penurious Mr. Potter or Scrooge instead of the compassionate person they frequently emulate, Lincoln.


At 10:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good, good commentary. The passion is back on LuLac!!!

At 8:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being a staunch Republican, this really pisses me off about the unemployment comp. being extended. I never thought I'd be of this opinion, but these bastards have now gone too far! For Christ sake, you think all those poor bastards out there WANTED to lose their jobs? Maybe if our great leaders did their damn jobs correctly in the past, our economy wouldn't be in the crapper as bad as it is now. I'm really tempted to switch parties, but I cannot being myself around to becoming a Democrat, and if I switch to an Independent, they'll strip away my rights to vote. What's a fella to do???

At 10:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good points, especially about the worry about running up the deficit. If Congress would stop doing the lobbyists' bidding, there would be plenty of money for social programs that would help tide folks over until better times reappear. The nixing of the unemployment benefit extension was the far side of TOO MUCH!

At 1:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Medico is another crazy person in the dome. Most of the local dems are crooked and dirty and u cant vote republican because all the republicans are freaking nuts. I remember reading a story in the Times Republican oh sorry i meen times leader about how great Medico was give me a break another power hungry politician. Here is someone young and enthusiastic and she gets rid of him. This area is a zest pool and no one wants to relenquish any power or help anyone out. Just look at the people Kanjo has working for him. None of them want to help out the young college educated kids they just want to keep on taking for themeselves. All the trouble at the dome I cant wait for homerule.

At 8:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a leap! Don't even know where to start.
It is the person, the employer, the politician.
My personal experience and awareness leads me to believe that NO party has the corner on anything - ANYTHING.

Yes, I've been unemployed, underemployed, screwed by a union, a corporation, local, state and federal legislators. Found solace in family and church, regrouped every time.

Sometimes I missed "the signs" and sometimes was deceived.

You do a disservice by pointing fingers and not participating in authentic solutions.

No person or party has your answer.

School's out - grow up time.

At 12:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonki, here's the problem with the Dems. They don't communiccate enough what they do for the average guy. What frosts my ass is these right wingers who support clowns like Bush 43. They went to school for virtually nothing in the 70s on Pell grants, got fat and happy and forgot where they came from. But the worst are those who have no pot to pee in, get constantly screwed by Republican policies but still support the GOP. And while I'm at it, how about those poor Pro Life slobs that vote Republican every year because the GOP cares about all life. Roe Vs Wade been overturned? Nope. The national GOP has been paying you lip service since Reagan. They take your sorry ass endorsements, tut tut over your pictures of unborn fetuses and then laugh behind your back.

At 9:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

and the dems are getting us jobs!? They are screwing the coal region over and over and they still get voted in...for minimum rage jobs at a phone center. Wake up, they keep making it harder and harder hire people. Look at how they are screwing the folks in LA. It seems like a National Lampoon movie.

At 11:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Republicans support school choice. School choice gives minority children the chance to leave a failing public school snd go to a private school where they will get a good education. Conservatives want to balance the budget so minority children anre not burdened with debt.

In regards to your comment "If not for the courageous actions of moderate Republicans and Liberal Democrats, minorities would still be using separate restrooms in this country".

People would rather have a JOB that collect unemployment.

Lyndon Johnson needed REPUBLICAN votes to get the 1965 Civil Rights Act passed. The DEMOCRATS voted AGAINST. Mr. Yonki, please get your facts straight. You are just like Nancy Kman and Kevin Lynn, you talk out of your ass.

At 11:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks. We seem to be forgetting this stuff - or it's not getting taught.


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