The Spectacle Which Is the Caddo Commission
February 17, 2016
It’s too late to write this, but I am going to, so please bear with it.
My oh my oh my, can things at the Caddo Commission get worse? How – goodness gracious, HOW – do we describe it? How do you describe a truly bizzaro, altered reality of some kind functioning as a key governmental body?
Actually, I suppose, it has described itself by its actions. Let us re-cap that description by remembering a few Commission low-lights:
… a now-documented history of two decades in a self-pay scandal no leaders or news media here ever reported. I – a fed-up citizen and taxpayer with help along the way from a few other, mainly out-of-town, souls – did the research, filed the lawsuit, and fight the legal battle (with Whitney Pesnell). My research has been backed only by an out-of-town agency – the Louisiana Legislative Auditor – who was then proudly and loudly dismissed by Commissioners – “just another opinion” said one to the media – and local powers that be.
… the court in that lawsuit, ruling in virtually every possible way for the offending Commissioners, against the interests of the citizens who have been stolen from … for years and years and years, in numerous ways.
… the former Commissioner, now a member of another local government body, who led in the amount of money taken from us in CPERS pay, and has somehow managed to secretly direct key parts of the aforementioned litigation so that person and other Commissioners keep their take.
… the GM plant closure rolling outrage.
… the retribution against citizens and voters when this same watchdog (I) did the research to defeat Commissioners’ tax attempts, twice in less than a year, in 2013 and 2014.
… the phony as hell CPERS “solution” from the new and improved (we are told) Commission … a solution which never so much as mentioned, much less sought to recover, the $300,000 taken from us by most Commissioners … still sitting in their accounts. Not mentioned either is the $50,000 and rising taxpayer money Commissioners are blowing on extra attorneys to preserve their lifted loot.
… the obvious official malfeasance in secretly concocting a plan to score for Commissioners almost 17% taxpayer match rates at times when no match rate of any percentage was ever legal, not for a moment!
… the phony as hell cost-of-living increase “solution” from the new and improved Commission which made no mention whatever that the illegal raises began twenty years ago, and amassed over time what may be untold hundreds of thousands in income for Commissioners. Their plan was boldly designed to be hidden from the public, and was perfectly executed until I took my work public.
… the upcoming phony as hell travel pay “solution” which will make no mention of how the travel goodie is handed to Commissioners without oversight … or taxation as income.
… and now, earlier tonight, the embarrassment of new “President” Matthew Linn trying to take out the Commission administrator in a coup, which would also have ultimately netted Linn a slot on the equally abusive-to-taxpayers Northwest Louisiana Council of Governments. Bossman Linn’s “apology” for his ignorance of the law and damage to the body can be seen here as reported by KTBS Television.
I could go on and on. The list is much longer. What I found in the more-than-two years of research is, classically, the story of a governmental body executing a rolling conspiracy to pay themselves … by defrauding we taxpayers.
Oh, by the way, don’t forget the $50,000,000 (or more? or less? who really knows?) in Haynesville Shale money sitting at the Commission, protected by a “super majority” vote of Commissioners. That money is one way this body gets away with all it does. A lot of “leaders” here want it, which buys the Commission a lot of cover.
If I could have what I want, it would be that honest Caddo residents suddenly see what this body has done to us … how outrageously wrong it is to now – of ALL things! – believe President Linn’s latest lie. He now says that two decades of official malfeasance is being “fixed” by many of those who concocted and executed and participated in it for years.
No political cover-up can in any way alter the facts, ever. I, with the help of those few I mentioned earlier, have at least seen to that. It’s writ large now.
A lot of law-abiding, God-fearing citizens of Caddo Parish have been stomped on, ripped-off and serially lied to by this would-be governmental body … and it continues.
In the Caddo Parish of 2016, just who do we see about that? … the Commission?!
(Elliott Stonecipher is in no way affiliated with any political party, and has long been a registered “Other,” or Independent. He has no client or other relationships which in any way influence his selections of subjects or the content of any article. His work is strictly in the public interest, with no compensation of any kind solicited or accepted. Appropriate credit to Mr. Stonecipher in the sharing – unedited only, please – of his work is appreciated.)