Today's Mitchell Daily Republic has coverage on those who oppose a City Manager style of government. This will be voted on by the city June 7. Mel Olson, former Democratic state legislator and current Mitchel City Councilman, is one who opposes the idea:
Olson said he is surprised that so many people with conservative political beliefs are leading the charge for a city manager. The committee that proposed the idea included Dusty Johnson, who is Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s chief of staff, and Vehle, a Republican lawmaker.
“It’s just amazing to me as a Democrat that all these Republicans are advocating this,” he said. “I’m almost speechless at this.”
Steve Sibson, who has long been an observer and commentator on local, state and federal government, is another opponent of adding a city manager.
Olson goes on to expose some of the big government plans that the proponents seek to implement with an unelected executive-controlled city government:
Olson said he has heard people speak of “huge visionary projects” that a city manager could spur into reality.
But he said there are already discussions of adding an Olympic-size swimming pool, a community center and a new multi-million-dollar Corn Palace. Making such proposals a reality doesn’t depend on a city manager, he said.
Olson, a former legislator, said he is surprised by people who call for hiring another city employee to guide the future of Mitchell.
“I just don’t think government is the font of all wisdom,” he said. “I just don’t get it.”
Perhaps Mel will gain more understanding by reading through some research I recently provided him. My research makes it clear that the overall plan, once referred to as Metro 1313, is being brought in from the Council of State Governments (CSG) by Senator Mike Vehle. The primary purpose of the CSG is to elimate state sovereignty. Their City Charter removes cities from the state constitution so that they become controlled by "federal districts". This is called regionalization, which is a precursor to internatlonal control of all areas of the globe. Sounds like something Obama would be for, but in South Dakota it is being implemented by Republicans. The guise is "economic development", which is really an agenda controlled by the domestic arm of the Council on Foreign Relations, an organization created by the British Round Tables. Their goal is to regain control of the North American colonies they lost during the American Revolution.
Remember Governors Rounds saying we need to be a part of a "global economy":
Students must graduate with skills that allow them to think critically, solve problems, communicate, be leaders and use computers and other technology, Rounds said. Such skills are needed so South Dakota businesses can hire qualified workers to compete in the global economy, he said.If South Dakota's schools cannot provide graduates with those skills, companies will move jobs to other locations around the world, Rounds said. Training in those skills will be integrated into existing courses such as math, science and language."If we start now teaching these critical skills, we have a better chance of being economically successful within our state," Rounds said.South Dakota students are getting a quality education in basic skills, the governor said."We want to make darn sure that that quality education is responding to the needs of a business environment that is changing with the move to a knowledge-based economy, with the competition coming not just from surrounding states but from individuals who live around the world," Rounds said.South Dakota is the fifth state to join the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, an organization that includes major corporations and education groups. Its members include Apple, Cisco Systems, Ford Motor Co., Microsoft Corp., Texas Instruments and Verizon.
“South Dakota’s schools are already doing a good job,” said Daugaard. “But we can always strive to do better. I will lead the charge to strengthen our science, technology, engineering and math education. This will give our students a solid foundation to compete in a global economy.”
We are just human capital in the eyes of the corporate elite. Education is not education. It is free job training for the global capitalists. And this is the exact opposite of a "competitive free market" economic system. Don't be deceived by Republicans who say they are in favor of capitalism. It is not the limited government brand they are talking about.
And now we can better understand why Dusty Johnson is the Governor's Chief of Staff and proponent of the City Manager for Mitchell. As I stated before, he is a faux conservative. And more and more true limited government conservatives are slowing finding this out.