Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Why do so many Miami-Dade elected officials skirt the edge of the law? ... by gimleteye

Here are a few tart observations on the Miami Herald report that Homestead Mayor Steve Bateman is under investigation by the state attorney's office for public corruption -- involving undisclosed compensation from a "non-profit" hospital corporation whose expansion plans depend on taxpayer investment in water infrastructure.

One hand washes the other because in our political atmosphere, anything goes. They do it, because they know there is no consequence. Not even Florida grand jury reports condemning the absence of harsh penalties for public officials who break the law has been able to move the legislature or Gov. Rick Scott. We are exhausted from writing about it ...

In January 2011 we wrote about the, "19th State Grand Jury Report on Public Corruption. The Herald might have tracked back for readers, as we will do here:

"The report illustrates how the rush to privatize government services lead to corruption in Florida. The Grand Jury then urges action. "In order for government to function, the people must have faith in their elected officials. Unfortunately, one only needs to read the newspaper headlines across the State of Florida realize that public corruption is pervasive at all levels of government."

Instead of a hospital branch for children, build a new prison in Homestead for convicted elected officials in Florida without sewage pipes. It would serve the convicted elected officials right, if they had to use buckets for wastewater.

The ultimate responsibility rests in the hands of voters who return incumbents and well known political names to office, one election cycle after another. Now, with shadow SuperPAC's and the American Legislative Exchange Council penetrating to the local levels of government, it seems that even the federal judiciary is complicit in turning government into a pinata for the law skirters.

One does wonder; what kinds of lessons did our elected officials learn from their parents at the family dinner table.

It is time for the US Department of Justice to move on Miami-Dade County public corruption.


Anonymous said...

Electing judges and prosecutors is a disaster. Since few voters can evaluate their performance records, election of these officials often becomes a beauty contest. But to raise money for these pageants, candidates become whores to the moneyed interests and their stooges. As a result we see prosecutors and judicial candidates using the same ballot brokers who are getting busted on the front page of the Herald. And we hear SHAME ON THOSE BALLOT BROKERS!

Anonymous said...

If you can buy politicians you can buy infrastructure is the moral of the story.
Let the taxpayers fund the developers is the way it is. Clearly more oversight is needed, whatever happened to referendums?

Anonymous said...

Referendums are meant to be broken. Just ask the state legislature on Polluter Pays.

Anonymous said...

Steve Bateman seems like a real dirt bag. What made Bateman and his wife think they would not get caught?

Anonymous said...

Tourist county, lack of jobs, and zoning rules that are made of toilet paper all make for corruption. We already know what the lobbyists do in our most popular beach city. Never live in a area that is supported by tourism. Absolute nightmare.

Anonymous said...

To the last comment: I wholeheartedly agree. What a horrible environment to live in. More hotels and more poverty. Hotel owners get rich off the backs of slave labor. No one cares about a good education just a good time. Besides, that, if you provide a good education there won't be a good supply of serfs to fold the tourists' sheets or clean up the messes they make on our Beaches.