Well, there's another reason: It gets in the way of tracking your enemies.
It seems that a small town here in my neck of the woods has decided to no longer accept cash as payment for city services.
Starting in May, residents no longer will have the option of paying for town services, including public records requests, with cash.Of course, the official reasoning is the safety of the government workers. Yeah. Forget the whole, "for all debts, public and private" printed on our fiat currency -
The Discovery Bay Community Services District board voted this week to ban cash transactions for all services, including water bills and park reservations.
Board members said the new policy will ensure the safety of town clerks and save the district time and money, but some say it is also a response to anonymous requests for public records the town has received. Those requesting records anonymously have been using cash to pay for the cost of copying the documents.So what? What could possibly be wrong with anonymous records requests?
But former director David Piepho, who retired from the board in December, a month after the no-cash policy was introduced, says the change was designed to put an end to anonymous requests, which he believes are inappropriate."Cowardly." "Bad Intentions." "I don't really care for."
"You'll find that a lot of the rules that the CSD deals with are created because of the same four or five antagonists," he said. "They're made because people acted in such a way that a rule needed to be made."
Board member Brian Dawson called the anonymous requests "cowardly" and indicative of "bad intentions."
"It's happenstance that I don't really care for," he said.
Well, Bri, we certainly wouldn't want to offend your sense of self-importance, would we? How dare these mere common citizens want to gather information on your performance and intentions without you knowing who made the requests. You'd think they're all paranoid that you might retaliate against them.
Just like you did with the rule changes. Hmm.
Hey, I guess the former director didn't get the Democrat talking-points memo on non-gun references -
Piepho says he hopes the new policy will make it harder for antagonistic residents to use records requests as a weapon.Ah. We mustn't have antagonistic residents. When they talk back, compare them to snipers, hiding in the shadows. Break out the character assassinations and ad hominen attacks, big time.
"They want to be like snipers and take shots," he said, "but they don't want the spotlight on them."
We're only interested in compliant sheep.
It will be interesting to see how the local residents respond to this slap in the face when the next election rolls around. Baaaaah, baaaaaah?
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