Philadelphia Daily News journalist Chris Brennan reported that the Tea Party and a clergy-led group, We the People of Philadelphia Committee, are seeking to rewrite the city charter. They feel that it needs to be re-written due to significant problems that are currently plaguing the city such as increasing property taxes and the failures of the Philadelphia School District as well as the infamous DROP program.
The city charter, also known as the Home Rule Charter, can enact anything as long as it doesn’t violate state law. It was passed by the voters in 1951. Through this charter, a politician cannot run for another office without first resigning from the office that they currently hold. Another tidbit is the role of the Managing Director, who is appointed by the mayor, and supervises those departments that provide services to the residents such as the police department, water department and the fire department among others.
So here come the Republicans riding in on their white ostriches to save the poor simple people of Philly. They have aligned themselves with a group that has had no press outside of this maneuver nor do they have a website where people can go and look at their core beliefs.
This group also goes on to say that they have 1/3 of the 20,000 signatures needed to put the question on the ballot. That’s like 6,666 signatures, give or take a couple. You wouldn’t think that there are that many register voters who are Republicans in an overwhelmingly Democratic city. You can bet real money that someone is going to make sure that every single one of those signatures is legit.
According to the article, they didn’t say exactly what they wanted to do if they could get the charter revised. The Tea Party likes to feel that they need to come in and save people from themselves; that they know what’s best for everyone. Apparently they haven’t been reading the newspaper lately. The Tea Party politicians aren’t doing so well in Washington these days.
There’s a big difference between putting something on a ballot and getting it passed. This wouldn’t be the charter’s first time at the dance. Its been here twice before. The voters didn’t pass the previous attempts. Philadelphians don’t cater to outsiders coming in with their new fangled ideas. That would be like Alabama passing a bill for same sex marriages.