Thursday, January 6, 2011

The "Stuck On Stupid" Dictionary #26

I know that it has been far too long since proper additions to this reference tome have been made, but it appears that the humble scribbler in charge of such work is once again suffering from bouts of criminal laziness. The staff at Just Blowing Smoke continues to occasionally beat the wretch, and this does seem to reap positive results from time to time. 

Now for those of you who have somehow managed to miss previous postings in this area (shame on you, now go back and read all of the postings under the title of dictionary), the SOS dictionary is a reference guide to terms which nominally mean something to the rest of the English speaking world, but appear to mean something entirely different to those us understand the vernacular of Toledo and Northwest Ohio. 

1. Not being able to see beyond your short-term desires to your long-term needs. 
2. Creating a city-run Sanitation Department with workers whose jobs and pension pick ups are guaranteed by contract; meaning that as long as they pay their share, whether they continue to work for the city or not, the taxpayers are still on the hook. 
3. Spending millions of capital expense dollars for new trash cans and trucks for a city Sanitation Department in a ludicrous and contrary effort to save money, rather than looking for bids to privatize the service in order to actually do so. 
4. Having purchased said trash cans and trucks, seeking to now turn the responsibilities of this department over to the county government (a proven fountain of fiscal responsibility). The theory being that allowing this larger government entity to save the money that you previously refused to will somehow not only save you the money, but from your prior errors of misjudgment as well.

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