-A man fainted yesterday while standing in line at the Jefferson County Courthouse, and there are eyewitness reports that another man did the same last week after standing in line for four hours.
This comes after a sobering New York Times report over the weekend that states the grim obvious: Jefferson County and its people may never fully recover from its bankruptcy.
But hey y’all, at least Scott Beason stood on the broad, make-believe bullshit principle of not letting y’all have revenue to stave off bankruptcy and keep municipal services somewhat decent so he can brag about fighting against taxes in his failed run for Congress.
And I’m sure folks like this elderly gentleman who fainted yesterday understand why they had to make that sacrifice.
-In completely unrelated news, a Senate panel actually believes that Jefferson County may need revenue to do its job.
-Speaking of government cutbacks:
Most new Alabama governors appoint a task force to write a report on streamlining state government and then let it collect dust. Gov. Robert Bentley and legislative leaders say they are determined not to let that happen.
Governor Riley’s report? Currently being used as a doorstop by the Mississippi Indian Gambling Overlords that exist in Bill Johnson’s head.
Don Siegelman’s? His advisers folded hundreds used to bribe their way out of speeding tickets in between the pages and handed them to State Troopers to be discreet.
Fob James ate his.
Bentley has already targeted some programs in the executive branch, including one of his own Cabinet members, for merger and says there will be more.
“Streamlining government will save money. If one agency duplicates the services of another agency, we will merge those agencies. We will look for excess and cut it out,” Bentley said.