Five Things Dallas County Commissioners Should Have Done Instead of Giving Themselves a Raise

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It's a hard-knock life.
Being a Dallas County Commissioner is tough. You have constituents whining all the time about this and that, you have to read through a lot of boring paperwork, and those chairs around the horseshoe aren't nearly as comfortable as they look. All that for a measly salary of a bit more than $126,000.

Today, commissioners voted to give themselves and every other elected official a four-percent raise. Even with that boost, they will make a paltry $131,873, while poor County Judge Clay Jenkins will get scarcely more than $160,000.

But even as we congratulate our public servants on a well-deserved bonus and marvel at their thrift but just for fun, let's remember that the money could have been used for other, equally deserving things. Like what, you say? That would ultimately be up to the commissioners, but Unfair Park does have a few suggestions:

The John Wiley Price Legal Defense Fund The county has elected official's backs, legally speaking, when they're performing duties within the scope of their office. But what about when one steps into that murky gray area when you're caught with a mountain of cash the FBI says you got by shaking down developers? Or if you're forced from office after forcing underlings to sell raffle tickets to fund your reelection? You're pretty much on your own at that point. Unless, of course, the county were to create an endowment that would help cover the legal fees of wayward officials. Taxpayers would love it.

Electrc Fence For Commissioners Court meetings Earlier this year, County Judge Clay Jenkins ordered barriers to be put in place during Commissioners Court meetings to keep reporters at bay. But the so called "barriers" are just velvet ropes an infant could bypass. If Jenkins is really so serious about maintaining public order, he should erect an electrified fence separating commissioners from the public. After all, if a moderate shock can deter bears, surely it can do the same for reporters.

Silver-plated mosquito bazookas The recent aerial bombardment for West Nile went well, but we've tipped our hands to the parasitic bastard, and they're sure to be ready when the planes return. Bazookas are the perfect ground-based complement to the aerial assault. While the mosquitoes chuckle smugly at the approaching, Duet-laden planes Bam! they're hit with a bazooka blast. The silver is because they're little vampires.

Create a new, completely useless department Call it the Bureau of Institutional Efficiency or something equally official and vague. Staff it with all those civil service employees who are worthless at their jobs but too much of a hassle to fire. It will have no purpose, but pretend that it does. It'll be like the constables, only more so.

The "Make it Rain" Campaign Declare another West Nile emergency and make all those airplanes come back. When the pilots state health officials aren't looking, replace the toxic chemicals with dollar bills. When they ask why you did that, tell them its part of the new "Make it Rain, Dallas!" campaign. When they ask why, tell them it's because the commissioners court said so.

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Just abolish county government and throw these hacks in prison.


Amazingly enough, this is one issue theat they can all agree on.


The ol' City Council reach-around.


Purchase personalized gavels for every commissioner.  That way when folks like JWP begin thinking about ripping the gavel from the County Judge, they can instead pick up their own gavel.


As I was reading the opening paragraphs and clicking on the full article, I thought "they should spend the money on Price's legal def..." and then the page opened. Nice.


The funny thing is, in all seriousness, these ideas are all probably better uses of that money than giving these people raises. 


well, no name calling or gavel grabbing today. business as usual tomorrow i'm sure.

holmantx topcommenter

We've long since passed the time where public servants, elected officials, weren't there for the money and I realize that doesn't stop corruption if salaries were only token however, it is like watching some kind of never-ending reality soap opera run by Jerry Springer.  I'd rather pour hot tar up my nose than hang around one of those meetings.  Constituency is not plural.


Decency, security and liberty alike demand that government officials shall be subjected to the same rules of conduct that are commands to the citizen.  In a government of laws, existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. --Justice Louis D. Brandeis, dissenting, Olmstead v. U.S., 277 U.S. 438 (1928)

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