County Board Like “Animal Farm” – “Some More Equal Than Others”

McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks took another shot at getting rid of health benefits for County Board members.

The campaign was started by Republican primary candidate Dave Stieper in 2014, as you can see from the campaign mailer below:

The gravy train used in David Stieper’s unsuccessful campaign for a District 1 County Board spot on the Republican ballot in 2014. Stieper brought the County Board pension and health benefit issue into the political arena.

When Franks put the issue on last month’s Committee of the Whole agenda without committee approval, Board members killed the issue.

But as with the pig named Napoleon in the book “Animal Farm,” Franks was determined to show the lesser animals who was boss.

He allowed health benefit resolutions, one of which seems to have been written by Franks’ personal assistant former Northwest Herald reporter Kevin Craver, to be place on the agenda of the Administrative Services Committee without the permission of Chairwoman Michele Aavang.

Showing the coordination between Franks and the NWH were two big articles on the resolutions.

During the meeting Aavang said, she “has no control over the agenda.”

This has been an issue in several other instances. 

One was Franks’ refusal to allow the Personnel Committee to consider his improper hiring of two patronage workers shortly after taking office.

Yvonne Bares has similar problems with Franks agenda authoritarianism.

One Committee member questioned how an individual board member could put something on the agenda, that not being allowed per Board Rules.

Yet, Democrats Carlos Acosta and Michael Vijuk pulled it off.

One County Board member said, “I  hope people realize that there is such much more to what is going on here than what they see publicly.  I have always had an issue with bullies and this is no different.  I think some of these issues are discussions that need to be had but using bully tactics to get them passed is not in the best interest of our constituents.”

Pigs ran Animal Farm after the farmer was deposed.

“Animal Farm” is a critique of the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin, “a brutal dictatorship built on a cult of personality,” according to Wikipedia.

As the book concluded,

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”


County Board Like “Animal Farm” – “Some More Equal Than Others” — 10 Comments

  1. George Orwell, the author of Animal Farm, was a socialist himself, but he was not a tankie.

  2. “In practice nobody cares whether work is useful or useless, productive or parasitic; the sole thing demanded is that it shall be profitable.”

    G. Orwell

  3. “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

    G. Orwell

  4. Orwell may have been a traditional democratic socialist but he saw what would happen if the authoritarian fascist socialists achieved too much power.

    1984 came a few years after Animal Farm, and the world was a fast-changing place after World War II.

    He outwardly opposed totalitarianism.

    Like all socialists, they share a pipe dream that there are some types that work and some that don’t work.

    It’s difficult to determine what really went through his mind when he wrote these things.

    We need to be careful with how we define his “democratic socialism” because that definition has been perverted.

    Even today the leftists are trying to change the way they “identify” political alignment as quickly as they personally “identify” with something like a gender.

    It’s constantly an attempt to rewrite what’s real and what’s not in order to manipulate.

    Even communist Bill de Blasio changed his name twice in his adult life because he wanted to identify as someone else.

  5. NYPD union vows to ‘take back the city from criminals’ and slams de Blasio for his soft touch on crime after 17 people were shot in a single day

  6. How about Chuck Wheeler?

    He sells insurance, yet loves the gold plated healthcare the county toad members get.

    You can’t buy a plan that good on the private market!

    Wheeler is a another fake.

  7. I’m surprised that none of the social justice warriors who post on this blog have accused Cal of being anti-Semitic for comparing Jacko to a pig. (It’s a very apt comparison, BTW)

    They must have been off attending a BLM or Antifa meeting when this article was posted.

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