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Re: “The e-Candidate

http://www.teaparty07.com/ Drink LiberTEA at the Teaparty, Dec 16, 2007. Drink it for the first time. All other candidates DENY LIBERTY. Ron Paul is the greatest candidate I've ever seen. Consistent for 30 years. No flip flops. We are done with WAR, we want a real currency, we want peace, we want the welfare-state for the military industrial complex to END, we want to fix America and stop policing the world and to stop the authoritarian oppression here NOW. Here is what the US Government without Ron Paul in charge has done to us: - 9 trillion in debt - 850 billion trade deficit - War in Iraq - War in Afghanistan - Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda alive - Fomenting War with Iran - 12.25 trillion M3 money supply, and expanding (massive inflation) Ron Paul’s record is crystal clean perfect and consistent. He takes no money from anyone but people and constituents. He is as pure as they come. One of my favorite quotes about Dr. Paul, “You’re working for the most honest man in Congress.” That was John McCain speaking to Kent Snyder in 1988.

Posted by Mick Russom on 12/13/2007 at 5:52 AM

Re: “Cauthen's Travels

No one is saying the city manager shouldn't take trips.
You just can't get reimbursed for non-official activities, like vacation. How hard is that to understand?
So if you combine vacation with each of your trips (and how nice to get 23 vacations in 2 years!) then you have to pop for your own meals, hotel, and transport for those vacation days. Period!
No business allows you to expense personal vacation days.

The above is the primary issue. If this is what happened, he should be prosecuted for fraud.

The secondary issue is more subtle and is a judgement call. If you are combining vacation with all your official business, and all of this official business just happens to be in nice locations, there is a potential to go to meetings that are in nice places, so that you can do your vacation at the same time. What if there were more appropriate meetings that were held closer to home that weren't attended because they didn't provide good vacation opportunities? The combining of vacation with official business has the real chance of clouding your judgement and should probably be avoided.

The third issue is one of personal judgement: If you are spending the taxpayers money, you have a responsibility to use the least expensive, within reason, alternative. Which means using a 300 dollar flight to DC, not a 1500 dollar one. This is just being obnoxious.

So, at the end of all of this, if you continually show poor judgement and/or illegal behaviour, I would hope there is some consequence, i.e. being fired.

Posted by Al on 12/11/2007 at 5:37 PM

Re: “Cauthen's Travels

NO NO NO!!! Someone slammed Kaye for KC Waldo,Cronkite,Barnes...etc... This is our Hillary.Our next Senator.Never state a position.Always keep your hand out. Please tell me what she stands for on anything.Wayne and Ms.Cronkite,Barnes,Waldo etc... are like two pigs in slop. By the way is Kristy code for Wayner? Nice try sweetheart.

Posted by bbbbrent on 12/11/2007 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Cauthen's Travels

Okay lets stay in KC and not do anything, Welcome to the 21st century and get off your ass and go see the world and what other cities are doing. Mr. Cauthen is the first City Manager to do anything in KC. Ask the Funk if he has been to the Sprint Center. Probably not, they don't have aerian brotherhood meetings there do they. What a joke. Tell the funk to go back and work @ the Tax Man.

Posted by kristy on 12/11/2007 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Cauthen's Travels

No one is saying the city manager shouldn't take trips. You just can't get reimbursed for non-official activities, like vacation. How hard is that to understand? So if you combine vacation with each of your trips (and how nice to get 23 vacations in 2 years!) then you have to pop for your own meals, hotel, and transport for those vacation days. Period! No business allows you to expense personal vacation days. The above is the primary issue. If this is what happened, he should be prosecuted for fraud. The secondary issue is more subtle and is a judgement call. If you are combining vacation with all your official business, and all of this official business just happens to be in nice locations, there is a potential to go to meetings that are in nice places, so that you can do your vacation at the same time. What if there were more appropriate meetings that were held closer to home that weren't attended because they didn't provide good vacation opportunities? The combining of vacation with official business has the real chance of clouding your judgement and should probably be avoided. The third issue is one of personal judgement: If you are spending the taxpayers money, you have a responsibility to use the least expensive, within reason, alternative. Which means using a 300 dollar flight to DC, not a 1500 dollar one. This is just being obnoxious. So, at the end of all of this, if you continually show poor judgement and/or illegal behaviour, I would hope there is some consequence, i.e. being fired.

Posted by Al on 12/11/2007 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Cauthen's Travels

NO NO NO!!! Someone slammed Kaye for KC Waldo,Cronkite,Barnes...etc... This is our Hillary.Our next Senator.Never state a position.Always keep your hand out. Please tell me what she stands for on anything.Wayne and Ms.Cronkite,Barnes,Waldo etc... are like two pigs in slop. By the way is Kristy code for Wayner? Nice try sweetheart.

Posted by bbbbrent on 12/11/2007 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Cauthen's Travels

Okay lets stay in KC and not do anything, Welcome to the 21st century and get off your ass and go see the world and what other cities are doing. Mr. Cauthen is the first City Manager to do anything in KC. Ask the Funk if he has been to the Sprint Center. Probably not, they don't have aerian brotherhood meetings there do they. What a joke. Tell the funk to go back and work @ the Tax Man.

Posted by kristy on 12/11/2007 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Cauthen's Travels

Remember�..Cauthen is a hold over from the former Mayor and City Council where illegal-under the table deal making and bid rigging was business as usual. I know as our business saw it first hand�..Barnes and her city council gang of thieves were corrupt to the core. During the Barnes administration the FBI internal files stated the KC metro area was third behind Cook County, Illinois and the State of Louisiana for government corruption. I would expect nothing less from Cauthen�steal from the taxpayer all the while smiling�..To bad we can�t tar and feather this guy and head him out of town on a rail car��

Posted by Dave on 12/10/2007 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Cauthen's Travels

Remember…..Cauthen is a hold over from the former Mayor and City Council where illegal-under the table deal making and bid rigging was business as usual. I know as our business saw it first hand…..Barnes and her city council gang of thieves were corrupt to the core. During the Barnes administration the FBI internal files stated the KC metro area was third behind Cook County, Illinois and the State of Louisiana for government corruption. I would expect nothing less from Cauthen…steal from the taxpayer all the while smiling…..To bad we can’t tar and feather this guy and head him out of town on a rail car……

Posted by Dave on 12/10/2007 at 6:14 AM

Re: “Cauthen's Travels

No need to get worked up about Cauthen. Even if it his last act as Mayor, the Funk is totally committed to get rid of Mr. Cauthen. And we all know how single minded and stubborn the Subprime* Mayor can be.

* subprime in his job as Mayor as well as a subprime mortgage borrower. I base this last comment on the appearance (and maybe even the fact) that the Funk or his husband Gloria has a loan on his home in excess of the value of his home. He has defended this borrowing and as it relates to his personal business that's fine and dandy by me but I hope he doesn't use this wizard like financial strategy as the Mayor of Kansas City (however long he holds on to that moniker).

Posted by Anon on 12/09/2007 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Cauthen's Travels

No need to get worked up about Cauthen. Even if it his last act as Mayor, the Funk is totally committed to get rid of Mr. Cauthen. And we all know how single minded and stubborn the Subprime* Mayor can be. * subprime in his job as Mayor as well as a subprime mortgage borrower. I base this last comment on the appearance (and maybe even the fact) that the Funk or his husband Gloria has a loan on his home in excess of the value of his home. He has defended this borrowing and as it relates to his personal business that's fine and dandy by me but I hope he doesn't use this wizard like financial strategy as the Mayor of Kansas City (however long he holds on to that moniker).

Posted by Anon on 12/09/2007 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Cauthen's Travels

Everyone at the Hall knows that Wayne is an elitist, a racist, and an opportunist. He has functioned as a conduit for employment of primarily African-American buddies from all over the country. Every time Abouhalkah whines about institutional racism at City Hall, we stare at each other in wonderment. There's racism all right, but it's reverse racism! I defy you to spend two weeks working there and not noticing these things. Everyone on the 29th Floor on the C.M.'s side, expects and demands special treatment. That is not leadership and it certainly sets a poor example. These expenses come as no surprise. He's like the short guy who has to over-compensate. I'm sure he went first class all the way, and cost-cutting be damned.

Posted by Ms. Bunny on 12/09/2007 at 12:59 AM

Re: “Cauthen's Travels

Seems Soon to be Gone City Manager C charged the City for a few days he shouldn't have. If pressed, I am sure he will give back what was mistakenly charged. In the mean time, $32,000 over a year and a half? Big Deal!! His response means nothing since he is about to be pushed out. Next story please.

Posted by ANON on 12/09/2007 at 12:42 AM

Re: “Cauthen's Travels

Everyone at the Hall knows that Wayne is an elitist, a racist, and an opportunist. He has functioned as a conduit for employment of primarily African-American buddies from all over the country. Every time Abouhalkah whines about institutional racism at City Hall, we stare at each other in wonderment. There's racism all right, but it's reverse racism! I defy you to spend two weeks working there and not noticing these things. Everyone on the 29th Floor on the C.M.'s side, expects and demands special treatment. That is not leadership and it certainly sets a poor example. These expenses come as no surprise. He's like the short guy who has to over-compensate. I'm sure he went first class all the way, and cost-cutting be damned.

Posted by Ms. Bunny on 12/08/2007 at 9:59 PM

Re: “Cauthen's Travels

Seems Soon to be Gone City Manager C charged the City for a few days he shouldn't have. If pressed, I am sure he will give back what was mistakenly charged. In the mean time, $32,000 over a year and a half? Big Deal!! His response means nothing since he is about to be pushed out. Next story please.

Posted by ANON on 12/08/2007 at 9:42 PM

Re: “Cauthen's Travels

There is something wrong when the city manager spends more to fly all over the world than what a lot of us make in a year. What's going on with his response? Why not live up to it? He needs to admit he screwed up. He sounds like an arrogant prick.

Posted by Jose on 12/08/2007 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Cauthen's Travels

There is something wrong when the city manager spends more to fly all over the world than what a lot of us make in a year. What's going on with his response? Why not live up to it? He needs to admit he screwed up. He sounds like an arrogant prick.

Posted by Jose on 12/08/2007 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Cauthen's Travels

How can the news not be obvious? Regarding the Europe trip: even if the amount of money spent was reasonable, how can one justify charging the city a per diem and hotel when one is on vacation? Regarding Halifax: again, even if the amount spent is reasonable, how does the City/Mayor/Taxpayer know the amount spent was for city business? A scribbled note indicating "business conference" might justify a trip to Jefferson City, but not Nova Scotia. In short, there may be times when the City Manager legitimately travels on behalf of the City -- but these trips don't seem to qualify

Posted by Tiberius on 12/08/2007 at 2:28 AM

Re: “Cauthen's Travels

How can the news not be obvious? Regarding the Europe trip: even if the amount of money spent was reasonable, how can one justify charging the city a per diem and hotel when one is on vacation? Regarding Halifax: again, even if the amount spent is reasonable, how does the City/Mayor/Taxpayer know the amount spent was for city business? A scribbled note indicating "business conference" might justify a trip to Jefferson City, but not Nova Scotia. In short, there may be times when the City Manager legitimately travels on behalf of the City -- but these trips don't seem to qualify

Posted by Tiberius on 12/07/2007 at 11:28 PM

Re: “Cauthen's Travels

Extremely lacking article. Where's the news here? Let alone the writer making misleading and inappropriate accusatory comments on the price of travel. What's the problem with 6K for a week in Europe? This is lower than a friend of mine spent a couple years ago. When I go to the Halifax area (family) I drop more than $2K. This article should not have gotten past the asst. editors desk let alone been published. Last, most of these conferences need to have a representative of Kansas City and someone has to go that adequatly represent the city. This is the mayors job. Is the author clueless as to North American Trade issues and how much of that goes through the local highways and railroads? Learn to do some real reporting.

Posted by the job is on 12/07/2007 at 6:55 PM

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