Harrisburg Pennsylvania Mayor Linda Thompson is undertaking a three day hunger strike against … her own constituents.
Mayor Linda Thompson said on Friday she will join religious leaders in three days of fasting and prayer to encourage "a cooperative spirit among government leaders, the business community and citizens."
Could "a cooperative spirit among government leaders, the business community and citizens" mean higher taxes in an already depressed part of a depressed state? Could it mean keeping a staggeringly expensive boondoggle of a city incinerator that's accomplished nothing except to line the pockets of muncipal contractors? Read on.
"I am open about my faith and will be participating in the voluntary prayer and fast," Thompson said in a statement. …
On Monday, a team of state-appointed advisors recommended the city sell a deeply indebted incinerator at the root of its fiscal problems, renegotiate its labor agreements, cut jobs, sell other assets and assume $26 million in new borrowing.
The city council has until July 23 to adopt the plan.
According to Mayor Linda Thompson, the people of Harrisburg have forfeited the confidence of the government, and can win it back only by a cooperative spirit among government leaders, the business community and citizens. Would it not be easier in this case for Linda Thompson to eat the people, and excrete another?