Sunday, April 15, 2007

Nepotism is a large problem in Fort Wayne politics...

Per Wikopedia:

Nepotism refers to the act of favoring relatives and friends because of their relationship to the person displaying the Nepotism rather than because of their abilities. The word nepotism comes from the Latin word 'nepos', meaning "nephew" or "grandchild".

Fort Wayne has a history of nepotism and it is something that angers many residents that I have spoken to.

Realize that the Allen County Republican Party has held "ethics" training in an effort to "teach" people about ethical behavior.

As most of the readers of this blog know the Tax Adjustment Board has been reformed, largely due to the efforts of Mitch Harper over at Fort Waybe Observed.

The Board has six of its seven members already appointed...

Please read about it in this JG article:

Lets see if you can determine if there was any nepotism involved in any of the appointees...

Mike Sylvester

P.S. You do not have to look very hard to find multiple cases...

P.S.S. Please let me know if you find any nepotism...


bobett said...

Nepotism aside


I am so proud of your blog and your supportive wife.

And I thank you for letting folks be guests..
It's fun to share a thought, and agree and/or disagree.

Best wishes to in Germany,

congrads ...C.P.A.

Mitch Harper said...

I learned the names of the appointees the same way everyone else did.

My own preference would have been to see appointees somewhat more removed from persons in the elected political sphere. (Except for those who are named by virture of their office).

That having been said, each person named does bring some financial expertise and experience to the task.

david said...

Which is exactly why we need to bring more outsiders here to Fort Wayne. We've created a city that caters towards families and especially the long lineage leaders. We create our own problems.

LP Mike Sylvester said...

Mitch Harper:

I would tend to agree with you that the people they appointed are qualified.

I would like to see more people involved in the political process and I am really tired of seeing appointees chosen from a pool of political contributors, friends, and relatives.

I would like to see someone like Ron Reinking chosen for the Tax Adjustment Board. He is a local CPA that knows a lot about Government financing. I would argue that he is as qualified as anyone that was chosen to serve on the Board and that he is more qualified then some of the people chosen.

Mike Sylvester

Change Fort Wayne said...


I agree with David. Its not politics that are the problem, its the fact that we do not have an influx of new people in Fort Wayne, so there aren't really any new candidates, only descendants of other residents.

You can find it all over Fort Wayne -
Politics and more importantly in our workforce.

Robert Enders said...

The LPAC chairwoman and chairman both moved to Fort Wayne last year. Our members both chose them over me, a Fort Wayne resident of 27 years. It goes to show that folks around here are open to new faces and new ideas.

Andrew Kaduk said...

I think that just means that Libertarians are open to new faces and ideas...which is really a given, no?

Tim Zank said...

If you stop and think about it, our entire social, business, and political structure is based on nepotism.

You don't normally throw parties for strangers, you do business more frequently with people you know, and you try to surround yourself politically with people you know. It's familiarity and trust.

The whole fabric of our nation has always pretty much been one of "you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours".

While a lofty goal, eliminating nepotism isn't exactly practical.

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