Governor Bentley vowed to not take money until Alabama’s unemployment rate dropped to a certain percentage. I, as a tax paying Alabamian, can honestly say… I got exactly what I paid for.
I have nothing personal against Governor Bentley, it isn’t like he ran over my dog last night so I decided to blog against him, I just feel like the wool was pulled over my eyes when he ran for Governor of Alabama.
Pay as Governor
The governor should be collecting around $119,000 a year. However he decided that wasn’t right because unemployment was so high. Here is the issue… He hasn’t really been effective. Not only at lowering unemployment, but he hasn’t been effective doing anything. If you pay for something cheap you typically get something cheap. Since we paid him nothing, we got what we paid for.
I shouldn’t say that… He effectively ruined his marriage, committed adultery, and well fired the guy that was about to expose him. So he did do something!
We should all be able to agree we got what we paid for. We paid for nothing, and we got it. Polls can say what they want to, I have noticed no change in unemployment due to Bentley being in office.
Not taking pay = votes
I get it… He said some things to get him elected, but let’s look at the facts.
He had to have money during his stint as governor, so where did his money come from?
Let’s say he was a great saver… well, his wife got half of that in the divorce. Does that mean he is close to being out of money?
Maybe he got by on money from businesses or investments (wife would have also got half of that)? Well, if he is managing his money and spending time running side businesses, how can he possibly be 100% focused on the State of Alabama?
Lobbyists…. I am not going to plant any seeds here, but government corruption always begins with money. Maybe if he was actually getting a paycheck the snowball effect wouldn’t have happened causing all of his drama.
Fault of man
Man has two weaknesses…. Money, and Sex. The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil, and one might also argue sex is too. We see how he handled the temptation of one of these.
The easiest tool to use to gain access to these, is power… So he used power to get one…. why not the other?
Truth in Salary
As the governor of Alabama, I will have one job, one income, outside of interest on savings. I will show exactly where all of my money goes, and will disclose all this information.
There won’t be hands in pockets where they don’t need to be (I am talking finances AND women’s blouses), and I won’t be excessive in spending in my own personal finances. I make this promise so that you know I will not be influenced by people writing me checks to influence my opinion.
I also have vowed to make the Governor’s office a complete open book, and I plan to keep it that way.
Thanks for your continued support