Too much ‘government’ and not enough ‘by the people’

It happened in Dallas today but it could have been anywhere.

In some city councils and other boards, office holders have created a period for public comment, which often is little more than a “pat the little people on the head” moment. They get a few minutes to speak, are gaveled out of order if they go over their alloted time, and the government body moves on to do what it was going to do anyway.

In Dallas, the pols proposed a new rule. If you speak at a city council meeting, you can’t speak again — on any issue — for another 30 days.

That was a little much for council member Carolyn Davis, who likened the restrictions to the poll tax on her ancestors.

  • DavidG

    what kind of demand do they have for speaking in front of the council? If there’s a high demand, it might be reasonable for a rule giving priority to someone who hasn’t addressed the council recently, over someone who’s there every time.