If 72-year-old formerSun-Sentinel
scribe John deGroot truly has a "humongous allergy to bullshit,"as he claims on his eponymous blog
, then he ought to have known not to attend yesterday's public hearing about the North Broward Hospital District's proposal to convert itself into a private nonprofit. Not only did DeGroot attend; he tempted fate by unveiling a comedic prop,à la Carrot Top
I'll let DeGroot explain:
The good news is that nobody got injured or drunk.
However, the bad news was that
I told the seven District Commissioners that -- as servants of the people -- they "stink."
Even worse, to combat their metaphorical stench, I gave each Commissioner their own travel-sized stick of deodorant emblazoned with the District's official "Broward Health" logo -- which failed to amuse.
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If it's any consolation, John, I find your schtick of deodorant highly amusing. But it sounds like your product contains the kind of message that will lead to more -- not less -- perspiration:
Along with the District's official logo, each stick of deodorant featured two numbers on the back: 14% and 19%.
The 14%, of course, referred to the increase in the property tax millage the District Commissioners are proposing in their budget for FY 2011.
While the 19% referred to the increase in the amount of tax dollars I'll need to pay the District as a north Broward homeowner.
All of which sparked a tsunami of world class bullshit from the Commission's ferret-eyed Chairperson Rhonda Calhoun.
As to deGroot's claim that Calhoun and her board are trafficking in bullshit with their explanation about the district's conversion being innocuous -- even beneficial -- to local health-care consumers, I'm withholding judgment until I've had the time to suss it out more carefully. But at a glance, the proposal definitely has that aroma.
Stay tuned. I've recently received answers from Broward Health officials to a list of questions I posted yesterday.