deGroot: An ornery ol' cuss.
deGroot: An ornery ol' cuss.

Activist's Carrot Top Impression "Failed to Amuse" Hospital District Board

deGroot: An ornery ol' cuss.

If 72-year-old former


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.

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.


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