Monday, February 16, 2009

Electing a College Student to County Treasurer Proven a Mistake?

In an article in today's Daily Dartmouth the County's executive director, Julie Clough, stated in an interview that Vanessa Sievers '10 has been remiss in fulfilling her duties as County Treasurer. She apparently did not invest $11 million that were sitting in a savings account accruing less than half a percent of interest, which could have been earning at least one and a half in a money market fund or upwards of two and a half percent if invested through some long-term plan. Apparently, the executive director also claims that Sievers had only shown up to her office three times in the five weeks prior to the interview. In her defense, Sievers attributes her delay to miscommunication and her absence to being available outside the office. Maybe her time in classes or fraternity basements is distracting, or maybe Obama's coattails helped elect the wrong person this once.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Her initial plan to invest the money was apparently denied because the investment would not be insured with collateral. Investing an uninsured 11 mil in this market sure sounds like a great idea to me

milf said...

YES SHE CAN

Anonymous said...

Maybe if the right to vote was contingent upon satisfying the citizenship obligations of residents, which include the payment of local taxes, car registration fees, and the like, student voters would care about how our/their money was being invested.

Anonymous said...

And a religious test too -- there are too many nonbelievers holding office these days. Better yet, just require a loyalty oath and poll tax payment at the voting booth, and weed out all the citizens who don't deserve to vote.

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11:49pm said...

Anon 10:16:

A religious test, no.

A loyalty oath... why not? Our elected leaders must take an oath in order to hold office; why not an oath to abide laws in order to hold the title "citizen" with the right to vote.

A poll tax... no.

But perhaps a law that only those who pay taxes are allowed to vote on how the tax dollars are spent.

Remember, voting in several of our states was once contingent on being an owner of land, for various logical reasons. (Our state and federal founders were intelligent and thoughtful individuals.)

How about some non-emotional discourse on why these are bad ideas, rather than a knee-jerk response that they are by definition wrong?

Makes Sense to Me said...

Residents who take no action to fulfill the obligations of citizenship forfeit their right to the title "citizen" and its related privileges. No one "deserves" something once they have voluntarily forfeited it.

Anonymous said...

Miss Sievers may be a hottie, but she doesn't stand a chance now that she's upset Commissioner Burton...