There are two observations relating to politics in which I strongly believe.
- “All politics are local.” – Tip O’Neill, Former Speaker of the House
- A candidate without ideas is the first one to go negative.
On November 5th the residents of Horsham, PA and the Hatboro-Horsham School District face a crucial election for several local offices.
Local elections have a greater direct effect on you, the Taxpayer; the community in which you live; and the schools your children attend. In addition, the decisions we make on November 5th will impact the prospects for Horsham’s future in terms of the NAS-JRB Willow Grove airbase. How that process plays out in the next decade will be reflected in the taxes we will pay and in the value of our homes and property.
No other election will affect your quality-of-life more directly than local government offices that control spending, property (schools) and township taxes, not to mention the potential for your township’s Economic Future.
When it comes to local elections, History is an effective barometer of Future Success. In Horsham’s case, Success is not a theory or a couple of good terms in office. It’s a history built over DECADES of Growth, Vision, and the kind of efficient management and intuitive policy that built a community lauded as one of the Best Places to Live (Horsham #34, CNN/Money Magazine 2013).
Growth, managed properly and carefully, allows for township taxes that have not been raised in over a decade. Efficiency is what ensures your streets and neighborhoods are kept safe; operating smoothly; and cleared of snow in the winter. Vision is taking the forward-looking action to establish a Horsham Local Redevelopment Authority (HLRA) that preserved for Horsham residents control over the key decisions surrounding the BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) closure of the NAS-JRB Willow Grove airbase.
No single action did more to preserve the Quality-of-Life in Horsham than the establishment of the HLRA. Few people appreciate the fact that any local or regional entity (Montgomery County, Bucks County, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, etc.) could have filed for official status as the LRA for the Horsham base. If just one of them had been as quick to act as Horsham Township‘s Council, you can bet there would already be an airport operating at the airbase.
W. William Whiteside and Deborah Tustin were part of the team that took the initiative to preserve for Horsham residents the decisions that will shape Horsham’s future, as will be reflected in those 862 acres sitting so prominently on Rt. 611! Newcomer Tom Johnson, a mainstay in Horsham commercial and industrial development, has the experience and the Horsham-grown philosophy to maintain this consistently successful approach to our future.
And what of their Democrat challengers? What is it they have to offer? Apparently not much more than misrepresentations of fact and plenty of negativity.
They say they can make Horsham even better. But how could they improve a community already ranked so prominently as one of The Best Places to Live? Ask yourself the practical question … How much they can actually improve today’s Horsham?
Then recall all those negative mailings they sent to your home … over and over again … day after day in the last few weeks.
How much better do you think the Democrat challengers will make Horsham now?!?
The only new ideas I was able to identify from their mailings were confrontation and obfuscation. For a group that speaks so much of making Township Government more “open”, they have a funny way of misrepresenting the truth and trying to fool Horsham voters.
Fact is, Horsham Township government is the most open governing process I have ever witnessed. You can find on-line public notices of all township and school board meetings. At the HLRA website you can find agendas, minutes, and even sign up for e-mail notifications of future meetings.
I remember – as part of the HLRA redevelopment plan process – hundreds of local and regional citizens learning about and watching the evaluation and decision-making process.
I attended as many of these meeting as I could. I sat with hundreds of people and participated directly in an open-to-the-public charrette process for brainstorming ideas and layouts for a theoretical, redeveloped NAS-JRB property. I was there the night that hundreds of attendees gave a rousing ovation for the decision to reject a Bucks County Airport Authority proposal to operate an airport at the base.
In my opinion, the Horsham Democrats’ most egregious behavior is the deliberate and repeated misrepresentation of the purpose and meaning of the HLRA’s painstakingly created Redevelopment Plan.
The plan is intended to accomplish nothing more than to prove that Horsham Township has the means and capability for properly managing the redevelopment effort. It forms the basis for the U.S. Navy to conduct its Environmental Impact Statement and for developing an anticipated cost structure for its eventual execution that can be evaluated for its economic feasibility.
Like all carefully laid plans, the specific details of the redevelopment plan are tenuous projections of what can be accommodated on the airbase property. But the fact is, none of it means anything without developers and their financing to make the plan a reality. In that regard, the HLRA could say it plans to build the Taj Mahal on the airbase site. But without developers with the money and interest to make any specific plan a reality, it’s all pie-in-the-sky.
To speak about golf courses, bowling alleys, and hockey rinks is simply being deliberately dishonest for the sole purpose of political advantage.
But of course this is the BEST idea the Democrats could come up with in their efforts to get Horsham voters to look their way. Attack and obfuscate …
You can tell a lot about the Democrats’ plans for Horsham by carefully dissecting the messages they keep sending you in those ugly mailers. And if you caught their cable commercial, it tells you even more.
Remember all those negative mailings you been receiving?? Just check the small print that lists the “Paid for by …” election requirement on all those negative mailers.
Scott Freda‘s “plan” for Horsham is laid out for you right there!!
His cable commercial? If you see it, you will be hard-pressed to find his running mates in that commercial, except as props. There is no mention of them by name, only Mr. Freda’s name is prominent.
Then ask yourself The Big Question.
Where is all this money for negative mailers and cable TV commercials coming from?
Did you know that the leadership of the Horsham Democrat Committee has a strong connection to Philadelphia political organizations? That’s why every year at polling places throughout Horsham, you will find the Democrats’ Election Day ground game manned by representatives of these Philadelphia organizations!
Not Horsham residents … Outsiders with their own self-serving interests!
It’s an interesting combination, quite frankly. Certainly these Philadelphia organizations would just LOVE to get a friendly foot in the door of the airbase redevelopment effort and all that development money.
But who wants Philadelphia politics in Horsham?
So ask yourself, are the goals of Philadelphia political bosses and their organizations consistent with Horsham Township’s best interests?
Hopefully, Horsham Township voters are smart enough to know the difference between ugly divisive Outsider Politics and effective locally controlled government!
Don’t forget to vote Republican for Horsham on November 5!