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Politics Makes Strange Bedfellows

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If you have been active in or been around politics for any period of time, I'm sure you are familiar with the phrase "politics makes strange bedfellows".

This statement comes to mind when I think of the current actions of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors decision to elevate outcast 5th District Supervisor Jerry Eaves to the position of liaison to Sacramento representing San Bernardino County.

It was just a few months ago that Dennis Hansberger and Fred Aguirre voted to remove Jerry Eaves from every committee known to the County Board of Supervisors. They said he was unfit and could not be trusted. Dennis Hansberger had even raised money and encouraged other citizens (Ed Scott) to run against Eaves.

However, the people of the fifth district said they did not want to be beholden to other supervisors plus it had the appearance that Hansberger wanted to control the entire county. The former District Attorney Dennis Stout had even supplied information to Scott for use against Eaves and this was something the supervisors appeared to condone.

They had even suggested that Eaves should resign his position for the sake of the county and spare the citizens the embarrassment of all of these horrible things Eaves had done. However that was when they were sleeping in the same room but different beds. Under that situation you can control the covering which keeps you warm or remove covering if it gets too hot.

But, now that the budget crunch has struck Sacramento and one of Eaves’ friends from the "gang of five" is in charge of the bad state budget, Hansberger and Aguirre have decided to crawl into bed with Eaves.

You see Eaves is the only Democrat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors and they want Eaves to represent the county in Sacramento where the Democrats are in control.
This appears to be good politics but to the voting public, bad business. It is this kind of action by politicians that make the public distrust politicians and not believe anything they say. If Eaves was so bad that they would embarrass him and remove him from every committee why would they then turn around and ask him to be their representative to the world?

This is not the only example of how politics make strange bedfellows. Our current international situation with Saddam is another example. In the 1980’s we were in the bed with Iraq fighting against Iran.

We laid in the bed with him while he gassed his own people, that is why we know so much about how many were killed and with what kind of gas. And now that he does not listen to us we want to kick him out of the bed and kill him for things we assisted him with in the past.

So now Bush thinks he is doing the right thing and Hansberger thinks he is doing the right thing. Each have presented reasons for their actions but each leaves the public scratching their heads asking why?

In each of these situations all parties involved think they are doing the right thing while all of us on the outside of the bedroom see the longterm damage caused by their decisions. Hansberger thinks Eaves will bring home the bacon from a Democratic controlled Sacramento and Bush wants to invade Iraq for reasons no one knows for sure.

In Bush’s situation we have kicked Saddam out of the bed and in the case of Hansberger, he jumped into bed with Eaves. In my view "politics makes strange bedfellows.”

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