Tuesday, February 17, 2009

on the politics of... Easter egg hunts?

The burghosphere is abuzz with all that Pat Dowd is up to. One commenter out there said the following about one P. Dowd:

He’ll stay golden so long as he doesn’t make Grassroots organize an Easter Egg hunt!

Confused? Check out the Dowdometer at the Georgetown Voice along with associated comments. The dude kind of looks like the pending mayoral candidate even. Probably 20 years younger. I expect obligatory comments from my Hoya-educated readers which I know are out there.

Election time is hard for blogging, at least for me. Everything get's hyper-political. So I need to clear out some things now that I'd rather not get too caught up with the debate of the day when the actual race gets going. Actually there is one thing I wouldn't mind being injected into any mayoral debate:

I for one would normally be anathema to suggest that more governments are needed in the region, already one of the most fragmented in the country… but maybe there is a case for just one more authority in town. No I am not talking about the funny historical factoid Jason T. brings up about the possibility there might already be 131 municipalities in Allegheny County. But hold that thought….

Do we need a Hospital Authority in the City of Pittsburgh. What would a hospital authority do? As a start it could potentially absorb EMS services in the city of Pittsburgh. A hospital authority could potentially have some structure to rely on local hospitals for both management and funding. Not to hide that fact... I think it could relieve the city of a certain about of expenditures that would fall collectively on the institutions. I still think it is not a zero sum type of transfer and could be more win win if managed well. The hospitals may appreciate the chance to restructure the EMS system. It’s not privatization really and workers might prefer being employed by a hospital authority or the hospitals themselves. There are a lot of ways it could be structured.

Again, just hypothesizing since any such entity would need a lot of enabling legislation that does not exist right now… but such an entity might be better positioned to do what we keep talking about and expand city services to local municipalities. A lot of municipalities may really desire to be served by a hospital authority in some form... whereas the expansion of city EMS services beyond the city’s borders is probably not feasible for a lot of reasons. I am not overlooking the difficulties. Big challenges to implementing anything like this: legal problems, practical problems, political problems among others. Probably just getting local hospitals to work together would be a challenge, but is a worthwhile goal unto itself. Compared to a lot of the other big picture things we want to achieve around here this would be small change. If you can’t do this there isn’t much hope for some of the more ambitious goals some have. Gotta walk before you can run.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Superb! As the originator of the Dowdometer, I'm glad it's making an impact as far afield as Pittsburgh.

Our Dowd is working out pretty well, so give yours a chance.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009 3:05:00 PM  
Blogger Conservative Mountaineer said...

"Do we need a Hospital Authority in the City of Pittsburgh. "

Yes. So some lackey's 2nd cousin's wife's sister's kid can have a job.. you silly!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009 4:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No more authorities!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 4:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had no idea.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 6:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of authorities, can we go back to mocking the Port Authority?

According to the Post Gazette they're going to finish the tunnel because they're sure of stimulus money (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09049/949903-100.stm). According to the governor, the tunnel was a really bad idea that may not get stimulus money (http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/money/18743930/detail.html).

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 8:35:00 PM  
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