Before the new year comes and I resolve to be a nicer person, I must throw one more dart at my bete noire, Chris Ingram.
In a throwaway column picking at the low-hanging fruit of the state giving up on collecting more than $100 million in taxes, fees and fines it is owed, Ingram writes this atrocious, hyperbolic paragraph:
“No doubt, some bureaucrat in Tallahassee can justify the write-off. You can imagine him or her saying, “It’s just .001 percent of the state’s $70 billion budget,” while seated in a leather chair in a nicely appointed office while gazing out the window from an ivory tower in Tallahassee, after tiring of checking their Facebook account.”
Actually, no, I cannot imagine “some bureaucrat in Tallahassee” saying such a thing. Certainly, there are very, very, very few, if any “bureaucrats” sitting in leather chairs in nicely appointed offices.
Such comments make me wonder if Ingram has even ever been to Tallahassee.
Ivory tower, hmmm?
The bureaucracy mostly responsible for the collection of the $100 million in fees and fines is the Department of Business and Professional Regulations. It’s “ivory tower” is in a converted, two-story shopping complex on North Monroe Street in Tallahassee. The DBPR office is located behind a Hooters.
As for the hard-working folks at DBPR checking their Facebook pages, that’s just another baseless statement from a pseudo-populist looking to rile up readers with a hyperbolic tale of government gone wild.