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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Pharaonic Council to Mapp: Make bricks without straw


From ancient times, straw has been added to mud bricks
for stability and to aid in proper drying.

Plainfield's City Council met in special session Tuesday evening and passed a resolution containing its amendments to the Mapp administration's proposed 2014 municipal budget.

Ignoring warnings from the likes of resident Lillian Jamar, developer Mario Camino and Councilor Cory Storch that the proposed amendments would set Plainfield back, a Council majority made nearly a half million dollars in budget cuts.

I am reminded of the story in Exodus 5 (you can read it in the King James Version here).

After Moses and Aaron deliver Yahweh's message that the Israelites should be let go, Pharaoh not only refuses, but tells his overseers 'ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick'.

Not only were the Israelites to scramble to find a necessary resource on their own (bricks made without straw were unstable and did not dry properly), Pharaoh commanded that their production not be allowed to slip. In other words, they must get the same job done with fewer resources.

So much for the Israelites.

Except we all know that in the long run Pharaoh miscalculated and lived to rue the day.


  -- Dan Damon [follow]


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1 comments:

Anonymous said...

I really cannot wait to leave this town. The entrenched power base here really doesn't care about anything other than lining their own pockets and maintaining their strange-hold on the former Queen City.