Emerging from the swamps like a primordial leech, The City of Manassas, Georgia, population 90 or so, occupies a hallowed position as the first to be granted the title of Leech City! Sucking the lifeblood out of county, state and federal taxpayers, and offering little in return in the way of culture, history or even simple recognition of law and order, the government of Manassas relentlessly squirms forward with little regard for fiscal responsibility or good governance.
Trapped inside its ravenous and insatiable maw (do leeches actually have maws, we wonder), we are in the perfect position to investigate and document its excesses and abuses of power; this blog is dedicated to that effort. But, our attention isn’t limited to this lurching, tiny monstrosity. Our attention is inexorably drawn outward to other local governments who also aspire to the title of Leech City. We intend to use facts and humor to ridicule the ridiculous, shame the shameful, and, where deserved, praise the praiseworthy.
Comments are welcome, including tips and other nominations for the title of Leech City. Competition for this coveted title is fierce, and we will heavily moderate comments to ensure that only factual information emerges. In this regard, we hold ourselves to a higher standard than most of our public officials hold themselves. We will, however, follow-up on interesting tips, using all the legal means at our disposal, which are formidable. Along the way, we’ll teach you those techniques, so that you, too, can become a leech watcher.
We’ll also feature a Leech of the Week from time to time, highlighting the lifetime achievements of those officials whose deeds and words indicate that their role in public service is for self-aggrandizement and comfort, rather than as our servants. Join us as we help them understand the value of civic responsibility, as they compete for Leech of the Year!