Michelle Rhee, unlcear on the concept of democracy

Council Chair Vincent Gray asks a question:

“There is no question in my mind. All I can do. Wait a minute– I’m talking.” said D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray in one of many bitter and often combative back and forth.

“Why did you choose not to follow what the law?” asked Gray.

Rhee said hers was a better decision and blasted back.

“When you cut our budget by $20 million, you didn’t call me to ask me if it was okay to cut summer school or not,” exclaimed Rhee.

Since when does an elected leader ask permission of an appointed civil servant???? Council draws up the budget. Civil servants don’t get to second guess it. That is democracy. But in Fenty’s world of the unitary executive, no mayor need take notice of council or the law. It is how we will live until we boot Fenty from office.

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