The bubble effect. It occurs when repeated narratives and beliefs are regurgitated with repetition so often within one’s social circle (“bubble”) that perspective is lost as to how those outside this bubble might view their actions.
Councilmen White and Holzhauer appear to live in a bubble. With regularity they complain about the conduct of others, including their peers on the dais. Holzhauer most recently publicly accused both councilmen Taylor and McBroom of playing politics from the dais. As we covered in our last article, Councilman White recently called Taylor’s well-founded concerns about his possible conflict of interests “BS” and politically motivated.
Councilmen White and Holzhauer would be well served to step outside their respective bubbles. They should consider their own conduct instead of regularly questioning the conduct of others.
In the last council election, it became widespread (and fairly shocking) news that both councilmen had exempted themselves from having to pay real estate taxes. Both councilmen had been claiming – for years – a very large tax exemption allowable only to severely disabled military veterans. This incentive leads to one’s home receiving a tax bill of $0. Wouldn’t that be nice! The fact that both councilmen claimed this exemption for many years, an incentive intended for wounded warriors, raised the eyebrows of residents. Both councilmen appear in very strong health and neither disclosed these exemptions while voting on tax levies that everyone else would have to pay.
So is it arrogance or ignorance that stems from a life in the bubble that explains why neither show an ounce of contrition over not only the news of these tax exemptions or other lapses on the dais?
Some residents loved Josh McBroom’s motion for a “migrant sign-up sheet”. Other residents did not.
Some residents loved Holzhauer, and other councilmen, dragging us into sweeping litigation and national news over a completely pointless gun ban that has now been mooted by State law. Other residents did not.
Some residents were appalled by the news of White and Holzhauer’s tax incentives. Others were not.
It all depends which bubble you are in…
Our councilmen would all be well served to step outside each of their respective bubbles. The City should consider rescinding its selective Code of Conduct policy as Holzhauer, and arguably many other councilmen, have violated it (some multiple times) and nothing is ever done about it.
White and Holzhauer should be mindful that – in our view – a strong majority of residents were appalled by their undisclosed, tax-free living. Each carry a very Marie Antoinette-ish look when they regularly questions others while themselves carrying this controversial baggage.
Councilmen White and Holzhauer, please curtail the drama and stop telling everyone else to “go eat cake”….