The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Conroe, July 29 – Montgomery County has gained its own version of “Dr. Strangelove” in none other than Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley.
At the end of producer and director Stanley Kubrick’s brilliant movie Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Peter Sellers playing the title character, who was an advisor to the President, suggested that, in the face of a nuclear holocaust, the United States government should gather several hundred thousand key people in deep underground mineshafts, with the government officials numbering among those elite, to protect themselves from the radiation. Dr. Strangelove suggested a 10:1 female-to-male ratio for a breeding program to repopulate the Earth, as the radiation subsided. After declaring this plan, Strangelove lost control of his right arm, suddenly raised it from his wheelchair, and exclaimed, “Mein Fuhrer, I can walk!”
The point of the final scene of the movie was the government officials always look out for themselves. Strangelove certainly looked out for himself as well as all top government officials who would join him in the post-apocalypse mineshaft along with the ten females assigned to each one of them.
During Tuesday’s discussion about salary increases in the Montgomery County Commissioners Court, Riley carefully looked out for himself and clearly didn’t give a care about the road and bridge maintenance services, which comprise the core function of all County governments in Texas.
Riley suggested that there may not be sufficient funds to pay for Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack’s suggested 5% across-the-board salary increase for all Montgomery County government employees. Instead, Riley said, “Let me see if I can complicate this a little bit more…What if we went with a 4% raise for Department heads and elected officials and 2% merit raise for employees that you don’t have to give them. How complicated is that?”
In other words, Riley wanted to ensure that he would receive a 5% pay raise, amounting to more than $12,000 per year in salary and benefits, while other County employees would have to fight for theirs.
After Riley eventually agreed to the 5% across-the-board pay raise for all County employees, Riley gleefully gave $250,000 from the Precinct 2 road and bridge budget, even though the roadways of Commissioners Precinct 2 are in terrible condition with potholes, drainage problems, and other serious maintenance problems.
Just like Dr. Strangelove, Commissioner Riley takes great care to look out for himself.