Good story by Pam, and good point by former Councilman Bill Guman. Let's also not forget, though, that severance and golden parachutes aside, we do seem to have a mayor who is cleaning house. Critics might contend he's just feathering his nest with his own ilk, but even in that least charitable light, hey—it's still turnover. And that should please some of the constant carpers on City Council who claim to be conservatives. Don't they want to see career bureaucrats shown the door? Of course, I won't hold my breath for the likes of Joel Miller to pat Steve Bach on the back.
In the event Joel Miller does show—and begins holding forth on Frederic Bastiat or some other 19th century philosopher—bring a sack lunch and a pillow.
Now that this latest pseudo-drama is over, is it possible our City Council can turn its attention to something a little more substantive? Could there possibly be life beyond the council's tedious, adolescent power struggle with the executive branch? We'll stay tuned! (...but won't hold our breath.)
Staci: Like most Springs residents, I wouldn't support a tax increase for C4C—but of course this proposition is a red herring in the first place. A tax hike isn't needed or wanted. More to the point, none of the project's organizers or supporters has ever hinted at a tax hike, and the mayor has explicitly ruled out his support for any such notion. Rather, the prospect of a tax hike was first raised by none other than Keith King, that self-styled conservative's conservative! No, he hasn't come out of his closet as a tax-and-spend liberal; it's just his idea of a poison pill. He's trying to get cute and play politics, as usual, in another attempt to undermine City For Champions before it gets off the drawing board.
Wow; that's some plan of action. Or, to put it more precisely, INaction. Which of course is King's aim—to paralyze the project. King demonstrates yet again that he is a master of obstruction. He also demonstrates why he could never be mayor: If you can't lead, block.
...Oh, and there's something uproarious about the once-conservative King proposing yet another big-government solution—a tax hike, no less!
King and Miller are asking "questions of why this probably won't work" because, of course, they don't want it to work. Not because they really think it's a bad idea or even because they are worried about its finances. It's because they need a whipping boy in their unending attempts to substitute political games for policy leadership. To put it another way, they have no ideas of their own. They are naysayers by nature, which is the only kind of policy making they understand.
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