Isn’t it just golly gee whillikers great how nice everyone at City Hall is? When they’re not bowling together, they’re patting each other on the backside and getting along so nicely! And the Star is just beside itself with quivering joy at the bright shiny happiness that beams out of City Hall – Lyn Horsley and Yael Abouhalkah keep on mentioning the bad old days of Funkhouser as an aside – just like pinching themselves to remind themselves it’s not a big happy dream.
It’s a big show designed to distract us from the TIF pigs and developers warming up to drag us back into the bad old days of Kay “Credit Card” Barnes and the free-spending days that sunk this city into such a deep hole that we won’t have money to pick up the bodies from our soaring murder rate.
I sincerely like Mayor James and I would probably toss a life saver to the majority of the city council if they were drowning, but it’s been a year now, and I’m well past the stage of puppy-love infatuation.
Just like I warned back in November, this group wants to waste $300,000,000 – much of it coming from Kansas City taxpayers – on a downtown hotel that doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of achieving 50% occupancy. It’s insane.
But they get along so well, the Star gushes!
Now, don’t get me wrong – I would not want the Star to be as bitter and biased in its coverage of Mayor James as it was toward the former Mayor. Nobody wants a return to petulant Yael and “Hit Man” Horsley.
But I want the Star to stop being dazzled by a few smiles and start doing its job for a change. Don’t hate this Mayor and Council, but don’t beatify them, either.
Tell us how that hotel boondoggle is going to work out for us. That should wipe some smiles off some faces.