TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY VOTER APATHY IS THE KEY TO THE "SUCCESS" OF MAYOR SLY AND THE CITY COUNCIL!!!
There's a common theme recently revealed in all the recent tax and spend schemes of Mayor Sly and the City Council this isn't as awesome as Angelica Bridges and her Show-me State hotness.
Mayor Sly's ideas have DOOMED this town with a greater debt load that's killing our bond rating but pushback has been minimal and it's not all about his charisma.
Here's a fact . . .
OVER THE TENURE OF THE LAST TWO CITY COUNCIL AND MAYORAL ADMINISTRATIONS KANSAS CITY HAS SIMPLY GIVEN UP ON VOTING AT THE BALLOT BOX!!!
The trend is dangerous because it has given Mayor and Council carte blanche (i.e. a blank check) to fund their silly ideas with rigged elections.
For example . . . At a recent streetcar meeting to decide mail-in ballots the committee making the decision basically laughed at Kansas City voter turnout. I'm not kidding about this one . . . There was a weak justification about the streetcar deserving "special" consideration and then one member of the panel noted that turnout was just as lousy using mail-in ballots or at the polls and concluded his observation with: "God Bless America." It was an apropos statement and pretty much signaled that ramming the streetcar home wouldn't meet with much pushback. For the most part, this sentiment is correct.
The bright side to this isn't really a good thing.
Kansas City people still vote . . . And they do it with their feet.
Over a generation the people of Kansas City have moved out of this town to take refuge from insider schemes and failed politics. The trend seems to be continuing despite the hope that a toy train will lure back a few suckers. Jackson County has consistently lost population over the years and the only part of Kansas City that seems to be growing is the Northland where people have taken refuge from failed politicos. The same trend is apparent when we're talking about Kansas City Public Schools.
Kansas City's population growth has been minimal while other nearby cities and counties are booming. This trend not only signals that this town might very well be heading the way of Detroit but also that politicos taking advantage of voter apathy are only contributing to Kansas City's downward spiral.
Sadly, the only way to reverse the tend is for more people to vote and start watching elected officials a bit more closely while this town's political elite, journalists reporting from the suburbs and corporate political contributors seem satisfied when it comes to Kansas City voter apathy and the status quo.