LACK OF POLITICAL ACCOUNTABILITY HINDERS KANSAS CITY PROGRESS!!!
In a much nicer and more prosperous city, a sex charge has led to a major political shift. Check it:
Bob Filner's last day as San Diego mayor; special election set
This evokes consideration of this cowtown's political situation . . .
Right now there's a Pastor/Councilman currently voting on multi-million dollar no-bid deals who refuses to answer questions about a recent scandal involving allegations of sexting and blackmail.
Also, a Kansas City State Rep. was BUSTED ON A WEED charge and politicos have rushed to his defense . . .
Thinking about this in the context of this town's constant quest to transform into places like San Diego, Portland, Denver etc. and one conclusion is clear:
WITHOUT POLITICAL ACCOUNTABILITY KANSAS CITY CANNOT COMPETE WITH BIGGER, BETTER CITIES!!!
Local boosters and cheerleaders would like to argue that a streetcar toy train, hotel or yet another tax break for economic development is the "missing piece" that will propel this town into the major leagues. But part of the journey to compete with major league cities is much less costly and only involves holding our politicos responsible for their actions.
Sadly, Kansas City's pathological politeness and small town middle-class manners prevent any real discussion of political accountability or civic engagement regarding unpleasant topics that erode the faith of the electorate in local government.