Move The Nation's Capital To Kansas City?!?!
The mostly pointless national left vs. right political debate recently included a talking point that invoked Kansas City.
Check the back and forth . . .
The argument started with a Conservative idea about making the top echelon of government more accessible to everybody else . . .
National Review: America's Coastal Royalty
Money line from author Victor Davis Hanson:
In a fantasy world, I would move Washington, D.C., to Kansas City, Mo. That transfer would not only make the capital more accessible to the American people and equalize travel requirements for our legislators, but also expose an out-of-touch government to a reality outside its Beltway
Soon thereafter . . . Daily Kos hit back hard . . .
A conservative wetdream: Kansas City as the capital
The most interesting part of the screed invokes this town's political background and local
socialism healthcare history . . .
"First, the largest employer in Kansas City is....... THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. If Hansen's thesis is right then there are a lot of people in KC doing jobs that are out-of-touch with what needs to happen. I wonder who he would fire in KC.
Second, Kansas City is solidly Democratic. Emmanuel Cleaver, head of the Black Political Caucus, represents a district that is over 50% white. Does Hansen really believe there are no Democrats in fly-over country? Of course, we could note that Harry Truman, who proposed national health care, is from Kansas City, retired there and was invited to the signing of Medicare."
Imagining Kansas City playing a more important role on the national political scene is a nice thought but really just an imaginary rhetorical construction aimed and convincing the weak-minded . . . Very much like the toy train streetcar.