TKC MORNING QUESTION: TIME TO CANCEL THE KANSAS CITY ZOO FREE DAY?!?!
Rather than dictate the conversation, this KICK-ASS KANSAS CITY BLOG wants to facilitate just a bit of discussion on yet another crisis that local bureaucrats and politicos have created.
To wit . . .
THIS MORNING WE'RE ASKING THE KICK-ASS TKC BLOG COMMUNITY: IS IT TIME TO CANCEL THE FREE DAY @ THE KANSAS CITY ZOO?!?!
Don't be so sure of any answer . . . But here's just a bit of background.
The KC Zoo free day was the result of a win on a FOREVER TAX imposed on Jackson and Clay County to finance improvements and amenities.
Before the predictable and mostly uncreative racial mud-slinging gets started, let's not forget that the architect of the Zoo Tax campaign was none other than Kansas City GOP Machiavelli Jeff Roe . . . It was kind of his "coming out party" into so-called elite local politics and a sign that he was now open for biz and taking local high roller cash.
The newspaper celebrated his "mainstream" success despite the fact that Mr. Roe had already been running an IMPRESSIVE national GOP operation for many years.
Now, obviously Jeff Roe had nothing to do with the current FREE DAY hot mess but it's important to look at all the fingerprints on this disaster.
As for the Kansas City Zoo Free Days so far . . . They have all been horrific so far, so much so that they were even moved away from weekends. However, this Spring Break episode reveals that the Zoo Free Day has been one of the most ill-conceived Kansas City political patronage plans since the Pendergast days. The petty attempt at voter reward failed to realize a common sense axiom that TOP NON-PROFIT INSIDERS have shared with us. The simple saying goes: "If people don't pay for something, they don't value it and it really means nothing to them." Therein lies the whole "Teach a man to fish" truism that applies to this situation, Country Club Plaza violent teen flash mob prevention efforts by way of pizza party and so many other ideas hatched in this town geared on making people dependent on government at a very early age.
Anyhoo . . .
Right now Zoo officials are wavering and the misinformed are lobbying to keep KC Zoo Free Days without listening to VOTERS.
But again, that's simply the sitch . . . Now we're asking our blog community . . .
IS IT TIME TO CANCEL THE KANSAS CITY ZOO FREE DAYS IN THE AFTERMATH OF THIS VIOLENT AND POTENTIALLY DEADLY WEEKDAY GUNFIRE EPISODE!!!
You decide . . . Plan your money quotes and we might feature the good ones later.
Developing . . .