KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN EQUAL TIME: STREETCAR CHEERLEADERS DISCOURAGE DEBATE OVER HIGHER SALES TAXES!!!
Advocates of the Kansas City toy train streetcar have discouraged any critical questions about higher taxes and sketchy economic development promises. Nevermind that lavish Kansas City expense on the P&L District never lived up to the same kind of hype.
Recently, a bit of pro-streetcar tax propaganda seemed rather entertaining, kind of dictatorial and closed minded . . . Here's the argument pro-streetcar forces are making which seeks to crush any dissent before it starts:
"The argument for the sales tax is the same as any citywide election. Does the presence of streetcar — and the resulting increase in transit ridership and economic development — benefit the city as a whole? The answer is yes.
"In short, the argument over the benefits of streetcars is over. The question for KC voters now is: Where to expand?"
Sadly, this myopic insistence that there's no arguing with pro-streetcar supporters reminds us that they only have the support of a handful of voters in gerrymandered districts. Worse still, the argument for more regressive taxes on po'folk to support a hipster Crossroads party is not only repulsive but probably racist. Still, it's important to get a close look at the messages broadcast from the pro-streetcar side the discourage voter debate and have already sought to circumvent the Democratic process in order to secure consulting contracts and tax breaks.
Developing . . .