THE TKC SATURDAY NIGHT PLAYLIST!!! CHECK KANSAS CITY LOW EXPECTATIONS: MAYOR SLY VS. FUNKHOUSER LEGACY!!!
Any disagreement with a hardcore cheerleader of Kansas City Mayor Sly James about his decisions or leadership ultimately boils down to one talking point: At least he's better than former Mayor Mark Funkhouser and his co-mayor wife Gloria Squitiro.
Even for TKC, this was an easy way to find a middle-ground and something to agree upon.
However . . .
TONIGHT . . . ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT DENIZENS OF THIS BLOG QUESTIONS KANSAS CITY'S LOW EXPECTATIONS OF MAYOR SLY IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE FUNKHOUSER/SQUITIRO DISASTER!!!
Moreover . . .
KANSAS CITY INSIDERS WONDER . . . IS MAYOR SLY DOING MORE HARM TO KANSAS CITY THAN MAYOR FUNKY EVER COULD???
In fairness, Mayor Funkhouser wasn't capable of doing much in Kansas City because he was so inept in creating consensus and incompetent in virtually every aspect of his mayoral job duties. On the other hand, Mayor Sly is highly skilled and has the benefit of a nearly rubber stamp council who fears any political reprisal from an elected official who they believe has a 70% approval rating.
And now . . . THANKS TO A KICK-ASS TKC READER . . . Here's a rather apt summary of the legacy of both local leaders:
TKC Commenter Compare And Contrast Kansas City Mayoral Legacies
Kansas City's answer to Mark Funkhouser, Sly "Feel Good" James doubled our municipal debt, raised our sales taxes by 2% or more (who knows when he'll stop trying to do that?), tore down the country's most convenient to get to and get in and out of airport, "invested" over $500,000,000 on a streetcar to nowhere and left the streets with the same or more plates on the ground and in greater disrepair than was the case when Kansas City was run by the world's worst mayor - Mark Funkhosuer who, for all his faults, didn't do anything to increase the municipal debt.
And so tonight, the question is:
HAS THE TENURE OF MAYOR SLY SUFFERED BECAUSE OF KANSAS CITY LOW EXPECTATIONS IN THE AFTERMATH OF FORMER MAYOR FUNKY???
Sure, Mayor Sly might be better than the Funkhouser/Squitiro nightmare but that's not saying much.
And all of this has inspired tonight's playlist . . .
As always, thanks for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday Night . . .