THE TKC SUNDAY SPECIAL!!! KANSAS CITY CALL JOURNALIST ERIC WESSON FACT CHECKS TOY TRAIN STREETCAR OPPOSITION ON SLAVERY REFERENCE!!!
Tonight the TKC blog community needs to take note of rhetorical tactic among Kansas City Toy Train Streetcar TDD phase deux opposition that has finally been met with a full scale SMACKDOWN.
To wit . . .
IN AN EPIC FACT CHECK, KC CALL JOURNALIST ERIC WESSON RESPONDS TO A TRAGIC SLAVERY REFERENCE FROM STREETCAR OPPONENTS!!!
The debate starts with an e-mail that was recently sent out which references a candidate forum over the weekend. But more importantly, this political fact check seems to be an indication that the tense alliance betwixt East side politicos and Missouri conservatives in order to defeat the TDD may be a rough truce at best.
Better than Barb Shelly's embarrassing prattle about racial issues . . .
Mr. Wesson offers a more informed perspective on the dynamics of urban core discourse.
First we'll feature Mr. Wesson's fact check, then after the jump take a look at the offending e-mail FIRST AND EXCLUSIVELY ON TKC . . . Check it:
Eric Wesson Response To Streetcar Opposition E-mail
First of all Eric Wesson didn't have a candidate forum, The Call newspaper did.
Second I am offended that you think it is okay to equate a political tax and conversation over a streetcar with the brutal and psychological effects of slavery. I think that is extremely insensitive of you or anyone else to try to make that connection because guess what. If an individual doesn't pay the tax they aren't going to be killed, beat, limbs cut off wife and daughters raped kids snatched from them and sold to other families in other parts of the country. My grandparents and great grandparents were slaves, in my conversations with them I can't equate anything that's been discussed with what they went through and are still physically go through today as a result of being shot in the back.
So please remove me from this silly ass conversation about equating a tax to slavery as you try to appear to give a damn about what is happening in the black community. Where is your bandwagon speech about the senseless killing in the black community, the failed educational system the lack of basic services the lack of banks therefore people are forced to go to payday loans stores and pay to cash their checks? The lack of viable grocery stores and decades of neglect by the state federal and local governments. Where is your soapbox on the lack of job training avenues for men and youth? Black male unemployment hovers around 16 percent in Kansas City and among black male construction it's even higher. Where do you buy your groceries? Certainly not at Wild Woody's or Leon's.
So bypass me with the "you care about black people routine." By the way I own 16 properties in the tax district 7 of them will be in the area of the proposed streetcar and I don't mind the property tax increase it comes with growth and progress.
And here's the e-mail that started this conversation . . .
Are we headed back into slavery thru new taxes???
Friends, Saturday as I sat in the Gregg Klice Community Center taking in Eric Wesson’s Candidate forum, I began to think. I was listening to people talk about how difficult it is for some to meet their monthly expenses, the difficulty they were having with school aged children and many other problems plaguing our City including the City’s lack of response to many of their calls. A majority of those in attendance were black voters from the Eastside. It took me back, i thought about how some of these people’s ancestors must have suffered the torments and tragedies of slavery in this country, it’s like it never ended for some. They are shackled with poverty and see no way out. It made me think if we continue to allow our City, State and Federal Government to pile taxes upon taxes on the middle class and poorer classes of our citizens, we will all become enslaved to the government. The City wants to take a bigger share of our paychecks every year through sales and property taxes.
Tuesday, August 5th the City wants us to approve a TDD (Question “A”) on the ballot, this is a new taxing district which will eventually create a 1% sales tax on everything including medicines and groceries. The only exemptions are vehicles, boats and utilities. Plus it will generate property tax increases for the poorest section of our City, the Eastside. All this to fund a streetcar many of our citizens will never use.
The City and State want us to approve Amendment “7”, the road tax. This is the largest tax increase in State history and if it passes it will the first time our state constitution was amended to generate a sales tax. It will add .75% sales tax almost everything we purchase. The silent kicker on this sales tax is it will funnel $124,000,000 to that same streetcar. Everybody wants our roads and bridges maintained and improved but there is a better way. We need to take this idea back to the drawing board and throw the streetcar portion out!
Please get out and vote on Tuesday, August 5th. Take your neighbor and your friends. Make some calls! If we band together we can defeat both these burdensome, unjust unfair sales taxes!
VOTE “NO” ON QUESTION “A”
VOTE “NO” ON AMENDMENT “7"
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