NO GO BOND DEBATE!!! KANSAS CITY MAYOR SLY AND THE FAMILY: NO STONES!!!
One again Mayor Sly James and his supporters have disgraced Kansas City Democracy and turned their back on the local discourse in order to push forward an agenda without participating in a reasonable discussion.
To wit . . .
MAYOR SLY HAS BEEN CAUGHT DUCKING A DEBATE ON THE UPCOMING GO BOND VOTE AS THE APRIL 4TH ELECTION APPROACHES!!!
Here's the word from our favorite number crunchers who are actually much nicer and far more reasonable than TKC as the behind the scenes word is that Mayor Sly James refused to share the stage with organizer Patrick Tuohey . . .
Show-ME: "We were disappointed to learn that Mayor Sly James has turned down an offer to debate the Go bonds issue with us. Nick Haines had extended the invitation for his KCPT program Week in Review. This is an important issue worthy of public debate.
"Kansas City voters are being asked to consider borrowing $800 million dollars by issuing bonds backed by an increase in property taxes that will last 40 years. The campaign in favor of the proposal has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from some of the biggest corporations and special interests in Kansas City. The Mayor and members of the City Council have spoken at town hall meetings and on radio and television. And yet serious questions remain . . . The public only benefits from a government that is transparent and accessible. We reiterate our invitation to the Mayor. "
Read the whole thing . . .
Reality . . .
SHAME ON MAYOR SLY JAMES FOR REFUSING TO PARTICIPATE IN KANSAS CITY DEMOCRACY WHEN NEARLY A BILLION BUCKS IS ON THE LINE!!!
Just for clarification, this proposed discussion is about as formal as any debate could get: A public TV moderator and a think tank dude who wears a suit pose very little threat to a trained litigator with years of experience.
The refusal to debate isn't really about the political differences betwixt Mayor Sly vs. The Show-Me Institute but rather a blatant sign of disrespect against voters.
Think about it this way . . . If Mayor Sly won't engage with organized opposition, what are the chances that he'll answer the questions of everyday residents when it comes to spending their money?
You decide . . .