Sunday, May 28, 2017

TKC SUNDAY NIGHT CONTEMPLATION: KANSAS CITY SURROUNDED BY FAILING AMERICAN SMALL TOWN GHETTOS!!!



I'm not sure if this is an optimistic thought but it deserves just a moment of consideration nonetheless . . .

For better or worse, Kansas City continues to attract more residents given harsh time and desperate circumstances in on the outskirts of town.

Here's must read journalism for those who haven't had a chance to check just yet . . .

WSJ: Rural America Is the New 'Inner City'

Fox: Rural America Is the New 'Inner City'

These sources should speak to more conservative and critical denizens of the local discourse as info beyond mere partisan politics.

Fact is, the American opioid epidemic and the growing disparity betwixt rich and poor is turning small town life into a living hell with very little hope or opportunity.

Accordingly, even U-Haul reports that people are making their way to Kansas City in search of a better life.

CNBC - Here are the top cities where U-Haul says people are packing up and moving - Kansas City Ranks #9

Now, our local opinion leaders might be tempted to think this trend signals the genius of their grand taxpayer subsidy plan . . .

Example: KCMO Leading the Charge in Regional Growth

But the fact is that few people like acknowledging that much of Kansas City's population gain has come from low-rent white people looking for an escape from desolate rural America.

Again, it's unclear if any of this is a good sign or not . . .

But there's no use that Kansas City is pick up population in the midst of rampant changes to the fabric of American life where "small town values" are nothing more than a bad joke amid a wave of junkie crime and bigger town also confront an increasing wave of discontent, unrest and crime related to drugs and gangs.

So far, the answer to all of these harsh realities has been nothing more than a newfound love for the empty rhetoric and tough talk of populism from a revolving door of politicos on both sides of the aisle who seem far more concerned with their own ambitions and personal gains rather than coping with tougher times confronting Americans who have mistaken social media fidget-spinning for activism.

Developing . . . 

17 Comments:

Cheech like peach said...

Yeah man, things are rough all over.

Chong like dong said...

I'm not into time.

Anonymous said...

I thought Trump was going to fix all of this?

Anonymous said...

And Raytown, Raytown is the worst.

Jimmy K said...

America was always a house of cards that was built on a one-time gift of post-war cheap oil...we've been in decline for decades and things are finally starting to be felt by what was formerly called the middle class.
What happens when a fully armed and entitled nation starts to see their livelihoods dwindle?
Gird your loins folks, it should make for exciting times!

Byron Funkhouser said...

Good stuff, Tony. I read the article about small towns earlier today. I agree with the thrust of the article, & I live in small town America, though I have been all over the country, & experienced big city living, contrary to what my haters like to contend, & I've worked in both factories & offices, again contrary to what my haters like to contend.

A map of the distribution of opioid deaths shows that West Virginia is the hardest hit state, & a breakdown by county shows that the most deaths are occurring in the southern coal fields. If you've never worked in a coal mine I can assure you its no job that a sane man with other options would chose (not to mention being a mile underground in a tunnel with a three foot ceiling). It is hard, physical labor that often results in lower back pain. These coal miners didn't decide one day to become heroin addicts. Since there is little that can be done to repair a damaged back the doctors prescribed these opioids. The prescriptions were short term, as if the doctors didn't understand that opioids are addictive. They unwittingly created addicts & then shut off the supply. It didn't take long for drug dealers from Pittsburgh & Cleveland to arrive & educate them as to what they were really taking & offering them a solution to their withdraw symptoms. (I remember telling a friend, now deceased, that they call it Oxycontin because if they called it Heroin you wouldn't take it.)

These people aren't hippies from the counter culture, they were rather prosperous coal miners. (In 1972, the pay was a standard %100 a day. I don't know what it is now, but its logical to assume that it's comparable. Union workers are the highest paid workers, duh.) Now, they are poor & angry, & addicted to heroin. Treating this problem as a crime problem is stupid. This is a health problem. Able bodied, formerly prosperous, men are dying in droves. The southern funeral homes can't keep up with the demand.

The smarter young people are leaving West Virginia as they have always done, but now the rest of rural, small town America is migrating as well. What does this mean for Kansas City? The good news is that your new arrivals are young, intellect & motivated to better themselves, or they wouldn't be risking a move. The bad news is that they won't have your shared cultural history. They won't know, for instance, that the song "Going to Kansas City" says incorrectly "12th Street & Vine" instead of the correct 18th Street & Vine. A small example yes, but it shows the point: they won't know.

They know guns, even better than your urban combatants, & unlike the street gangs, they actually know how to shoot & hit their targets. The poor ones have already been hunting for food. There will be cultural conflict, & for the most part they have no experience with black people. (I was seventeen before I actually saw a black person in the flesh.) That's both good & bad.

Bottom line: Change. Since, the present sucks, embrace the risk. Welcome the new arrivals. Some of them will add to your city's vitality.

Anonymous said...

Byron, I will pay for your Uhaul if you get the fuck out of town. Or a short bus, retard. You leaving would raise the IQ of our city.

Anonymous said...

lots of words for a so called blind man

StreetCaRSamurai said...

Its another nutty night in KCMO. Shots fired all over the map. The police are definitely stressed once again tonight. Call after call after call.

Anonymous said...

Grew up in KC with a well traveled guy that moved to Denver 30 years ago. He tells me the south begins in Kansas City and goes south from there.

Anonymous said...

How's about you Killa City hell residence people arming up , get at least 3 higher power guns , 1 to carry , 1 bedroom , and one for the car ¡! Thanks again for all you Bitch butt Boyz from the h?

Anonymous said...

I usually have no idea what the "exclamation mark" guy at 12:52 is talking about but I'll be the first to admit that I can't stop reading his posts.

Crazy Clown said...

Well ever since the early 1990's small town America has been on the decline.

Ever Since WAL-MART with their pathetic cheap Chinese poorly manufactured goods started putting small businesses out of business in small town America.

That coupled with all the poorly made crap made in Mexico and China.

Then factor in all the absurd High Taxes and bullshit environmental regulations that the Politicians have saddled American Business and consumers with and its a telling story !

Remember back in 1993 during the Al Gore / Ross Perot Debate on CNN, Al Gore tried to blow smoke up everybody asses by saying how good it would be to ship all the American Jobs to MEXICO & CHINA , how much better Americans would be and how they'd prosper !!!

Enjoy the Al Gore & Ross Perot 1993 Debate :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XEziSYRqhU

Anonymous said...

great post. big deal.

Anonymous said...

Want to see small town America nearby? Go to Pittsburg, KS and drive up and down the side streets, don't just drive Broadway, Joplin, and 4th streets. The places people live are shocking and these aren't shit holes where college students live, these are where small-town America lives. I've spent plenty of time in almost every neighborhood in KC because of my former job and I'm here to tell you houses in Pittsburg are worse than houses in the hoods of KC. A lot of the houses in Pittsburg are worse than the houses you see around Knuckleheads. These people are poor in a town with mostly bad job prospects. There is pockets of Pittsburg with money of course but so many of the people are poor, white, and on welfare. The only difference is crime is low, especially violent crime.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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