Thursday, July 06, 2017

TKC MUST READ!!! SHOW-ME ARTS & DANCE COMPETITION: MAYOR SLY ATTACKS MISSOURI GUV GREITENS IN DEFENSE OF KANSAS CITY CREATIVE CLASS!!!



This morning we must consider the eternal Kansas City debate betwixt arts and commerce that defines so much of the struggle and divide betwixt local politicos and their counterparts in Jeff City.

To wit . . .

CHECK MAYOR SLY TAKING ON MISSOURI GUV GREITENS IN THIS EPIC BLOG POST IN DEFENSE OF KANSAS CITY'S ARTS COMMUNITY!!!

Despite our criticism of the Mayor, we must admit that his is correct that the arts in Kansas City is what separates this town from the Missouri rural wasteland wherein walnut bowls provide the only outlet for expression.

Yet, the "tourist defense" of Kansas City cash has worn thin for many fiscal hawks.

With the acknowledgement that our bias leans toward support of Kansas City creative types and our UMKC alma mater. Here's the perspective from Mayor Sly:

Mayor Sly's Blog: “Dancers & Art Students” Are A Proud Part of Kansas City’s Heritage

Mayor Sly Money line . . .

"Our city is proud of its creative capacity and we’ve made a name for ourselves because of it.

"That’s why I found Governor Greitens’ recent comments, attacking “dancers and art students” in his letter vetoing funds dedicated to the University of Missouri – Kansas City’s proposed downtown conservatory, short-sighted.

"I agree with the 117 House members and 28 Senators in Jefferson City, nearly 75% of the state legislature, who voted for this project. And of course, the Governor is fit to make decisions as he’d like – but that doesn’t explain his suggestion that state funding approved to match $48M in private funds was somehow “wrong” for Missouri. And, he certainly didn’t need to create some political excuse that included “dancers and art students”. The students of the Conservatory didn’t pass the legislation he vetoed. And they are at the heart of what makes Kansas City a national hub for the arts.

"The Governor went on to say, “with my veto today, we are changing the way business is done in Missouri”. I agree. Here in Kansas City, our arts and culture landscape not only provides Kansas Citians with an excellent quality of life but also serve as an economic driver in our community – employing thousands of people and attracting thousands of tourists.

"In 2015, the arts added an astounding 7,515 jobs to our local economy. It also added $7.9 million in revenue to our local government and $10.9 million in revenue to the state government. I don’t hear the Governor saying he doesn’t want the revenue our arts community creates for the state.

"If the Governor thinks politicians are “addicted to spending taxpayer money” and cites the arts as a an example of the problem – - then may the taxpayers of Kansas City have that $10,900,000 back, please?

"Locally, in 2016, the arts and culture nonprofit industry accounted for an estimated $224 million in economic activity. In Missouri, non-profit arts and culture organizations generate $1.1 billion in economic activity each year.

"I’m proud that Kansas City honors and celebrates its “dancers and art students” and painters, violinists, actors, designers, and other creatives. The arts are vital to our city’s collective personality and history and we must support this industry if we wish to remain a world-class city that welcomes and encourages everyone to pursue his or her passion."

You decide . . .

33 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Sly is doing his job as spokesman for Kansas City. He shouldn't be faulted for opposing the governor on this issue.

Anonymous said...

UMKC has said that they will raise the money privately and through other sources. That is what they should have done in the first place.

Grant said...

More tap dancing from the Mayor. This is really about development for the streetcar and helping to keep up the downtown real estate developers. It's not for students or the arts who don't get much support from Kansas City unless their art favors the streetcar.

Anonymous said...

It just goes to show you that repubtards can be creatively bankrupt as well as financially bankrupt. Right Scamin Sammy?

Anonymous said...

It's no surprise that republicans go after the arts the way they do, they are not smart enough to understand them or preform them and most people hate what they don't understand.

Anonymous said...


Hey 7:21 Don't you have a riot to go to today? Kill, steal, and destroy is your creativity!

Anonymous said...

It was just more money for the gay community. Sorry, you're not that important.

Anonymous said...

Nothing wrong with thinning the heard a little. This will create more work for those already in the field. This helps artists and dancers.

Anonymous said...


7:22 It looks like you're the on who doesn't understand. He cut funds because UMKC wanted to build something the state can't afford right now, it's not a matter of a political party revenge! If liberals would support it, they could pay for it out of their own pocket.

Anonymous said...

Sly continues to be mesmerized by the notion that he's become a celebrity by "making a name for Kansas City".
Most people around the country think KC is in Kansas, which isn't really very good to begin with, and all the "up-to-date" public debt-driven glitz downtown doesn't do a thing to change their view.
Meanwhile, the people who actually live in KCMO suffer from the lack of any attention at all to their most basic public needs, including most recently, a storm water system that is actually capable of keeping the streets safe.
Someone on his ever-increasingly large staff should tell him he's the MAYOR, not the carnival barker at the VisitKC offices.
Sly may think that being a big-time political partisan instead of governing and going head-to-head with a newly-elected governor is good for his future prospects, but it's certainly bad for the residents and businesses in the city.
Regular folks thrown under the bus yet again.

Anonymous said...

It is no surprise Sly flaps his pie hole about supporting arts while wasting tax p[ayer dollars at 18th and Boon and building a new hotel where no one will come to the party and no tax payer will benefit. This is how libtards work. They can always tell you what you should be doing, how YOU should help the underprivileged, what your values should be and how you should spend your hard earned money, but give them the reigns and they go off to Nada land burning money, wasting time and creating half baked clusterfucks every damn time.

If Sly gave a shit about the arts, rather than just taking another opportunity to play the good little leftwing boy, he would roll up his sleeves and actually do something. Instead he blabbers like the typical "huff 'n puff" liberal and blames the Governor for something where he, himself, has not invested an ounce of energy up to this point.

Anonymous said...

^^^^+1000

Anonymous said...

I like that, mayor huff n puff!

Ambrose Bierce said...

Lawyer, n. One skilled in circumvention of the law.

Anonymous said...

TOP PHOTO -- Song And Dance Routine

Standing before the doors to Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory, Sylvester James breaks into the Hustle saying, "The Devil made me do it!"!!!

Anonymous said...

I usually disagree with Sly, but on this ... good job speaking up!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank You, Gov! Subsidizing the sodomites, bad policy.
Better to spend that money aggregating them into a "gated community" where they can have "safe space" for their unspeakable perversions.

Anonymous said...

JUST STFU and just keep rubber stamping those subsidies Sylvester

Anonymous said...

This is just Sly grandstanding just like on gun control and minimum wage. Many state reps and senators went along with this because they knew the governor was going to veto this.

Anonymous said...

Sly's right about this, but his style has done nothing but piss off folks in Jeff City. That's brilliant, and we all pay for it. Get your arrogant ass out of office!

Steve Hanson said...

The "arts" in this sense do NOT create jobs and economic growth. They're only for the educationally failed hipsters who actually think they are doing society a great favor by pushing their crappy "arts" on those who can't stand dancing swans and crotch bulging leotards. Taxpayer's money should be going to our basic services and fixing infrastructure for now. Also Sly (being a closet BML supporter) has the inability to clean the streets of violent crime. Only when you create a safe, business friendly environment in KC is when you gain of surplus of tax dollars. Libtards like Sly shit-for-brains just don't get it.

Anonymous said...

The elite that raised the $48 million should use this money to pay for the Performing Arts parking garage that the city has not paid for.

Anonymous said...

We have enough programs specially for gay people already

Anonymous said...

The UMKC Theater program is a joke.

All the students there think they are going to go to Hollywood and become big stars.

Never happens, but the Professors actually encourage that line.

I shit you not.

Anonymous said...

If it won't pay, it can't stay.

When does a chicken in every pot end ? Car in every driveway. Heath care for all for free and tuition, too. All off the taxes I pay, BS.

Anonymous said...

Wow 11:33 a.m, you must be insanely rich if you and the taxes you pay cover all that free stuff!

Anonymous said...

More interesting slap fight found below:

http://www.tonyskansascity.com/2017/07/dead-tree-media-development-solution.html

Lesson? Never pick a fight with a Cardarella. You WILL pay.

Anonymous said...

Wow, 11:42 a.m., earnings and deductions are incomprehensible to the gibsme and grifter class!

Silvestor orgalthorp said...

Wrong
I'm a republican and I love the arts
I have season tickets to the ballet and opera
I love art galleries and live stage plays
What u don't like is tax payer funding of what should be a private business. Just as I object to funding for sports stadiums
Don't stereotype everyone

Silvestor orgalthorp said...

What I don't like......

Anonymous said...

Proof. Yard apes can't dance.

Anonymous said...

Sly James runs a fake ass blog.

Anonymous said...

But he sure as hell should be faulted for whatever he's doing in that picture.