Friday, September 08, 2017

TKC READER: THREE STOOGES STRATEGY RESURRECTED AMID SILLY KANSAS CITY SINGLE-TERMINAL NEW AIRPORT FAIL!!!



Today we want to offer a look at a GREAT READ AND NEW AIRPORT INSIGHT FROM A TKC READER!!!

A partisan perspective but still worthy of consideration given the local connections . . .

TKC Reader: Hillary/Tim/Debbie = Sly/Jolie/Troy



Sylvester James, Jolie Justus, and Troy Schulte are the KCMO version of Hillary Clinton, Tim Kaine, and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. Allow me to explain:

In last year's national election, the Democratic Party candidates for President/Vice-President were Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz served as chair of the Democratic National Committee, tasked with supporting party candidates equally until a nominee has been selected. Wasserman-Schultz was forced to resign after Wikileaks released evidence demonstrating she and her staff colluded with the Clinton campaign to steal the nomination.

Now, in regards to the scandalous manner in which KCMO has gone about selecting a KCI single-terminal proposal, recall that initially the Three Stooges (James/Justus/Schulte) presented a sealed deal to the public, as fait accompli. They assured everyone that it was a great deal for Kansas City, that Burns and McDonnell was acting selflessly for the good of the community, and the financial terms were unbeatable. The message presented was that KCMO was getting a free airport. Don't worry, be happy!



Because the price tag was to be over a billion dollars, at least a few sane individuals questioned, "shouldn't this be open to bids?" Sylvester James explained that because he had once stated in passing that the local business community needed to step forward on airport redevelopment, that would suffice in place of the routine standard of seeking bids for a public infrastructure project. Apparently, in Mr. James' mind, it's incumbent upon the national construction/engineering industry to listen to his every word lest they miss out on a billion dollar contract. Like Hillary Clinton, it smacks of an entitled attitude, from someone who'd rather collude privately with donors than conduct public business in the light of day.

Please recall that when Mayor James was running for re-election, despite having no serious challenger, Burns and McDonnell saw fit to shower him with generous campaign support. James and Schulte were the two key players who pushed a package of unnecessary tax breaks and KCMO city financing for the Burns and McDonnell headquarters expansion. If Burns and McDonnell is really the good corporate partner supporting the community, why can't they pay their fair share of earnings, sales, and property taxes?

For the 2015-2019 council term, Mayor Sly James appointed Jolie Justus as Chair of the Airport Committee. In hindsight, this gives us a clue that perhaps the James/Justus/Schulte/Burns and McDonnell secret negotiations began earlier than many suspect. Justus reminds me of Tim Kaine, who was all to eager to hitch his wagon to the train wreck in motion known as Hillary 2016. I'm sure Jolie Justus had reason to believe that participation in the airport terminal scheme would launch her into the Mayor's office. But sometimes, you don't get what you want, you get what you deserve……and Jolie Justus has proven herself untrustworthy.

In this analogy, City Manager Troy Schulte is Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, the disgraced former chair of the Democratic National Committee. While tasked with keeping Kansas City residents best interests always at the forefront, Schulte was shown to be participating in a biased secretive deal where some players are given preferential treatment for city contracts. Even after the initial disclosure of bias was revealed, he doubled-down with the ludicrous "Swiss challenge" charade, until even that collapsed under first impressions.



While the process remains incomplete, what do we know for a fact so far?

We absolutely know that Mayor James, Councilwoman Justus, and City Manager Schulte were WRONG! Their judgment was WRONG, their assurances were INCORRECT, and their statements were FALSE. We now know that the no-bid deal for Burns and McDonnell that all 3 were trying hard to force upon KCMO residents, was NOT the best deal. And how can we be sure of that? Because the KCI single-terminal selection committee (including members Justus and Schulte) just announced that a different company had a better proposal.

So, just like in November 2016, when Clinton/Kaine/Wasserman-Schultz said "trust us, don't worry"……the people knew enough to know better. And Kansas City has another vote approaching in November 2017.
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30 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Some valid points here but let's be honest: For as bad as Hillary & company are, they're still light years ahead of KC's local leaders.

Reason KC said...

KC shouldn't trust a billion dollar decision to people who already screwed up the deal so badly. It's just a recipe for disaster and something that could ruin KC even moreso.

Anonymous said...

Have to agree with Burns & McDonnell here - It's time to restart the process with an INDEPENDENT auditor.

Anonymous said...

Simple solution: Vote NO in November.

Anonymous said...

Trust.
I wonder if their Significant Other has to call their dog in for them?

Anonymous said...

Ha! 8:48 wins. Their dog doesn't believe them. Lol.

Anonymous said...

Hartford Conn. officials warned the city will be insolvent within 60 days if state doesn't provide emergency financial relief.

Developers have been trying to revitalize Hartford’s downtown by building condos, hoping to attract millennial young professionals who purportedly prefer to live in urban environments.


LOL sound familiar? Why don't they try a single terminal airport thingy! Toy Train?

Anonymous said...

Lame. Next.

Anonymous said...

And now here comes Amazon which will use KC as leverage to get even more goodies from the city where they end up landing.
Spoiler alert! In won't be in KCMO, although there are many other more attractive options throughout the metro.
Round up the usual suspects!

Hyperblogal said...

Earthquakes, wild fires, hurricanes, floods, single terminal airport...the disasters know no end.

Anonymous said...

Now, calm down there at 12th & Oakie Doke. Was your morning nap too short?. That long 2 hr. beer lunch starts soon,then another nap before TGIF!

Anonymous said...

"If Burns and McDonnell is really the good corporate partner supporting the community, why can't they pay their fair share of earnings, sales, and property taxes?" Simply put, they wouldn't be in Missouri anymore. So do you complain about the City providing the benefits for them to stay or do you complain about them leaving when Kansas gives them everything? Remember that Wire-Co had just left during this time frame. Somehow I think it was a no-win situation for the City.

Anonymous said...

What happens when most people can't afford to even live anymore with the cost of everything continuing to skyrocket.

LOL should be interesting

Byron Funkhouser said...

And yet, he was afraid to put his name to it.

Anonymous said...

^^^ and yet, Byron shares another intellectual insight.

Anonymous said...

10:16 Burns and Mac was never leaving KC, they had too much already invested in their location. The city knew it but they also knew that giving tax breaks brings back campaign contributions. So Burns and Mac gets their tax break, the attorneys get some business, the politicians get campaign contributions and a ribbon cutting and the taxpayers get screwed.

agentzero said...

11:45 tagged it, but don't forget the Chamber

agentzero said...

Mediocre players in a set of fixes, brought to you by the usual suspects

Anonymous said...

I like it. Although the Three Stooges were taken off the air in the 70's because kids were hitting each other with hammers.

Anonymous said...

Jolie eats a lot of pussy

Anonymous said...

Please please some one flush the stool and get rid of these turds that are muddying the waters with their bad smelling games.

Anonymous said...

TOP PHOTO -- MOE MONEY

Kate tells the crew from Burns and McDonnell their "carrion" proposal is too stinky!!!

Anonymous said...

10:16 comment

Fact: Greg Graves, then CEO of BurnsMc, publicly stated that they would never consider moving from KCMO. He said they wouldn't play border wars and denounced the practice.
All of this happened before KC leadership heaped incentive after incentive toward them. 50-percent off the earnings tax for employees in the new HQ; KCMO financed the HQ expansion and is technically the owner of the property, leasing it to the developer, who then leases it to BurnsMc; big sales tax exemption for the project materials, etc.; property tax relief; etc.

The corporate game is played like this: BurnsMc donates to Sly and Friends, they receive millions of dollars in tax breaks/incentives, they donate a little back for charitable causes to create positive PR. Meanwhile, they're one of the wealthiest private employee-owned companies in the region (average comp $130k) whose employees overwhelmingly choose not to reside in KCMO.

Anonymous said...

Why does Schulte and Klein still have jobs at the city?

Anonymous said...

Don't forget Hiilary's coat holder, Roshanne Paris, who was behind the scenes trying to put the fix in for B & M!

Anonymous said...

Yes, Jolie does eat pussy and she is a liar. but the other two are thieves.

Anonymous said...

can tony put half dressed men interspersed throughout the snippets plz

Anonymous said...

preferably 1/2 dressed police officers. Thx! - a female metro reader

Anonymous said...

helps with my daddy issues

Anonymous said...

Emily Ratajkowski is not a 1/2 dressed male police officer, asshole.