Saturday, May 27, 2017
THE TKC SATURDAY NIGHT PLAYLIST!!! MAYOR SLY JAMES CONFIRMS KANSAS CITY LEGACY AS TOTAL CORPORATE SELLOUT!!!
In attempting to build a place for himself in Kansas City history, Mayor Sly James has instead reinforced longtime complaints that he's a total corporate shill working in the best interest of his patrons and insider pals rather than voters.
Just a few examples for his consultants paid to argue against this local truism:
- The new airport no-bid Burns & Mac ram through has earned almost universal rebuke among civic circles. Anybody who cares about this issue realizes that the process needs to be far more transparent, involve voter input and include more than one company bidding in order to realize the project.
- Ever since Derron Black jumped on stage to complain about and interrupt the guy, it's been clear Mayor Sly has very little urban core, inner city support. The Mayor's "people" are lawyers, consultants and Internets hipsters in the Crossroads. Outside of this core hipster constituency Sly has very few people willing to buy into his cult of personality that has enraptured social media denizens. TKC reality check: A like, follow or retweet is not a vote.
- The Mayor's legacy is higher taxes and taxpayer subsidized luxury living space. Credit where it's due, the Mayor has brought home the bacon for developers and nobody else. While everybody loves a good time, check the score board and realize and the Mayor's only political victories have come against one of the most unpopular politicos in KC history AND some homeless dude -- In all of this other wins, there has been no organized opposition.
And all of this is simply to offer a bit of insight into how we should remember the mayor and realize that voters aren't obligated to secure any politico's legacy at a time when social media has made history a nearly forgotten rhetorical artifact and mostly a disposable and completely malleable part of the American discourse.
Accordingly, here's our playlist to compliment all of these ideas this evening . . .
Also, because a few of you have sent links our way and this list is always geared toward late night readers . . . Here's Midnight Rider tribute to the much better legacy of Gregg Allman:
As always, thanks for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday Night.