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 . . .