Wednesday, June 07, 2017
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY SHARES MUCH OF GOV. BROWNBACK DEFEATED SUNFLOWER STATE ECONOMIC STRATEGY!!!
While Kansas Gov. Brownback pouts and predicts impending economic doom, progressives across the nation celebrate higher taxes and Republican in-fighting.
Accordingly, most Kansas City voters have overlooked some striking similarities to the Gov. Brownback plan that have taken hold in Kansas City proper.
Like it or not, and it deserves repeating, Mayor Sly is really just Gov. Brownback in a bow tie and a great deal of his economic initiatives are cut from the same supply-side cloth.
Accordingly, let's compare KCMO's fortunes to the recent Kansas smack-down . . .
The Kansas City TIF Craze Mimics Gov. Brownback's Corporate Tax Cut Hysteria
Kansas border war biz poaching by way of incentives and upper-class tax breaks is a tactic that 12th & Oak leaders often employ with varying degrees of success. Wile the strategy has inspired a coalition of urban core detractors, local news often downplays some of the very same criticism that was put on blast against the embattled Kansas Governor.
Distractions Power The KCMO Discourse
The culture war always keeps locals entertained while big money decisions are pushed forward behind the scenes. For Gov. Brownback, the continued (and well-deserved) crackdown on abortion, LGBT issues and Prez Obama opposition offered a great deal of cover. In KCMO, the effort to "resist" Prez Trump and immigration advocacy have directed the conversation in the midst of this Summer dedicated to development schemes.
Both Gov. Brownback & Mayor Sly Confront Mostly Incompetent Political Opposition
With the help of every newspaper in the nation, Kansas Democrats still couldn't beat Gov. Brownback despite the fact that his own party, clearly, wasn't that loyal to his cause. Similarly, Mayor Sly's last major election competition was some hobo.
Caveat - Grassroots petition gatherers have proven to be the only obstacle to the KCMO corporate agenda . . . But I digress . . .
Both Gov. Brownback & Mayor Sly Have Promised Far Too Much
This one just irks TKC and nobody else because people enjoy lies and modest economic gains don't make headlines. At the outset of his tax cut plan, Gov. Brownback imagined a Kansas economic renaissance that never really happened . . . In much the same way, KCMO is still waiting on promises of an influx of silicon prairie tech jobs and condo good life that remains out of reach for most residents.
Internets Love Doesn't Equal Consensus
Twitter followers and social media friends are great but they don't count for much in politics. Gov. Brownback has many proponents of his low-tax strategy just like Mayor Sly is the selfie king of Kansas City . . . Whilst online political endorsement & sharing is great for starting fights with relatives and faux friends . . . Votes and partnership with politicos across ideological lines is something that both has thwarted both Gov. Brownback and Mayor Sly.
To be fair . . . While Gov. Brownback worked to cut taxes in Kansas -- KCMO keeps piling on more levies, fees and bonds . . . This is tax & borrow good life tactic is CERTAINLY one of the keys to Mayor Sly's success and mainstream media popularity.
And so, Kansas City can safely celebrate a small victory in the economic border war as the fading middle-class and interest rate hikes quietly take their toll mostly outside of the hyper-partisan political lexicon.
Developing . . .