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.