Saturday, December 16, 2017
SEASON OF DISCONTENT: KCMO MAYOR SLY & JACKSON COUNTY EXEC FRANK WHITE FINISH 2017 LITERALLY ON SOUR NOTE!!!
More than any other trend this week, over the past few days the Kansas City discourse was defined by the top elected officials on 12th & Oak lashing out at their colleagues via the written word.
First up . . .
After Mayor Sly's sketchy airport plan was shot down . . .
The City Hall honcho penned a nasty note to council questioning their commitment to voters.
There was more than a bit of irony in Mayor Sly's words given that he demands transparency whlist his airport talks have been mostly secret AND he started this process by way of a shady no-bid deal with Burns & Mac.
And then . . .
Last night we talked about Exec Frank White denouncing the Jackson County Legislature as "spiteful and irresponsible" in a budget debate that he's losing.
So, what do these notes teach us about elected leaders of both the Courthouse & City Hall???
IN WRITING, MAYOR SLY & EXEC FRANK WHITE HAVE SHOWN KANSAS CITY THAT THEY HAVE LITTLE PATIENCE WITH COLLEAGUES, LACK THE ABILITY TO COMPROMISE AND DEMAND TOTAL SUBMISSION RATHER THAN COOPERATIVE SOLUTIONS!!!
Check their notes - These two politicos are resorting to name calling, spin and allegations about motives rather than arguing with facts or support for their positions.
As we take a look at how this year has played out politically and moving forward . . . Kansas City voters would do well to realize that . . .
Local democracy fails to work by way of minor celebrity and a cult of personality. Instead, big decisions require hard work and cooperation rather than bombastic pronouncements from on high exemplified by the latest blasts from both Frank & Sly . . .
Again, the future of Kansas City and possibly he nation depends on a tough realization that creating consensus and partnership is crucial for success and far more effective than capitalizing on fleeting popularity.
You decide . . .