The so-called Kansas City paper-of-record offers stunning mental gymnastics for subscribers this morning by way of an editorial screed which mixes partisan political vitriol with typical justification for misplaced civic priorities.
Here are the highlights, try to follow along because the connections are razor thin.
Helpful hint . . .
The Capitol insurrection is to blame for KCMO budget problems.
It's unclear how that's possible and the polemic doesn't really help explain it beyond the mayor's quotes. . . So here goes:
"Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas is proposing a $12 million cut to the budget of the Kansas City Police Department . . .
"But given that so much of our city budget is spent on public safety, there is no way, in the middle of this pandemic that won’t be over until most of us get vaccinated, that the KCPD could or should be spared this 4.3% cut.
"As Lucas has been saying for months, it was the refusal of congressional Republicans to send any pandemic relief to cities that will now necessitate some degree of “defunding” all over the country . . .
“We hear all the time about irresponsible cities” that because they’re run by Democrats deserve no COVID-19 relief, the mayor said in a Tuesday night interview. But “if we’d received CARES Act funding that allowed for revenue replacement, there would be no cuts to the police department.”
Stunning conclusion . . .
"This is a little bit like those in the pro-Donald Trump mob at the U.S. Capitol who were carrying Blue Lives Matter flags — while attacking police officers. It doesn’t track, does it?
"It’s “because of our Republican defunding of government,” Lucas said, that “we’re being forced to reevaluate” how to keep the city as safe as possible with less funding for police officers."
Quick guide to follow along . . .
- Republicans are to blame for KCMO budget problems that have been decades in the making by way of EPIC taxpayer giveaways and a focus on funding tourist attractions.
- KCPD are first to suffer cuts amid the COVID budget crisis but it's important to remember that the capitol insurrection proves former Prez Trump hates police far more than Mayor Q.
- The police are to blame for Kansas City's historic murder spike. Hiring more cops doesn't keep Kansas City safe even if neither the dept. nor the mayor has worked to meet staffing goals set in 1968.
Accordingly . . .
Good luck deciphering any of these arguments given that most objections via social media are easily cast aside as racially charged hatred akin to the death threats the mayor has suffered.
Meanwhile, KCMO quickly approaches bankruptcy despite an abundance of nearly indecipherable rhetoric and newspaper discount offers.
You decide . . .