Mayor Q sparked a firestorm of outrage with his latest move toward police "accountability" and a cash grab from the po-po worth more than 40 MILLION BUCKS.
Less then a day later opposition is already growing and even strident local Democratic Party supporters are having serious doubts about the plan.
Accordingly . . .
CHECK THE TOP 5 REASONS MAYOR Q'S DEFUNDING SCHEME IS DOOMED!!!
This list is just a starting point but most of the folks we've talked to seem to agree about the basics . . . Check-it:
Missouri Legislation Blocks Police Defunding
Already in the works . . .
"Missouri Republicans have pushed through a bill that would penalize cities that cut police budgets and bolster protections for officers under investigation for misconduct."
The GOP anticipated this kind of social justice drama and the move to push back actually preceded Mayor Q's bold announcement.
Former Sheriff Missouri Guv Won't Stand For It
Insiders graciously remind us: Missouri has a former Sheriff as the top lawmaker in the state.
Do you REALLY think Guv Parson is going to tolerate a cut to police funding that costs 40 MILLION BUCKS???
Legislation to back up law enforcement might be the first thing he signs. Make no mistake that the law man is going to focus a great many resources at overturning this effort.
It's All For Show
Notice the timing of Mayor Q's power move.
INSIDERS draw our attention to the fact that this effort was undertaken AFTER the Missouri General Assembly was out of session . . . And so right-wing politicos will have to take a few extra steps to block the move . . . Which they're already excited to do.
Moreover . . .
Mayor Q will garner face time this weekend on every major news outlet in the nation thanks to the Kansas City police defunding debacle.
His publicity tour will command attention and its likely, by the end of the discussion, he'll secure a place as a rising star amongst American progressives.
Accordingly, the legislation doesn't really matter . . . The hype is what's important.
Even Prez Biden Opposes Defunding Police
Big picture . . . Even Prez Biden has backed away from police defunding schemes like this one.
The mayor's euphemisms like "reallocation" and accountability have only convinced naive Twitter house wives at keyboard activists.
The effort is barely disguised "local control" and police defunding . . . We can debate the merits of the idea after taking a good look at how city hall has managed the water department.
Kansas City Deadly Summer Violence Will Overshadow Police Defunding
This theoretical discussion of policing is fun on a rainy day.
However . . .
WE'RE AT THE OUTSET OF ANOTHER BLOODY SUMMER AND TINKERING WITH KANSAS CITY POLICE CASH IS THE LAST THING THAT WILL INTEREST LOCALS WHEN BODIES START PILING UP!!!
The political chatter makes for great social media flexing but the reality is that the season of rampant gunfire and deadly shootings is likely going to scare residents away from their "woke" protestations which always distract from public safety priorities.
And so . .
What this debate has really exposed is that a majority of Kansas City residents don't trust mayor & council to adequately fund and prioritize the operations of the police department. Mayor Q inadvertently made an effective case against local control by way of a secretive last minute political flex that will defeated by Missouri Republicans.
Moreover . . .
The defunding police publicity stunt from Mayor Q exploits the emotions of activists who justifiably advocate for police accountability. Mayor Quinton Lucas has distorted legitimate concerns about Kansas City police tactics into a political circus that only serves to power his political ascendancy.
Developing . . .