This X-mas is gonna suck. KUDL is already playing holiday music that makes me want to kill myself and should remind us all that we’re all broke.
On a not so unrelated front, Hearne has made this blog an awesome, one stop shop for all things cool and fun happening in Kansas City but I was just thinking that the upcoming holiday season is going to exceptionally hard for the many poor and, maybe more importantly, newly poor people among us.
Today, there was another great example that Kansas City doesn’t really care about the disenfranchised. Or, at the very least, there’s not a lot of sympathy for folks struggling to pay their bills in much the same way the dimwits on The Plaza every year celebrate a holiday lighting ceremony on a property built by a tyrant who used racially restrictive covenants to secure his real estate empire in Kansas City.
But I digress, let’s get to the most recent slap in the face to po’folk in River City.
Today there were hundreds of people lined up to get help for their heating and utility bills for the upcoming cold stretch of Kansas City weather who were subsequently given parking tickets by Police.
It was a move even the most ardent scrooge had to respect.
One of my online buddies put it far more eloquently than I ever could:
“Only in America could this happen… A bunch of poor, jobless disadvantaged scumbags show up to beg a few dollars from the government for heat assistance and the government is all over them with parking tickets. A “City that Works” sure enough. At the same time, one can’t really expect either common sense or empathy from a bureaucrat, can we?”
I think that “City that works” line is a reference to Mayor Funky. While he didn’t play any direct part in this hot mess, there is a connection.
Kansas City can only expect things to get worse as X-mas approaches.
Contrary to common knowledge: The murder rate has been known to escalate during the holiday season. During the horrible murder spike of 2008, the colder months of January actually started off a terrifying year of carnage.
This year, the broke ass people of this town are getting fined on the street for Red Light Camera Violations, fined while waiting for assistance and a great many dregs of humanity in the KC area can’t get into the P&L District to let off steam. So, it wouldn’t be out of line to suggest that so many affronts to social justice could translate into increasing violence. On this one, I hope I’m wrong (probably not) but it’s certainly something to think about while zoning out and listening to crappy holiday music.