This week featured a great many recycled dumb ideas and repeated futile gestures. During the last Mayoral election perennial candidate Stan Glazer proposed a Ferris Wheel akin to The London Eye on the river front to attract more tourists and revenue for this cowtown. In retrospect I don’t think it would be that bad an idea but not for tourism; just to remind locals that we always try the same failing strategies over and over in this town — And I think that’s the new age definition of insanity.
Still, it’s important to take a look at the week in local failure if only so we can be accurate in our repeated mistakes:
1. The Royals Rearranged Deck Chairs This Week: The Trey Hillman Firing was only a significant milestone for folks who don’t understand that this small media market and horrible ownership dooms this town to consistently mediocre teams. It’s really a horrible thought and I understand why so many don’t want to believe the obvious; that our financial situation predetermines destiny. This same principal applies to so many indebted suburbanites and impoverished urban dwellers. And maybe that’s why so many people don’t want to admit its veracity.
2. Schools First Is Just Plain Stupid – The Mayor doesn’t have any power, authority or credibility on The School District but he’s desperate to make some kind of progress. Already School Board President Airick L. West has made real change in this political sphere and the Mayor’s attempt to piggy back on progress is not only cynical but also doomed to failure. In the end, Funkhouser hasn’t had a bit of luck with ANY of his political aspirations and his foray into KCMSD issues seems just as foolhardy.
3. Clay Chastain Was Back In Town – I think he went back to Virginia this week but he won’t stay there . . . The persistence of this transit advocate has to be admired despite the fact that Kansas City keeps saying no.
4. Surveillance is the name of the day – The KCPD has moved beyond DUI Checkpoints. The daylight drivers license checks have netted some impressive arrest numbers but remind us that during periods of civil unrest it is ritual for societies to unwisely give up their liberties.
5. More Bureaucracy At City Hall Is Nothing New – The Development of the Capital Projects Office takes away power from Acting City Manager Troy Schulte and it’s ultimately the result of ongoing political vendettas among Council People with no leadership from the Mayor. This mess is now routine down at the Hall and it only gets dirtier as the election moves near.
So, while we will see variations of these headlines in the coming months, it’s worth it to realize that life in Kansas City is nothing more or less than disappointment on an infinite loop.