The news out of this town wasn’t completely horrible this week. There were a few signs of improvement for the Greater Kansas City Area despite the fact that overall the economy is STILL headed into the toilet.
I won’t offer false hope but I will note that life during the Great Recession suits this small burg. The high flying, fast money and big spending days of this town only served to create tremendous debt with little benefit. Kansas City is accustomed to doing more with less and the current age of austerity should speak to our rural instincts, humbleness and frugality. These are backwoods traits that shouldn’t be viewed with shame. Big government Keynesian economic theories haven’t played well in this town since The First Great Depression and even then it’s always been skepticism that has defined this town.
So, as the downward spiral of the stock market continues, let’s check out a few events that defined this week.
1. The Special Session of The Missouri General Assembly on behalf of Ford brought even more tax goodies and GOP infighting. Again, Conservatives struggle with sparking business using taxpayer cash but in this Ford Tough Economy creating hard to find jobs is a priority for both parties. Overall the session might have been a win for Governor Jay Nixon if not for an embarrassing article about his airplane antics.
2. The Royals have started winning again – It’s important not to get excited over this fact because there is still no way in hell they’ll make the playoffs but overall it’s nice to see that not every trip to the Stadium will end in disappointment.
3. Mayor Funky’s lame duck status is once again confirmed – Sadly, Mayor Funky has the values of a fiscal conservative but they are overshadowed by his pathological stubbornness and strange devotion to having his wife in his office. If his words about fiscal responsibility were serious then he would work to improve his political reputation overall. The Council gave away a bunch of Kansas City Cash to the Truman Stadium Complex this week and the Mayor could do nothing but complain to the cameras.
As the summer drags on – and maybe if they cap that massive oil spill eco-disaster in the Gulf – we can expect more good news. But before the string of hot weather homicides hit or elections get even closer, it’s nice to enjoy local news that isn’t completely downbeat.