Thursday, December 04, 2008

Is Silly Season Coming to a Close?

Funkhouser is talking about the economic crisis.

Marcason is talking about sewers.

Jolly is talking about red light cameras.

Hermann is looking at budget shortfalls.

Gottstein remains focused on her priorities.

The whole Council is waking up to the horrible mistake they made in extending Cauthen's contract over Funkhouser's smart-with-the-money objections, and giving Cauthen terrible evaluations that will never appear on his resume of fabrications.

The Finance Committee refused to go along with Cauthen's crazed scheme to take all the risk of the eternally-botched Citadel Project.

Meanwhile, Ed Ford is all by himself ranting and muttering darkly about recalls he is too lazy and ineffective to spearhead. (He brings to mind this nifty bit of analysis - "In fact, people who resort to using the threat of recall in Kansas City are announcing in clear tones that they are ignoranuses. They are stating boldly and clearly that they do not know what they are talking about, but they want attention, nonetheless. They are standing on their soapbox and loudly embarrassing themselves, hoping you will watch.")

Back when the Mayor and Council were elected, I thought we had chosen wisely. At times over the past year and three quarters, I've had moments of despair, but the past week or so has given me hope. The Mayor is focused on helping the city weather an economic crisis that Cauthen foolishly ignored, and the Council is actually working on something other than trying to run the Mayor's office (well, except for Ed Ford).

I'm beginning to hope that by spring, our elected officials will be acting more like a well-run student council than a self-indulgent drama club. (Well, except for Ed Ford.)

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Anonymous Doc said...

a sound hope, and true - certain council members are going about the public's interest.

however, at best the Funkhousers are only going to go 1 for 2, legally speaking: his motion should be granted, but Bates will win/settle her suit. and that will give the smear artists enough ammo to keep trying to divide the coucil...

12/04/2008 10:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are Gottstein's priorities? Drinking Red Bull? Showing up late to meetings? Throwing public temper-tantrums?

12/04/2008 1:56 PM  
Anonymous DKC said...

One can always hope, but I suspect the cascade of cross-room spitballs will continue even when we are facing dire economic times. It's always easier to deal in personalities than facts and responsibilities. And remember some council people are already running for Mayor.

12/04/2008 3:51 PM  
Anonymous Regular Folk said...

I couldn't agree more with Dan. When will the mayor quit going on national tv whining about things.

I for one am tired of his bitching and moaning. Maybe he will finally stop tela commuting.

Somebody needs to call him a waaaambulance.

12/04/2008 6:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like that new word coined in the quote. "Ignoranuses" seems to be the correct term to describe Gloria Squitiro and Mark Funkhouser.

12/04/2008 7:55 PM  

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