Friday, February 26, 2010
Why You Should Be Happy With Mark Funkhouser
Well, if you are feeling voter remorse, think again. Governor Jay Nixon has appointed Alvin Brooks to some sort of task force. First on Brooks' agenda is to get more black cops. Now, you would think that a man coming from one of the highest crime rate areas in the nation would have some other thought than the ethnic background of the police force, but that is wrong with those that are part of the machine. They only think about things that have no substance and see government as an instrument of social engineering and redistribution. (I don't think Brooks is a bad man)
When Funkhouser goes wrong is when he tries to appeal to the machine. I, for one, would not want to be the KC mayor at a time like this. Years of TIF and over expansion have left the city dry. He has no control of the schools, and the overall economy gives him no room to do things like get rid of the earnings tax, which I know he would want to do and would be the best thing for the city. But now, we have a new school superintendent that "is tired of doing things for the adults instead of for the kids" and will be closing down a ton of schools and firing 300 teachers (This is a good thing). And we have a new city manager. Remember, Funk tried to fire the old one before and the council checked him. Now, I feel it may be too late. I'm sure Funk will be replaced by another cog in the machine. So will you be happy.