Wednesday, February 8, 2012

ER #30: A Glass Half-Empty

City Hall Elevator Rumblings #30

Rider #1: Today’s council work session will be legendary! The Kool-Aid is flowing freely and all the addicted council members are as high as a Billy Bob campaign contribution. With the Entertainment Center review today, the council might be staggering over a potential financial disaster should they go forward with a $211 million bond package offering.

Rider #2: Well, this is what happens when objectivity, common sense and sound decision making is thrown out the window in favor of creating a pecuniary Ponzi scheme designed to accommodate special interest groups. How did the Entertainment Center project get so far off track?

Rider #1: That’s Billy Bob really doesn’t have or want to spend his and the city council has a deep ‘greenback-well’...the tax payer’s wallet. These factors make for a genuine Las Vegas drive-through wedding. Is it possible that a majority of the council doesn’t understand the financial burden they are attempting to strap on the city? Maybe the better question would be: Do they really care?

Rider #2: Whether they understand or not, it is extremely difficult to change the mindset of a group of Kool-Aid addicts. And Billy Bob and his head cheerleader, ex-mayor Gears, have ensured that a majority of the council will always have free shots of Kool-Aid if his ‘palace’ with the 100-year lease and no bonded debt liability is built.

Rider #1: How sad! I hope we can get out of this meeting early. I’m really growing weary of hearing all the rah-rah pablum being spewed by a particular Kool-Aid-addicted council member who doesn’t realize that most of the 2,000 jobs purported to be created by this project would be waiters and event ticket takers! That’s really some economic development to crow about while strapping city tax payers with $211 million in bonded debt!

A note from counsel: These “candid” elevator conversations have been injected with fabricated nouns, verbs, adjectives, conjunctions, adverbs, modifiers and maybe a few dangling participles….Mark Holbrook