Saturday, October 14, 2017
Some things I've been thinking about
Tax increment financing
With the recent revelation that the cupboard at the Hope Valley CID has been stripped bare, isn't it about time we said no to the habit of the City of Joplin and other governing bodies to put the stamp of approval on every tax increment financing proposal or giving gigantic tax breaks to anyone who says they will bring 50 jobs or help the city grow?
Perhaps we should examine the city's pitiful record- Consider the bill of goods the city and the school district bought on Wallace Bajjali's disastrous TIF. Wallace should be in prison. Or how about the 1717 Marketplace TIF? The developer of that project is is prison. Tax increment financing is supposed to be for blighted areas. How in the world can either the 1717 Marketplace or Northpark Crossing TIFs be considered to be in blighted areas?
Part of the problem we have run into this country is that we have pitted cities and states against each other in a never-ending battle to throw money away to attract businesses that then have no loyalty when the next community is willing to offer even more.
And when you have a situation like the Hope Valley CID where then City Councilman Mike Woolston voted in favor of it despite being a business partner with the developer, it brings an even stronger odor to the entire process.
And Joplin has certainly had problem with odor recently.
One of the themes being pushed on right wing media is that women on the left are hypocritical because they marched and protested immediately after Donald Trump was inaugurated as president, but have not come out en masse to protest against Harvey Weinstein.
No one from the right wing media has passed along their talking points to me, so maybe I am missing something.
Since when can Harvey Weinstein make decisions that can send us to war, deprive millions of health care, talk about how warm and fuzzy those white nationalists are or send the message that America's word can no longer be trusted?
Harvey Weinstein is a pig and deserves personal and professional payback and probably prison time. Some protests against him would not be out of the question, but to compare protests against an entertainment figure with someone whose every decision affects all of us is nonsense.
Josh Hawley and Eric Greitens
I miss the good old days when people actually worked their way up the political ladder and showed they knew what they were doing before they began auditioning for national political office.
In the past few days, the Turner Report has had posts about Attorney General Josh Hawley cozying up to Steve Bannon and the Koch Brothers to boost his U. S. Senate candidacy and Greitens has made trips all over the U. S., going to Washington at least five times and visiting with the president in Florida.
These two men have only served slightly more than nine months in office.
It would be nice to see resumes being built through accomplishment.
Break up the Cubs
I also miss the days when I rooted for the National League every year in the World Series. I want to see the Houston Astros take it all this year. (At least, they spent most of their existence in the National League.)
I definitely do not want the Yankees back in the World Series and while I hate seeing the Dodgers playing in the Fall Classic either, I will hold my nose and root for them to beat the Cubs. Cub fans got their World Series last year. Let them wait another 108 years.