Our poor city! Here we are in the regional/national spotlight as a city without streetlights, a city that can’t water its parks, a city that doesn’t fill its potholes and a city governed by a quaint mix of religious fanatics and anti – tax zealots. This is a time for keeping our heads down, for careful, statesmanlike remarks from elected officials, and for stressing everything positive about the city.
It’s not a time to go all Sarah Palin at the Tea Party, but that’s exactly what we’ve been doing.
With unemployment hovering around 10 percent, was it really necessary for city council to denounce a proposed jobs bill, which might funnel as much as $42 million to the city, and enable it to restore some services? Asked by the National League of Cities to support the bill, seven of nine council members seized upon the opportunity to huff and puff about the deficit, and advise the federal guv’mint to stop borrowing money, consarn it!!
It was pure political posturing. Council’s stand will have no effect upon the bill’s prospects. If it passes, expect council members to wring their hands over the federal budget deficit…and take the money. They should have just ignored the request, and passed on the opportunity to score meaningless political points.
As Susan Greene’s column in Sunday’s Denver Post shows, it has made it a lot easier for our enemies and rivals to paint city elected officials as clueless, unfeeling hypocrites, who care nothing for the less fortunate members of the community.
And Greene’s not exactly a looney lib’rul. She’s an experienced, competent journalist, a finalist for the Pulitzer last year. She’s a lot more credible than, say, David Sirota.
Uncharacteristically, Mayor Lionel Rivera won the ‘foot – in – mouth’ prize. Here’s what he told Greene.
“Some people want a homeless life,” counters Rivera, a financial adviser. “Some people, they really do.”
Homelessness: the 2010 lifestyle choice!
My suggestion to our august elected officials: remember Nancy Reagan’s famous adage “just say no”? Don’t say no, or yes, or anything at all.
Just shut up.