In the latest game played by the Political Class against The People, TP just scored a “double play,” as a Wilmington StarNews headline put it. (link) Congratulations to Ben McCoy and Josh Fulton, two gutsy guys, who aren’t afraid to take on big hitters on the city council. With virtually no money or political clout they got the People’s team together and showed it could be a contender.
The PC team has all the advantages: government power, availability of other people’s money and selfish rooters who don’t care about the bad consequences of more taxes and public debt as long as their team wins.
Congratulations also to StarNews reporter Shelby Sebens; she’s written a well-done, objective story about the continual battle between taxpayers and interest groups using political power-players that take more of our wealth for their self-interests. Mayor Saffo accuses McCoy and Fulton of “pushing a political agenda.” That’s laughable. He’s raised his political agenda to another irresponsible level.
Politics, by definition, indicates two sides. The deck is usually stacked against the majority of the people by the power and resources available to government officials—who frequently show an arrogance and disdain for the greater body of citizens—especially if the people dare to challenge them.
City council will push another ill-conceived project to put all of us (the county Political Class will probably join the city PC team) deeper in debt for costly and unnecessary public arenas, while many citizens don’t have jobs and/or have lost other wealth.
We’ll wait until November to find out if TP will score another run against the PC team. Meanwhile, the PC will use all its cunning connivances (e.g. putting a ballot referendum to vote for more public debt) to win the game it largely controls. If this team wins we all lose.
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