We noticed a story on the Daily Paper site about the daughter of Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd getting a grand from the city in the form of a scholarship…we take note, but make no judgement about the propriety of that action.
However, we note this sentence, “The scholarships do not come from taxpayers’ money, Houston said, but from money left over from the state of the city address.”
Which begs the question, “Who pays whom to hear the mayor extol the merits of their administration?”
These events in Boise are “farm aid” for the Chamber of Commerce. The GUARDIAN has long decried Boise mayors cozy relationship with the Chamber. The Chamber charges folks $30 a plate for breakfast and stuffs the room with rich guys who don’t have to be at work on time and can spring for over priced scrambled eggs. The Chamber grosses $30,000 and the mayor gets a receptive audience. If what they have to say is important, it should be done at a city council meeting… but the Big Boys probably wouldn’t show up for a boring speech in the council chambers.
To its credit, Team Dave has made free seats available to anyone wishing to hear the words and wisdom of the mayor–who will no doubt tout the various “fan magazine” rankings which place Boise on some sort of national “ain’t Boise neat” list.
The GUARDIAN is currently in Lansing Michigan where the local politicos rolled over for business and industry for a century. Today the factories are not only closed, but they have been razed to piles of rubble. It is not a pretty site and it should serve as a warning to Boise that being “selected, placed on the list, considered, etc.” by a huge employer can hamstring an entire community which is eventually left holding the bag and is powerless to do anything but beg for a replacement industry which will only come if given “incentives.”
These folks could use a few GROWTHOPHOBES to balance things.
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