After he lost the 1962 California governor's race, Richard Nixon said that "You won't have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore" and swore he was done with politics. He came back and gave us Watergate and the worst parts of the Vietnam War. Clay Chastain left town a few years ago after one of his absurd ballot proposals failed, promising that Kansas City would have to get along without his ideas.
Take a lesson, Clay.
One of my favorite blogs, me, my life+infrastructure, posted this wonderful creation by Tony's Kansas City, and pointed out that Clay is slamming the ATA
for conducting an analysis of alternatives which is required for
Federal light rail funding. Clay is reality-based enough to admit that Federal funds are
necessary for KC to have light rail.
Clay did a good thing back in the day, which saved Union Station. The City Council and then-Mayor Cleaver's attempts to kill his plan justified Clay's distrust. But since then Clay's simplistic and short-sighted attempts to help have been growing weirder and his rhetoric more obnoxious. We now have a light rail "plan" that voters approved because they want light rail, but which includes provisions that many people ridiculequestion (close Broadway through Penn Valley Park? Put in gondolas from Liberty Memorial to Union Station?).
I've talked with dozens of people who say that they voted for the
proposal because they wanted light rail, but they didn't expect it to
pass, and they don't like most of the details. Not a large sample size,
I admit, but varied enough for me to believe that it's more
representative of voters' feelings than Clay's "mandate"
The thoughts of Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf Should I be worried that the top Google result (update: in October of 1994) for Relentlessly Optimistic is to the former Iraqi Information Minister?
That's somewhat offset by the fact that the #3 link is to Sponge Bob Square Pants.