I think the best twist in this saga lies just over the horizon.
When the national media and the comedic community weigh in on the issue, Tennessee will be an even greater laughing stock. Our illustrious leaders, our elected employees have managed to not only propel Tennessee boldly forward into the past, but have managed to personify every cliche about ignorant, mentally challenged, backwoods buffoons attributed to this state.
I'm certain this is just part of the legislatures "focus like a laser" on job creation. After all, who wouldn't be anxious to relocate to a state where the legislature is so openly in the pocket of special interests, some politicians scheme to take food away from already struggling school children, while other politicians laugh at the law and openly disparage their colleagues intelligence.
Yes, this would entice me to move a business here if I was looking for a place to fail.
The upside is we are keeping comedians supplied with material.
Jay Leno did a great bit about the proposed legislation. The final line was something along the lines of, 'In Tennessee, poor kids who get bad grades go hungry while rich who get bad grades become politicians.'
Oh yeah, this is the sort of publicity which will convince business to relocate to the state. It is comforting to see the GOP led legislature still "focused like a laser" on creating jobs.
Obviously you benefit greatly from the extortion of those living outside the privileged zone so reasonable discussion is out of the question.
Suffice it to say, regardless your inane prattle, if satellite cities perceive they are being mistreated, they will continue the fight to throw off the shackles of a central government. Once all the dedicated conservatives figure out a central government was and is a basic of communism, they will definitely revolt and disassemble metro.
I see no further need to address you jimmy.
The upside to all this, since I usually try to find the silver lining, is publicity for the state.
People who may have never considered Tennessee might opt for a second look just to see if we are all as outhouse rat crazy as our legislators. Hopefully, they will encounter those average citizens with better than average intelligence and understand the legislature is a temporary aberration.
I sometimes think, or rather hope, voters in the various districts elect some of these people just to get them out of town, hoping the other lunatics in government will keep them on a short leash.
With our current legislative make up, the hayseed image projected by country music will make the city and state seem like Mensa members in comparison.
I do understand economics Jim. If I don't have money for something, I must find ways to raise the money or do without. The communities you name would indeed have to scramble to fund anything beyond basic services if not attached to Metro. The difference is they would be spending their money in their neighborhood for themselves, not contributing to the support of programs which will never benefit them or they will ever use.
The problem is, Jim, the folks at the finge of the Metro blanket are contributing to the improvements but receiving essentially nothing in return.
Certainly, they receive at least lip service police and fire protection, but other niceties, such as sidewalks, street lights and expanded public transportation are woefully lacking.
Metro struggles to make ends meet, partially due to everextending themselves like a drunken sailor with a credit card on shore leave.
As far as being shortsighted about the benefit of sports venues and teams, the only people I see benefitting from these activities are those owning the teams, promoters and those operating the concessions. As far as creating jobs for the masses, the average persons employed, based on what I have gleaned receive minimum wage, no benefits, and no job security. Hardly an accomplishment about which to brag.
I do thank you, however, for acknowledging the MCC and professional sports teams are a Pyramid Scheme.
Just a personal observation, but if politicians and public servants, especially those involved in managing and guiding public education, were required, by law, to enroll their children, or if they are too old, grandchildren in the public schools they foist upon the citizens, changes would come about so fast, records would be set.
I believe more would be accomplished locally if we drew school board members from the active PTO rolls at metro schools instead of electing people with no stake in the issues.
Just my public school education opinion.
One hopes Metro will have learned to share more with the outlying districts instead of taking all the tax plunder to scatter about downtown.
If not, this issue will arise again and Metro might find itself indeed broken apart as was Yugoslavia.
The Metro government model only works so long as the "union" benefits all people equally. As the situation stands presently, many outside the core area of Metro feel they have been shaken down to build up the downtown quarter while others receive only a pittance or are ignored outright.
The empty assurances that the investments will benefit all over the long run have not, from where I sit at least, been borne out. Pusillaminous councilmembers have assured us they work for all of us but the veracity of these statements is highly dubious.
We were assured pro sports teams would prove a gold mine for the city, but the only ones reaping any substantial reward are overpaid athletes and money grubbing business leaders. The MCC, supposedly a self supporting facility, has yet to host a single event, and despite reports of booked conventions and lodging room nights, not a single penny so far as I've read has been deposited to Metro's coffers.
In the end, these supposed money wells, all centered in downtown, will have to be supported by the outlying cities should they fail to generate sufficient revenue streams.
Tread lightly, you honor, as your tax base might decide to leave.
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