You know, I expect Kemp Conrad to propose crap like this, that's why I am voting for Paul Shaffer. And I would expect Bill Boyd and Reid Hedgepeth to be his Greek Chorus in support. However, the fact that Bill Morrison, Shea Flinn and Jim Strickland voted for this Proposition 13-like garbage enrages me.
By doing so, gentlemen, you put this vote on RACIAL lines; if I had Photoshop, I would put all of you in seersucker suits with string ties. And Bill, after getting help from TEP and then voting against NDO, you're dead to me.
This amendment would tie the hands of the city and ensuring its death. Bill and Shea, you probably voted for this knowing it would not pass, attempting to appease your white voters; that's too cynical for words. Jim, you're not even opposed in this election, what the hell were you thinking?
Let's let Brad Watkins tell us about it:
Brad Watkins, organizing coordinator for the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, said a two-thirds requirement would make it virtually impossible for the council to approve a tax increase.
"The fact is, it's hard enough for you guys to get seven votes for a tax increase," said Watkins.We are still going to need tax increases and revenue increases whether you like it or not; if I had my way, we would have a payroll tax to put on those who live outside Memphis but work here.
We have cut all we can cut, and the fact that this cheap political stunt was supported by supposed "Democrats" is infuriating, to say the least. Now, it looks more like they are just white folks.