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Strickland in Washington DC with hand out

by fredo
on 1/22/2010 @ 8:22am
In a clear show of her incredible leadership abilities our mayor is in the other Washington begging for money. This is happening shortly after the city just spent millions on new furniture, new cars, car washing services and unneeded raises for city employees. Maybe the fact that she's mixed race will be a good icebreaker with the Prez.

by Erik on 1/22/2010 @ 8:42am
She should be there in Washington DC getting Tacoma's fai share.

Tacoma taxpayers already pay their fair share of federal income taxes. They are not going to get a refund for any share of them, the money will be spent.

A certain portion of it is going to be sent back to the states for various projects.

There is nothing beneficial about letting other states use Washington's portion on bridges to nowhere.

Tacoma has a slew of buildings, roads and infrasructure that needs repair.

by tacoma1 on 1/22/2010 @ 9:08am
I hope her trip is successful. I'd rather get our fair share than watch Portland and Seattle get everthing.

Bringing race in to the mix is out of line. I'm sure that Barrack Obama is used to talking to intelligent competent people of many different races. When two white people sit down and talk, no one ever says: "hey, look at the white folk getting along". To bring it up sounds a little odd to me. It certainly isn't relevant to her trip.

by NineInchNachos on 1/22/2010 @ 9:22am
fredo's quip about race is an interesting insight to the complexity of the human condition given our knowledge of his ethically diverse wife and children. I love these curious creatures call humans!

by thriceallamerican on 1/22/2010 @ 10:12am
Maybe we should send Fredo's wife to DC, too!

by fredo on 1/22/2010 @ 12:29pm
For the record I'm mixed race myself. I'm half Irish Caucasian and half Scotch Caucasian. Both Obama and Strickland discussed their mixed ethnicity during their campaigns, perhaps even benefited from it. And I didn't say anything demeaning about either official. I said it would be a good icebreaker. Does anyone disagree with this?

Regarding our cities need to get it's "fair share:"

This is really an unsustainable method of financing city government and apparently it's catching on like wildfire. The cities spend their limited resources on a laundry list of irrelevant budget items, then plead for federal assistance to fund the priorities. Know whose funding these federal dollars? That would be the Chinese who will be repaid by our children and grandchildren.

by Nick on 1/22/2010 @ 1:40pm
I don't so much have a problem with the "begging for money" side of it. As far as the city's interests are concerned, I don't see a problem with capitalizing on an opportunity to find more revenue, even if it is a one-time thing.

I do have a problem with the city's spending priorities, which seem completely backward. It actually frustrates me that things like the Broadway LID are even necessary, when it is already the city's responsibility to provide and maintain complete sidewalks and driveable road surfaces. Especially when we see the kinds of purchase resolutions that the council passes.

What's the point of giving a sinking ship a fresh coat of paint? Let's patch the leaks before we start browsing color swatches. Sheesh...

by seejane on 1/22/2010 @ 1:55pm
Hell yah, go to DC and get some of our money back!

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 1/22/2010 @ 2:55pm
Given our proximity to two military bases, key bases at that, it is essential that the city get all the support we can from DC. This is not like some town in the middle of nowhere with nothing essential going on other than a big pile of need. Tacoma takes one quite a burden being so close to these military bases. For the love of jebus, our national security depends on it.

by Jesse on 1/22/2010 @ 4:38pm
She SHOULD be in DC promoting Tacoma and our needs here. After all, there are plenty of needs to be had and promoting Tacoma is her job.

Eh... I hate it when people bag on the everyday operating costs of gov't keeping it's doors open. It just comes off so... egotistical.

And... the racist comment made me feel all icky inside.

by Erik on 1/22/2010 @ 6:25pm
I hope her trip is successful. I'd rather get our fair share than watch Portland and Seattle get everthing.

Usually, Seattle gets the main package and Tacoma is thrown a bone or two.

by L.S.Erhardt on 1/22/2010 @ 11:47pm
Yet, if (by some odd twist of fate) Strickland happens to get enough Obamabucks to build a few dozen miles of streetcar, how many would be complaining?

by fredo on 1/24/2010 @ 10:03am
I think I understand.

Federal handouts to other states, cities, lobbyists, special interests, agribusinesses, sugar producers, bridges to nowhere, oil subsidies, blackwater, pharmaceuticals, insurance giants and automotive manufacturers...a BAD thing.

Federal handout to bumbling local politicos..a GOOD thing.

by Non Sequitur on 1/24/2010 @ 10:56am
Now you're getting it.

Bucks to others is bad. Bucks to you is good.