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I observed during the depths of the Mike White kleptocracy (enabled and supported by chief consigliere Fred Nance, coincidentally) that, just as communities across the country were seeking ways to link up to the rest of the world, The City Of Cleveland's "leaders" seemed intent on closing the city in on itself, and systematically ignoring any evidence which suggested that Cuyahoga County was not at the center of the universe. I think it was to avoid stories just such as this...We don't WANT to be bothered by the experiences of other communities...We don't WANT to know what other cities are doing successfully that we can't figure out...We don't WANT to know that other communities might actually have civic, corporate and political leadership which is not awash in self-dealing and corruption...What does it matter what other cities do? They're not Cleveland, and casual corruption, craven corporate self-dealing, and civic thuggery are how we do things here...Pay no attention to what happens elsewhere...
Whenever I read journalistic outrage over the Trump Administration's invocation of "alternative facts," I have to assume the reporters in question have spent no time in Northeast Ohio, where "alternative facts, couched in a fog of self-serving bullshit, and served with a heaping teaspoonful of arrogance and thuggish behavior, have been The Way Things Are Done (and largely by the same group of sociopaths) in Cuyahoga County since at least the peak of the Mike White kleptocracy...We are desperately in need of a disruptive campaign for Mayor...These oligarchs have got to be stopped...
How ironic that those in our community who are currently losing their shit over the President-elect's campaign to turn the U.S. Government into an explicit corporate oligarchy are seemingly okay with the unelected corporate oligarchy which has been systematically raping area taxpayers for their own purposes for the better part of two decades...
"NEOMG apologist, indeed...I'm challenged to think of a single skeptical thought ever expressed by the "readers' representative"related to PD content. As a nominal advocate for objectivity and truth, Diadiun never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity to look beyond the craven adherence to the corporate party line for which the PD is so appropriately ridiculed, to tell readers exactly what's going on...His columns usually could be summarized in short words and simple sentences: "I've reviewed our readers' concerns and found them to be groundless. We were right and they were wrong...and if you knew what WE know, you'd understand how smart we are."...Still, isn't this just another sad example of "the Cleveand way" so heavily relied upon (and subsidized) by Cleveland's Men Behind The Curtain: first, pursuing a strategy of disregarding any voice which might POSSIBLY rise in question of the CMBC's actions, followed by dismissing and/ or destroying those who question the status quo consistently and won't go away...As with so many of Cleveland's increasingly inbred and decadent "civic institutions," the PD simply acted to close down even the last vestiges of potential accountability for the corporate and institutional rapists who arrogantly and happily continue to find new ways to engage in public larceny...soaking taxpayers to enrich themselves...
Leave it to the Greater Cleveland Partnership to be on the wrong-headed side of yet another issue. My initial thought was, "What on EARTH business does GCP have sticking its nose in on THIS issue?" The pretext is pretty thin, even by the gossamer-thin standards of Chamber-speak...Then I remembered...Fred Nance OWNS GCP, and he's the Browns' general counsel...
When The Men Behind The Curtain are willing to hijack the Ohio Constitution to get what they want, normal political checks and balances no longer work in a community. When the powerful can raise taxes (already the highest in Ohio) without a vote of the people, to benefit themselves, jailing a few chucklehead politicians will not suffice...the corporate oligarchs (and their institutional enablers) need to be embarrassed publicly, again and again and again, until they go away...Where's Batman when you need him?...
The unfortunate reality is that the geniuses behind this project have never particularly cared whether it worked or not. Whether the facility is profitable,or even useful, is irrelevant to GCP, Positively Cleveland, and their corporate enablers.
Their only priorities had to do with what investment bankers and law firms would get the deal to float the bond issue; who would broker the deal for land acquisition (for a healthy commission), and who the contractors and vendors would be. The fact that a few hundred construction workers would be on the project for a couple years was the real extent of their "vision" for the project.
For these clowns, the only "economic development" they care about is developing the economies of the developers, lawyers, and other transaction processors to whose sticky fingers that $800 million might adhere...Once the thing is built, and open, the complex somebody else's problem. This egregious arrogance is what passes for leadership in Corporate Cuyahoga County...and shaking up a few elected officials will do nothing to clean it up.
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