Saturday, March 19, 2005

The good old boys

Via Rauterkus, I learn that the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, part of the city's old-boys network (though now open to women of the proper mindset) that continues to believes it knows best for the city, the rest of us be damned, held a mayoral debate, and failed to invite one of the candidates, Les Ludwig. Now, Les doesn't have a chance in Hell of winning, but let's face it--neither does GOP candidate Joe Weinroth, who participated in the debate. What gives? One of the city's biggest problems is that a self-selected group of politicians, corporate and civic leaders have long controlled Pittsburgh, shaping it to their own misguided specifications, refusing to acknowledge decades of failure, and shutting out anyone who refuses to stick to the script.

Pittsburgh's day of reckoning is still at hand, my friends. We haven't even come close to hitting bottom.


Anonymous Amos the Poker Cat said...

I agree we have not yet hit bottom.

I think you ment to say, "Pittsburgh's day of reckoning is not yet at hand".

4:38 PM

Blogger Jonathan Potts said...

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8:41 AM

Blogger Jonathan Potts said...

Well, what I wrote might not have been entirely accurate, but I did intend to use the phrase "at hand" which according to my dictionary means close by, or imminent. In other words, not here yet, but soon. I believe the worst is yet to come but that it will come sooner rather than later.

In that sense, I could be wrong. Our leaders have gotten adept at crafting stop-gap solutions that disguise our problems in the short run but make them worse in the long run.

9:01 AM

Blogger Mark Rauterkus said...

Amen. Thanks J.P. Shame on the Downtown Pgh Partnership weenies.

Sadly, I too agree that the worst is yet to come.

Heck, when we come out of this we're not even going to have the World Series Trophy from 1979.

Hold onto that Three Rivers Stadium rubble. Soon the repo man will come calling for it.

3:09 PM


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