The circus came to town a little early today -- and it was the three-ring variety in Council Chambers. It was mostly a clown show with a few acrobatic moves.
First, the City has consciously chosen to mirror the fiscal gridlock paralyzing nearly all of western civilization of insisting on government spending massively more than it takes in. And that suicidal direction was only exacerbated with today's votes of the Council.
With that, the good news is that City Council today rejected the greatest part of Mayor Mallory's property tax increase. That was a major win for Cincinnati taxpayers.
The further good news is that they appear to have killed the $4.4 million glass atrium project that they approved -- inexplicably and indefensibly -- only three months ago.
However, City Council approved a tax hike to pay bonds on Mayor Mallory's capital excesses, including the Streetcar. That was a major loss for Cincinnati taxpayers.
The silver lining to that debate, however, was that it became indisputable by the Mayor and Administration that the tax hike was a direct result of issuing bonds for the Streetcar, something the Mayor had promised would not happen.
A side benefit was also that we were able to separate the men from the boys; the thinkers from the Mallory robots. Christopher Smitherman, Charlie Winburn and P.G. Sittenfeld were solid anti-tax votes. Laure Quinlivan and Wendell Young at least seemed to give thoughtful consideration to the anti-tax position, but in the end flopped around like a fish on dry land.
And poor Chris Seelbach buckled after being lied to by his own attorney, who threatened to sue Seelbach if he did not vote with the Mayor, an outrageous breach of his legal duties to the Council that required the Solicitor to state the law was something other than what it was.
Cecil Thomas, Yvette Simpson and Rozanne Qualls showed themselves to be mindless adherents to the Mallory/Dohoney policy of self-destruction of the City.
And we, the voters, put up with all this nonsense, all this lack of professionalism from the political and administrative leadership of this City. Goodness.