Well, a couple hundred Manhattanites will head out for Overland Park tomorrow. The puppets and robots migrate there, each January, so their strings and controls can be recharged by the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce. Thousands of dollars of tax money will be spent in travel, meals, and lodging. Thousands of dollars earned in Manhattan will be spent in Johnson County stores… all blessed by the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce. They go there to pay homage to those who control Manhattan’s social and economic structure. It’s amazing how people elected by the voters and taxpayers of Manhattan are lead by the nose, with no consideration for that constituency. It seems far more important to have one’s ego stroked, as they are wined and dined in Kansas City, than to insist the Chamber show allegience to our own community. Neither School Board, County Commission, or City Commission have the spine to demand the use of tax dollars for this event be cut off. Not one of those elected bodies will insist the staff that report to them refrain from spending tax dollars attending this event. And, the very entitey that receives well over $1 million in tax dollars to promote Manhattan sponsors this event that promotes taking Manhattan dollars to Johnson County.
To you couple hundred headed east, travel safely. Sleep well in Kansas City, knowing your trek is a slap in the face to those paying your salaries and providing the expense accounts you utilize this weekend.