By: Diane Benjamin
Nothing citizens said at the Citizen’s Summit mattered.
Nothing Bring It On Bloomington said mattered either.
The Budget Task Force was a joke.
The Downtown Stakeholders meeting held last night was equally for show, except the City most likely bought the food that was served.
The stakeholders nixed a downtown hotel! Therefore, Mayor DowntownHotel will ignore them. Yes, I attended – at least the first 1 1/2 hours.
The participants were handed a 9 page document listing 75 items from the Downtown Master Plan. The night was spent picking what they wanted to prioritize.
The results will get the priority fixing the roads have received.
From Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economic_planning
The most notable critique of economic planning came from Austrian economists Friedrich Hayek and Ludwig von Mises. Hayek argued that central planners could not possibly accrue the necessary information to formulate an effective plan for production because they are not exposed to the rapid changes in the particular time and place that take place in an economy, and are unfamiliar with these circumstances. The process of transmitting all the necessary information to planners is therefore inefficient.
Proponents of decentralized economic planning have also criticized central economic planning. For example, Leon Trotsky believed that central planners, regardless of their intellectual capacity, operated without the input and participation of the millions of people who participate in the economy, and would therefore be unable to respond to local conditions quickly enough to effectively coordinate all economic activity.
Both the left and the right admit it doesn’t work!
Bloomington has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars (if not a million+) writing Master Plans under Renner: http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=21&parent=8989
Of course, they can raise your taxes even more than they already have.
A guy announced he is running against Mboka Mwilambwe just to make sure the plans are implemented!
That race is easily winnable by a common sense conservative. So far none have come forward.
The UNUSED #5 Fire Station was built because “planners” planned for tens of thousands of new residents in that part of town. Taxpayers got stuck with the bills: MILLIONS of Dollars because their “plan” was wrong.
If this Mayor and Council aren’t dumped for leaders without god-like views of themselves, Bloomington will be finished for good.
Meanwhile, Mayor DowntownHotel is traveling to Cuba on $2000 of Bloomington taxpayer’s money. The article in the paper made it sound like he wanted to recruit students. I wonder how the tuition is going to get paid?
From a July 2016 article: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/cuba/article89133407.html