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Kojo: “What’s With The Hatred of Adrian Fenty?”

Must watch commentary from Kojo. Is Fenty anti-poor people? Or is Kojo right that the anti-Fenty anger is a little over the top?

My two cents: When you spend $400,000 on a dog park while D.C. General's emergency shelter is overcrowded, a case can be made that Fenty's priorities lean a little in the anti-poor people column. When your proposed budget leans heavily on cuts to social services—including big-time layoffs at CFSA and proposed cuts to foster parent stipends and emergency housing funds—while the only time you step out into the public eye is to attend ribbon cuttings, a case can be made you don't care about poor people. When homeless men are stuck living in trailers and homeless families have to stay in motels while your AG Peter Nickles stonewalls wastefully on class-action cases and suing special-education plaintiffs attorneys, you may be perceived as anti-poor people. When the head of the Department of Human Services is a former Bushie, you may be perceived as anti-poor people.

And finally, when the District's unemployment rate hovers between 11 and 10 percent, and you say next to nothing on jobs, you may be perceived as anti-poor people. We know more about Fenty's abs than his thoughts on job creation. Tell me, what has Fenty done or said on the unemployment issue?

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  • proballdc

    @TH: The wonderful thing about free speech, which you seem to dred the most. Is that you don't get to decide how and when an American citizen can express it. You can hate what they say and do, but they have the undeniable right to express it the way they like within the bounds of the law. Last time I checked booing is not illegal. You seem to wish to silence those who don't support Fenty because they don't conform to your dainty perception of the "appropriate" way to disagree and express dissatisfaction. You stick your pointed little nose in the air, roll your eyes, clutch your pearls in disgust as you look down on the peasants who boo your King Fenty.

    And, by the way, in political circles in the District, everyone knows Barras is for sale and has been bought by the Fenty Administration. Her journalistic integrity has been suspect for some time. Her day in the sun was over long ago.

  • downtown rez

    ...he is a big supporter of bringing streetcars to DC.
    Oh, proball, you make me laugh
    The clear and recent record is that Gray tried to midnight massacre the streetcar infrastructure funding for H Street and Anacostia.
    This being the truth it's impossible to argue that Gray values this investment in these communities. Oh, he may say that he does, but his own secretive actions do otherwise. How is it possible to believe a man who does the opposite of what he <says? After all, we all know that were it not for voter outrage, he would have taken that $50 million in local money, forfeit the $100-$200 million in federal money, and said too bad, so sad, maybe I'll see you later!
    All the rest of what you wrote amounts to band campaign rhetoric. Vincent is honest, Vincent careful and considerate, Vincent has a long record. Pretty much the best I'd expect from a disaffected and embittered Cropp supporter. Grays campaign slogan shouldn't be "We can do better". "In my time, we did better", seems more honest. Although that's wrong. In his time, things were a mess.

  • proballdc

    Oh, DR, you make ME laugh. That is for your selective reading comprehension.

    I'll cut and paste, as you did, the comprehensive portion of my statement. Poor misinformed child.

    "...he is a big supporter of bringing streetcars to DC...However, what he has and continues to have concerns about, and rightly so, is the lack of accountability and planning from the Department of Transportation and the Mayor’s office. Fenty's “build now, plan later” approach will result in a poorly planned system, and additional long-term costs for the taxpayers."

    This build now plan later approach is reckless. To call it what it is is not to be against it, it is to call out the truth.

    You make alot of the unsubstantiated, though amusing, accusations against Gray that you decry his supporters of when speaking of your highness Fenty. Hypocrisy maybe?

    Just Asking...

    You like Fenty, I don't.

    THIS we agree on. If anyone has run a government in the shadows way outside of transparency and on the edges of the law that would be your royal master, Adrien M. Fenty.

    As for the rest of YOUR comments...empty rhetoric from a delusional follower.

  • Truth Hurts

    proballdc: Great to have you on the record as hating Barras, Kojo, and Fenty. Yepper, they're all bought and sold posers.

    With regard to your personal swipes, you don't know me and apparently don't read my comments fully. I don't dred (spelled dread) free speech,as you claim. My life and carreer demonstrates the opposite. You, however, think an appropriate exercise of free speech is to prevent (tea bagger style) an elected official from speaking by booing him so loudly that people can't hear what he has to say. Yes, it's your right. Just as it was the tea-baggers' right to shout down elected officials holding public health care forums. ONE CITY LIVES.

  • Truth Hurts

    Proball: Forgot to point out you didn't defend one city Gray's deciding vote against opening all council business to the public. Your comment to Drez re transparency and open government brought it to mind. I'm guessing Gray needed four years to deliberate before he switched up.

  • DCDem

    @TH: As Dr. King said, Let no man pull you low enough to hate him. So, no, you are wrong, I don't HATE any of the cast of characters you have listed. The word 'hate' is nowhere in my commentary. Read again.

    You are right I don't know you, just what you have written in this blog, for this piece. So I take it as I read it. You also presume that I, personally, exercise in booing politicians and those I disagree with. I don't. I prefer talking them down, showering them with uncomfortable questions on facts that they would just assume cower away from. However, I don't disparage those who do; it is their right. However any American who seeks to express their political views, within the bounds of the law, they have that right. I don't categorize them one way or the other. I don't look down on them. If you think booing is bad here, get a load of the Europeans in parliament.

    In case you didn't know it, politics ain't Sunday School. It is not the business to get into if your are thin of skin.

    Public Health Care reform, so noted, is one of those initiatives I actually supported and made it my business to "express" my political views to its opponents very aggressively, with no apology.

    I find the tea party members, 'amusing'. It makes the political process interesting. Keeps politicians off steady and on their feet; held to the fire. Because they don't 'conform' to what some people consider 'appropriate' political expression doesn't make them 'extreme'. They are just different.

    In fact, I don't agree with anything that the tea party stands for. It is a movement that is driven by tangents. No focus. Just a free for all against anything 'incumbent'.

    I don't LIKE Fenty. I find him ethically challenged and thus untrustworthy. I happen to KNOW Barris is, in fact, for sale and sold. Again, her journalistic integrity is suspect, there nothing objective about the woman. And Kojo. I don't listen to his show, I am just commenting on what is here, now. I have no opinion of the man one way or the other.

  • DCDem

    For future reference. I won't be using the proballdc moniker. I am NOT a professional athlete, just a fan, and am tired of making that distinction to folks.

  • Truth Hurts

    DCDem/proballdc: If you have evidence to support your bought/sold libelous allegations re Jonetta Barras, show it. Or just keep making up lies, it's your choice.

    I don't regularly listen to Kojo, either. However, I know his reputation and respect his views. The lead in to this blog has a link -- click on it. I did. Only then did I comment on his remarks. Listen to what he has to say. Then agree or disagree. Don't worry, you'll be able to hear him. There's no mob trying to prevent him from speaking by loudly booing in unison.

  • downtown rez

    Thanks for giving us the heads up that you've changed your alias, proball.
    I'm secure in my knowledge, and I'm comfortable in my opinions.
    Limiting for the moment our many, years long, disagreements to the momentary discussion of street cars, I'll just note that when Gray proposes more time for "studying" and "planning", he is engaging in a time honored (and obvious to anyone whose been around for more than a minute) attempt to delay, stall and, eventually, kill progress. Progress on H Street, and in Anacostia. Fuck them, right? At least that's what I heard him saying.
    Janey, your ballyhooed schools savior, did the same bullshit. Lots of pretty plans, no actual record of implementation. Dysfunction and catastrophic failure be damned. What we really need is years of studies and decades of plans. Not implementation. Not actual change. That's too scary. Stalling, reversing... That's Gray's goal, right?
    You see, proball (or whatever), I get that change is hard. And I get that Gray, like those past politicians supporting him, wants to take the easy way out. It's an old game. Lots of plans (to appease the progressives), while stalling implimentation (to keep the reactionaries comfortable.)
    But (to channel the current Mayor), at the end of the day, actions speak louder than words.
    And Vince Gray is not and has never been a man of action.
    And I will be the change I want to see in the world.
    So, friend, damn your blisters. Keep digging your heals in.

  • DCDem

    @TH: Of course not, Barras is not that foolish, however, there are candidates, NOT running for Mayor who are not the target of her ire or pleasure, that have, for the most part, confirmed her compensatory purchase in exchange for journalistic support. You can take it or leave it alone.

    I have no problem hearing politicians speak with or without boo's. Usually the politicians are the one's with microphones. If it is my intent to here what they have to say, I hear them.

  • DCDem

    @DR: Are you suggesting that when the city moves to spend over a billion dollars in taxes, on any project, that demanding that the it be well planned is a 'delay' tactic vs. something that should be expected by the taxpayer? I used to live off of H Street and actually think that the Street Car project, though not required, could improve the aesthetics of the neighborhood. U Street doesn't have one and it is much improved. I happen to know that the planners of this system (DDOT) hasen't even taken into consideration 'safety'. There is not a voice among the planners on how it is going to build pedestrian, cyclist or motorist safety into the engineering of the system. This is something that has to happen on the FRONT END lest we be forced to spend more to retrofit the system on the back end; along with the liabilities that failure to address safety will bring. I know this because the Department of Transportation doesn't have a single person on it's staff dedicated to safety. Not one. Gray, as councilman, then as council chairman, has always been a big fan of the streetcar project. He voted in support of it and its funding as a councilman and then again as council chair, it is the Mayor and his Administration that are putting the cart before the horse that is going to result in excess spending as a result of poor planning. Just as you cannot create a new metro rail line without appropriate and deliberate planning, so too, you cannot do so with street rail. It really is that simple.

    I've never heard Gray say "Fuck them..." about any neighborhood or person, for that matter. That is your editorialized opinion driven by loyalty to your majesty.

    I get it that change is hard. It has never been easy. But positive change doesn't happen as the fruit of reckless planning and spending. Change requires transformational leadership, which, necessarily, requires positive transactional relationships. In this city that means open collaboration with the citizens, positive relationship with the council and capital hill. It means being part salesman and part statesman. Williams understood this, which is what it took to develop and transform the Downtown streetscape, set aside 1 billion dollars to modernize DCPS and still leave a 1.6 billion dollar budget surplus and savings.

    It is not "old-school" thought that says that proper planning produces positive results. That is this little thing called "common" sense, though obviously not "too" common.

    I see more of Williams in Gray than Fenty.

    Blisters, as you say, come as a result of hard work, so, I'll take them.

    As far as digging my heels in, well, if you saw the soles of my shoes, you'd know that will NEVER happen.

    I am all for positive progress, but not through reckless action. This city saw more progress under Anthony Williams than under any Mayor before and sense. I was behind him all the way. And, as it is, so did the government that he led. He did not alienate them, he made them a part of the progress. He didn't feed into the ravenous nature of the populous that demonizes government bureaucracy as evil. He made a partner of all those he knew he needed to move this city forward. And it happened in a very big way.

    Not so with the your highness.

  • downtown rez

    DDOT has scads of safety folks- in planning and policy, in engineering, in operations. Scads.
    Moving a project forward without knowing where every sign or gallon of paint will go is hardly a bad thing. It's how things actually happen.
    Your memory of the Williams administration is very different than mine. You recall a paradise. I recall pothole ridden and unpaved streets, a higher crime rate, lower school performance, trash that didn't get picked up, snow that went unplowed, broken sidewalks, a 311 system that barely worked, a dysfunctional DMV, and a lot of communities that were left behind in word and deed.
    I'm not saying things are 100% fixed today, but I see clear and significant improvements in all areas of this city.

  • downtown rez

    Schools that didn't open on time, pools and recs that opened late or not at all because they were broke, higher juvinile incarceration rates... The list goes on and on...

  • Truth Hurts

    DCDEM aka PROBALLDC: Re comment #60, just as I expected. Lot's of tough talk -- zero evidence/facts. Put up or shut up.

    Or, just for fun, let's play your game. My turn.

    TH: Gray secretly married Graham.

    DCDEM: You're full of shit, TH. Prove it or go to hell.

    TH: I don't have any evidence, but trust me. I KNOW some peoples who KNOW it's true. Up to you, DCD, to believe it or not.

    DCDEM: TH, you've shown your true colors. Brown, the color of horseshit. Be gone, fool. I choose NOT.