We can't quite understand Almighty Marty's obsession with adult sized children's toys. Marty's toy trolley has taken a detour through the Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) but is still in the works, and now Marty's on the hunt again for his real life teddy bear. The proposed panda project is back on the radar after Marty's recent visit to China to - among other things - try and convince the Chinese to lease one of the San Diego Zoo's pandas to Albuquerque.
The original panda plan was a hotly contested item during the 2005 mayoral election. The council by a narrow majority opposed the panda project and the ruler of the 11th floor erupted threatening vetoes (ABQ Journal - Subscription). In the end, the proposed panda project died of natural causes, the Chinese didn't want to lease one to Albuquerque; even at $1 MILLION a year.
One of the arguments against the panda was that while it's fuzzy and cute (not to mention dangerous), it doesn't add its weight in Yuan (or dollars for that matter) to an already fantastic zoo. We seem to recall the exhibit alone would cost taxpayers $3 to $4 MILLION just to build the habitat to house the $1 MILLION a year panda. Pandas have also put pressure on zoo budgets that have them and forced increases in admission fees to cover costs associated with panda exhibits.
We have to hand it to Mayor Marty, although his choices in legacy projects may seem juvenile, he shows the single-mindedness and determination of spoiled child who is at long last denied their heart's most fervent desire. We hope that the council and the public are wise enough to continue to block Marty's attempts to build his legacy on the backs of Albuquerque taxpayers and their progeny.
Quote of the Day
Does this sound familiar? This is right from the dictionary and seems to describe Albuquerque, Berry and Schultz. Fascism (f ash ,izem) noun An authoritarian right wing system of government and/or social organization. (in general use) extreme right wing, authoritarian, chauvinistic and/or intolerant views or practices. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one group over another, national, ethnic, especially social strata or monetarily; a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach. Compliments of one of our Eyes