Tonight the Greensboro City Council will approve funding to build the downtown Greensboro Performing Arts Center by a 7-2 vote with Wilkins and Abuzuaiter being the only 2 in opposition.
For the other 7 council members the prospect of being voted out of office come November is of little concern. Perkins, Matheny and Kee are in the real estate business and stand to make a mint. Councilwoman Johnson's husband is also in the real estate business. Councilwoman Vaughan's husband, retired state senator Don Vaughan, also has a long history of having owned real estate development companies. Councilwoman Hoffmann owns vast downtown properties and will no doubt flip them as soon as the land rush starts. And Councilwoman Small? Don't be surprised if the IRS Form 990 for her struggling non profit shows more than the usual amount of donations next year. She might even give herself that much needed raise.
You see, even if they lose the election they win the bank!
But the fact is: you had it coming and you all know it. Any fool with half a brain could read the writing on the wall and yet you sat on your fat asses and did nothing. When I begged you to gather en mass outside the Greensboro City Council meetings you left me standing there by myself for hours while Mayor Robbie Perkins mocked and made faces at the few who spoke out against them. You were lazy, you were cowards and tonight you pay the price for sitting at home on your asses and doing nothing more than bitching while only a few of us stood in your place doing what you should have been doing all along.
And the politicians knew all along this is what you would do. They counted on it. Mayor Perkins even stated, "There is no opposition to GPAC," in the midst of a City Council meeting last December and got away with it because you were too pathetic to do anything about it.
That's right, it's you're own damned fault this is happening tonight.
So now the question becomes: If you can't stop it and they don't care if you vote them out, how do you extract your revenge and take back what is yours? Or are you just going to roll over and die? Because from this point on you are on your own I'm not going to do it for you any more.