Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan; "If I Could Be Just Completely Honest For A Second, I Believe Exactly What You Believe"

"Let me take a moment to set the record straight once and for all and be completely honest with you about where I stand on the issues: I strongly and firmly believe all the same things you believe.

That’s why I think it’s important to use this opportunity to be as candid as possible about my most passionately held views. When I look at the most pressing challenges facing Greensboro today, I continue to think, as I always have, exactly what you do.

These are my core convictions. My driving principles.

Throughout my career, I have stayed true to these positions and stood like a rock. For example, I have for decades believed steadfastly in what you believe on the economy and LGBT rights, and police camera transparency.

On the issue of incentives for my campaign contributors, I have always held firm to whatever your view is. On DGI, I have long been on the side of the issue that you’re on. And on our new, taxpayer funded without a referendum performing arts center and $20 million more for the coliseum,  I have never—not even once—wavered on holding an opinion that mirrors yours. Our City needs a strong and steady hand at the wheel, and my consistency speaks for itself.

Unfortunately, our Tin Hat Brigade is full of spin and misinformation, and you may have been given a conception of what I believe that doesn’t fit the facts. If that’s the case, it’s time someone provided you with the unvarnished truth about how I’ve always put my full support behind the very same causes you support, and refuse to rest until I eradicate or reform the things you oppose. I won’t let anyone stop me from telling voters that, at this challenging and divisive moment in our community’s history, I stand for whatever it is they stand for.

Love it or hate it—I’m not going to gloss over that fact.  That's why City Council is going to ask voters to approve spending borrowed money on a few things the City actually needs like reparing streets, while we vote for our financial supporter's business ventures without them.

Maybe this kind of straight talk won’t win me any favor with the bloggers. But when it comes to my deepest, most heartfelt beliefs—which, again, are in perfect alignment with your deepest, most heartfelt beliefs—I’m not going to back down. I’m prepared to fight for whichever ideas you hold sacred, like letting Wall Street skim as much as they can from City of Greensboro employees in their retirement plan, just like your investment portfolio, unless you don't have one.

My view, which informs every decision I make, has remained identical to that of our City’s voters since I first married into into public service. And so I ask: Do you believe Greensboro is happy to have a mayor who is willing to look its citizens in the eye and emphatically state that she shares their thoughts precisely?

If so, I couldn’t agree with you more.  That's why we need a raise.  That's why Zack needs to be Roy Carroll and friend's puppet with your tax money.  That's why we lied about the debt for the Steven Tanger center to line our donor's pockets with higher real estate values.  That's why we didn't seek a vote for coliseum expansion.  That's why it's not the public's business to see police shooting videos.  That's why Greensboro employees help Mike Barber make money with First Tee.  That's why former City employees Mary Vigue and Donnie Turlington are running a ponzi scheme out of our taxpayer financed public library via Say Yes Guilford.  It's why we need another water sewer rate increase to fund expansion in Southern Guilford County outside the City limits for developers.

If we don't provide an uneven playing field for our contributors with incentives which hurt other non-connected entrepreneurs, we wouldn't be able to maintain power. That's why we gave so much of your money to Revolution Mills and Natty Greene's.

All these corrupt acts have occurred because we care, while we agree about everything you care about, especially when the subjects comes up."