Back in 2002, pension costs accounted for about 3 percent of the city’s budget. Since then, they’ve grown 25 percent per year. Now, they constitute 18 percent, totaling $1.3 billion annually.
Such calculated image-crafting undergirds a lot of the American military’s $700 million a year public marketing efforts.
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Killer Mike’s twitter bio reads: “I like My Woman, My Kids, Weed, Polo and Politics. I am a Pan Africanist Gangster Rapper, Civic Leader & Activist.” That description cannot be improved upon.
The difference in Scandinavia is that tall poppy syndrome applies to everyone all the time.
City and team officials have not been content simply to brandish hazy notions of civic pride when selling the project to the public. Oh, no. This stadium deal, like virtually every other one in this country, is wrapped up in grand promises of economic revitalization.
Middlebury, like many prestigious colleges, has steadily gravitated away from its core educational mission and now serves primarily as a sort of finishing school for the ruling class.
It’s not new for college students to indulge in self-righteous certainty, to be so intoxicated by a grand moral mission that they can’t see any value in hearing what the other side has to say. What is new: administrators who bend to their will.