“Stockholm Syndrome Tucson” Squandering Youth & Talent

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Tucson’s nickname among UA grads who’ve left for real world jobs, is “the Dirty T”.   Most (>80%) leave, knowing the locals in the psychological assessment above, have come to love their squalor.  Thematically, it’s downright Orwellian.

Anyone who’s been to a functioning & prosperous city of 546,000+ (metro 1.1 million), will realize this moniker fits Tucson like a glove.  Outside its subsidized and newly reconstructed downtown, the place could be a seedy 1969 throwback from Tarantino’s latest movie, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

Downtown’s financial benefactor–the Rio Nuevo District means well, but it’s really a zero-sum, tax-scheme masquerading as a giant version of urban trickle-down theory.  Evidentially, this contradiction has escaped all the UA pointy-headed, leftist ideologues, and other misguided, rich Tucson liberals.

 All seem to have missed a key characteristic of the Internet Age…. (let me shout): TOP-DOWN DOESN’T WORK ANYMORE!  Especially in modern urbanity; build for bottom-up as ‘Gig-City’, Chattanooga, demonstrates.

Meanwhile, the City of Tucson is controlled by some of America’s wackiest liberal nobodies; it’s 100% Hard-Left Demshevik.  Only one of their 6 Councilors + Mayor has any real world business [for-profit] experience; several are double dippers at the state government trough.

Their new Mayor, and Grijalva Gang alumnus, Regina Romero, is straight out of the enviro-left’s central casting, having been some kind of flunky for the notorious Druid-religion, lawsuit-Godzilla, CBD (Center for Biological Diversity).  CBD is headquartered in Tucson (where else? Santa Fe? Berkeley?).

Tucson-the-tumor is now openly infecting the rest of Arizona.  Smug Phoenix conservatives deserve it.

Every bit of this crazy playing field could be easily leveled by the craven & clueless Arizona Legislature.  They could roll back Tucson’s cursed 1929 City Charter, which allows for a hybridized “at-large” council voting scheme, basically legalizing bloc-voting for the Demsheviks’ mandatory slate of candidates.

More than 20 states have abolished local “at-large” schemes at their respective state constitutional level.

Who’s really suffering here?  It sure isn’t the legions of Tucson’s government workers, or the uber-wealthy, trophy home occupants up in the heights.  As I noted previously about Tucson’s abysmal per capita income stats in Tucson Pays A Terrible Price to be the Anti-Phoenix, Tucson’s poverty is pervasive.

Young people are suffering, and leaving. Tucson squanders a tremendous inheritance from the University of Arizona, one that produces a bumper crop twice a year.  What a waste.

They have taken this amazing gift for granted, and thumbed their noses at the rest of Arizona.

Sellers is a South Park Republican who lives in incorporated Oro Valley.  His background is federal tech-transfer commercialization. 


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Sellers is a South Park Republican who lives in incorporated Oro Valley.  His background is federal tech-transfer commercialization.  Contact him at readbill19@usa.net Sellers is also a grad of Clemson’s Architecture School and the University of NC School of Business. He was a founding member of the Albuquerque Friday Morning Breakfast Group (’82-’96) which elected numerous conservatives. He has lived in the SouthWest & PacNorthWest more than 40 yrs.