"You seem to get it, Mr. Pearcey, and so do We the People - we ordinary Tulsa citizen/voter/taxpayers.
For the biggest reason why We the People of Tulsa will always refuse to support the Vision2 low water dam proposal or this extended corporate welfare/blackmail funding proposal, you have only to connect the dots to the special interests who will benefit the most from this commitment of our tax dollars.
Far too many wealthy Tulsans are invested in Arkansas riverfront land which will be affected by this foolish low water dam proposal, and their only goal is to cash out on their riverfront land investments.
Far too many wealthy Tulsans stand to gain personally from continuing the practice of using our tax dollars to pay corporate blackmail/welfare to corporate special interests who have no loyalty to, or any concern for, the well-being of any of us ordinary Tulsa citizen/voter/taxpayers.
When ordinary Tulsa citizen/voter/taxpayers can no longer trust even our own bankers to do the right thing for us, why should we ever again trust anyone else with any connection to special interest money?
Any assumption that We the People will carelessly continue doing 'business as usual' with any of these people is blatantly wrong. For that reason, We the People of Tulsa will never again agree to any 'pretend' civic improvement/economic development projects which are so clearly designed FIRST to benefit the personal bank accounts of only a handful of special interest, monied, individuals.
We the People of Tulsa want first:
1. A new police chief for Tulsa - one who is professionally trained, who comes from outside the 'good old boy club' of Oklahoma law enforcement, one who has proven experience in cleaning up gangs, full fiscal accountability, and who will implement modern law enforcement best practices and principles to provide safe neighborhoods and streets for every single Tulsa citizen.
2. A high quality, professionally trained, experienced, city planning director who has a proven track record in communicating with ordinary citizens in order to determine their needs/desires, and a proven track record in delivering on those needs.
3. A clear, bright, line, distinctive, line drawn between all the functions of our Tulsa city government and a) any for-profit, private businesses, or individuals directly connected to any specific, for-profit, private business entities; and b) any religious philosophies, organizations, or undue influences from any individuals directly connected to any particular religious philosophies or organizations.
4. A full commitment by all elected Tulsa leaders that they understand they are paid public servants of We the People, directly answerable first and foremost to We the People of Tulsa, and that their every act or decision in their respective, elected public service positions is subject to full, thorough, review by We the People at any time.
5. Trustworthy city government leaders who demonstrate consistently that they place the highest possible value on honesty, personal integrity, full transparency, and fair, equal, treatment of all Tulsa citizens, at all times."