When I returned to blogging a few weeks ago, I promised myself that I was going to avoid local Allentown politics as much as possible. A lot of Perspectivesâ€™ readers are not Allentonians. And the truth is, Iâ€™m frustrated beyond words with Allentownâ€™s slide in to the abyss and the inability of anyone in a position to do so to show an ounce of courage or leadership.
But promises are made to be broken, and even though fellow blogger extraordinaire Bernie Oâ€™Hare beat me to it, I feel compelled to comment on Jarrett Renshawâ€™s well-written story in Sundayâ€™s paper, titled â€œAllentown Loan Deal Isnâ€™t Paying Offâ€. Really. What a surprise.
Anyone whoâ€™s ever been married knows that one of the ways you keep a relationship â€œhealthyâ€ is by resisting the urge to say â€œI told you soâ€ when your partner turns out to be wrong and you turn out to be right. But there are no such rules in journalism or politics, so excuse me while I mention that there were people out here in the wilderness, myself included, who were trying to sound this alarm, years ago, and no one, including The Morning Call, would listen.
Now that the light is finally shining on the inside of the open lockbox, and it looks like the reserve may have dipped below itâ€™s legally â€œlockedâ€ level, and even though the convoluted deal hasnâ€™t earned a fraction of the interest projected to help pay down the debt, donâ€™t get your hopes up that anything will change.
City Council will continue to verbalize a few mild protests, the mayor will go on blaming his predecessor and the worst recession since the Great Depression, and there will be no consequences for this deception except for the increase in taxes of the dwindling number of Allentown citizens who still actually pay taxes.