Five years from now, when people hear the name “Margo,” are they going to think of Tom Lea and FEMAP, or will they think of higher taxes, campaign lies, and bureaucratic intransigence?
If Amazon considers El Paso as a location for HQ2 (Ha!), will their investigation unearth a government in tune with its citizens, nurturing their personal growth, or a city government reeking of backroom deals with private interests?
I’m pretty sure Amazon don’t roll that way. It would be bad for their brand.
Ostensibly, the City’s values are Integrity, Respect, Excellence, Accountability, and People. Integrity, Respect, Excellence? I’m not seeing any of that. Accountability? To whom? For what? Valuing People is maybe the only value that the City is true to, but it’s not all the people. Only the rich ones. The City should understand that values are more than words in their Employee Handbook. Values are the defining principles for an organization’s brand.
Principles seem to be in short supply around City Hall. The default seems set to private gains at the expense of public benefit.
Being steadfast and true can be good qualities in a politician. (Steadfast is another word for stubborn.) If you’re steadfast and true for the right reasons. Principles, for instance. Or defense of the disenfranchised. Being steadfast and true on behalf of private interests at the expense of the average citizens is no virtue. Selling out the taxpayer to be steadfast and true to your patrons is not something to be proud of.
You can build a hundred bridges and no one will call you a bridge builder, but you rope one goat and you’re a goat roper for the rest of your life.