City Council has turned public policy into a war against poor people.
Which is weird, because El Paso is poor.
City Council is taxing the poor in order to “appease to a new demographic.” That’s right, a new demographic. One that looks like Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz.
Despite the fact that neither Matthew McConaughey nor Penelope Cruz, nor anyone who looks much like them, has expressed any desire to move to El Paso, appeasement notwithstanding.
Our benevolent overlords have decided that for El Paso to thrive, we need to attract this new demographic, and the way to attract this new demographic is by building amenities, like ballparks and arenas and a Great Wolf Lodge.
Now, I can imagine Matthew McConaughey going to a ballpark. Like, for a World Series Game. If he got free tickets. (Penelope Cruz, not so much.) But I can’t imagine him going to a Triple A ballgame in El Paso, not even with free tickets and unlimited hot dogs.
The truth is that people like Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz aren’t much motivated by the pedestrian benefits our benevolent overlords are offering. Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz are successful artists because the have empathy, and soul. (Our benevolent overlords, not so much.)
Those shiny amenities aren’t going to appeal to the opinion leaders who make things happen. There aren’t a lot of people who are waiting to move to El Paso once we build an arena, or an olympic swimming pool. El Paso should capitalize on El Paso’s unique identity. There is no place in the world like El Paso.
So why are we trying to be like every other place?