The Way I See It!

I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.

The Perfect Out - How a City Might Get Wal-Mart to Go Away.

Development, Retail, Wal-Mart

This is a hypothetical “What IF”!  Any similarities to actual events or people is just purely coincident.


Let’s say you have a survey done that you pushed so very hard for and you told some people how you think it will go.


You are the expert.


As it happens, you were 180 degrees wrong.  So you push that survey to the background and try to forget about it.  You tell people it is a mistake and must be in error.


In this way, the hypothesis fits in with other the theories already proposed.


'Oh, no one knows what goes on behind close doors'!


Now let’s say you have two nice pieces of contaminated land that you want someone to build on.  Site #1 and Site #2.


One of these properties Site #1 you don’t want retail on it even though the survey said it would be good and the city ABC has spent $13 million on it already.  You also try to persuade others that Site #1 is a bad choice.  These others would believe what you say and take your word as an honest word.  You are after all, the expert.


If statistics supported the expert’s theories, the data would be published broadly and boastfully.  So if you don’t have the data, BS and stop talking about the data that could damage your plan.


Now Site # 2 originally had a big box interested in building on it, even though Site # 2 has a methane gas issue, soft fill that will require deep pylons placed under the buildings (which will raise the cost of the building), a frontage road will have to be added, and the road and bridge will have to be modified to allow customers to turn onto the frontage road (this would need state and county approval). 


Now let’s just say this Site # 2 interested big box would get TIF money to accomplish much of the issues with the site and the interested big box is looking at getting a Anti-Wal-Mart business condition clause added that no Wal-Mart will be allowed to enter the city.


We also will say that the Mayor at the time was lock step with all of this and was a Wal-Mart hater and didn’t mind tax dollars going for big box as long as it wasn’t Wal-Mart.


Election time comes and a different Mayor comes in.  One that is willing to listen what Wal-Mart is offering (even though they personally don’t like Wal-Mart) and is open to Wal-Mart coming into the City.  This causes the interested big box from Site # 2 to say, NO we will not come to your city since the new Mayor is willing to entertain Wal-Mart.


This causes a dilemma.  You still don’t like Wal-Mart, but many people are clamoring for it and they tell you we need development and someone to pay the bills that are pilling up.


You come up with the perfect scheme.


You try and force Wal-Mart to build on Site # 2 that in the past they said no to and if they say “NO” again, you can say well we tried and Wal-Mart just doesn’t want to build here.  This will finally shut up all the talk about Wal-Mart coming to town and you can get on with your plans.


If they say YES, you at least got your way on Site #1 for which you hope to sell to multiple little retail shops, but you are finding it hard without an anchor store and suddenly retail will be in three different parts of the city instead of two plus you don’t understand why retail wants to be around the Wal-Mart as this boggles your mind.  You believe Wal-Mart is bad and why would other retailers want to be near it.


You can fool all of the people some of the time!

You can fool some of the people all of the time;

But you can't fool all the people all of the time!


“Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive” - Sir Walter Scott


Skip the Spin, Read the Data


Doesn't matter how you spin it, this is nothing but typical NIMBYism. 


Figures don't lie, goes the adage, but liars can figure.


Spin and propaganda in itself is a form of intellectual bullying.


If you get tired of sensationalized headlines and spin in the articles, take a look at the data for yourself.


Knowledge is power.  Being a skeptic is to be a person in search of knowledge.  All knowledge we possess today has come from skeptics of the past.


It’s more important to get it right, then to be right!


When you are on the right side, you don’t have to do any convincing!


It's simple econ 101 - a region only thrives economically if it's businesses bring money to the area from outside the area.


Maybe we're getting too used to having people telling us what to think, what to expect, or what is right.


“Character is what you are in the dark.”  Dwight L. Moody


"Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation.  Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."  John Wooden


There are none so blind as those who will not see.


Look at the trees and the Forrest.


[/end sarcasm] ;)


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