Elitist state of the city address
On September 5, Mayor Dewey Bartlett gave his annual “State of the City” address.
Like his predecessors, Bartlett opted to give that speech to an elite audience headed by influential citizens from the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce.
For the average Tulsan who might like to hear what a mayor has to say in such an important speech, it is excessive to charge $50.00 ($40.00 for chamber members) to attend.
That is elitist and it further shows that Bartlett is so out of touch with average Tulsans. (Incidently, the Tulsa World story on the speech fails to mention that it is a chamber event.)
Bartlett faces ex-mayor Kathy Taylor Nov. 12 in the race for mayor. Taylor, a liberal Democrat, believe it or not, is even more elitist than Bartlett. Taylor and her husband are filthy rich and live in a mansion in the ritzy part of Midtown. She likes to pretend that she is in touch with ordinary Tulsans but she also catered to the powerful business interests in the chamber and gave her state of the city address before a high-paying lunch crowd.
Both Bartlett and Taylor only care about “the little people” when they are running for office or when they want to pass tax increases for hundreds of millions of dollars.
Tulsa has not had a populist mayor in a generation.
Who cares what Bartlett said in his speech on Sept. 5? It was targeted for the chamber overlords who pick the members of the ABCs (authorities, boards and commissions) who really run Tulsa.
The chamber instructs Tulsa mayors – both Democrat and Republican – how to run the city and they fall in lock step. The current City Council does, too.
Here is the real “state of the city” – Tulsa is over-taxed and caters to the wealthy and powerful while citizens languish.