Magic and politics have a lot in common – because they’re both all about deception.
However, there’s one big difference between the two: We
enjoy being fooled by a magician. But when a politician tries to trick us we’re
Sal DiCiccio is the David Copperfield of Phoenix politics …
bold, brash and willing to bullshit people without blinking. DiCiccio is the
maestro of misdirection and the master of misinformation.
latest strategy to defeat Mayor Stanton’s transportation tax not only stretches
the truth, it rewrites reality. He’s telling voters they have a critical
decision to make at the polls August 25th. Sal says: “This is about teachers
or trains.” He continues by saying that just $1 billion of the $31 billion
proposed tax would pay for 18,500 teachers. Sal wants us to believe our choice
is between hiring more teachers or funding more trains as part of the proposal
to extend the light rail system 42 more miles.
But there’s a big problem
with that argument, because the City of Phoenix doesn’t fund education.
Sal isn’t stupid. He knows the city doesn’t provide funding for
schools or teachers. He does, however, know how to fire up his voter base --
those who react to phony issues and silly sound bites. So while he may be
invigorating the uninformed, he’s insulting the intelligence of the majority of
voters who know better.
The Difference Between Day and
Because Sal’s sleight of hand skills are slipping, he’s
also falling back on the oldest political trick in the book:
DiCiccio has started cautioning us that Phoenix could
turn into another Detroit. All that warning proves is that DiCiccio doesn’t know
diddly squat about the demise of Detroit.
For decades Detroit was one of
the country’s major manufacturing hubs. The core of the Motor City’s
manufacturing was the automobile industry. When the economy hit a tailspin and
people’s driving habits changed because of skyrocketing gasoline prices,
competition from foreign car companies that manufactured cars with better gas
mileage increased. Consequently, people who lived within the city limits either
fled to the suburbs or migrated to other parts of the country to escape
Detroit’s collapsing economy.
As a result, Detroit’s population sank
like a stone … as did the city’s revenues to keep it running.
be difficult to find two cities with less in common than Detroit, Michigan and
Phoenix, Arizona. But that hasn’t stopped Sal from trying to spook people about
an impending financial implosion of Phoenix, no matter how farfetched his
Only yesterday DiCiccio pleaded with constituents: “Let’s not
take the City of Phoenix down the same tracks as Detroit.” Original Post:Phoenix