The Tolbert Agenda
Today, I am faced with having to discard the post I had ready to go for today. Instead I am writing a new one because Jim Tolbert undeniably pulled off an unexpected win on Saturday. Tolbert is now the District 2 representative and depending on how quickly the City is able to move he may be voting on city business as early as the next meeting. That brings us to his public policy agenda.
Tolbert’s public policy agenda is clearly environmental followed very closely by Susie Byrd’s agenda. Byrd’s agenda is clearly the agenda that is being driven by Veronica Escobar. In many ways, the Tolbert environmental agenda is compatible to the Veronica Escobar public policy agenda. However, when it comes to a much needed vote at the city to reinforce the Escobar public policy agenda, make no mistake, Jim Tolbert will vote against the environment to further the Escobar agenda.
It is unfortunate but it is the reality.
The election results came down to the undeniable fact that Byrd was able to mobilize her core demographic and get them to the polls. At no time, was Tolbert’s dominance at risk as the other contenders were never able to mobilize any significant amount of voters to cast a vote for them.
It wasn’t even close.
The Veronica Escobar public agenda policy is clear and unequivocal. It is using taxpayer monies to create the illusion of a thriving city. Unfortunately, the model has been proven to fail. For proof of this, look no further than at the failure of the El Paso Children’s Hospital and how it has become another drain upon the taxpayers. The ballpark fiasco is following the same failed model.
For years, the illusion that the children’s hospital was viable without taxpayer assistant was carried for as long as possible. Of course Bob Moore helped to keep that illusion intact. This was true even though the evidence showed, from the beginning, that the finances of the children’s hospital is unsustainable.
Likewise, the fiasco of the ballpark is being sustained as a viable financial success for the taxpayers even though the financial model created to build it is showing signs of unsustainability leading to the taxpayers being forced to shore up the finances.
The reason the façade of the failed public policy agenda model is the future of El Paso is allowed to continue is because individuals like Jim Tolbert are put in place to assure the public policy agenda remains in place.
As much as this is the truth, it is also true that Susie Byrd and cohorts have built a constituency that they can summon to the polls to elect the appropriate individuals into the places that they are needed to keep their agenda in place.
Jim Tolbert’s dominance in the District 2 race to replace Larry Romero has proven this.
Now this leads us the question that many dare not ask out loud.
Was Bob Moore’s targeting of Larry Romero part of a broader plan to make way for Tolbert? Yes, I am aware of the endorsement of the newspaper of de Aztlan. However, who benefits the most from Romero being ousted from office and Tolbert filling in?
Also, ask yourself, why is it that Bob Moore continues to target the city manager, Tommy Gonzalez?
Is it because the city manager is an impediment to the agenda and must be removed?
Those are important questions to ponder as Jim Tolbert starts to cast votes at city council meetings.
Finally, did you notice the “like” from Bob Moore? It should make you wonder how objective he can be when faced with covering city politics in his paper.