Stuff the Mayor said towards the beginning of the forum:
I've also put together an aggressive agenda for Pittsburgh's future.
Aggressive? Really? Let's look at it:
1. Common-sense responsible finance
2. Agenda to create 21st century jobs
3. Public safety -- Clean and safe streets
1. Your financial strategy is to refuse to scale back the cost of government, nor to work to pay off our massive debt -- but rather to ask the state to bail us out without precondition. Is this responsible?
2. 21st century jobs are great. How do you plan on making them happen? Actually, it seems like your opponent's tax break for small start-ups would be just the thing.
3. Can we please separate clean from safe? (That's a general note for everybody.)
"The economic development boom that is taking place in Pittsburgh."
One facet of the development boom is the casino, which was gifted to us by the state in its infinite wisdom.
The others are all heavily financed by public subsidies -- and they are not yet producing any economic boom. They may never. Can you say Lazarus?
So let's cool it with the economic booms that are taking place.
I'm out in the neighborhoods every day.
Are you? Are you out in all the neighborhoods, listening to residents stories and concerns?
Or do you frequent a few choice neighborhoods only?
Or are you more frequently at fine restaurants and country clubs, schmoozing gaily with the elite and calling it "city business?"
We're [Pittsburgh's] better off today than we were 13 months ago.
Any thoughts on this?