The liberal establishment has returned to power in Greensboro, led by the quintessential crony capitalist, Robbie Perkins. From here we can expect more scandals instead of substantive debates over the landfill and other issues that really matter.
This was the pattern in the past, so there is no reason to expect anything different now. In fact it may get worse, as Guilford County's most conflict-ridden politician, Robbie Perkins is now the mayor of Greensboro. The next few years should be quite lucrative for him and his crony-capitalist friends, and as long as there is something in it for the liberal council members to take back to their constituents, they will look the other way.
If Perkins is lucky, he won't be treated in the same rude, classless way he treated Bill Knight. Considering he has a council of yes men now, he may not need to rely on luck.
There will be no checks and balances in place except for the power to sue when the City acts up and people who want honest government may long for the days when there were honest debates over policy- the kind of debates that the local liberal media dishonestly labeled as "partisan" so many times that a public was led to believe that there was something really wrong and divisive about the outgoing mayor and council members. There was no partisanship because the mayor and council aren't partisan positions. But don't let the facts get in the way of activist journalism.
Regardless, the new boss is the same as the old boss- maybe worse. Expect a lot more dishonesty, closed doors, and coverups and don't expect any accountability for these things in the media. They along with the rest of the establishment elite have the council they want and if past is prologue, the message will be that government is a business and that business is none of your business.
Perkins, 56, said he will help build a “shared vision” for Greensboro’s future. He said the council needs to quit focusing on issues that divide the city and devote itself to economic development.
“Everybody agrees, the number one priority is jobs and economic development,” he said.
In other words, issues of importance that must be decided will be ignored if everyone can't agree because to otherwise would be "divisive".
I also suspect that jobs for his friends and economic development developers will be his number one priority.
I would love to be wrong and I am willing to give Perkins the chance to prove me wrong, but history and knowing this subtype so well makes it almost certain that I won't be. The champagne corks popping were in the homes of those who can now see a much clearer path to increase their wealth from the taxpayer slush fund.