On Wednesday, January 16, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock officially kicked off his campaign for a third term.
According to Denverite, (“Here’s what Mayor Hancock says he’ll do if you give him four more years in charge“)”Hancock has overseen seven and a half years of potent population and job growth.” Indeed. Much like the rooster oversees the sunrise.
In addition, Hancock “says his administration oversaw the creation of 100,000 new jobs [and] 8,100 new companies.” Apparently he was bragging about this. Progressives can not get their corporate narrative straight. On one hand, the creation of companies is good and to be lauded. But on the other hand, once they exist, they are oppressive and evil and must be controlled. And if those controls put them out of business, tough. That’s capitalism. 1
Unfortunately, Hancock continued, “that success has been coupled with displacement spawned from a housing shortage.” Again, progressives are nothing if not counterproductive. While Hancock wisely opposed it, Denver voters mandated that certain new buildings within the city have “green roofs.” This, in an apparent surprise to progressives complaining about the lack of low income housing Denver, makes housing more expensive. 2
According to Denverite, “The mayor didn’t come out and say he would raise wages, but he did say the administration would be ‘expanding our commitment to increasing wages’ if reelected. The city will improve job training and placement, he said, and provide ‘more and bolder support’ for small businesses, especially ones owned by women and minorities.”
Support for small business in general includes support for small business owned by women and minorities. I am not sure how one supports the subset only, unless the City is going to do something like lower the cost for business licenses, regulatory compliance and labor for small businesses owned by women and minorities. And, again, the goals listed are in conflict. If the City of Denver wants to raise wages by decree, that will hurt small businesses, including those owned by women and minorities.
“Hancock’s third broad goal is ‘delivering a strong, progressive and modern city.’” 3
“That means more parks, more diverse and thriving neighborhoods, and a transportation system that works for everyone, not just drivers. It also means meeting Denver’s climate goals, he said.”
More parks, eh? That means making land unavailable for things like, you know, affordable housing. Yet another contradiction.
More diverse and thriving neighborhoods? Mere meaningless words.
A transportation system that works for everyone, not just drivers? So he wants more people on the most expensive bus and train fairs in the nation? In any event, The Regional Transportation District (RTD) is in charge of that transportation system, not Denver.
Meeting Denver’s climate goals? Unless Hancock is going to get China, India and the rest of the biggest polluting countries on board, these are more meaningless words. And what is he going to do? Shut down the little industry that exists within the city limits? That does not jibe with the goal of higher wages and assisting small business.
Contradictions. Contradictions everywhere.
One might conclude progressive goals so often fail because they contradict one another.
- This is a recurring sentiment with progressives. I will be glad to cut and past some social media comments saying exactly that if you wish.
- When government makes something more expensive, you get less of it. This includes labor, but I do not wish to pile too much economic reality on at once. One step at a time.
- These words, by themselves, are meaningless.