Niagara Gazette — Albert Einstein offered a definition that becomes quite popular in political conversations and rightly so: “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
We have to be insane to think the continuance of converging on cuts is going to help the local state of our economy or city. We must also be insane to send the same people back to city hall over and over again expecting to see different results.
I’m proud to be a fiscal conservative but counter the cut argument with the notion that you can cut oneself to the point where promoting growth is impossible; this principle is followed by entrepreneurs on a daily basis. The saying ‘it takes money to make money’ needs to be carefully inspected; frivolous spending will only hurt the city but our elected leaders need to tread carefully when cutting departmental spending to the point where essential services are hindered and the city continues to lack the infrastructure to provide for its local citizens. This will never promote growth. This is why we need to change the scope of our conversation from cuts to growth – if cutting spending in certain areas is going to impact our growth in a positive nature then it needs to be on the table but if we’re allowing individuals to stand before us and politically lobby for cuts for the sake of gaining a seat at city hall we’re truly setting ourselves up for a disaster beyond what we’ve seen.
Instead of focusing on cuts, change your focal argument to one promoting growth. Lean on the infrastructure in place to do things the city government shouldn’t be involved in: stop preaching city lead economic development and start leaning on the Chamber of Commerce. Stop spending money on concerts and start promoting programs that are going to lead to growth like encouraging new graduates to call the city home; encourage job placement along with housing incentives and keep the ridiculous political jabs to yourself.
Here stands a message for our local elected representative: Start strengthening the local infrastructure of our city or find alternative employment because the City of Niagara Falls will soon take a stand rather than face the hard road to dissolution.
Sean J. Daly is a Niagara Falls resident.Sean J. Daly is a Niagara Falls resident.