Tuesday’s city council pontification about wages in the tax incentive deal with Douglas Steel Supply had nothing to do with wages and everything to do with the political season that is just around the corner. It was the perfect opportunity to embarrass Oscar Leeser and allow politicians the opportunity to plead that they are “for the people” in news media sound bites.
How many of these politicians asked the question about wages when Hunt and Foster were asking for city incentives for their projects? None, because it is not about wages, everyone knows El Paso is a low wage town. Instead, it was for political shenanigans.
Last week Oscar Leeser stood before the cameras proclaiming his latest success in his “Open for Business” political ploy by announcing that Douglas Steel Supply was coming to El Paso. Smug and congratulating himself he didn’t realize that he gave the politicians the perfect opportunity to both humiliate him publicly at city council while giving them the opportunity to pontificate about their prowess in protecting their constituency.
The only problem? All of it was for political show and all sides are guilty of it – Oscar Leeser and the politicians pontificating about wages. As with everything, the result is that the voters of El Paso are the ones paying the bills.
This is what happens when a city celebrates creating 55 new jobs over five years.