So says Mecklenburg County Commission Chair Jennifer Roberts in explaining why CMS' $616 million school bond has not been automatically embraced by local residents.
And here I thought it was all Meck Deck's doing.
Seriously, I do not know if Charlotte is any more or less libertarian in outlook than other similarly sized, growing cities. They all tend to have lots of young families concerned about the cost-of-living, generally suspicious of large institutions, and not wedded to any particular party politics machine.
What has struck me about Charlotte since moving back here in 2003 is the steadfast unwillingness of leaders like Roberts to level with local residents and treat them like adults. Instead everything is spun. Official Charlotte is one big marketing campaign.
Look at the spin in Roberts' threat to pull the school bond from the November ballot if the political debate over the bond is too "bitter."
What is that really about?