Shut Up & Listen session (Jan 17, 2017)

Once again the mayor stretches the truth or just flat out lies about policies of the city. He didn’t disappoint once again.

I will first start off by saying that isn’t it amazing a film crew can follow the mayor around all over town for these sessions and press conferences and NOT once has his directors, the city council, himself or heck even citizens have questioned the cost. Why? Because we want transparency, and that is why I have never questioned it, so why should he question it when it comes to recording committee meetings? Because he is a hypocrite.

• On the topic of Paratransit, he quickly blames the council for not raising fees. Ironically the reason Paratransit costs us so much is because is poorly run with an out-dated dispatch system. We could probably make money on Paratransit if we just ran it more efficiently.

• He is already pushing the city of Sioux Falls to the 180K mark, his new line is ‘Almost 180,000 people’. Some have asked why he keeps pushing the population number and changes the population signs like he changes his underwear, that’s because our bond rating and borrowing power is based on the population number and the mayor doesn’t care if those people are working or not.

• Mike continued the same half-truth that the city hasn’t built any new administration buildings since 1935. I’m not going to list all the buildings the city has built for administration reasons since then, but If I had to guess it would be well over 20.

• He also claimed that the city council voted FOR the admin building (the second time around) and it passed because of the help of his veto. Huh? That doesn’t even make sense. Mike Huether is the ONLY person who decided to move forward on the administration building by the stroke of his veto pen, don’t let him tell you otherwise.

• He said he supports hiring more police. You can take that statement however you want.

• This session was recorded last Tuesday morning before the council meeting where they voted for gifting the Glory House city land. He was asked about how he would vote if he had to break a tie. He wouldn’t answer the question because he claimed he ‘just learned about it’ that morning and his directors ‘just learned about it’ last Thurday. I call BS on that. The council and Pat Starr have been discussing this with city administration since last October. If the mayor is AGAINST something he plays like he wasn’t informed. Even IF no one told him about it in October there have been several media stories about the potential of gifting the building since then. Play dumb and kill the messenger. Your games are getting old Mike.


#1 The D@ily Spin on 01.21.17 at 6:33 pm

If Huether’s hooked up to a lie detector, it’d explode like a Samsung phone and blow like a Takata airbag. What’s wrong with city oligarchy is nothing’s true and there’s no way to reel in the charlaton mayor. How can you tell when he’s lying? When he opens his mouth. Honestly and legally, everything coming from the king is contempt subject to fine and imprisonment.

#2 The D@ily Spin on 01.21.17 at 6:50 pm

It should be ‘Turn off Hearing Aid and Flunk at Bingo’.

#3 SH on 01.21.17 at 6:54 pm

Mayor Huether is very much a salesman and self promoter. Scott and Bruce are either of you going to run for office? You two are well known in Sioux Falls especially with the petition drive you had. Why not give it a try?

#4 The D@ily Spin on 01.22.17 at 12:49 am

Huether and Sanford turned Home Rule Charter concept into a characteristic totalitarian regime. Some say the charter can be amended. I don’t believe so. I pray the US Department of Justice comes in and restores democracy.

#5 The D@ily Spin on 01.22.17 at 12:57 am

How come Listen & Learn is always senile seniors or grade school children? Oh, there was the coffee shop after intelligent people went to work leaving the unemployable sponging free internet. How would he fare with educated voters?

#6 Warren Phear on 01.22.17 at 12:21 pm

For the most part, these seniors asked some good questions. mmm is just really good at deflection and outright lying.

#7 My Mistake Mike on 01.22.17 at 1:53 pm

Trump’s team can take some lessons from MMM on spinning “alternative facts”.

#8 l3wis on 01.22.17 at 2:22 pm

LOL, I thought the same thing.

#9 LJL on 01.22.17 at 9:35 pm

Good article DT Lewis.

Speaking with regards to Trump, you need to read this.

#10 l3wis on 01.24.17 at 8:26 am