I have no reason not to believe multimillionaire Rex Sinquefield had donned his finest silken kimono and was shopping for breeding giraffes yesterday in Central Africa when he was startled to hear that his wisdom had been challenged by some heretofore unknown lawyers in Kansas City, their faces ruddy with soot and their clothing the tattered rags of the upper-middle-class litigator.
Last year, Sinquefield masterminded a campaign to have the earnings tax of Kansas City and St. Louis go up for a vote every five years. Sinquefield himself could not actually vote on the measure because his 20,000-square-foot manor was actually built outside city limits, but, ah, how he'd harrumph approvingly as antlike voters scurried to do his bidding.
Without the 1 percent e-tax, Kansas City would lose about $200 million in annual revenue. Sinquefield's opponents argued that money was necessary for things like paying for garbage pickup. And police.
Now, all that's standing between Sinquefield chuckling at lawless squalor from the periscope of his nuclear submarine is the impudent firm of Husch Blackwell. The attorneys say the law violates the Kansas City charter and they want a Cole County Circuit Court to declare it unenforceable.
Husch Blackwell attorney Dave Fenley told the Star: "It's a home-rule type of argument. The city charter cannot be trumped by the Sinquefield Act." But as an attorney, Fenley probably only makes, what, mid-range six figures at most? So he's just a disgusting human being.