“You have an assistant commissioner who reports to a deputy commissioner who reports to a managing deputy commissioner who reports to a chief operating officer who reports to a first deputy commissioner who reports to the commissioner…”

That is a description of the layers of upper level management bureaucracy in the Chicago Department of Aviation.  It sounds like a comedic song- “With the leg bone connected to the knee bone, and the knee bone connected to the thigh bone, and the thigh bone connected to the hip bone. …” 

Crats are  endangered and must be protected, according to the Chicago Bureau of Antediluvian Species.  Crats, short for bureaucrats, are a species whose purpose on earth is not fully known or understood.  They are shy creatures, rarely seen or heard.  Their care and feeding is expensive, at times running to extravagant.

They survive in an upwardly mobile food chain, as demonstrated by the Department of Aviation, which has been tasked to protect many of these specimens.  Their habitat is multi-layered den called bureaucracy.  The are a biological anomaly, in that they are heartless, soulless, and faceless.  They survive by having meetings that produce nothing except paper, their chief nourishment.  The more paper they produce, the better fed they are.   

It is being reported our feckless, inept, and clueless governor treats his crats like beloved house pets.  He has lavished them with huge raises, at a time when people are lucky to have jobs, and suffering pay decreases.

“Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has handed out raises ā€” some of more than 20 percent ā€” to his staff while proclaiming a message of ‘shared sacrifice’ and planning spending cuts of $1.4 billion because the state is awash in debt.” 
What do these crats do for their high salaries?  What do they accomplish?  What do they create?  In these hard economic times, we, the people, are being asked to share sacrifice and pain.  The crats and their keepers are sharing in the boodle.  Living large.  Protected by government fiat.

Sources Chicago Sun Times and Chicago Tribune


About Peter V. Bella

Peter V. Bella is a passionate cook and photographer. Mr. Bella started cooking as a child with his parents. He has taken professional courses through the years. Mr. Bella a a freelance photojournalist and writer based in Chicago.
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