For Sale.  That is the new message coming out of City Hall.  Selling off services to private vendors. 

Mayor Daley is considering privatizing the Taste of Chicago, possibly curbside recycling and God knows what else.  No word yet on the proposal to privatize the water system.  The parking meter deal- the one the aldermen never read- worked out so poorly, the mayor is considering more privatization of city services.  He needs to fill a 655 million dollar budget gap.  He cannot raise taxes, implement new taxes, or raise fees any higher.  He would be run out of town, along with the fifty dunces in the City Council.  He will not cut all the useless commissions and other wasteful spending out of the budget.

“People don’t want to see government growing. They don’t want to see their taxes growing,” Daley said Thursday at a City Hall news conference. “This is very, very difficult economic times.”

Of course not.  Instead of shrinking government- eliminating or consolidating departments, and eliminating non-essential services- Daley just wants to have a garage sale.  To the highest briber- er, campaign contributor, oops, bidder.

Here is an idea.  Since the job of alderman is legally a part time position, their salaries should be cut in half, they should not receive health care benefits, expense accounts, and or pensions.  Aldermen make over two thousand dollars a week, get a seventy five thousand dollar per year expense account, get a full pension for part time work, and get full health care benefits.  They also get to hold full time jobs, businesses, careers or professions- getting all of the above.  This comes to well over ten million dollars a year.  Not counting all the other budgetary shenanigans they create to benefit themselves. 

What part time job pays so much and has so many benefits and perks?  Is it any wonder so many half wits stay around forever?  Of course, this will only fill a small portion of the budget hole, but it would send a strong message to the people of Chicago.  It would tell them their elected officials really care about fiscal responsibility, the people’s tax dollars. 

Knowing the city council, they will probably try to tax something new.  Maybe the air we breath.  Of course the mayor and the council could always sell City Hall.  The federal government would buy it in a heart beat.  They are always looking for a larger prison for corrupt Chicago politicians.

Source: 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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