Friday, September 24, 2004

Chicago needs a new mayor

I'll give credit to Mayor Daley for helping revitalize this city. But too often he crosses the line from good public servant to political manipulator. His latest power play is to threaten to cut service on the CTA by 40% because of a "budget crisis".   Make no mistake: this so-called budget crisis is completely fake. Completely. If the CTA can't afford to operate at its current capacity, they how on earth do they justify all of the expansion in rail lines that would add capacity? What, are you going to expand every line and then run one train all day? Give me a break. There are a lot of parallels between this situation and the "if we don't get a casino we'll have to raise property taxes" situation. Daley is trying to squeeze the state into doing what he wants by making threats. Unfortunately, instead of getting quality service from our government the people of Chicago who stuck with the bills, either way. The real answer is to cut out the corruption, cut out all the b.s. spending, stop playing games and balance the budget.


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