Sounds like a case of the “Detroits.” Actually many cases of the Detroits.
The government is too big in these states. There are too many state employees. These employees want unrealistic pensions. (What’s a pension?) They lived like there was no tomorrow for decades and now “tomorrow” is here.
And we ain’t – I repeat are not, will not, ain’t – a’gonna bail you out.
Here’s an idea. Cut government. Cut the apparatus that has built up around the Cook County political machine.
A couple of points.
Saul Alinksy was a Chicago Marxist/socialist/statist etc. who wrote the very influential book (I had to read it in college) Rules for Radicals. It is safe to say that pretty much every solid lefty activist/politician in the game today has read the the book or is at least familiar with it. Former president Obama it is said was steeped in Alinskyite philosophy while he was a “community organizer.”
If one is not a lefty activist/politician one would also be wise to learn its lessons too however.
Well, we can say for sure that aside from the most extreme circumstances (and even then) deploying “the Feds” ain’t a good idea.
Every once in a while, in a great while, a bit of sanity shines through.
The one on the right just got impeached for using her office to line the pockets of her friends and political allies.
A friend of mine asked how this was even legal. I sure as heck don’t know.
Fine the banks for billions and then take that money and just give it to Obama supporters and friends? Third world politics totally. Chicago politics totally. We have definitely regressed as a country over the last decade.
As we said in a recent video, there are many reasons why much of urban America is an economic wasteland. We site 2 main reasons however, big government, and cronyism.
Cities are often not very good places to do business. They are typically high tax high regulation zones. Cities often look at businesses as little more than revenue streams. And what can’t be extracted from business via taxes can be regulated out of businesses with laws.
Home of Al Capone, Dennis Hastert, Jesse Jackson, the Daley “machine,” Saul Alinsky, Barack Obama, the Windy City seems fertile ground for those inclined toward the crony disposition.
Chicago erupts out of the Midwestern plains like a steel and glass mountain range. As one approaches the metropolis one begins to feel its gravitational field. It’s different than New York’s pull which is stronger but is offset by Philly, Boston and Washington DC. Chicago however stands mostly alone, smack dab in the middle of the country and the continent.
If there is anything that I personally resent about Mr. Obama it is his introduction, or really reintroduction, of Chicago style politics to the White House. There’s a reason why Chicago is a hole of dysfunction – Chicago politics. And our current president brought it to Washington for all of us to endure.
How is the FBI supposed to do its job when they know that the head of the Executive Branch, the President, their boss, is endorsing for president someone they are investigating.
The folks in Washington are trying to bail out Puerto Rico with taxpayer money. Watch, as Illinois and other states and cities with massive government sectors and high taxes continue to crumble they will start agitating for their own bailouts. Again I say it’s time to consider carving out the big cities. They seem to hold the rest of the country in contempt anyway. I say let the big government islands bail themselves out if they fail to come to terms with fiscal reality.
This guy (or someone like him) should set up one of these in Washington DC. I’ll bet it would do serious business. No joke. I’d go on it and I go to DC all the time. Just start at the Watergate and work one’s way to the Capitol.
As for Chicago it’s pretty amazing the amount of corruption which comes from the place. Some people even believe that Nixon would have been president in 1960 if it were not for vote rigging in the city.
Chicago has some things going for it.
It’s not Detroit part deux yet but it appears to this outsider to be a sick place.