Aldercreatures just don't get it
Everyone knows that aldercreatures (or alderweasels if you prefer) are tiny men and women with big egos. They posture and preen as if they were on the national stage and attempt to one-up each another in seeing how far they can push the bounds of good taste, common sense, and constitutional law. And they make quite a bit of money doing this, which further inflates their egos and propels them to further heights of insanity. Cases in point:
- Aldermen plan to ban goose liver. What's up with this? Have we solved crime? Poverty? High local taxes? No? Then what are they doing even considering this? If rich people want to spend lots of money eating the filter organ from some bird that isn't even endangered, let them! Collect the sales tax and shut up about it. The city budget is $94 million dollars short so far and we for one are sick of getting tagged with the bill for their inability to control spending. All they are doing is driving the 100 or so people who eat this crap into the suburbs to buy it. The market will always be there, so take advantage of it.
- Touching on yesterday's Quick Hits, the Iraq pullout vote by the city council. What's the purpose of this? The city council doesn't set national policy. Never has, never will, thank god. This is merely a chance for the aldercreatures to get stroked by CNN or MSNBC or some similar national media. And since IL went for john kerry in the national election and the IL republican party is dead, why would Bush care what the city council thought? They've been stealing votes for democrats since the turn of the century anyway.
- And good ol' burton natarus; says the main reason traffic aides aren't getting respect is because they're short; says the old police style uniforms should be restored; says "If you want to know why we're having trouble with traffic, it's because police officers are not writing enough tickets. The Police Department wants to get out of the traffic business." Ah, burton. The aides are bitching because they can't get free stuff any more pretending to be the police. Not enough tickets - are you suggesting a QUOTA? It sure sounds like it. And the Police Department doesn't want out of the traffic business - the MAYOR DOES. Daley undercut the off-duty traffic control proposal the union put forth for special events because daley hates the police, doesn't want police making money, and police don't vote for him anyway. The department has been a drag on the political process since we stopped selling pencils on traffic stops. You want more police? HIRE THEM if you can get around the federal monitor. We're 1,000 short right now.