The anti-free market forces line up in earnest today for the vote on the big name retailers who promise to bring jobs and prosperity to blighted areas of the Chicago neighborhoods that haven't had a either jobs or prosperity since the King riots in 1968. Amazingly, the mayor seems to be coming down on the side of the free market forces
Mayor Daley on Monday denounced as "redlining" a proposal to establish wage and benefit standards for Wal-Mart and other retailing giants and suggested that aldermen who don't want big-box stores simply "opt out."
Daley played the race card, flanked by some of Chicago's most influential black ministers, two days before a City Council showdown on an ordinance that could change the economic landscape in Chicago.
Pretty out of character stuff for a mayor who has been elected on the free money and "volunteers" that the unions regularly provide. But the main point here is that a job, any job, looks good to a community without many opportunities. Should be an interesting finish to the week no matter how it goes.