Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Rahm's Magic Budget

The honeymoon is over...not even two days in:
  • On his first full day in office, Mayor Rahm Emanuel proclaimed he's already figured out how to cut $75 million from his predecessor's final budget, just as he said he would.

    "These figures are not based … on assumptions of what might or might not happen," Emanuel said. "They are based on the realities that will happen."

    But a look at what Emanuel unveiled Tuesday shows much of his planned spending cuts are estimates based on marching orders the new mayor gave to his staff. Other proposals lack specifics. So it remains to be seen whether they'll pan out by year's end.

Daley proposed and passed entire budgets for years with all sorts of speculative numbers - supposed cuts that became cost overruns, pie-in-the-sky revenue predictions that never materialized, "rainy day funds" that disappeared during sunny years, etc. Our readers have been pointing this out for years.

The fact that the media isn't giving Rahm the play they gave Shortshanks opens up another front that Rahm is going to have to quell in his quest to inherit and run the Machine.

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Blogger Phil Schitz here said...

Phil Schitz is is setting the over/under on Rahm publicly dropping an "F-Bomb" at 01 September 2011. Phil recommends taking the "under".

5/18/2011 12:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shanks will show him how to set up the "official books", while also showing him how to set up the "secret books", for a a yearly consultant fee. The the Shitcago way !!!!!!!

5/18/2011 01:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr Evil says he can cut 75 billion dollars! Bah ha ha ha ha ha! Bah ha ha ha ha!
But seriously, the only thing for certain about Rahm's takeover is that he and all his buddies will all get richer from it, and the rest of us will kill ourselves working and sweating for our crumbs.

5/18/2011 04:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the poster wondering what 9.5 means when he talks about better management of grants, etc., he meant the last administration was so incompetent (or uninterested), they left millions of dollars in state and Federal grant money on the table by not completing the paperwork or other requirements properly.

Well, if you can't re-allocate it or steal it, why would you bother claiming it?

5/18/2011 04:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And perhaps now all the Better Government Assn's FOI requests will start coming out. Want to save a $1 million - eliminate ShortShanks & Burke's guard details. No brainer.

5/18/2011 08:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

everyday you have 30 city workers at 37th and iron half hour before quiting time waiting to swipe out
where are their foreman
pam zekman walter jacobson where are you

5/18/2011 09:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The fact that the media isn't giving Rahm the play they gave Shortshanks opens up another front that Rahm is going to have to quell in his quest to inherit and run the Machine.
Labels: city politics, money questions"

POSTED BY SCC AT 12:03 AM

The media has to"wean" itself off of shanks hind teat & when the opportunity arises they'll attach to Rahms rear nipple.

5/18/2011 09:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who will he cut next? This man is on a mission and will not take no for an answer! I watched fox news last night and they said he will eventually have to "raise taxes!"

5/18/2011 10:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time to do the cuts on aldermen. 50 to 25. Disband units which can be done by the private sector. The CPD Marine unit, Canine unit, Desk crew, etc.. Place these officers back on the watch, back in the car.

5/18/2011 10:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chicago will be getting a new Casino very soon now. If not Rahm will be chasing Quinn around in his shower until he gets one. It will be touted as a way to fill the budget gap and bring the city lots of needed cash. What makes me guess that the taxpayers will get the short end of the dirty stick on this one again. Need a job in the Casino? Better see your Alderman or Chinaman post haste!

5/18/2011 02:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good move now lets cut another 750 million

5/18/2011 05:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

save money cut all political police details , including the non politician mr daley

5/18/2011 06:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Out of one pocket into another.

Smoke and mirrors.

Same shit, different mayor.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

Borrow from Peter to pay Paul.

--Need I go on?

5/18/2011 06:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He will never last until Sept. dropping the F-bomb. I predict it the morning after an 85-90 degree weekend.

5/18/2011 06:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time to do the cuts on aldermen. 50 to 25. Disband units which can be done by the private sector. The CPD Marine unit, Canine unit, Desk crew, etc.. Place these officers back on the watch, back in the car.

5/18/2011 10:10:00 AM

Ah, hell; let's just privatize the entire patrol division and eliminate YOUR job, too, while we're at it.

5/18/2011 08:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

too many people on the democrat freebie bandwagon for change.shared sacrifice? please! one group is taxed out and the other doesnt contribute a dime.

5/19/2011 09:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Time to do the cuts on aldermen. 50 to 25. Disband units which can be done by the private sector. The CPD Marine unit, Canine unit, Desk crew, etc.. Place these officers back on the watch, back in the car.

5/18/2011 10:10:00 AM

Ah, hell; let's just privatize the entire patrol division and eliminate YOUR job, too, while we're at it.

5/18/2011 08:05:00

Why have a Marine unit? We have Fire boats and the Coast guard. Also we have the DNR to deal with fishing violations. Otherwise what do they really do? Just a cush job, sit back get a tan....

5/19/2011 09:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's hope he does not ask Obama how to do it, for he just forgave Egypt of over 1 billion in american taxpayers money (debt) owed to us. Nice..... Can't even imagine what jihad that will be spent on

5/19/2011 10:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about cutting out all the monies going to the Reverands and start doing audits on past monies that went to these groups and other so called non profits.

5/19/2011 10:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny nobody bothered to mention the 75 plus exempts spots, they're the ones who are killing our pension.

5/22/2011 11:49:00 PM  

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