You can't beat The Chicago Tribune - it would be a hate crime, like beating on a slow witted six-year old who just does not like À la Recherche du temps Perdu. What? Who doesn't prefer Proust to a bigg-ass wad of cotton candy? Not Bruce Dold.
You ( Mr. & Mrs. Chicago) knew it would come, everybody knew it would come: How can City Hall make a mandatory $550 million payment to police and fire pension funds? Sure enough, kaboom, first question. What followed was Monday evening's mayoral debate, reduced to its essence:Whar's to discus? If wanted to be told what to think, I'd ask people with Rahm lawnsigns. I was talked to to on parade day and told that Chuy Garcia has no fiscal finesse.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's staccato recipe for fixing City Hall's pension crisis leapt from higher employee contributions to a broader-based sales tax, to a city-run casino, to TIF surpluses. He concluded with an overarching rationale: Financial stability will give people "the confidence to bring jobs and people back to Chicago." Not every Chicagoan is jake with all that, but it's a responsible answer that gores several sacred oxen.
And Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia? The first words from his mouth: "It depends." Because his team has to "open up the books to understand what the real finances of the city are." Garcia didn't answer the question but did get in an off-topic jab about Emanuel subsidizing rich people.
OK, we thought, he'll find his footing. Soon came a question many Chicagoans ask: Property tax increase. Discuss.( parnthetical my own)
Rahm has fiscal finesse?
" Oh, @#$% you, Hickey. You voted for McCain and Pailin."
Can't argue that.
I never tell anyone whom to vote for, when asked I'll say, " I like Sarah Palin."
"How can you she's and idiot. Didn't you see Game Changer on HBO?"
Matter of fact I did and I also caught the 1940 masterpiece Der ewige Jude at an art house revival. Matter of fact, I saw the Chicagoland series on CNN and found it comparable to the 1935 epic Triumph des Willens. We need a strong man.
So, Chuy lost the debate that I watched last night.
The Chicago Tribune editorial again tells Chicagoans what they want and they obviously want a 9.5 fingered misanthropic sububarnite to make hard the choices, like making kindergarten kids endure longer hours of training necessary to become John Dewey robots by third grade.
Chicagoans lust for the strong personality needed to amass millions of Hollywood and Wall Street dollars necessary to make helot's water bill jump in cost by 86%.
Financial stability means taking public lands from the parks and giving them to a bunch of Hyde Park grifters so that Barack Obama Presidential Library will not require that Barack and Michele Obama crack their wallets to finance it, like Mrs. Reagan and Mrs. Ford.
Bruce Dold mocks Chuy's response to the little strongman's fiscal platitudes. Chuy replied, "You cannot move forward until you show the taxpayers of Chicago where the money is going."
Ouch. A second admission from Garcia that, nearly five months into his campaign for mayor, he doesn't talk even to the nearest billion about City Hall finances. The closest he got was a shot at Emanuel for failing to get Chicago's house in order, and "now talking in a sophisticated way about how he's going to do it." The obligatory next line — Here's how I'm going to do it — never arrived.Bill Murray-style book editorial scribbling aside, this Well-Poisoning 101, which is an Honors Course at the Dave Axelrod Harris School of Political Bludgeoning. Bruce Dold must be auditing that class.
Rahm was not told any of us 'How he plans to save us.' Rahm will loot whatever city assest remain, ala Richie Daley. He will balloon any and all city taxes. He will strip essential 1st Responder services to the bone. He will out source the Department of Streets and Sanitation ( my prediction 2016) and work on doing the same to the cops and fireman. He will pander and propagandize through the Chicago Media.
Voters know that. Some voters are for Rahm, fiercely for Rahm, loudly for Rahm, powerfully for Rahm. That's fine, for them. I appreciate their candor and devotion. Rahm voters are fine with the way things are and hope to do even better for themselves if Chuy loses on April 7th. They are good people and they tell you loudly and with pride " I'm with Rahm!"
I am not. I had anough of Rahm Emanuel, when he was glued to Richie Daley by the Stepan Family in the 1980's when Richie ran for States Attorney. I've had enough and I am even siding with SEIU, Jesse Sharkey of CTU and Ricardo Munoz for Chrissakes. Mike Klonsky is a Chuyista and so am I.
I had enough. I am voting for Chuy Garcia for Mayor of Chicago.