I saw This Story about Chicago Shutting down due to a budget shortfall, and with Chicago being my old stomping grounds, of course it caught my eye:
In the first of three Reduced Service days, rubbish collections were suspended and libraries and health centres were closed. Workers have been asked to take an enforced unpaid holiday in a move the authorities hope will save $8.3m.
Chicago’s Mayor Richard M Daley thanked employees for their “sacrifice”. “Every dollar we save from these measures helps to save jobs, and in the long-term, maintain service for Chicagoans,” he said. “This plan engages most civilian employees to accept cuts and to be part of the solution to our budget crisis.”
Two more Reduced Service days are planned on November 27, the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.
The total savings are expected to be $34m, but the mayor’s office said that despite “efforts to reduce costs and better manage government”, the city’s shortfall in 2009 will still be about $300m.
Obviously, something isn’t working in the “City That Works.” Mayor “Richie” Daley (not to be confused with his father, “Hizzoner Da Mayor”) has cleverly packaged the”Reduced Service Days” during vacation times to make them more palatable to the public; but he’s only saving 1/10th of the budget shortfall.
And what happened to the couple of hundred million bucks the city of Chicago is missing? Hmmm . . . that number seems familiar for some reason . . .
On Friday afternoon, Sept. 15, 2000, Judge Stephen Schiller of the Cook County Circuit Court, granted a motion to toss out Richie’s $433 million dollar lawsuit against gun manufacturers and gun dealers. This was a major defeat in Richie’s attempt to go after the gun industry and make them pay for the damages “caused” by firearms in the City of Chicago. Dummycrats like Richie are anti-gun in the first place. Organizations like the National Rifle Association, The Second Amendment Foundation, as well as firearm manufacturers of the United States, perceive lawsuit like this as an attack against the right of private citizens to own firearms and not a serious effort to decrease violence caused by mindless street gangs who would not be damaged by lawsuits against corporations that produce lawful products for law abiding citizens.
Judge Schiller ruled that the City failed to prove that gun manufacturers cause a public nuisance by saturating the Chicago market with “cheap” guns that were marketed to criminals. Dave LaCourse, a spokesperson for the Second Amendment Coalition said, “We hope that Mayor Daley stops wasting taxpayers’ hard-earned money on suing the makers of a legal product.”
What do you want to bet that the amount of hard-earned taxpayer dollars spent suing legitimate gun shops, plus the carrying costs of that deficit over 9 years, is really, really close to $300 million?
I’d bet money on it — with a bullet.