That’s Right Nate

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My Kind of Town Chicago Is

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Millenium Park remains a triumph of the Daley administration despite coming in $350,000,000 over budget.

GQ Magazine has just named Chicago as its city of the year. Its been a banner year for the windy city which was highlighted in the Dark Knight movie this summer.  Though I thought that particular movie was a piece of left wing propaganda it definitely showcased what a fun and livable city Chicago is. A lot of the credit goes to our mayor.

Mayor Daley is about as forward thinking an individual as you will find. When Barrack Obama was elected President, Nelson Mandela said, “Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place.” France’s Nicholas Sarkozy said, “At a time when we must face huge challenges together, your election has raised enormous hope in France, in Europe and beyond.” Chicago’s Mayor Daley said, ““You can bring your Olympics…[only] so far. Your prime minister [or] your president has to then carry the football…It helps us tremendously, but you can’t take it for granted. That would hurt us…in the eyes of the International Olympic Committee.”

Mayor Daley has Chicago on a firm financial footing. By privatizing Midway Airport, The Indiana Skyway, our parking meters, and many of our schools, Chicago has managed to bring in much needed revenue to keep our sales tax at a rate of only a bit over 10% and still afford to pay for many of our streets to be plowed in winter. The parking meter thing is a new innovation where parking rates will quadruple under a program by the city to lease the meters for the next 75 years. I suppose some would say that getting rid of every revenue generator in the city for a one time cash payment is fiscally irresponsible. Fortunately, Mayor Daley isn’t one of these people.

Daley has not been afraid to make unions toe the line either. When it comes to police protection, Mayor Daley found a kindred spirit in Jody Weis–the kind of cop who isn’t afraid of public relations work and put him in charge of the whole department. With murder up nearly 20% since he took over, that PR background will serve Weis well. For school chief, Daley chose a basketball player from Australia named Arne Duncan as his top man. Together they have worked to dismantle the public school system by using charters to privatize. Despite limp ISAT scores and increasing violence in the schools, Duncan has been the kind of man to work for change. He hasn’t been afraid to fire all the teachers at a failing school and replace them with the best teachers he could find repeatedly in some cases.  Daley longs for a days when Chicago will have schools like the Chinese where students will raise chickens to supplement the cost of their schooling.

There have been some investigations into the Chicago mayor’s office, but fortunately most of the problems no matter how large have been the fault of one faceless middle manager or another. Our mayor is above reproach.  Daley may be a Democrat, but that is more a matter of the party that controls the city.  In principles, our mayor is the type of free enterprise Republican that any city should be envious of.  Through him Chicago remains a dynamic 20th century city.


Written by thatsrightnate

December 8, 2008 at 8:34 pm

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  1. Yeah, but name another city that had both the Manager of the Year and the Rookie of the Year in Major League baseball this year?


    December 9, 2008 at 6:08 am

  2. Yeah and with all that they got swept by a mediocre team in the playoffs and bankrupted their owners–that’s what I call a success.


    December 9, 2008 at 6:23 am

  3. We did not bankrupt the Tribune Corporation. News did that.


    December 9, 2008 at 7:39 am

  4. And it’s the only city on the list, whose governor is now behind bars. Your move Detroit and Juneau.


    December 9, 2008 at 9:33 am

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