The Daley Administration has ordered dramatic cutbacks in rodent control and forestry services so that Streets & Sanitation can pick up the garbage and sweep streets. One of the reasons given was "chronic absenteeism." Well, does that surprise anyone considering the Department of Streets and Sanitation is one of the largest repositories of patronage? Political hacks draw salaries and pensions while refusing to work is nothing new in the annals of Chicago Politics. But, under Richard M. Daley, and the now defunct Hispanic Democratic Organization, patronage ranks had swelled with hack hires. I must admit, though, I find a bit of irony in this story. Mayor Daley spares the rats while protecting political rats.
I have said all along that the Chicago Democrats could care less about the people, unless of course they are on the payroll. The only time Daley and his minions gave a shit about the people is when they needed their vote. After the elections were over, though, it was business as usual. City and Cook County contracts given out to family, friends and a host of cronies have exacted a huge price on the city of Chicago. Voters have continued to ignore the fact that those juicy insider contracts made it impossible for the city and county to actually do the job expected of them.
Who is to blame? Well, don't take it so hard - it is your fault.
You kept buying the lies instead of putting your foot down and in many cases even showing up at the polls to vote out the rats that cohabit with their tailed brethren in the alleys. You wanted rats, well you got plenty of them - two-legged and four. And anyone thinking that Rahm Emanuel will change this culture has more than a few screws loose. Emanuel is already looking at strengthening his power at the expense of the people, so again - you got what you asked for.
Of course, part of the problem is that in many wards of the city, neighbors not only know the powerful families that have run roughshod over their domain but must give thanks for their city or county jobs. Other neighbors, meanwhile, just accept it all. It is no accident that there is a defined "controlled vote" in every ward and the only way to defeat it is to actually participate. Rats have run freely in Chicago for a long time because of that. But hey, voters wanted both varieties and now you have what you asked for.
And to the voters who did vote against the status quo -
just be happy that coyotes are on the increase.