What could possibly drive a man like Edward M. Burke to behave as if he is was somehow as powerful as the Mayor of Chicago. Is it simply the story of a delusional old man with a bad case of Big Ego? Then again maybe it is something more given the fact that he appears here, there and everywhere with a full compliment of bodyguards. The sight of him appearing and departing must have city residents believing that maybe Edward M. Burke really is the Mayor of Chicago and those who have been elected to the post are really imposters. Personally? I just think Burke is the imposter and he is giving the taxpayers one hell of a stroking for his personal livery service on their dime. But hey, could it possibly be that Edward M. Burke is more powerful than Rahm Emanuel?
I know one thing for sure, any other big city boss would have clipped Burke's wings by now and tossed his collection of ridiculous looking hats into the first dumpster he saw to boot. But Rahm Emanuel does not seem to have the stomach for it, in spite of his reputation. Whatever the reason, it is pretty odd indeed. I guess the next logical question, though, is what exactly could Ed Burke have on the new mayor? Hell, for that matter, I wonder what he had on King Richie II for him to act like the top dog for so long. It must be something pretty juicy though because this just isn't the way it works if you know what I mean. Whatever it is, it sure has allowed Edward Burke to live his life of illusion with impunity.
However, don't you think $600,000 a year seems a tad much for taxpayers to have to front for such a man of means? And let's not forget that Eddie's wife takes in a pretty shiny penny or two being a Supreme Court Justice too. Surely between the two of them I would think they could afford a nice car and the personal driver to go along with it. Don't you? But no, the Burke's have decided that is best to just thumb their noses at the everyday people who have payed them handsomely and then still remind taxpayers that they are above them. Way above them!
Let's face it folks, any argument and/or justification for Edward M. Burke to have around the clock police protection is definitely 30 years too late. The death threats coming from the Council Wars he helped initiate are but a distant memory. We must all ask this parasite what in the hell does he even need one bodyguard for, let alone 5 or 6! This is just absolutely ridiculous and the Burke's know it too.
Yet Chicagoans have allowed this farce to persist instead of flooding City Hall with a very loud demand to end this waste of public funds. I don't know what it is but Chicagoans sure are a strange lot. They bitch, moan and groan whenever a TV News camera is near them but getting them to actually pick up a phone, write a letter or send an email to get this parasite off their backs is too great a task.
Then again maybe they really do believe that Burke is the Mayor.