How dare former mayor Richard M. Daley try and deflect his administration's appearances of impropriety involving his wife's favorite charity and TIF money? Daley characterized Inspector General Joseph Ferguson's audit of TIF's and their connection to After School Matters as being "disgraceful and a personal insult" to Maggie Daley. Well, personally I think it is Richard M. Daley who has insulted and disgraced the taxpayers for decades and if he were any kind of a real man he would explain how a dozen companies subsidized by city taxpayers were required to give more than $900,000 to his wife's pet charity without any oversight and transparency.
King Richie II has been a thorn in the side, not just for Chicagoans, but for the residents of the state in general. His constant Koo-kooing or indignation have been enough for me to question him and his sincerity for a long, long time. If he wasn't bitching about one thing it was another, but hardly ever would people hear him take responsibility. He blamed gun manufacturers for the killing of kids in the ghettos while never explaining to victims parents how those handy dandy cameras taxpayers installed were never able to do the job it was intended to do in curtailing the violence. Of course that is assuming if they they were even working at the time. He also never explained how the Chicago Police Department would routinely allow gang-bangers take over large swaths of the city while under his watch. Of course taking responsibility is something that comes hard. I mean, we still haven't gotten a straight account of what happened regarding the apparent preferential treatment his nephew, RJ Vanecko received by police officials and the Cook County States Attorney in the David Koschman homicide.
Talk about disgrace!
And how is this for an insult - Richard M. Daley took over the Chicago Public School system and turned it into a dysfunctional and ineffective organization that was better known for the cash and equipment that was skimmed over the decades than educating. It seems his appointees always had something going, but if they got caught the former mayor would either get indignant with the media or straight-up defend their actions.
Talk about insulting!
But hey, Chicago is what it is, and was under the Daley's. The quality of life varied wildly under their stewardship, didn't it? The well-to-do areas had no problems with sending their kids to halfway decent schools or having the police patrol the streets. Yet, when you got to the other side of town (you know the parts of the city tourists don't go to) well, that was another story entirely wasn't it? So, let's never forget the disparity's as we bestow the heaps and gobs of praise upon him. But the way I see it, no one should be wearing rose-colored glasses when evaluating his tenure. Let's face it - there were a lot of things he didn't do that he could have done. And when it comes to milking the taxpayer dry there seems to be plenty to debate about as well. I don't know about you but it would be interesting to know exactly how many of the Daley Clan have enriched themselves off city contracts and insider information over the decades? And I bet that list is long!
Richard M. Daley may be loved by many, but anyone who takes a closer look might just come away with another opinion you know? Hopefully someday we will see that tell-all book written by those who covered him for so long and how they uncovered the way City Hall really worked. It is sure to be a best seller, maybe even eclipsing the late Mike Royko's "The Boss."
In the meantime - Daley should just lay low and shut up.
Every time he says something - he gets more and more insulting.
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