Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel doesn't want Chicago Taxpayers to be treated as Automatic Teller Machines (ATM's) to help cover renovations at US Cellular and Soldier Field after the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority took more than $1.1 million in taxes that was supposed to go to the City of Chicago. But why is Da Mayor even pissed about that? After all, when it comes to strong-arming and doing a hatchet job on Chicago Taxpayers, Da Mayor should know better than anyone else who and what constitutes an ATM.
And when it comes to ATM's? Chicago (and Illinois) Taxpayers were given one hell of a raw deal when the Illinois Sports Facility Authority (ISFA) was created by the Illinois Legislature in 1987. The fact that it was rammed down the throats of taxpayers in the 11th hour by former Governor James Thompson in order to keep the Chicago White Sox from going through with their "empty" threat to move to Tampa Bay still irritates many to this day.
Although long-suffering Chicago Baseball fans were eventually rewarded for subsidizing the Cell with a 2005 World Series Championship, the only real winner in this legislative farce has been (and remains to be) Jerry Reinsdorf and his many savvy investors. Taxpayers probably don't realize it, but the White Sox pay ISFA a paltry $1.5 million a-year to lease "the Cell" while keeping all the profits from ticket sales, stadium parking, concessions and merchandise sales. Talk about a Sweet Deal for the White Sox! And let's not forget about the many political insiders who benefit from more than their fair share of perks while the real fans fans get "Nose Bleed" on a regular basis.
Of course, it hasn't been much different for Chicago Bears fans either. After all, the ISFA got involved again when the Bears wanted to cash in on the taxpayer bonanza. They too threatened to move their team to the suburbs or even out of state in order to secure substantial taxpayer subsidies. Naturally, the Chicago Bears and the Chicago White Sox are the epitome of what Professional Sports has become. Sports Teams are only concerned with making outrageous profits - but when it actually comes to running a business and accepting the financial burdens that go along with that, well, let's just screw the taxpayer twice. Once at the Box Office and then again with a multitude of taxes and fees tacked on. What a bunch of parasites!
But hey, professional sports aren't the only parasites among us. City, County and State Government, especially here in Illinois, has been right up there at the top. Da Mayor, for instance, is pissed that his taxpayers are being treated as ATM's - but what in the hell has he done ever since assuming office? Hasn't he too treated Chicago Taxpayers as his own personal ATM? Seems to me that the umpteen increases, which were imposed upon residents and visitors alike, speaks for themselves.
According to the Chicago Tribune "In his first city budget that was unanimously approved last month, Emanuel raised the cost of vehicle stickers by $10-$15, increased the parking tax by $2 a day, raised the hotel tax by 1 percentage point and put in place a host of fine increases. In addition, water bills would more than double during the next four years."
So - Is someone else living inside Da Mayor's Head Rahmbo? I mean when it comes to strong-arming residents and visitors he has done a most brilliant (and quite painful) job of keeping the burden on taxpayers. His Administration, though, is built largely on smoke and mirrors. And when it comes to being the "most transparent" administration, well Rahm Emanual has done everything in his power to make a mockery of the Freedom of Information Act. Rahm Emanual knows how to play the political shell game extremely well and as a result he will never give taxpayers any real or substantial transparency.
I hate to say it, but so far as Rahm Emanual goes - this Bozo is no different than the last Bozo. He is every bit the greedy and crony rewarding politician that Richard M. Daley ever was, but what sets him apart is that he is a heck of a good liar too! So don't play poker or other games of chance with this dude.
As for a closing thought on ATM's go - I wonder how much that "No Snow In Sight" Snow Route Ordinance brought in for Rahmbo today?
Cha-Cha-Ching - Chicago!
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