Beginning today all law-abiding citizens of Cook County (but not in Chicago) must pay a $25 Tax when purchasing a gun. Well, first off, I would hope Cook County citizens use better judgement and decide to purchase their firearms in any other county than Cook because I would not stand for such a clear violation of one's Constitutional Rights via Preckwinkle's selective taxation schemes.
Second and every bit as important - how about Toni Preckwinkle impose a special "Cook County Mob Tax" to punish those engaged in mobbing? Especially after this weekend and the warmer weather approaching? Besides, this isn't the first time mobbers have wreaked havoc and chaos in Chicago / Cook County. What do you say Precki? Never mind that there will already be fines and legal costs because we already know most will get off with a slap on the wrist and if they do go to trial, most will claim poverty and waste tax dollars by requesting a Public Defender. Let's face it Precki just for that reason alone you should be adding a mob tax!
Heck, that tax can even be deducted immediately from any government benefits that the parents of these kids (or the teens themselves) get to ensure immediate payment. Maybe then, some of these parents will keep a better, watchful eye on their wild offspring. Hey - that may even entice a parent or two to take an active part in their kids' life instead of letting them run wild in the streets. The parents of these kids are just as responsible for the actions bestowed upon society and taxing them instead of law-abiding citizens is the more equitable solution.
After all, law-abiding citizens shouldn't be forced to supplement bad parenting and/or government's own ineffectiveness.
Despite that, though, we probably shouldn't expect Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle or Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to do anything that would actually punish the criminals. Why? Because they both have a perverse and misguided view on what the real problem is and how to solve it. Instead they continue to go after law-abiding citizens and trampling their Constitutional Rights (and I ain't talking about large clip automatic weapons here because even I feel that those are unnecessary) all the while refusing to believe the facts. Which are very plain and simple - criminals and gang-bangers couldn't give two shits about gun laws or society for that matter. Criminals will always have access to illegal weapons period!
So far as I am concerned, people like Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle or even that consummate outsider who sticks his nose where it don't belong New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg should use their intelligence instead of lying to the people as to what the real nature of their agendas are. You see these Liberal Democrats have already denied citizens of real representation as they move this nation ever closer to a complete oligarchy. And that oligarchy is already alive and well here as political insiders and cronies share in the spoils of taxpayer monies while denying the people proper government and essential services like public safety.
The bottom line is that Emanuel and Preckwinkle both would rather load up (and bog down) their respective government bodies from providing the necessary monies to properly police the streets and fight its crime. Let's face it, all these so-called taxes in the public interest will be squandered and diverted to the big salaries of political hires and patronage staff that do little to no work.
What a bunch of hypocrites!
And please don't delude yourselves for a second that what I said earlier isn't true despite the continuous cock and bull about how their new taxes will make a difference. We have all seen that that rarely, if ever, happens here. Like I said it most always winds up in the pockets of their interloping insiders and campaign contributors. So you can just fuhgettaboutit with these political yo-yo's. They would rather rape you of more taxes than solve problems because the problems we have are not really all that new - are they?
Sadly that is the true cost of political corruption!
As for the mobs, well, let's just say that they are nothing more than a blight on society. They are irresponsible amoebas without a brain or a soul. And now that summer and its warm weather are around the corner these mindless animals will be wreaking more of their havoc and chaos in Chicago Transit Authority Trains and Buses or on the streets of the Magnificent Mile.
Hopefully it won't be long before the courts finally shut down our misguided lawmaker's last attempts to stifle our right to carry. But until then there are ways to protect oneself. People can go to their local bank and load up on some rolls of half-dollars and stick them in a sock. Believe me, getting whacked in the head with a few rolls of coin will stop most people from inflicting harm. If that option doesn't suit someone, well, a can of pepper spray or mace will also give you some protection to ward off an attacker. Most important though - keep your IPhone's and the like in your pockets - you should always maintain a vigilant eye out for potential trouble. Unfortunately there are too many people out there tempting fate as well as an ambitious criminal.
As I said earlier, summer is coming and there will be hotspots where animals will try to disrupt things. As much as I would like to believe that the Chicago Police Department or the CTA Police will be there to assist someone - I wouldn't hold my breathe waiting. These two units just don't have enough personnel to protect everyone and budget constraints (and government waste) continue to keep them undermanned.
As for tourists from around the world? Well they should be forewarned that the politics of Chicago and Cook County prevent any real or effective policing because politicians are more concerned with diverting tax dollars that they have waiting to spring upon them then making sure that their police force is properly staffed to fight crime. And that kind of sucks given that Chicago is an expensive place to visit because of their bevvy of taxes. However, the only consolation is that Chicago might be slightly cheaper than Michael Bloomberg's New York which still leads the way in over-charging its tourists.
In short, Chicago (and Illinois) have put people at risk because of its political greed and corruption. Sure there are a number of other places that are just as corrupt, but nowhere is it as open and in your face as it is in Illinois. Politicians here routinely thumb their noses at the taxpayers even after being indicted and/or convicted.
Now I hate to say this because it would hurt working folks, but I couldn't in good conscience invite my friends from overseas for a visit for fear that we could wind up in the wrong place at the wrong time should mobber violence erupt. And that is something I have never felt before whether here or to places traveled around the world.
You know, it is bad enough that residents of Chicago, or those living in the suburbs who also like to frequent the city feel as if Chicago just isn't worth the trip. Chicago has increased the costs to visit to such a point that she is no longer a preferred destination. So not only is downright expensive, but now you must worry about your safety. Well that is just not a bargain!
Of course this is just my own humble opinion.
But I have lived here long enough to know what's going on around here.
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