Daley employs the Peter Principle in reverse


Mayor Richard M. Daley

Here is an interesting idea: When you screw up, instead of getting fired, you return to your last job.

This is the principle that Mayor Richard M. Daley used when he fired his Streets and Sanitation commissioner, Michael Picardi, and kicked him back to his old job as head of the Fleet Management Department.

Employing this principle, Daley should find himself returning to his old job as Cook County State's Attorney, and if blows that, he should head by to the state Legislature, and if messes that up, he should just go back to a plain old son of Richard J. Daley.

Did anyone at the press conference ask if Picardi will keep his salary and benefits from streets and san, or will he also take a salary cut? Or are the two jobs paid the same?

Finally, did Barack Obama approve this demotion? He seems to involve himself in everything else.

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