Sunday, May 19, 2013

How Income Re-distribution Happens: the Local Version

That personal income has been steadily moving up for the 1%, and down for the 99%, for the past 20 years or so is not in doubt, by anybody. Most people think this is a bad thing, although you can always find a few social Darwin types around if you look for them. The real questions come about with how it happened and how to fix it.  These past few weeks in Chicago have been a demonstration of sorts of how this happens, specifically how public money that we all put in—and in fact the upper classes put proportionately less in—winds it way to the top.

Save Our Schools March day 2-North side

Moment of Prayer/silence in front of the Mayor's house

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Save Our Schools-West side march day one

We Do Not Need 50 of You to Say Yes

So every once in a while the Tribune gets it right and they did this week, pointing out the need for an independent body—an independent budget analysis office, something like a city GAO—to properly evaluate large financial deals struck by the city. Already it’s clear the new parking meter deal is bogus but it’s telling that, almost immediately after its release 24 aldermen praised it. Because the original deal was so good that there is really no need to read it right?
Although it was designed to be a check on executive power everybody knows the city council is a joke, with the exception of the Washington years the past thirty year or so the city council has been nothing but a rubber stamp on the mayor’s policies, whatever they may be, whoever the mayor may be.