Monday, April 18, 2005

Term Limits?

Perhaps if Mayor Jennings is re-elected he will have a shot at being Time magazine's " best small-city mayor". Look what it takes to be their best big city Mayor.

" Daley's Hired Truck Program paid politically connected and mobbed-up trucking companies $40 million a year for little or no work. The Water Department, called a "racketeering enterprise" by the feds, allegedly took in $500,000 in bribes. And contracts that were supposed to go to minority, female and disadvantaged contractors have enriched "rich white guys who are friends of the mayor," said Ald. Ricardo Munoz (22nd)."

Actually Time Magazine didn't mention those bits in their piece, that came from the Chicago Sun Times. Sort of like Eliot and Hillary glossed over some of Jennings' less than stellar accomplishments when they endorsed him. The fact is that when you are in office for 16 years you are far more likely to use your office to make your friends (and yourself) rich. Power corrupts. This ALONE is why I think Jennings' shouldn't be re-elected. From the Chicago Sun Times:

"After 16 years in office, the scandals keep piling up for Mayor Daley. "

"But the mushrooming corruption merits barely a mention in this week's edition of Time magazine, which names "Richard the Second" the nation's best big-city mayor."

"Chicago's imperial Richard Daley . . . is widely viewed as the nation's top urban executive," Time reports. "

"The magazine credits Daley for promoting "splashy growth," hiring "skilled managers," expanding green space, reforming public schools, relocating CHA residents, luring Boeing to Chicago and overseeing big projects like Soldier Field and Millennium Park. "

"But there's scant mention of scandals: "Allegations of financial corruption have caught up some of his political allies, although Daley has personally avoided implication."

"Daley's Hired Truck Program paid politically connected and mobbed-up trucking companies $40 million a year for little or no work. The Water Department, called a "racketeering enterprise" by the feds, allegedly took in $500,000 in bribes. And contracts that were supposed to go to minority, female and disadvantaged contractors have enriched "rich white guys who are friends of the mayor," said Ald. Ricardo Munoz (22nd). "

"In the last 70 years, there has been more corruption under Daley "than any other mayor other than his father," said Dick Simpson, a University of Illinois at Chicago political scientist and former alderman."

I guess we shouldn't expect much of a magazine(TIME) that puts Ann Coulter on the cover.