City Hall Indian Giver

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Same old dog and pony show that gets a new name after every election. This year the show is called "Greasing The Wheels."  City Hall has extended an olive branch because its just the right thing to do. As for me, after a closer look, I find a poison ivy branch instead. 

         A term comes to mind as I have watched the proverbial bone/police car being waved over the heads our police officers and firemen over the years. It's where someone one takes something from you then gives it back and expects you to be grateful because it was given to you     Oh yes, I remember "Indian Giver."  

         We are near a shooting a day in Little Chicago and yes a previous vindictive mayor removes police presence by taking away police cars but now what the police said would happen is happening. So City Hall, out of the goodness of their hearts, gives the cars back and the news conference played like a cracked record. Same old sound bites over and over. 

         The police cars reminds me of how a dog is treated when looking for a home, bouncing from house to house. The cars have been at parked then assigned to cops in lieu of a raise then taken away then given back then taken away and parked on a nasty public works lot on E 11th Street that had to be fenced and lighted and installed cameras and hired security guards then reassigned but only if the cop paid for the gas and now the police can drive the car home again. Excuse me but I think I'm about to tear up. I'm a sucker for a good love story. 

        Oh, I almost forgot the best part. Did you see where City Hall wants to do another study of the pensions our police and firemen. Oops. The morale meter just plummeted again. 

        Have I already said Indian Giver? 

Michael Burns


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