There’s presently a plan for a large protest on Christmas Eve with the intention of disrupting Christmas shopping:
CHICAGO (WLS) — A protest and march is planned for Christmas Eve, aiming to disrupt shopping on Michigan Avenue while calling for changes at City Hall.
Protesters are urging people to shop elsewhere as they try to get Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s attention and ultimately force him to resign. Protesters held a “die-in” Tuesday night outside the office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, then they left City Hall and marched downtown.
Demonstrations have been ongoing and unrelenting and as they continue the group calling for change has become more diverse.
Does Mayor Emanuel really care about the retailers? Are the retailers in a position to press him to resign?
If they really wanted to get rid of Rahm, they’d start demonstrating against Hillary Clinton. He’d be gone in 60 seconds.
“If they really wanted to get rid of Rahm, they’d start demonstrating against Hillary Clinton. He’d be gone in 60 seconds.”
I’m tellin-ya. Notice how quiet the national media has gone? Black lives matter only if it doesn’t get in the way of the coronation. Ghoulish.
I do not know if anybody saw this:
How Chicago “Works”: Tax and Graft; Who Benefits?
The Mish link is a few days old, but the actual article is from the end off October.
In response to Mish’s post, as Dan Rostenkowski put it, never take a bribe; just hand ’em your business card. He also doesn’t show the largest winners in the property tax hike: the public employees’ unions.
What would actually have been useful in Mish’s post is an analysis of who loses. Those include renters and people who are underwater. That’s 22% of Chicagoans, mostly at the low end of the income distribution. I’ll see if I can’t come up with a map.
I found the original article interesting because it explained how the game worked. It is a scam, but it is not a scam. A lot of people do not understand the mechanics of how these things work, and as you point out, who gets hurt.
A lot of traffic violations and other misdemeanors are scams. If you pay the court costs, they will let you go without it being entered against you.
TB, seeing more and more scams by local governments down here. I spend a lot of time over in Clermont, about 45 minutes away from where I live. They’ve been adding more and more traffic cameras to “deter” red light running. They now go off if your front wheels touch the white line. They’re fining lots and lots of people for making right turns on red, which is legal in the state of Florida. You can go to city hall and get it tossed, but that is aggravating as Hell, and I doubt that everyone does it. Fortunately, it’s not a problem on the routes I take, but it’s just a downright dishonest way of doing business.
At a guess, they don’t get any of the tourist tax dollars, certainly not as many, over there in Lake County like we do here in Orange County, and are busting ass looking for revenue.
Coincidentally, we’re home schooling the daughter-unit. Last spring I met probably about a dozen parents that had pulled their kids out of school mid-year, mostly because of Common Core, but for other reasons as well. And I know many people, even poor black folk here in Pine Hills, who wish they COULD home school.
There a massive erosion of trust in government at all levels going on, at every level of people I come in contact with, which is the bottom three quintiles of income, if not the bottom four. Not that it matters, as we tossed the republic for a democracy some time back, and the democracy has been completely overwhelmed in the meantime. But I still wonder how long this can continue.