Thursday, January 17, 2008

safe for now

The state legislature has averted the latest transit funding doomsday. Phew!

I'm relieved that they finally passed this bill. However, I have to wonder how much Blago's free rides will contribute to future doomsday scenarios. In the short term, how soon will the rest of us have a fare increase to pay for those free rides? I'll bet that it will happen within the year. And how many non-seniors will borrow grandma's card to get free rides. Probably more than a few.

Some seniors are truly deserving of a free ride, but many of them have the money to pay. Many say that the existing reduced fare program is just fine. As a demographic category, the percentage of single mothers who are desperately poor is probably a lot higher than the percentage of seniors who are very poor.

The State Constitution should be amended to allow a simple majority to override a Governor's veto, particularly when the veto is used to bludgeon the legislature into passing a half-baked measure as Blago has done today.

Blago's reckless, irresponsible spending of money the state does not have may do lasting economic damage. It does not help that he has a childish, petty tendency to pick unnecessary arguments with people he should have a working relationship with. The prospect of how much damage he could do in the remainder of his term is truly scary. He lives in a bubble, out of touch with regular people, too much like Shrub. The Feds can't indict his sorry a$$ soon enough.

Julie Hamos deserves our everlasting gratitude for her persistence in getting this bill passed. I hope she's having a fine celebration tonight.

2 comments:

The North Coast said...

Some people say Blago was pandering to elders, but it appeared to me that he threw the demand for free rides for seniors in,in order to wreck the whole deal.

But now it's backfired on him. So he needs to get it through his head, that Chicago, the state's single biggest municipal taxpayer, needs a good, reliable, top-tier transit system such as we once had until Daley came to power, and stop throwing $1 billion plus at things like ethanol and biofuel.

All the biofuel initiative is, is another big fat farm subsidy that is not endearing him to that crowd anymore than it does the rest of us.

Our pols need to get their heads out of the sand on the energy issue and realize now, while there is a little bit of time, that we won't keep Chicago moving on biofuel when oil depletion really starts to bite, but that we will need our transit more than we have since WW2.

Fargo said...

Some people say Blago was pandering to elders, but it appeared to me that he threw the demand for free rides for seniors in,in order to wreck the whole deal.

I think it was a combination of the two.

he needs to get it through his head, that Chicago, the state's single biggest municipal taxpayer, needs a good, reliable, top-tier transit system such as we once had until Daley came to power, and stop throwing $1 billion plus at things like ethanol and biofuel.

It would be nice if that would happen, but I'm not holding my breath. We might have a better chance with Pat Quinn if Blago is indicated and forced out of office.

Our pols need to get their heads out of the sand

or out of their a$$es

on the energy issue and realize now, while there is a little bit of time, that we won't keep Chicago moving on biofuel when oil depletion really starts to bite, but that we will need our transit more than we have since WW2.

There's no time like the present to take action to restore the reliability of transit and make (and execute) plans to expand it to meet future demand. We will need it.