Thursday, April 14, 2005
Blame DC GOP for CTA, public school cuts. And welcome to the Capitol Mark Brown!
State and local governments around the nation are in the red and are laying off teachers. The CTA might have to cutservice dramatically which would be really bad for our economy. And what do the federal Republicans do to help out? Cut taxes for the children of the rich. Yesterday the House passed a bill to permanently repeal the estate tax which only affects the children of people who pass on more than a million five. You know, the people who are hurting. Inherited wealth. It's tough out there for those kids, and when it comes time to choosing between everyone in the Chicago region by reinstating federal operating support for mass transit and people like Paris Hilton, the House GOP consistently picks the children of the wealthy. Smart! Remember that idea of equal opportunity so anyone in America has a decent chance at moving up? Ahhh, forget it. That stuff is expensive! Good public schools and modern transit costs so much and we'd have to tax Paris Hilton to pay for it. How could we ever do that? Anyway, check out Mark Brown's column in the Sun-Times today. It's the first time since Carol Marin in February came down that a major columnist had a Springfield dateline, so congratulations to him. Maybe the Chicago papers ought to hire a columnist to work here and help make sense of what's going on to their readers. . . . .you think? And after Zorn just justifiably made fun of the Sun-Times lame attempt to cover blogs, maybe they ought to hire a blogger. . . . . I'm sure about a dozen of us would jump at the chance.