January 03, 2006
And the Poor Get Poorer
Take a moment to read this whole depressing story from Alternet:
The Chicago Transit Authority is refusing an opportunity to alleviate commuting costs for hundreds of thousands in the Windy City’s low-income neighborhoods. Instead of accepting deeply discounted fuel from the Venezuela-owned Citgo Petroleum Corp., the city is instead raising fares to solve budget shortfalls …
Bush’s operatives may not even have had to lean on local officials in order to get them to grind the faces of the poorest Chicagoans. By now, politicians all over the land must have learned that the slightest deviation into decency will be punished swiftly and savagely by the White House.
Posted by Jerome Doolittle at January 03, 2006 05:00 PM
Once again I am reminded of Cecil Woodham Smith's classic book, The Great Hunger, see: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/014014515X/qid=1136331374/sr=8-1/ref=pd_bbs_1/103-0834404-7030210?n=507846&s=books&v=glance
which might have been also named "How the British starved the Irish out of Ireland".
Whenever I see something like the story you just posted, I have to wonder: which neighborhoods they are trying to gentrify? The crowd now running things seems to not even have one whit of sense to even try to justify themselves with the now idiotic economic theories that the British used to kill millions of Irishmen. It appears that they just don't give a damn, (not there there's that much difference).
I am reminded of Derelict's description of Hanlon's razor:
"Never ascribe to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity."
It is the shrub administration's style to bully. Of course they told the CTA that they could forget federal assistance if they accepted the offer. Of that I have no doubt.