By John F. Di Leo -
What does it mean to be springtime in an odd year in America?
As the snow begins to melt, the birds chirp and sing; the trees and bushes bud with new growth. The sun reemerges from its long vacation behind the clouds, and the study of economics takes a holiday.
True, this last part probably doesn’t apply to everyone. Texans, Oklahomans and Montanans don’t forget everything they ever learned in school, just because it’s time for mayors and city councilmen to seek reelection to their valuable positions at the public trough, but here in the rust belt, where we hold mayoral elections in April, all memory of how economies work is overshadowed by financial nihilism.
The Chicago Story
We have an election of sorts in Chicago in April. This year, the choice is between Bigshot Rahm Emanuel, friend of Wall Street and White House, and Littleguy Chuy Garcia, friend of shop steward and demonstrator. Where do they differ on the issues?
Oh, it may look like they do… But when you dig deeper, it’s the same thing. They’re both socialists. They both favor a huge government that does everything for everyone. Both disregard the business sector, except as a source of gold to be mined, and they focus on what government can do for people.