August 7, 2017 by JImbo
Sorry, Major Emanuel.
You are wrong.
I think you know this, but it’s a political game at this point.
First off, you’re wrong. You aren’t “owed” anything. You accept Federal funds every year depending on what the current “rules” are for taking them. If you don’t want the rules, then don’t take the money. Pay for your own stuff.
The same is true of highway funds for example. Most states adopted the 55 mph speed limit years ago because that was a condition to getting Federal money to help maintain roads. If you want the money, you have to have a 55 mph speed limit (65 mph on Thruways I think now)
Some states out west have NO speed limit on major highways, because they stopped taking the money. If you don’t take the money, you don’t have to accept the rules attached to it.
Mayor Emanuel wants BOTH the money AND to make his own rules. That’s not how it works. It’s a very clear rule. If you don’t enforce Federal laws (in this case immigration law), then why should the Federal government pay you NOT to enforce their laws? That’s the whole POINT of that money in the first place!
Imagine if you have a son and say “I’ll give you $5 to mow the law.” If he doesn’t mow the lawn and DEMANDS $5, do you give it to him?
People say “Well it’s more complicated in politics at that level.”
It’s the same thing.
Principles matter at ALL levels.
If you don’t have principles as an individual in charge of yourself, then you don’t have principles as a Mayor or a President.
And now, the political part.
He’s not gonna win a third term with disapproval ratings at 70%.
No third term means no future higher office (Senator or Vice President in 2020)
That’ll be tough to do with a terrible economy and the #5 highest murder rate among cites in the country. Notice how most of the victims are the same poor black Chicagoans that Emanuel hopes will re-elect him AGAIN despite crime still rising and no jobs in sight.
I can see why he wants to try to blame someone else.
“It’s not my fault! It was that mean Donald Trump cutting our Federal funding for cops!”
Of course that doesn’t explain the RISE in crime from 2011 until 2017 when Trump took office. Six years under Obama and lots of Federal money and yet still more crime. I guess we’ll see how “stupid” the voters are the next time he’s up for re-election. They were fooled TWICE into voting for his incompetent “leadership.”
I’m sure if they elect him again he’ll get SERIOUS this time around!
Maybe the third time is a charm.