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Hey, Mayor Rahm: Don't give the Cubs our money!

Posted By on 05.29.12 at 10:06 AM

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Just a few reasons why Mayor Rahm should not give a handout worth untold millions—as in your taxes will go up to pay for it—to the Ricketts family to rebuild Wrigley Field.

And not one word about Papa Joe Ricketts's political beliefs, fascinating though they may be.

1. Any city that can't afford to make good on its overtime obligations to police for working almost around-the-clock during the NATO weekend cannot afford to give untold millions to the Cubs. By the way, Mayor Rahm's appreciation for the police lasted about as long as, oh, a Cub closer holds on to a ninth-inning lead . . .

2. Any city that can't afford to pay its public school teachers the raise it promised last year—while offering no more than a 2 percent raise over the next five years—cannot afford to give away untold millions to the Cubs . . .

3. Any city that can't afford to keep the lid on ever-rising property taxes cannot afford to give away untold millions to the Cubs . . .

4. Any city that can't afford to pay for recreational services in Roseland, Englewood, Austin, and other crime-ravaged neighborhoods cannot afford to give away untold millions to the Cubs . . .

5. Any city that can't afford music, art, or drama programs in its public schools cannot afford to give away untold millions to the Cubs . . .

6. Any city that can't afford to sufficiently fund its public libraries, so they have to fire the clerks who put away the books—so gurneys and carts overflow with unshelved ones—cannot afford to give away untold millions to the Cubs . . .

7. Any city that can't afford to keep open neighborhood mental health clinics cannot afford to give away untold millions to the Cubs . . .

8. Any city whose schools are roughly $700 million in debt cannot afford to give away untold millions to the Cubs . . .

Besides . . .

You'd figure that the Rickettses, whose team is in last place, with one of the worst records in baseball, including a recent 12-game losing streak, which included a loss in which their closer loaded the bases and then brought in the losing run by hitting the batter, thus bringing new meaning to the term walk-off hit . . .

Where was I?

Oh, yes—with a record like that, you'd figure the Rickettses would be ashamed to take our tax dollars, which, as I've pointed out, we can't afford to give them in the first place.

Especially when Papa Joe Ricketts is a fiscal conservative who believes skyrocketing government debt is the greatest threat to civilization as we know it.

Oh, wait—I wasn't going to mention Papa Joe Ricketts's political theories, fascinating though they may be.

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