Monday, January 26, 2009
The Hired Truck Program was a scandal-plagued program in the city of Chicago that involved hiring private trucks to do city work. It was overhauled in 2004 (and phased out beginning in 2005) after an investigation by the Chicago Sun-Times revealed that some participating companies were being paid for doing little or no work, had mob connections or were tied to city employees. Truck owners also paid bribes in order to get into the program.
The Hired Truck Program officially came to an end Monday, September 18, 2006. At the end of the work day on Friday, September 15, 2006, the final eight Hired Trucks were laid off permanently.
Lets go back to an article I found from 1964 :
Almost every week details revealed of a new scandal. This week it is the story of how supervisors & other employees of the city departments make huge profits by renting fleets of trucks to the city. Some of the city payrollers direct their fleets in air conditioned Cadillacs others drive trucks in their private businesses while they should be doing work for which they are paid by the city.
The phony job titles, the fake overtime payments the prevaling wage racket and the contracts to political favorite.
How long are the taxpayers going to put up with this
Article 1961 : Daley defends his administration in the face of charges by a republican leader that it is a political machine which breeds corruption
They asked in 1964 how long are the taxpayers going to put up with it.
Fourty-Five years later things haven't changed!
Friday, January 23, 2009
WASHINGTON -- President Obama warned Republicans on Capitol Hill today that they need to quit listening to radio king Rush Limbaugh if they want to get along with Democrats and the new administration.
"You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done," he told top GOP leaders, whom he had invited to the White House to discuss his nearly $1 trillion stimulus package.
One White House official confirmed the comment but said he was simply trying to make a larger point about bipartisan efforts.
"There are big things that unify Republicans and Democrats," the official said. "We shouldn't let partisan politics derail what are very important things that need to get done."
That wasn't Obama's only jab at Republicans today.
While discussing the stimulus package with top lawmakers in the White House's Roosevelt Room, President Obama shot down a critic with a simple message.
"I won," he said, according to aides who were briefed on the meeting. "I will trump you on that."
The response was to the objection by Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) to the president's proposal to increase benefits for low-income workers who don't owe federal income taxes.
This is scary !!! And take a look at what else our new president said
"I won" he said "I will trump you on that " to an objection on a proposal.
We are in Big trouble and I would like to Thank all the liberal drones that voted for him. He had absolutely no experience the only thing he did was register 150,000 people to vote when he was a community organizer according to his own website. When he was in the senate in 2004 he voted "present " instead of making a decision when he wasnt promoting his books.
Why is he qualified to be our president ?
Don't any drones think it odd that the first thing our new presdient did was to close Gitmo? Is closing Gitmo more important than our economic issues?