Accuracy in Media

If Frank Sinatra was still alive he would probably be wondering what kind of town Chicago is these days.

In the last year Chicago alderman have banned public smoking and using a cell phone from driving. Then in April they outlawed the sale of goose liver delicacy foie gras bowing to pressure from animal rights groups. More recently they considered a proposal to ban restaurants from cooking with trans fats and just the other day passed a new ordinance requiring ‘big box” stores like Wal-Mart and Home Depot to pay employees at least $10 an hour by 2010 plus $3 an hour in benefits. Apparently none of the aldermen have ever heard of free markets.

College campuses have the thought police, Chicago has the behavior police. Even Richard M. Daley, the liberal mayor of Chicago is exasperated. Speaking earlier this year the mayor said “We have children getting killed by gang leaders and dope dealers,” and added “We have real issues here in this city. And we’re dealing with foie gras? Let’s get some priorities.” This is probably the first time I have ever agreed with a Daley.

As for the “living wage” ordinance the mayor is on record as saying that it would impede growth and hurt tax revenues but fell short of threatening a veto since he has not done so in his 17 years in office and he doesn’t have the votes to prevent an override.

What’s next? Banning walking and chewing gum at the same time since the motion of walking might accidentally spew the gum onto a sidewalk where someone could step on it and in trying to remove it might twist their ankle and sue the city? Ridiculous? Maybe.

Don’t forget, Maryland tried to force Wal-Mart into paying more in health insurance to its workers and the court just struck it down as unconstitutional. The latest Chicago ordinance could face the same fate if they aren’t careful.

Ol’ blue eyes must be rolling in his grave.

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