Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Taxpayers vs. Crooked Politicians—Chicago’s Parking Meter Revolt
Chicago, IL—Chicago’s politicians are little more than organized crime bosses anymore. Instead of serving the people Chicago’s politicians have simply become extortionists. They’ve taxed, squandered and stolen to the point of chasing taxpayers out of the city.
Businesses remaining in the city are victimized by every kind of tax scam that politicians can dream up. If potential customers and clients can’t drive or park anywhere business will be boarding up and moving somewhere else.
Recently the City of Chicago gave a 75 year contract to a private company in New York, LAZ to handle all of Chicago’s parking meters and collection. The rates doubled but the anger of Chicago’s citizens has gone through the roof.
Vandalized and inoperable meters are everywhere. Missing from the streets are the automobiles of people patronizing local businesses. A death blow has been dealt that spells disaster for Chicago.
I want to gleefully accept responsibility for some of the vandalism since I have encouraged it on this blog. Rather than show remorse I am overjoyed that spray paint, hammers, and crazy glue are being used to remedy this parking meter extortion conspiracy.
Rank and file Chicago cops I talked to have no plans to discover or arrest meter vandals, since they have lost all respect for the city government and they too are victimized by the parking scam.
We can only hope taxpayer rage will present itself at the polling places during the next city election. In the meantime I hope to see the company taking over the meters, LAZ file bankruptcy and vanish from Chicago. As for Chicago’s meter vandals I say, keep up the good work! Don't snitch on meter vandals!
There is a website that has explored the Chicago parking meter experience has lots of information and photos.