At the risk of sounding like one of those typical boosters who loves everything about the Windy City, I must admit that I'm happy to see New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio make such a royal clusterfuck out of his first blizzard.
That is—he made the lives of New Yorkers miserable by keeping schools open in the face of a storm that dropped over a foot of snow.
C'mon, Billy de—that's even dumber than keeping schools open in the face of a polar vortex that sent temperatures plummeting to the nether regions.
Which is what our very own Mayor Emanuel wanted to do just a few weeks ago. Here, read all about it—just in case you forgot.
Unfortunately, other than Blizzardgate, comparing our mayor to New York City's is like reliving the Cubs/Mets pennant race of 1969—we lose again!
By the way, my favorite part of Blizzardgate is the Twitter war launched by Al Roker, the amiable weatherman for NBC. Roker's daughter is just one of the hundreds of thousands of children who had to schlep through the mounds of snow 'cause de Blasio didn't have enough sense to close the schools.
"Long range de Blasio forecast: 1 term," Roker tweeted.
Good line, Mr. Roker. I wish we had a weatherman who felt our pain. Hey, Tom Skilling—anytime you want to rip into Mayor Emanuel, feel free.
As to other issues, here's what de Blasio's proposed in his first budget. He wants to tax rich people to pay for more preschool, hire thousands of preschool teachers, pump money into affordable housing, and start negotiating labor deals with the various unions, something his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, had put off.
We'll see what—if anything—he actually gets done. But at least he's pushing the policies that Democrats cheer for at their national conventions.
In contrast, Mayor Emanuel began his first year in office by firing black and Hispanic city workers, closing mental health clinics in poor black communities, threatening to cut library hours, cheering on a tax break for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange , and jacking up water bill rates, one of our most regressive taxes.
In other words, policies that would bring the crowd at Mitt Romney's country club to its feet!
As for building better relationships with organized labor, well, you remember what he told Karen Lewis. (I'll give you a hint—it wasn't solidarity forever.)
And now, with his reelection campaign approaching, Mayor Emanuel is attempting to move left—toward de Blasio country—with a minimum wage proposal that essentially stabs low-wage workers in the back.
Think of it as progress, Chicago. At least he's not stabbing them in the front.