by Don Washington on 2013/01/17
The city, state and country are broke so we can’t afford to meet our pension obligations to retired workers. I am sure that you have heard this before in every mainstream media source from your local newspaper to your local right-wing radio beacon of hope. Whenever you are near someone talking like this from the media you should consider slapping the taste out of their mouths because they should know better. That they don’t know better says a lot about how bad they are at their jobs. The reason I’m writing on this today is that last week the laughably inane Retiree Health Care Commission report claimed to demonstrate that Chicago cannot pay its retirees pensions and one of my favorite stenographers to power Fran Speilman ran with the story like she was Gayle Sayers headed for open field. To call both this conclusion and Fran’s enthusiastic embrace of it foregone is an understatement of epic proportions.