Have to distract the rubes any which way you can. Not a peep from this megatool after a bloody weekend that makes Baghdad look peaceful, so it’s time to toss a distraction out there for the idiots.
A panel that Mayor Rahm Emanuel charged with researching Chicago’s minimum wage reported back Monday with this recommendation: raise it to $13 an hour by 2018.
The Minimum Wage Working Group contends that the proposed increase — to be phased in over four years — would increase earnings for about 410,000 Chicagoans; inject nearly $800 million into Chicago’s economy; and better align earnings with the cost of living adjusted for inflation.
“Mayor Emanuel met with the Working Group at their final meeting this afternoon and was impressed by the thoroughness of their work,” Kelley Quinn, a mayoral spokeswoman, said in a statement Monday night. “He fully supports the group’s balanced proposal.”
The increase to $13 would reflect the high cost of living in Chicago compared with the rest of Illinois, according to the panel’s report. It would increase the earnings for 31 percent of Chicago workers.
By 2018 there will be a few thousand less potential minimum wage earners at the current rate of carnage, which continued Monday evening. Meanwhile the police chief may have actually stumbled onto what the actual problem is.
McCarthy, standing beside a cache of recently seized guns and rifles, touched on one of his favorite themes — the lack of punishment in Illinois for people who illegally own guns.
“There’s a greater sanction from the gang members who lose that firearm from their gang than there is to go to jail for possession of that gun,” McCarthy said.
He repeated his frustration that many of the people who threaten his cops with firearms have been previously convicted of gun crimes. He frequently points out that people arrested for gun crimes are often released on bond. And if they’re convicted, they don’t serve serious prison time, he says.
For instance, one man who shot at police Sunday night in the 10200 block of South Morgan was arrested earlier this year for firing a gun, McCarthy said. “How this individual is out on bond is beyond me,” he said.
Liberalism in a nutshell right there. If they actually punished these predators lives would be saved. They should consider that rather than sniveling about the NRA.