Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel (D) "has broached a touchy subject during private meetings with aldermen to solicit their ideas on budget and ethics reform: cutting the nation's second-largest City Council in half," the Chicago Sun Times reports.
"Several aldermen, who asked to remain anonymous, said they were stunned when Emanuel opened the discussion by asking them point-blank, 'What do you think about going down to 25 aldermen?'"
"It was a bold opening line for a mayor-elect who will need every vote he can get to reorganize the Council, pass his programs and solve a budget and pension crisis that literally has Chicago on the brink of bankruptcy."
It was a bold move all right - Emanuel bought most of these crooks off before the election, now he's going to fuck them afterwards.
And of course he'll cite the need to move fast on pressing financial issues, fiscal crisis, blah, blah, blah as the rationale for getting rid of half the City Council.
Which is all jive, of course.
He just doesn't want to have to share power in any way, shape, or form.
The next gambit in the move toward fascism - abolish the city council.
That'll come next.
Call it Emanuel's Beer Hall Putsch.
Oh, the irony.