"Whatever it is, Mayor Daley has body slammed the Chicago driver this year," the Parking Ticket Geek writes on TheExpiredMeter.com. "The final body blow that left Chicago drivers unconscious, bloody and drooling on the canvas mat of 2008, came Tuesday when the mayor announced the $1.16 billion dollar deal to privatize Chicago’s parking meter system."
And so on.
Are drivers the new smokers? Is driving now a "sin" eligible for sin taxes?
Yes, it's "green" to take away incentives for driving. But driving is still legal. And sometimes necessary.
As the Parking Ticket Geek points out, increased costs of driving and parking tend to affect those most who can afford it least. And it's not as if the CTA is correspondingly getting a boost.
"To be fair, some cuts were made," the Geek writes. "But instead of making a sincere effort to control spending, the mayor decided to balance the 2009 city budget on the backs of drivers. In my humble Parking Geek opinion, the Mayor has unfairly targeted and overburdened the Chicago driver. I truly hope Mayor Daley picks on someone else in 2009."
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