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Office Waste

Poor City Council Chairman Ed Burke needs new carpet, chairs



    Office Waste
    We're going to need you to replace the carpet. Mmmm kay?

    Times are never tough for Ed Burke.

    The debonair chairman of the city council's finance committee always has a minute for busybody ordinances, but never a moment to actually vet City Hall's most complicated proposals. Like oh, say, those involving 75-year parking meter leases and billion-dollar Olympic Games.

    Now, in the midst of an economic meltdown that has thrown the city's budget into chaos, he's decided it's a good time to do a little remodeling around the (taxpayer-funded) office, according to the Sun-Times.

    That threadbare carpet? 

    For the proles.

    Those lousy chairs?

    Not befitting.

    Terrible symbolism?

    Who cares.

    New paint on the walls?

    By all means!

    Burke's little office re-do sounds like a low-cost affair, but just as it's not only the extra quarters in the meters that make folks mad, or in this case a few coats of new paint, it's the everyday nickel-and-diming of we citizens while the fat cats go about their (taxpayer-funded) jobs with a mind-boggling sense of entitlement.

    "We have at least seven areas of carpeting that are torn," Burke spokesman Donal Quinlan told the Sun-Times. "Many of them are patched over with wide, unsightly silver duct tape so people don't trip."

    That's life in a recession, sir. Please learn to deal with it like the rest of us.

    Steve Rhodes is the proprietor ofThe Beachwood Reporter, a Chicago-centric news and culture review.