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All in the Family

December 9, 2010
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The recently elected Cook County Assessor, Joseph Berrios, has brought his sister and his son with him to his new digs.

This isn’t really that big of a deal.  They both worked with him at the Board of Review.  Berrios’ sister had been with the Board of Review for around 8 years.  His son, about 12 years.  It’s a bit late to worry about their qualifications.  Besides, their positions are exempt from federal prohibition on politically motivated hirings.

So, what’s the problem?

The problem is that these assholes do not know the difference between what you CAN do and what you SHOULD do.

We all want to help our friends and family.  No harm in that.  Most of us try to do it in less slimy ways.  Most of us, when called out on it, would shrug embarrassingly and note that these positions allow such hiring practices.  Some of us might even try to work toward eliminating such practices (while leaving our kin in place for now, of course).

Chicago government is a fucking cesspool and it is filled with these 4clowns.  The kind that stands proud and denies there is even a hint of dickheadishness in these moves.  Deny that any of this has anything to do with the sad state of our local government, filled to the brim with political hirings, old cronies and relatives of relatives.  The people who fail to recognize their resemblance to Boss Tweed.  The people who don’t want anything to change, because it works just swell.

Let them eat Twinkies.

For school lunch.  Provided by my Uncle’s Food Service Company.  Priced at 2.5 times what they cost at a 7-11.  And cleaned up by Well Known Waste Disposal Company that Boss just happens to have a stake in.

These are the kind of quotes that these politicians come up with:

“They were already working in government. … When you move into a new office, you bring people you can trust and who will protect you.”  John Berrios

“Everyone has a right to work for government,” Berrios said Wednesday.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 9, 2010 10:55 PM

    Shut up already. You got a free Twinkie didn’t you?

  2. Monna permalink
    December 27, 2010 12:29 PM

    Archie was the 8th wonder.

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