Bye-bye increased taxes, bye-bye road construction projects that they can't get right NOW, let alone for 2016, bye-bye making Daley's e-penis bigger. I was talking quite happily about this at the lunch counter when another person sitting down from me let her feelings be known that she wasn't happy that Chicago wouldn't get the Olympics. According to her, her husband had invested some money in some property, expecting it to be bought to make an Olympic venue or housing site. With no Olympics, the property was now next to worthless.
And, boy, was she PISSED.
A little anger was directed at me and my unrestrained glee (my mom never meant to raise a mean kid, but there you go). I asked her about the increased government intrusion and the additions to a deficit Illinois can't afford now (driver's licenses jump from $15 to $35 in a few days) and other increased taxes to help pay for our government instead of cost cutting.
None of that mattered. All that mattered to her was this was a chance for her and her husband to come into some serious money and now it's vanished like spring ice. Forget all the other civic matters. This was a chance for them to grab some of that pie, and the hell with anyone else. After all, if they don't want to get screwed, they should be taking actions like they are. You're the screwer or the screwee. It's the circle of life.
This is where we are failing as a society. Instead of, "Yeah, I can get enriched, but at someone else's expense? That isn't right," it's, "Hey, someone's gonna do it, it might as well be me." We've become a society of casual opportunists, focusing on the individual's desires instead of doing the right thing.
It's the Chicago way -- get yours and take their's.