Bit­ing hand that feeds us

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - PERSPECTIV­E -

The col­umn by Lu­cie Macias and Leonard Pierce (“Demo­cratic so­cial­ists: No more busi­ness as usual,” April 4) trum­pets the fact that “Chicago will soon have more so­cial­ist City Coun­cil mem­bers than any other ma­jor U.S. city in mod­ern his­tory.” Whoopee. They go on to state that their so­cial­ist agenda will be paid for ex­clu­sively by “tax­ing the rich.”

It has al­ways puz­zled me why left­ists de­spise “greedy cor­po­ra­tions” and the “evil rich” so much, given that they ex­pect them to pay for all their gen­er­ous ben­e­fit pro­grams. Wouldn’t a nice thank-you card be more ap­pro­pri­ate?

Of course, evil rich peo­ple and greedy cor­po­ra­tions have other places they can go if they feel unloved. The Busi­ness sec­tion’s story on Lori Light­foot’s pref­er­ence for small busi­ness con­cludes with a quote from Howard Tull­man, for­mer CEO of Chicago tech hub 1871: “Look at New York. You got a few crazy politi­cians and Ama­zon walked.

That was 25,000 jobs and who knows how many hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars of ben­e­fit.” — John Kno­erle, Chicago

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