Daniel Webster School, a CPS school on the West Side

By John Ruberry

On Friday a friend of this very blogger forwarded a Chicago Tribune Breaking News Alert to me: Chicago Public Schools enrollment drops by nearly 10,000 students. And the year before CPS enrollment slid by 11,000.

There are 371,382 students taking classes in CPS schools  In 2002 there 438,589 kids running the halls, with some of them learning something.

So, taxes for schools will go down, right?

Not in the Prairie State, the home of “Illinois Math,” where two plus two equals five.

For a while, that is.

CPS is expected to raise property taxes soon–a state bill that will likely pass to pass gives them that power–by $120 million to pay for, wait for it, teacher pensions. That’s on top of $100 million in a tax jump already sanctioned

“Building a New Chicago” at Dunne School on the South Side, where your blogger attended kindergarten

The sad tale of the Chicago Teachers Pensions Fund [CTPF] goes back to 1981 when the Chicago Board of Education agreed to pick up most of the teachers’ obligation to pay into their pension plans. Out of sight–out of mind. Yes, Chicago Teachers Union, I’m looking at you! In 1995 a lost weekend of retirement funding began–it lasted ten years–and all of that money that was supposed to go to pensions instead went towards teacher salaries and nuts-and-bolts school expenses. Oh, don’t forget to throw in a calorie-loaded Chicago-style pizza buffet line of cronyism, giveaways, and malfeasance into this toxic dish.

Illinois still hasn’t completely recovered from the Great Recession–government corruption and incompetence, in my opinion, are the sole reasons for that–so naturally a partial CTPF “pension holiday” was declared from 2011-13 and the can was kicked down the potholed road again.

Chicago Public Schools bonds are rated as junk.

Two years ago Chicago property owners had to swallow the largest property tax hike in the city’s history to help shore up police and firefighter pension funds, which are even more underfunded than the teachers’ pensions. And last week Chicago’s embattled mayor, Rahm Emanuel, released his 2018 budget proposal, which of course includes tax increases. When asked if more tax hikes were coming, Emanuel dodged the question.

Chicago is the only large American city with a shrinking population.

As bad as Chicago’s financial situation is, the reality is probably far worse because Illinois Math is very likely disguising the wretched truth.

Decline and fall.

Blogger in downtown Chicago

Here is some more Illinois Math for you: The free-market Illinois Policy Institute says, “There are now more inactive employees and beneficiaries in CTPF than there are active workers paying into the pension fund.”

Someday there will be a new Illinois Math equation. Two plus two won’t equal five–it will equal just one.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

…then I suspect that Yvonne Abraham would be dancing over the corpse of the White Rose Coffeehouse in Lynn

On Monday, the cafe was mostly deserted. Many of the people who came in were friends, offering condolences and dropping $10 or $20 into the tip jar. She couldn’t survive more than a few days like that — especially without her daughter’s help. Worse, she no longer wants to.

“What I have here is a family business that has no family,” she said. “Maybe I could weather this. But this used to be a place of joy for me, and I don’t see a way that I will ever feel that way again.”

what exactly did the owner of the coffee shop’s 23 year old daughter say that started all the trouble in the first place?

“I will not be part of the false rhetoric that cops are just misunderstood good guys,” Mele’s daughter wrote, among other things. “They uphold an unjust system and murder without consequence.”

I’m confused, isn’t this the same argument that the NFL players are making for protesting the national anthem, and that practically every media outlet in the nation including the Boston Globe is defending making?  And aren’t the owners being attacked by outlets like the Globe for even suggesting that their employees be made to stop by them, which by an odd coincidence is what the owner of this coffee shop did making her daughter take down the post while throwing in an apology to the police while she was at it?

Now like Ms Abraham I have some sympathy for the business owner who was caught up in a mess not of her own making that was apparently the final nail in the business’ coffin.  I’ve failed in business in the past and it’s a painful thing.  Strangely said sympathy for  business’ being targeted and folks being ruined seems rather selective:

With that in mind, and particularly considering the description of how such mobs “mostly” go after left-leaning views, we’re left with questions. Did Abraham write anything about Memories Pizza in Indiana when it was temporarily closed down by the mob after an elderly grandmother answered a phone call from a reporter one evening and said she wouldn’t want to deliver pizza to a fictional gay wedding reception? Did Abraham shed a tear for Elaine Huguenin after her home photography business was literally bankrupted by the mobbecause she didn’t want to create a wedding album for some lesbian nuptials? How about Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Oregon? A similar story, except involving a bakery and a hypothetical wedding cake. Was Abraham clucking her tongue at the mob in that case?

That’s Jazz Shaw at Hotair who didn’t find any suggestion that this was an issue to her if the target was a conservative.

Furthermore her argument that her real issue is with online attacks might be more credible if something in either in print by her or in  her social media timeline where sh expressed some outrage over the Dana Loesch situation which apparently didn’t make her outrage cut.

I submit and suggest the real outrage for Ms. Abraham is that the left’s tactics and standards are now being applied to them and are having real world consequences to people who express opinions she and the left agree with rather to those nasty Christians, Conservatives and Trump supporters.  That being the case Kurt Schlichter’s suggestion applies

Alinksy was right – we must hold our enemies to their own stupid standards, and that’s especially true if it’s a newly-invented standard designed only to silence and suppress us conservatives. We must take their new rules, roll them up real tight, and ram them down the left’s collective collectivist throat, if not elsewhere.

If people are making actual credible threats against others, that’s wrong, evil and most importantly illegal and a matter for the police, who will be happy to both protect any people or business under actual threat, even one where an employee thinks they are a bunch of murders.

But I suspect the real story here is that a stupid 23 year old leftist has discovered that while the left and the media on TV and online are all in on the  “cops are a bunch of murders” meme, it’s a bad message for a marginal business which had very little room for error and her mother is unfortunately and unfairly paying the price for it.

On the bright side thanks to Ms. Abraham’s column both the daughter who caused the trouble and the mother who was the victim of her daughter’s woke assertions will be able to divert any blame for the business’s failure to the political enemies of Ms. Abraham, which, in my opinion,  was the entire point of the piece in the first place.

But if I’ve misjudged Ms. Abraham and she and her allies on the left wants to return to the days when if you are an individual who supports the police, believe in God can count the actual number genders on your elbows and voted for a republican you are not branded a white supremacist Nazi whose business should be destroyed or driven out of a company I’ll happily go along.

Update: Take a look at the comments in the base story at the Globe, guess who the liberals in comments blame for this situation? Not the daughter, not the people who are being asses online,THE POLICE!