In typical liberal fashion, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who while serving in office was so horrible that the cops in the city actually turned their backs on her and then blasted out a text that said, “this city is up for grabs” as riots broke out after the death of George Floyd, and also bragged she had “the biggest d*** in Chicago” has now decided that her performance on the job is worth a 5 percent hike in her salary.
Gee, who would’ve thought? A politician that believes they have earned a bigger chunk of the taxes coming out of the pockets of the citizenry, many of whom live paycheck to paycheck, struggling to make ends meet. The audacity is astounding.
According to the Daily Wire, Lightfoot stated on Wednesday that she supported a plan that would tie her salary, as well as those of the mayor, the city clerk, and the treasurer to inflation. The spike in pay would be capped off at 5 percent and could end up taking effect as early as 2024.
“To be clear, the ordinance that was introduced today would put the mayor, the city treasurer and the clerk in line with (aldermen) regarding a cost-of-living increase,” Lightfoot said. “It’s not a salary increase.”
The salary for the mayoral position has remained the same since 2006.
Back in September, Lightfoot raised a stink saying she had not “raised the issue” of her salary, going on to insist, “I think there’s conversation around … some of the other citywide elected officials.”
“You’re aware that the mayor’s compensation hasn’t been changed in, I think, almost 20 years. But that’s not really what I’m focused on. I’m focused on making sure that we do the work of the people of the city every single day,” she said.
The rate of violent crime in Chicago has gone up 37 percent just this year with over 2,300 shooting incidents reported.
Serving in public office was never designed to be a way to make a living or develop a career. The original idea behind these kind of positions was that they be a sort of revolving door with people from the private sector coming for a brief time to serve in the public sector before returning back to their previous jobs.
Instead, being a politician has now become a legitimate career path, and folks coming into the field often stick around for years and years, becoming wealthy and rich by playing dirty and under the table, using politics to accumulate riches rather than improve society and preserve the Constitution.
Our founders would be furious with the creation of the career politician. It should be mandatory for a person to return to the private sector for a certain number of years after serving a term, forcing them to go back to their roots close to the people they would be representing.
People can be somewhat torn on the idea of having strict term limits placed on political positions, but it seems to me that would be a great way to prevent individuals from seeking to get elected to public office in order to fill up their piggy banks.