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Pittsburgh City Council decides for screwing the poor rather than taxing the rich
by stephen donahue Friday, Jan. 02, 2004 at 3:32 PM
Poor and low wage Pittsburgh residents to get a good dose of "Tough Love."
January 2, 2004
Late in the afternoon on December 31, 2003 the Pittsburgh City Council adopted the operating budget for the next year. In an action that brought loud sighs of relief from the Downtown corporate towers to the Beechwood Boulevard mansions, the City Council decided to forget about all but parking tax revenue and just screw the poor instead. “Bravo!” shouted the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
All public swimming pools and recreation centers in the city will now stay closed. This of course won’t be noticed by those with memberships in a private health club or spa. No, for the elites in this city the New Year looks bright because now they won’t have to shell out any more from their profits for the benefit of an unruly mass of kids from poor neighborhoods who want a place indoors for basketball or a swim.
They call it “tough love.” Yea, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the State General Assembly, the corporate CEOs on Grant Street and the mansion dwellers on Ellsworth Avenue all want to give the city some “tough love.” What do they mean by this? Well, it is really just a very condescending attitude held by their ilk. You know, they don’t want to give us a fish if we are hungry. They want to teach us how to fish instead. Think about it. Did Elsie Hillman ever have to lean how to fish so that she could eat? Did Jane Orie? Did David Roderick? Of course not. How can anybody who has never know what it is like to be in need of anything dare lecture city residents about tough love? No, tough love has nothing to do with love but everything to do with the greed of the rich.
On December 31, 2003 greed won the day. City government is doing its job. Hey Councilman Motznik climb back into your sewer.
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