You have to wonder about people who decide to elect a man like Rahm Emanuel to serve as their mayor. Emanuel is notorious for ruthless political strategies and gutter talk, something even those who admire him acknowledge.
Now Emanuel has issued a ruling to the city employees who help keep Democrats in office. You either enroll in the city’s ‘Wellness Program’ or you cough up an extra $50 a month. Oh, well, at least the mayor just set a monetary penalty. He didn’t slam a steak knife into the table and declare anyone DOA.
The good news is your health will receive attention similar to that given a herd of prized cattle.
It’s not really surprising that President Barack Obama’s former chief of staff would issue a mandate. Progressives do love those mandates as all Americans subject to the unconstitutional mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) can attest.
Chicago’s unions back Emanuel on this except for the police union.
How does an elected official rule a people by adopting the role of tyrant?
Chicago, of course, is famous for corruption and dirty politics—John F. Kennedy would’ve probably never been elected president had he not had the murky assist of Chicago politicos. For more on that, check out an old title that will never lose its appeal: The Dark Side of Camelot by Seymour Hersh.
Wellness programs are popular in the private sector, but to penalize any employee for a decision to not purchase a service puts you square in the middle of a totalitarian regime.
It’s hard to refrain from questioning the intellect of a voter base who blindly hands power over to a man with so little respect for freedom.
Who benefits from the revenue that goes into the program? Who runs the program? No media have asked—after all, Emanuel is a Democrat. But having observed his politics, I’ve come to the conclusion Emanuel doesn’t do anything that doesn’t rest on the principle of quid pro quo. Just a thought for those docile city employees who love Democrats like my hound dog loves popcorn.
What will Emanuel come up with next? Mandatory calorie checks? Maybe they could do that as a buddy system. Imagine the cheating—I won’t count your donut if you don’t count my candy bar.
Chicago, Chicago. America, America.
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(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Sept. 16, 2011)
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