The mayor of Chicago is rather upset at some of the big brother laws and rules being forced down peoples throat.
A dress code for cabdrivers. A ban on the sale of foie gras in Chicago restaurants.Maybe it's election time or something because this fool had no trouble using the police and midnight actions in the name of Homeland Security to get his way.
To Mayor Daley, it's all part of the same slippery slope: a Big Brother intrusion into the lives of Chicagoans that he wants no part of.
"We're trying to tell people they can't eat certain foods. They can't buy certain foods. They can't ship certain foods in. Pretty soon, you can't drink. Do you really want government to keep telling you every day what to do?" Daley said.
"If we keep moving down this path, we'll have to have everyone have a hand-held computer to figure out whether or not they should do this or do that in Chicago
Washington, DC, March 31, 2003 - The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is outraged by Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's closure of Meigs Field (CGX). Shortly after midnight last night, construction equipment with police escort arrived at Chicago's Meigs Field to address "homeland security issues" at the airport by carving "X"-shaped patterns across the runway. The action effectively closed the airport, stranding more than a dozen aircraft on the ramp. An agreement struck in 2001 between the City of Chicago and the former governor of Illinois, George Ryan, committed to keeping the airport open at least until 2006.Maybe he's simply upset that he's not the big brother making the rules in question.
"We are shocked that the mayor has taken this unilateral action without apparent coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Homeland Security and airport users," said NBAA President Jack Olcott. "This action is inconsistent with Federal safety requirements and the normal communication process." The city has yet to announce any plan to allow the stranded aircraft to depart.