Proof that stupidity knows no partisan divide.
Eighteen months after the Chicago City Council torpedoed a South Side Wal-Mart, 24,500 Chicagoans applied for 325 jobs at a Wal-Mart opening Friday in south suburban Evergreen Park, one block outside the city limits. Of 25,000 job applicants, all but 500 listed Chicago addresses, said John Bisio, regional manager of public affairs for Wal-Mart. "In our typical hiring process, you're pretty successful if you have 3,000 applicants," he said. "They were really crowing about 11,000 in Oakland, Calif., last year. So to get 25,000-plus applications and counting, I think is astonishing."
Allow me to translate for the corporate spokesman. "Look at all the unemployed people! Woo hoo!"
Don't worry, though. A reliably lefty city council that is reflexively against all things Wal-Mart managed to mangle the whole affair.
"I always tell people I'm not for Wal-Mart, but I am for that project coming into the city and to my ward. We can't beat them," said Ald. Howard Brookins Jr. (21st). "The same things they talk about Wal-Mart doing to Small Town U.S.A when they build on the outskirts of town is the same thing they have done to the City of Chicago without fanfare. Nobody distinguishes that if I cross Western Avenue at 95th Street, I am no longer in Chicago. For all practical purposes, Wal-Mart is in the city of Chicago without us receiving any benefit. You're going to see the parking lot filled with cars with Chicago city stickers."
Say what you will of Wal-Mart (and if you must, targeting that assclown of a spokesman would be an excellent start), but it does have a way of reinvigorating run down areas within cities. It may not be ideal, but it's revenue, and it's a start. Instead, the people who needed it most (city folk vs. suburbanites who are doing just fine) were shafted once again because the politicians made the cardinal error of signing onto the national zeitgeist (against Wal-Mart) rather than adhering to the best interests of their actual constituents.
One last bit of bonus stupidity:
"We will monitor the situation and see if additional lanes or turning lanes are appropriate," Sexton said.
Evergreen Park (which has neither evergreens nor parks) is not an open suburb. It's closed, clustered, claustrophobic. They just planted a giganto store in the middle of their town. Think they might possibly need additional turning lanes? Hey, let's take a wait and see approach. They'll know the time is right in, oh, three months when the residents form a tactical death squad and attack city hall in a frenzied lust for aldermanic blood.
And, I'm all about parentheticals today for some reason.