Can you say pay-off to unions or political slush funds?
Canadian manufacturer used defective Chinese parts in $1 billion upgrade of CTA cars:
Defective wheel parts made in China for the new Series 5000 rail cars could have led to derailments, according to a Chicago Tribune report.
To their credit, it was CTA inspectors who first noticed the defective wheel housing parts. But it was after an 18-month testing period, and after the new rail cars were put into revenue service in November on the Pink Line.
What took so long? Thankfully, there were no derailments or accidents.
The CTA yanked them out of service in mid-December. Bombardier, the Canadian-based manufacturer, is now replacing the wheel housing on all 54 cars that were delivered last year with parts made in both Germany and China.
I do have a problem with the complaint about the ADA rules mentioned in the article. Although this law is so vague that it has been “pushed” to ridiculous levels, it has actually done some good. Quite a few businesses have discovered that many handicapped people have time to travel and have money to spend - if they can get to and/or in your business. I HATE shopping, so I go to 24-hour stores at night - and you would not believe how many disabled people are there at night, when the aisles are mostly empty and there’s plenty of parking and space to open doors wide, unload wheelchairs, etc.
Much of the CTA’s woes have to do with exploding pension and labor costs, as well as archaic work rules imposed by the various unions. It is so bad that Forrest Claypool and Rham Emmanuel are pleading with the unions to give some concessions.
The multi-billion dollar plan also calls for a Red Line Extension to 130th, a yellow line extension to Old Orchard, and an Orange line extension to Ford City mall.
The highest priority is the Red Line extension, as that one is eligible to receive boatloads of Federal money.
But, it should be noted that two of these extensions go into not so nice areas (Red and Orange).
From the article:
“We need to end the welfare state. The wonderful progress made with national welfare reform in the mid-90s was abandoned, so our cities still have masses of people with no work history, no role models in their families; children are raised amidst generation after generation of indolence. Its hard to blame them, when its all they know; still, somewhere the cycle must end. Only if we can end the welfare state can people be set free of its clutches; only then can families and neighborhoods begin to recover.”
There are some problems that simply don’t have solutions. Or more succinctly, solutions that aren’t feasible viewed in the greater context of accepted mores.
That said, with the “welfare state” firmly entrenched, there simply is no socially acceptable way to deal with an underculture raised by generations of indolence, without role models, work histories — except, by continuing to provide them with welfare.
Of course, we could simply cut them off. But are we prepared to deal with the consequences, those consequences being rioting adults and starving children?
That won’t happen, because gentle people (including readers of this post) will not permit it to happen.
The other solution to preventing the continuation of the underclass is to literally discourage it from promulgating itself. Of course that, too, is politically unacceptable, and again, that “unacceptability” applies to many here on FR.
The conundrum of the American underclass has become a “chicken and egg” situation. We can’t expect to effect much change on the children, so long as the parents are hopelessly dependent (the mothers) or invisible or even incarcerated (the fathers). But changing the parents has become an all-but impossible obstacle when they are in many cases unemployable and “indolent”.
A nasty predicament, indeed.
considering it's Chicago and all, my first question would be, 'who's buying up a bunch of city lots on the north side and how are they related to Rahm?'