With the exception of the old line about death and taxes, there are very few dependable truisms. It would be a safe bet that most any politician would broker his or her mother’s soul for a better spot in the Labor Day parade, but overall the more we know, the less reliable life becomes. Concepts accepted as unassailable fact can surprise and disappoint us when they prove to have unforeseen exceptions.
Friday morning was spent drying out my laptop after I slopped coffee across the keyboard while listening to comments from Illinois’ governor, Chicago’s mayor, and President Obama in support of Chicago’s Olympics bid. The wisdom of dumping this undertaking on a financially strapped city in a state that just months before had threatened an income tax hike and social service cuts during acrimonious budget negotiations was deluded, at best.