Forgive them they know not what they are doing?
How could they when they waited so long to deal with their out of control spending, their sweetheart contracts, their lack of workplace discipline, their politics over policy?
Inevitably, the laws of karma come into play. There is a certain satisfaction in watching the Council Budget Committee and top city bureaucrats face the catastrophe they have created. Satisfying, except for the knowledge that it is the public that will pay as a great city in decline deteriorates from a failure of leadership.
These are people who only now as they struggle to come to terms with a $530 million deficit — some 12 percent of their general fund revenue — and the certain knowledge that it will get far worse in the next few years.
For the mayor’s budget guy, Ben Ceja, it was particularly tough trying to explain why 1,200 city workers need to lose their jobs so the mayor can hit a round 10,000 cops to bolster his dubious hopes to run for governor.
Through all the doubletalk, it became pretty clear that fewer cops would mean fewer layoffs and furloughs for the rest of city government, which means less danger that other city workers will decide to play hardball.