The City of Pittsburgh's reaction concerning proposed imposition of adult supervision with respect to its egregiously underfunded pension system has reached the caterwauling stage. While the mayor is pleading almost incoherently, others are taking less predictable positions.
The Comet is sympathetic, endorsing months of delay as a sensible response to decades of decay. The Post-Gazette, curiously, has been silent, perhaps waiting until its editorial page queue clears of such weightier topics as the Pitt-Penn State rivalry, Plaxico Burress' schedule for the next couple of years and, of course, news from Sycamore Island. The ossified, ineffectual residue of Pittsburgh's power structure, meanwhile, has lined up with Harrisburg and against the mayor.
I'm with [choke] the [sputter] Allegheny Conference [choke] on this one [cough]. No more delay. No more pretense. No more dysfunction. If the city wishes to explore the (seemingly dopey) prospect of selling or leasing its parking garages, and decided to use that money to satisfy a state-mandated funding obligation, Pittsburgh should be permitted to do that. But decades of dysfunction and roughly $1 billion in ignored obligations is enough. The city needs a funding schedule, and it has proven itself incapable of accomplishing that. The Commonwealth should help the City of Pittsburgh find its wallet (and some accountability). Now.
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