Monday, January 11, 2010

Pittsburgh's Budget-Balancing Strategy Revealed

The city's emerging strategy -- chronic hiring of deranged drunks and other social flotsam -- has begun to work: At current rates, criminality-related attrition should pare city payrolls to affordable levels within months.

The public costs associated with skyrocketing unemployment rates among relatives of city Democratic Committee members and drinking buddies of the mayor must be calculated and considered, however, before reaching any conclusion regarding the strategy's long-term effectiveness.