What Fresh Hell Is This?

December 18, 2007

In Luke's Pittsburgh

In Lil Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's Pittsburgh, the corporation is always right and the citizens can be ignored (except when it's time to ask for their votes).

We have two recent examples of this.

The first is Luke acting like The One Hill CBA Coalition are little more than con artists trying to scam the city for cash. It's fine to abruptly walk out on them as they're speaking (if only they had given Lukey a free private jet ride and all-night party in NYC he might have taken them seriously as he does the Pittsburgh Penguins).

The second is Luke's Pittsburgh Promise (talk about a scam). Ravenstahl first announced the program to provide free secondary education to the city's public school residents one year ago and for a year the only funds for the "promise" was $10,000 from Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers.

Then at the beginning of this month, Ravenstahl announced jointly with UPMC that the local healthcare giant would fund a $100 million commitment to The Pittsburgh Promise. Both Luke and UPMC garnered much good will from the gesture.

But then comes the fine print: the monies are matching funds, not seed money. And, now we learn that the very profitable, nonprofit UPMC wants tax credits for their "donation" and Ravenstahl is ready to go to bat for them on that point.

If only Jane/John Q. Public could take Lukey golfing with celebrities for $9,000 a pop perhaps they too could have Luke looking out for their interests.

The Moral of This Story:

At this time of year, when you're trying to finish crossing off names on your gift list, you'd better not forget something for the Boy King Mayor or you'll be the one left with a lump of coal.



Anonymous said...

John K. says: I saw that you have an ad that says: "Don't blame me I voted for Kerry." Hey, so did Ravenstahl. And so did all those Bush hating Democrats in the City. Oh yah they also voted for Ravenstahl. In fact, didn't Ravenstahl make an issue of linking DeSantis to Bush? You liberals got exactly what you deserve in this region. Revel in it. LOL

Bram Reichbaum said...

I have zero confidence that Luke voted for John Kerry.

Char said...

I'm not quite sure it was "the liberals" who voted Luke into office.

Unfortunately the African-American community went big-time for Luke. Sure, he walked out on them when they were talking the other day. But that's a little better than not showing at all. Which he did TWICE before the election and they voted for him overwhelmingly anyway.

The unions also went for Luke.

I don't consider either of these groups "liberal".

Liberals or not, I do agree with you that we are getting exactly what we deserve. "We", the majority of us in this city, voted for that little jerk. "We" will never learn.

Anonymous said...

John K. says: Who are the liberals who voted Ravenstahl into office? LOL LOL LOL Go examine the voting results on the County website. LOL All those Democrats in Pittsburgh. One thing for sure, those same Democrats did not vote for Bush or Desantis. How do I know Ravenstahl voted for Kerry? Go look at the pictures of Kerry when he visited Pittsburgh in 2004. He is standing on the platform with the guy. Besides, Ravenstahl has partied with Burkett, close friend of Bubba Clinton. Try as you might left wing kooks, you can't escape, Luke is one of yours and you now reap what you have sown. Embrace the guy and take ownership of him. After all you will one day support him in his run for Gov or Senator. LMAO

Bram Reichbaum said...

Dang it, John K, now you've gone too far.