by Richard Lawless
Let the sports analogies fly! For decades Chicago has been the undefeated
Super Bowl champion of corruption and mismanagement. In fact, under the
leadership of Rahm Emanuel they are having one of their best seasons yet.
This year is different though. I have been doing business in San Juan, Puerto
Rico lately and I think they have a shot at the title. You can bribe a judge or
one of his family members to get the outcome you like, you can issue valua-
ble government contracts to phony corporations, and you can even indict the
entire police force for corruption. Politicians steal so much public wealth and
mismanage some many public assets they can’t pay their bills anymore. Yes,
I know all this is possible in Chicago, but something is different with San Juan.
If corruption and mismanagement were a boxer, Chicago would be the perfect
boxer, decades of studying the fine art has made the city the Roberto Duran of
boxing. If San Juan were a boxer, they would be the brawler, the Puerto Rican
version of a Rocky. It’s not pretty to watch and you don’t understand how he
takes the punishment but he is still standing in round 15.
I think it is the pure unabashed self-serving greed in San Juan that makes them
a threat to anyone who gets in the ring with them. It is almost like they are
proud of their culture of corruption.
You can never count Chicago out. Just when the City is down on one knee
they have the uncanny ability to come up with a bout of flatulence to get them
back on top.
Regardless of who wins this year’s epic battle, I am certain that the fans will
get exactly what they voted for.
Richard Lawless is CEO of Commercial Solar Power, Inc. in Temecula, CA. The opinions expressed in the
preceding commentary are exclusively his own.