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U.S. a "Country of Whiners," Daley Whines

By Chuck Sudo in News on Mar 4, 2011 2:03PM

2009_08_21_daley.jpg If the speech Mayor Daley gave yesterday at Wheaton College's J. Dennis Hastert Center for Economics, Government and Public Policy is a sign of things to come for his future career as a paid public speaker, his famed malapropisms might be the least of his worries.

During a 44-minute speech and 15-minute Q&A, Daley adopted a tough talk approach and said the nation was a "country of whiners" unnecessarily concerned about the influence of foreign governments on the economy while lacking the fortitude to sacrifice and lead on a global stage. The "country of whiners" comment came in response to a student question about how we can restore America. Daley cited concerns about Japanese dominance in the auto industry in the 1970s as an example of our whining, then said now “we’re whining about the Chinese and the Indians.”

The mayor who leased this city's parking meters for a bag of magic beans also forwarded his belief in privatization of some municipal services, saying that taxpayers can no longer be able to maintain the current level of government. Shouldn't we cut the level of pork in government, instead?