Playing Games

Elected officials love to christen and launch their government programs with pretentious titles that imply a gravitas or nobility of purpose that’s often dashed on the sharp rocks of political reality.

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Turnaround Agenda, for example, hasn’t turned around our dystopian Statehouse; the Chicago Housing Authority’s Plan for Transformation hasn’t transformed the lives of enough public housing aspirants; most downtown streets have at least 2.0 panhandlers despite City Hall’s Plan 2.0 to alleviate homelessness; and the Reinvention plan at City Colleges of Chicago has reinvented more ways to manipulate data, create false impressions and give Mayor Rahm Emanuel talking points than to provide students with a high-quality education.

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