"Politicians Are Out Of Control In Rome!
The City of Rome, and for that matter, all cities in Italy just suffered through local elections. On almost every corner political signs (like the one shown) were plastered on walls; ambitious and aspiring young politicians walked the street passing out their propaganda, kissing babies, and in general, causing traffic disruptions.
Today in Rome the city has just announced that there are literally dozens of important historical buildings and monuments in serious need of repair and restoration, and yet, the city says...."We Have No Money For The Job."
Well, no wonder they have no extra money, so here's a few suggestions for Rome, one that would help raise (or save) millions of dollars:
1. If you stop on most any street in Rome and check-out any government building, you will quickly notice an air conditioner in every window. Then, on that same street, check-out a nearby residential apartment building, and you will note that only about one in ten windows has an air conditioner, and the reasons are they're TOO EXPENSIVE for the average Italian, and electricity rates in Italy are VERY HIGH.
2. Most every high-placed official (suit) in the city has a new, or almost new, Alpha Romero, and were talking hundreds here. Many have their own drivers, and they're frequently seen being rushed here and there with a little blue-light flashing atop their auto's hood.
Now I ask you, "Why should elected officials have a better life than the regular, hard-working people?" It makes absolutely no sense, and this problem is not endemic to Italy. Have you been to Washington, DC lately?
So I say, remove all of the air conditioners from government offices (sell them to the highest bidders), and the same goes for the $22,000 Alpha Romeros. Politicians can ride the bus, or drive an old VW like everyone else. And the money saved can (could) fund the much needed restoration work in this fabulous city.
And by the way let me interpret the political poster on the left. The young man in the middle (the one with all the hair) was running (on the Socialist Agenda) for a local office in Rome (incidentally, he won). On his right sits his politically famous grandfather, a forty-year elected official, that no doubt went through countless Alpha Romeros, and God only knows how many kilowatts he burned. His grandmother (shown) is certainly endorsing her grandson's political ambition, and if you could read the minds of Curly's grandparents, they're probably thinking, "Please elect our handsome grandson, so he can continue the long-standing abuse of public funds that our family, and all other politicians are known for! And by the way, he would like a midnight-blue Alpha."