(Source) Mayor Rahm Emanuel had a message for CTA riders upset about upcoming fare hikes: they’re not really fare increases, public transit remains a bargain and commuters can “make that choice” about whether to drive or take buses and trains. “Fares stayed the same. Basic fares stayed the same, which you cannot say about gas prices,” said Emanuel in his first public comments since the CTA announced a 2013 budget proposal last week. While it’s true the standard payment for a single CTA trip will remain $2.25, the mayor’s transit agency plans a 16 percent increase to the cost of a 30-day pass and higher jumps for one-day, three-day and seven-day passes. About 55 percent of CTA commuters use some kind of pass.

The mayor suggested commuters who don’t like the new fare structure are free to get behind the wheel, setting aside the fact many Chicagoans who rely on the CTA to get to and from work don’t have cars. “Now you, as a commuter, will pick. You can either drive to work or you can take public transportation, and the standard fare will stay the same,” Emanuel said. “Public transportation is different from driving to work. You will make that choice,” Emanuel said when asked about the hike to the 30-day pass that in particular will hit working Chicagoans who in many cases can least afford it.

I fucking love this. I’m sick and tired of hearing about all these other Mayors. Oh Bloomberg is so funny with his Spanish. Menino is so dumb and falls down all the time. Philly doesn’t have a mayor because its a lawless pile of trash, blah blah blah. Rahm blows all of those suckers out of the water and he doesn’t get enough credit for it. Incompetence is overrated. Being a badass is in. You don’t like the new Fare Hikes? Fine, drive your car. You don’t have a car? Well stop being poor and get one.

Rham basically used the line I used to tell my mom when she said I drank too much at family gatherings. I’d just tell her at least I’m not a heroin addict, put shit into perspective. Same thing here, Its not a fare increase because its still cheaper than having a car idiots. Its not a problem unless you make it one, Rhambo gets it.

You know the old school phrase “Kiss the Ring”. If I were Rahm I would make a shirt that says “Kiss the Nub” and never take it off.