01/18/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Tribune To Cook County: Downsize Now

Out here in the real world, the temptation of easy debt has (a) let people foolishly live beyond their means and (b) stuck all of us federal taxpayers with the bill.

Yet in the goofy world of Cook County government, gorging on fresh debt during a debt-driven global financial crisis seems like a swell way to protect enormous overhead and featherbedding.

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