Emanuel also shrugged off Trump’s call to cut funding."I would say to the president-elect, that the idea that you’re going to penalize Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia -- these are the economic, cultural and intellectual energy of this country," Emanuel said in a radio interview.The law as I understand it is fairly settled. Nixon threatened to withhold federal funds when he instituted the 55 mph national speed limit, and Reagan used the threat to raise the drinking age. If Boston, New York, Los Angeles, et al, want to buck the federal system, then they should be prepared to lose their money.
Personally, I think that it would be an exercise in federalism. Take the federal dollars out of the cities and see how long they can continue to provide services out of their own local tax bases. So, shortly after the inauguration, Trump should cut the federal funds to those cities who defy federal law. If, after a year or so, the cities are doing well, we will have conducted a tremendous experiment in local government.
So, go ahead, Mr. Emmanuel. Run Chicago with local money and we'll see how that works out for you and the city of Chicago. It should be quite an interesting experiment.