Datum Super Omnia
The unrelenting drive by Perzel to collect data and acquire the latest technology was done to expand his own power, according to a 2009 grand jury presentment. The computer gadgetry purchased at state taxpayers' expense was intended to help the House Republican Caucus, Perzel's own campaigns and a bid for governor contemplated by Perzel, the grand jury charged.
It truly is all about the information. Some political folks are the ones who realize that the best. Perzel himself must be a quite a wonk at heart. To think he is going to jail because be bought SPSS. OK, probably not SPSS, but fun to think of that way.
Speaking of data. The city sure is waiting until the very last minute to let us know what the final actuarial results are in their calculation of the pension system's funding status. I can see some poor clerk rushing to the post office just before it closes to get a postmark as they send out the official report via snail mail.