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Mon Jan 16, 2012, 05:48 PM

Rahm caught using astroturf protesters to support school privatization

Rahm Emanuel has been a fierce advocate of school ''reforms'' that any Republican would be proud of, and now he's borrowing another page from the right wing play book by busing in paid protesters who didn't even know the issues at stake--they were just handed protest signs.

There was just a couple of problems: he got caught. And when some of the paid protesters heard the discussion, they put down their signs and took the anti-privatization side.


covered, but challenged by state officials on the Chicago Facilities Task Force Force. What was established by evidence and eyewitness testimony in a hearing on January 12, 2012 is that Rahm Emanuel's push to turn over public schools to private operators is his use of textbook union busting schemes to get what he wants. The most disturbing revelations about mayor 1% was the use of paid outside agitators to speak in favor of closing public schools and Board officials forging documents to push out homeless students from one school.



State Representative Esther Golar said she was at the meeting about Reed School in Englewood, which is set to receive Guggenheim students, and saw people arrive on a bus. She said she talked to them and discovered they were from a halfway house and were paid $25 to come to the meeting.



Two busloads of Rent A Protesters at the Dyett High School closing hearing on January 6, 2012, became confused when challenged about their signs and attitude, and by the end of the hearing many had taken down their signs and agreed with those who opposed the Board of Education's attack on Dyett. The signs held up by the Rent A Protests were the same at all seven hearings across Chicago on January 6. Substance photo by David Vance.

80 students at Guggenheim School had transfer notices delivered to their homes over Christmas break. Guggenheim teacher Kimberly Walls said none of these children or parents asked to be transferred to another school and were called several times by school staff insisting they take the transfer. Transfer papers were slipped under doors or taped on them.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/01/14/1054604/-Rahm-Caught-Red-Handed-By-State-Officials



The Democratic Party needs to admit that corporate compliant pols like Rahm are the problem not the solution, and excise them like the cancerous tumors they are. It would be even better if they just admitted they have no loyalty to New Deal and Progressive Democrats and form their own party with the ''moderate'' Republicans they side with to stymie and even roll back progressive legislation.

Rahm is the highest profile of his kind, and should be a target for investigative reporting, grassroots action, and every possible means to hound him out of the party.

Otherwise, our electoral choices will become even more two corporate parties, one with religious nuts and one without.

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Reply Rahm caught using astroturf protesters to support school privatization (Original post)
yurbud Jan 2012 OP
gateley Jan 2012 #1
yurbud Jan 2012 #2
gateley Jan 2012 #3
movonne Jan 2012 #4
Metta Jan 2012 #5
yurbud Jan 2012 #8
Metta Jan 2012 #9
frylock Jan 2012 #6
Hell Hath No Fury Jan 2012 #13
Fumesucker Jan 2012 #7
groundloop Jan 2012 #10
yurbud Jan 2012 #19
yurbud Mar 2012 #23
lbfromlv Jan 2012 #11
pscot Jan 2012 #12
dbackjon Jan 2012 #15
yurbud Jan 2012 #16
truedelphi Jan 2012 #20
Blue_Tires Mar 2012 #24
dbackjon Jan 2012 #14
yurbud Jan 2012 #18
JDPriestly Jan 2012 #17
dreamnightwind Jan 2012 #21
yurbud Jan 2012 #22

Response to yurbud (Original post)

Mon Jan 16, 2012, 06:18 PM

1. Can he be charged w/a crime for this? nt

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Response to gateley (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 16, 2012, 06:25 PM

2. maybe he could, but it would be extremely unlikely that he would

He's a major Democratic Party player and Republicans wouldn't want to prosecute him for pursuing their agenda.

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Response to yurbud (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 16, 2012, 06:37 PM

3. Too bad. Recall?



I wonder how the masses in Chicago are liking him -- or not liking him. Do you happen to know?

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Response to yurbud (Original post)

Mon Jan 16, 2012, 07:21 PM

4. Are the Koch bros paying him ??? this seems to be their agenda...

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Response to yurbud (Original post)

Mon Jan 16, 2012, 07:39 PM

5. He's long since been a shill and a grifter.

And he inherits the karma his actions cause.

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Response to Metta (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 16, 2012, 10:24 PM

8. we inherit the karma as long as he is allowed to call himself a Democrat

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Response to yurbud (Reply #8)

Mon Jan 16, 2012, 11:40 PM

9. That's true, too. And, as long as he's able to continue deceiving people.

He betrays human incarnation.

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Response to yurbud (Original post)

Mon Jan 16, 2012, 08:42 PM

6. fuck rahm emmamuel

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Response to frylock (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:07 AM

13. May I second that?

 

A giant sack of shit that is one of the key architects of the destruction of the Democratic Party as we knew it.

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Response to yurbud (Original post)

Mon Jan 16, 2012, 09:23 PM

7. Raaaaahm!!

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Response to yurbud (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 07:22 AM

10. Rahm obviously should have paid his protesters better


What an idiot!!! Rahm needs to go, he's no better than the last crook who ran Chicago. As far as privatizing schools, one has to wonder - what's in it for Rahm?

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Response to groundloop (Reply #10)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 03:42 PM

19. campaign cash now & when he leaves public office, a job as a lobbyist, CEO or hedge fund manager

and insider stock tips along the way too.

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Response to groundloop (Reply #10)

Fri Mar 16, 2012, 10:58 AM

23. he should have asked Republicans who they hire for work like this.

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Response to yurbud (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:09 AM

11. Look at Pennsylvania

 

Privatization of public schools has been and is a priority of the republican governor of Pennsylvania. So far only one school district is unable to pay the teachers and is under the cloud of shutdown. Stay tuned..........

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Response to yurbud (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:40 AM

12. What were Chicagoans thinking

when they put this schmuck in office?

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Response to pscot (Reply #12)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:29 AM

15. What was Obama thinking?

When he made him chief of staff

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Response to dbackjon (Reply #15)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 12:21 PM

16. that was when the euphoria after the election crashed to earth for me

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Response to yurbud (Reply #16)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 04:42 PM

20. That and the Geithner

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Appointment. And Ironically, it is because of those on DU at the time who patiently explained to me who Rahm was and who Geithner was that I know enough to be very discontented with our system of "free elections."

the only part of it that is "free" is the endless supply of BullShit.

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Response to dbackjon (Reply #15)

Fri Mar 16, 2012, 11:41 AM

24. Rahm still has a lot of fans on DU

they've been a lot quieter lately, of course...

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Response to yurbud (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 11:28 AM

14. Another Example of why Obama is NOT a Progressive

To have a jackass corportist like Rahm as your chief of staff is all you need to know about where Obama's loyalties lie.

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Response to dbackjon (Reply #14)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 01:15 PM

18. sadly seems to be true

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Response to yurbud (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 12:33 PM

17. This is the guy Obama picked as his chief of staff.

You have to ask yourself what is really going on behind the scenes in our politics.

You can judge a person by the company he keeps.

Lie down with dogs, and you rise up with fleas.

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Response to yurbud (Original post)

Tue Jan 17, 2012, 05:31 PM

21. K & R

We do need to identify some principles Democrats support. Activities like this have no place in our party, nor do policies that flirt with school privatization.

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Response to dreamnightwind (Reply #21)

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 12:16 AM

22. Rahm isn't flirting with it--he's happily married to it.

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