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Mon Apr 6, 2015, 10:06 AM Apr 2015

Rahm Emanuel: Symbol of a Sick America [View all]

Rahm Emanuel: Symbol of a Sick America

It's people like Rahm Emanuel, the privatizer of Chicago and "strikingly corrupt mayor," who snub the needs of average people and manifest a persistent inequality that plagues America. This is just part of a sick America.

America’s is a sickness of the mind, the unwavering belief by people in power that free-market capitalism will somehow work for everyone. As with a virus that refuses to die, the effects are insidious, because the very rich have convinced themselves that they made it on their own, and that others have only themselves to blame if they are poor.

Rahm Emanuel is Mayor 1%. He speaks a politician’s words to entice many Chicagoans to vote for him, but his actions are on behalf of his friends and colleagues in the business world....

...According to the Chicago Tribune, “The mayor regularly courts his benefactors behind closed doors..” Nearly 60 percent of his 103 donors received “contracts, zoning changes, business permits, pension work, board appointments, regulatory help or some other tangible benefit.”

Democracy Now cites a report by the International Business Times which found that Emanuel uses no-bid, no-contract voucher payments to quietly pass along money to his contributors. It was also reported by the Chicago Tribune that the lawyers for Chicago’s infamous parking meter deal contributed over $100,000 to Emanuel’s campaign chest. City attorneys touted the ‘benefits’ of the deal.

In another egregious episode, Mayor Emanuel appointed Deborah Quazzo, a managing partner at GSV Advisors, to the Chicago Board of Education. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Quazzo’s business affiliates subsequently tripled their business with the public schools...

...The mayor claimed credit for a minimum wage increase, even though he didn’t act until the State of Illinois began putting the plan in place. He took credit for a longer school day for the kids, but he didn’t provide the necessary funding. He took credit for coal-burning power plant closings that resulted largely from neighborhood activism...

...This is part of the sickness: a persistent inequality, more-so of wealth than of income, that plagues America and manifests itself in the questionable dealings of a man like Rahm Emanuel...

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hmmm, then why mopinko Apr 2015 #1
"pragmatic" Democrats RiverLover Apr 2015 #4
like solving food deserts, and all day kindergarten, mopinko Apr 2015 #9
Increasing choice within the public schools by closing schools betterdemsonly Apr 2015 #16
no, he got 9 supermarkets in underserved areas including mopinko Apr 2015 #18
"...a whole foods in inglewood..." Hell Hath No Fury Apr 2015 #52
well i havent witnessed it here. mopinko Apr 2015 #54
Englewood Chicago1980 Apr 2015 #92
yep. gentrification at its finest... ariesgem Apr 2015 #93
lol @ whole foods & gentrification, self absorbed yuppies rescued from the tyranny of poor people... whereisjustice Apr 2015 #88
The upscale & green gentrification for yuppies movement is happening all over, breaking down appalachiablue Apr 2015 #96
Austin Texas is the poster child for this - $300,000 condos and $2000/mo apts and schools laying whereisjustice Apr 2015 #109
+1. Succinct & the ugly reality of many US cities now, the entire package you noted. appalachiablue Apr 2015 #111
". . .a Whole Foods in . . ." a poor section of town?? OldRedneck Apr 2015 #105
probably for the same reason Stellar Apr 2015 #6
ctu endorsed him. mopinko Apr 2015 #8
WHAT! I haven't heard that before. Stellar Apr 2015 #11
one of the local chat boards mopinko Apr 2015 #13
So you support the 1% candidate over the 99% candidate? nm rhett o rick Apr 2015 #15
I know one of them wasn't Karen... Stellar Apr 2015 #60
A few. Big Deal. I belong to that union and I know that the vast majority endorse Garcia. ancianita Apr 2015 #108
Boot Rahm From The Party billhicks76 Apr 2015 #101
Message auto-removed Name removed Apr 2015 #25
That's the smart way on their part arikara Apr 2015 #37
One of them wasn't the CTU. LWolf Apr 2015 #106
Keep trying...nt SidDithers Apr 2015 #2
There's no "trying" here. It is what it is. RiverLover Apr 2015 #3
Politics, or should I say some politicians here in America Autumn Apr 2015 #5
please see my comment #9 mopinko Apr 2015 #10
Please see my comment #5 Autumn Apr 2015 #26
actually, my comment is a fact. mopinko Apr 2015 #43
I live in reality, not a bubble. Please see sabrina's posts #22 and #36 Autumn Apr 2015 #47
i cant mopinko Apr 2015 #51
You aren't the only one who lives in Chicago.n/t Autumn Apr 2015 #53
so what. mopinko Apr 2015 #55
Your opinion is no more valid than anyone who has a different opinion. Autumn Apr 2015 #56
hear, hear! nt Stellar Apr 2015 #7
'He's as dirty as the day is long'. True, but money talks, for now, and that is the ONLY reason sabrina 1 Apr 2015 #21
I've seen this show before... Bobbie Jo Apr 2015 #42
those coal plants mopinko Apr 2015 #12
The petcoke has not gone anywhere. former9thward Apr 2015 #24
they have a deadline. mopinko Apr 2015 #29
I have always been interested in the area. former9thward Apr 2015 #39
well at least you have been here. mopinko Apr 2015 #44
I lived in Chicago for 30 years. former9thward Apr 2015 #48
nope, he sure isnt. mopinko Apr 2015 #50
I was pleasantly surprised when somebody in Michigan told the Koch Bros. to get their shit Demeter Apr 2015 #31
somebody who would stand up to the kocksuckers mopinko Apr 2015 #41
I assume you mean 'Kochsuckers". KamaAina Apr 2015 #66
Big money conservatives love Rahmbo while the minorities and progressives do not. rhett o rick Apr 2015 #14
Hoping that Chicago voters are smart and get rid of Emanuel. He has been one of the worst Mayor, rladdi Apr 2015 #17
taxes have not increased. mopinko Apr 2015 #19
That must be why so many thousands of parents have been protesting Rahm's closing of their schools sabrina 1 Apr 2015 #22
+1000000!! RiverLover Apr 2015 #28
And it couldn't have happened without the collaboration of of some within the party. sabrina 1 Apr 2015 #34
Yep. The million$ given to him by his sponsors is paying off. The best brainwashing framers RiverLover Apr 2015 #38
+1 You nailed it. Enthusiast Apr 2015 #77
The Chicago public school system operates roughly 470 elementary schools cheapdate Apr 2015 #90
I guess then you must be of the opinion that pouring that money into PRIVATE hands is the way sabrina 1 Apr 2015 #94
+10 The God's truth, & a crying shame what's being destroyed after people worked & fought appalachiablue Apr 2015 #98
Right on for this disgraceful pirating of public funds & resources. Anti-people, Pro-$ appalachiablue Apr 2015 #115
You've been pushing Rahm. I live in Hyde Park, where his largesse seems great, and I'm telling ancianita Apr 2015 #107
...skeezy. SoapBox Apr 2015 #20
K&R DeSwiss Apr 2015 #23
Obviously Chicago doesn't agree with that assessment still_one Apr 2015 #27
funny that. mopinko Apr 2015 #30
isn't it though. Human nature I guess still_one Apr 2015 #32
confirmation bias. mopinko Apr 2015 #45
Just curious, bvar22 Apr 2015 #59
because i learn? mopinko Apr 2015 #62
I learn too. bvar22 Apr 2015 #64
You are judging a candidate by the volunteers that help him? rhett o rick Apr 2015 #95
Then why is there a run-off election if SO many Democrats love Rahm? RiverLover Apr 2015 #33
because there were so many candidates on the ballot. mopinko Apr 2015 #35
The run off is massively over-rated... brooklynite Apr 2015 #70
Like these people on the ground? sabrina 1 Apr 2015 #36
"thousands of people" are a minority of 2.7 million brooklynite Apr 2015 #71
Activists for a cause are always a minority. You seem to hold that this makes their cause unworthy. Scootaloo Apr 2015 #79
Not at all...the sole theme of this thread is the likihood of tomorrow's election brooklynite Apr 2015 #87
America bvar22 Apr 2015 #58
It's the whole system, including the voters. ananda Apr 2015 #40
because he isnt? mopinko Apr 2015 #46
"Each week I try to visit a neighborhood school mopinko Apr 2015 #49
Has he visited any Public Schools? sabrina 1 Apr 2015 #57
Rahm is a "Privatizer" and a De-Regulator, bvar22 Apr 2015 #61
he hasnt deregulated anything in chicago. mopinko Apr 2015 #63
#1 How do you know? bvar22 Apr 2015 #65
+1 b.durruti Apr 2015 #67
AFAIC, bvar22 Apr 2015 #68
+10 Got that. The DCCC & DNC will not get another penny for this kind of 'Democrat'- appalachiablue Apr 2015 #99
I wasn't aware the Mayor of Chicago had a policy role on Social Security... brooklynite Apr 2015 #69
He doesn't, bvar22 Apr 2015 #72
I'll stand outside the room and leave the choice to the citizens of Chicago... brooklynite Apr 2015 #73
I wish Rahm had done the same in Minneapolis while he was Head of the DCCC. bvar22 Apr 2015 #75
That "team" picture makes me queasy. /nt RiverLover Apr 2015 #85
http://www.newsfollowup.com/id/images_2/dlc_donkey_sml.jpg blkmusclmachine Apr 2015 #74
Kicked and recommended a whole bunch! Emanuel is fully as repulsive as Geithner. Enthusiast Apr 2015 #76
Noticed that, they could be bros. appalachiablue Apr 2015 #100
One mistake in the article... Scootaloo Apr 2015 #78
You're so right. It isn't those in power who actually believe that meme, but it is what they sell RiverLover Apr 2015 #83
Chicago schools don't need any more "RAHMPER ROOM"! cascadiance Apr 2015 #80
Birds of a feather raise funds together... Snarkoleptic Apr 2015 #81
Rahm Emanuel is a Republican and acts like one tenderfoot Apr 2015 #82
Exactly. RiverLover Apr 2015 #84
K&R woo me with science Apr 2015 #86
"Sick America" is right... elzenmahn Apr 2015 #89
k&r Starry Messenger Apr 2015 #91
Core member of the Democratic Party for over twenty years. WillTwain Apr 2015 #97
K&R. Rahm's name is almost synonymous with corruption. JDPriestly Apr 2015 #102
K & R dreamnightwind Apr 2015 #103
V is for... nikto Apr 2015 #104
Rahm Emanuel...Symbol of an As*hole. Stellar Apr 2015 #110
I happen to KNOW he is on several prominent Democrats' short list for the VP slot on the ticket. Warren DeMontague Apr 2015 #112
Yes. RiverLover Apr 2015 #113
Mm Hmmm. Warren DeMontague Apr 2015 #114
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