Monday, July 2, 2012

Rahm says he's the "new sheriff in town"

“It is a contract. What do we have, 72 years left on it? That’s a long time for me to talk about. I’m not gonna be here that long." -- Rahm Emanuel
Rahm claims that when it comes to Chicago's great multi-billion-dollar parking meeting swindle, he's "the new sheriff in town." That's laughable.  Mayor Daley's 75-year give-away to Wall Street and Abu Dhabi bankers landed him with a job in the law office that swung the deal. Taxpayers now have to shell out millions extra, not just for daily parking in their own neighborhoods, but even for NOT PARKING. Hell, I would let folks not park in my driveway for half that amount.

While the mayor continues his non-negotiations with the CTU -- teachers are now working without a contract -- his fight with city corporate plunderers is a phony one. After his stalling, prancing, and pouting in front of the TV cameras. Rahm will deliver whatever his patrons at Chicago Parking Meters LLC or the Ricketts Family, or the Pritzkers or Rauners expect of him. When they come calling, he takes off his sheriff's hat and dons his ballerino tutu for them.

But Rahm's hardball tactics with the CTU could spell bad news for the Obama campaign. Rahm's failed policies and screwed-up priorities have the president keeping his distance. The campaign announced that Obama will be a no-show at the south-side's Bud Billiken Parade. It's the nation’s oldest and largest African-American parade and picnic and will draw close to a million revelers on Aug. 11. It's theme will be all about education and urging youths back to school with the theme, “Education, Built to Last: A Tribute to Barack Obama.”

 Sun-Times columnist Laura Washington explains the reasons for Obama's absence:
Since his 2008 campaign, the president has avoided policy positions, imagery or utterances that would make it appear he is embracing his black base. Chicago conjures up grim images that might beg questions about Obama’s “priorities.” In the last school year, 24 Chicago Public School students were shot to death on our streets. There were 319 shootings of our children from September to June, according to the Chicago Police Department... By mid-August, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Teachers Union may be embroiled in high-stakes negotiations over a new teachers’ contract.

The ugliest outcome, a strike, means no one goes back to school.

The black unemployment rate in Chicago neighborhoods such as Washington Park is way out of the box.

In 2012, summer fun is in short supply. Parade watchers along the Bud Billiken route might wonder, “What has the first black president done for black America?” That’s a good question.


  1. This might be not be appropriate given the celebratory nature of the Bud Billiken Parade, but is there any talk of demonstrations? I know the CTU usually has a reserved spot, but don't know if they are planning on doing anything out of the norm. You know Stand on Children and CPS will probably be there with their propaganda. Handouts maybe?

  2. Stand On Children
    Democrats for Hedge Reform
    The American Heroin Foundation

    god knows there are so many more

  3. Daley didn't do the parking deal just for a job with the firm. His brother Bill, who became Obama's Chief of Staff after Rahm, was V.P. of Morgan Stanley, the bank that headed up the deal. Chicago drivers will pay the Morgan Stanley-led partnership at least $11.6 billion to park at city meters over the next 75 years, 10 times what Mayor Richard Daley got when he leased the system to investors in 2008. Morgan Stanley, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and Allianz Capital Partners will make a profit of about $10 billion before interest, taxes and depreciation, for a $500 million investment.

    Mayor Daley spent the money immediately to plug up holes in the city budget thereby making it impossible to reverse this criminal deal once the scandal came to light.

    Now all Rahm can do is talk tough and hire his lawyer friends to try and tinker with some of the worst overcharges.

    It's a win-win for everyone except for 99%.


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