|“There isn’t any gravy to be given out when I’m elected mayor,” García said. “I’m going to be collaborative and engaging.”|
I thought Chuy held his own and scored some points but nothing decisive. Next time he's really got to get after it on those points and others.
This AP headline cracked me up: Chicago mayor faults election opponent as lacking gravitas. Gravitas? Really? For those who don't speak Latin, that means seriousness. Funny, I thought Chuy came off as dead serious. Maybe a little too serious. A little pointed humor wouldn't hurt.
They say, politics isn't a spectator sport. Yet, I can't help but descend into the pit of basketball jargon on this one: I hope that in the next quarter Chuy will be more aggressive (physical). Don't let Rahm control the court and tempo of the game. He gets rattled and blows it when you get in his face (as our main scorer Karen Lewis showed us many times). And if we're trailing by a few points with the clock running down, I always tell my kids, you can't afford to trade baskets. Even risk fouling. Play with confidence, even when behind. Take it right to the opponent.
Sorry, I've run out of b-ball cliches. It's early.
What I do know is this. When you cut through all the debate tricks and horse crap, Rahm's economic plan boils down to one thing -- unconstitutional (that means illegal) so-called "pension reform" that will most surely be thrown out by the court. Then we're back to square one -- only worse -- with interest. His back up plan is casinos. I mean, haven't we been there before on education funding with the lottery?
Chuy is right to say there's no easy answers or get-rich-quick schemes out there, even if saying so costs him a few points with the media. Rahm and his predecessor have looted the place or sold it off to the lowest bidder, from the schools to the skyway. From the the parking meters to the DePaul basketball arena (there I go again). They've badly damaged the economic viability and credibility of this city and state while eroding public space and public decision-making.
The question now is, who will bear the main burden for this unnatural disaster as we struggle our way out? Rahm says, the working poor (red-light cameras and other hidden taxes) and retirees living on fixed income. Please don't fall for his no-property-taxes b.s.. Chuy says, make the corporations and largely un-taxed super-wealthy who have benefited the most, pay their fair share in taxes. Send TIF dollars where they should go. The choice should be an easy one for the 99%. If we can turn them out on election day.
Memo to Don Rose... For those who weren't tweeting last night, you missed out on a twitter storm. As of 6:50pm, #DumpRahm was the third top-trending hashtag in Chicago. Here some good ones:
Rahm is: - Demolishing public education - Dismantling neighborhoods - Eliminating libraries & health clinics - Killing good jobs #DumpRahm
— Aileen K (@ak4931) March 17, 2015
@ILSchoolNet @RahmEmanuel They wouldn't be undocumented if it weren't for you. #DumpRahm #decision2015 #Chuy2015
— Mex-American Voter (@LatinoVoter) March 17, 2015
How many times has Rahm said, "My strengths are my weaknesses," since February 24th, and what the hell does that mean? #DumpRahm
— Debbie (@MissShuganah) March 17, 2015
@RahmEmanuel @Aldertrack no, you're friends Daley, Madigan, and Blago set the stage for your mess of a tenure #DumpRahm
— Thomas Williams (@twill_chicago) March 17, 2015