Two years ago, Chicago Public School budgeted for 454 librarians.
Last year: 313 librarians.
This year? 254. -- WBEZ
They're not librarians...Comcast is doing all right, here and most everywhere. Their proposed $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc. has Rahm Emanuel and 70 other city mayors applauding like trained seals.
“We’re proud to have the support of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel,” writes David L. Cohen, Comcast Comcast’s executive vice president and chief merger lobbyist.
|Comcast want them. Rahm helps.|
- Big campaign contributions from Comcast and its employees, including from Cohen himself, who contributed $5,000 to Rahm’s mayoral campaign.
- Cohen also contributed $10,000 to the Chicago Committee, which the Chicago Tribune has described as Emanuel’s “other political fund."
- In all, records from the Illinois State Board of Elections show Emanuel’s mayoral campaign and his other municipal political organizations have received $50,000 from Comcast employees since he began running for mayor in 2010.
- Comcast was also one of the top donors to Emanuel’s congressional campaigns, giving $46,000 to Emanuel between 2003 and 2008, according to records from Open Secrets.
- Additionally, employees of Comcast made more than $25,000 worth of contributions to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee when Emanuel chaired that organization, according to data from PoliticalMoneyLine.com.
Civility... Am I being uncivil by mentioning these things? Some of the most uncivil people from the ranks of corporate reform and brass-knuckles philanthropy are now lecturing overly-polite progressives and resistors on the need to be more "civil". This, even as they spend millions to promote dirty personal attack ads and otherwise defame their political opponents. By civil, they mostly mean "pipe down".
|Chairman, U of I Board of Trustees|
Until 2012 well-mannered billionaire's son Chris Kennedy (yes, those Kennedys) was president of Kennedy family business Merchandise Mart Properties. He's no educator, but he now heads the U of I Board of Trustees and gets to decide who's "civil" enough to teach American Indian Studies there.
The Tribune reports:
In defending its decision to rescind a job offer to Steven Salaita, a professor who posted controversial tweets about Israel, University of Illinois trustees said they would not tolerate demeaning speech. The university's position — particularly its use of the word "civility" — mirrors language used by U. of I. Board Chairman Christopher Kennedy when the board denied emeritus status in 2010 to retired faculty member Bill Ayers, the controversial University of Illinois at Chicago professor and Vietnam War-era radical.
|U of I mascot, civil or uncivil?|
"We need to learn how to live with each other, to argue, to discuss, to arrive at truths and to move on — and that requires a lot more effort than having a shouting match or name calling," Kennedy said, pointing to Salaita's "manner in which he expresses himself, not the expression itself."Business Math Translation...
Kennedy goes on: "We have to be sensitive to the community that we were founded to serve. ... At the University of Illinois, we take enormous tax subsidies from people in our state. We can't be so cavalier to think that any behavior is acceptable."He forgot to mention donations from wealthy pro-Israel donors.
The Nation reports:
Under the spurious claim of protecting “civility,” the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has caved in to the McCarthyite bullying of the Israel lobby.In the face of mass protests, the university is now offering Salaita a financial settlement to avoid a CIVIL suit. An admission of wrong-doing? Of course.
"Political civility is not about being polite to each other. It's about reclaiming the power of 'We the People' to come together, debate the common good and call American democracy back to its highest values amid our differences." -- Parker Palmer, author and educational philosopher.