Rahm Emanuel to America: Do It the Chicago Way

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    I saw his op ed and laughed..this is the Democrat party of TODAY
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    by Joel B. Pollak25 Nov 2012, 5:54 AM PDT0post a comment

    Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, former Chief of Staff in President Barack Obama's White House, has written an op-ed in the Washington Post advising America, and Democrats in particular, to follow Chicago's example in designing their policies, arguing that doing so will help the economy and keep Republicans out of office.

    Emanuel advocates heavy investment in public infrastructure, funds for competition among public schools, spending more money for skills training at the collegiate level, and pushing for "comprehensive immigration reform." He also cites Democrat successes from Bill Clinton's second term, such as balancing the federal budget.

    Yet there are a few features of Emanuel's tenure in Chicago that the nation would be wise not to emulate.


    Murder. One is a massive violent crime wave, resulting in more than 400 murders by October 1. The city has already passed last year's total of 435 murders, and the murder rate is rising in Chicago despite drops in other major American cities and in spite of the nation's most restrictive gun control laws outside of Washington, DC.

    Taxes. Another is the enormous tax burden Chicago imposes on its residents. The city has the highest sales tax in the nation, at 9.5%. That is partly why in his own budget for 2013, Emanuel refused to raise taxes--and, in fact, cut certain taxes. Instead, he proposed raising revenues from other sources, and cutting spending in several areas to balance the city's budget. (Curiously, Emanuel does not offer that same advice to President Obama.)

    Debt. One way in which the nation already reflects Chicago's policies is massive, unfunded liabilities. Chicago faces unfunded pension liabilities of at least $26.8 billion--far higher, according to some estimates--and will need to cut spending dramatically or raise taxes to astronomically-high levels in the near future. Emanuel has not yet done much to reform Chicago's entitlements; Obama merely campaigned on demagoguing his rival's plans.

    Unemployment. Emanuel cites job growth in Chicago. But Chicago's unemployment rate, at 8.4%, is still higher than the national average. And while the city was once a hub of entrepreneurship,
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    Would somebody please explain to me how murder is "The Chicago Way"?

    Do you have any idea how many good honest people live and work in Chicago?
     
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    I grew up in Illinois, the MOST CORRUPTED government out all the states and so is the Democrat party with Obama as their leader.

    and you want to pick out one thing and nitpick it to death, go ahead.
     
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    This is what happends when we keep letting city people have power....Time we had leaders from the sticks.
     
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    You grew up there? And that has something to do with the current state of affairs there? Now that is almost believable:badgrin:
     
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    Well, you missed the big bet many years back, Tom McCall of Oregon.
     
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    you should move there you'd fit right in
     
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    People in the cities have power because that is where most of the people are, and where virtually all the economic power is at. Policies designed for the 'sticks' will hardly work in an urban economy that we are.
     
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    LIBERALISM IS A MENTAL DISORDER FOR SURE! :lol:

    Yea do it the Chicago way hey Rahm! Corruption, more homicides than anywhere else. Sounds like a plan Democrat! :lol:
     
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    The people who say Liberalism is a Mental Disorder are the biggest fucking retards on the planet.

    You have to be fucking mental to believe that dumb shit.
     

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