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Nobody says he's dumb, but everyone says he's an asshole.

"god would have mercy, he won't"

right to free association? what right to free association?

Posted by teasel 02/19/2011 at 06:40PM

Leaping ahead of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s threat to call out the national guard on teachers who hadn’t so much as threatened a strike over a bill that would strip them of their bargaining rights, Rahmbo tells the Sun-Times that he would strip Chicago’s teachers of their right to strike to begin with.

Given he recently helped broker the contract that will eventually destroy the UAW, Rahm’s record on labor rights is looking positively medieval.

I can’t blame people for not having much sympathy for existing unions, but if this is the way our leaders are going to treat them, how are they going to treat the new unions that most people do want?

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don't touch the crown

Posted by teasel 02/17/2011 at 01:50PM

When Mayor Dick Daley decided not to run for another term Rahm Emanuel stepped down from White House Chief of Staff to run for Dick’s position, and Obama replaced Rahmbo with Dick’s brother Bill. Rahm and Bill worked closely together during the Clinton administration to ratify NAFTA in 1994, gutting out the labor and environmental provisions that Obama promised to re-insert during the campaign. Obama’s White House abandoned that campaign promise a few months after assuming office. You can hardly blame them: Rahmbo’s work to shove NAFTA through ratification is something he ”considers one of the crowning achievements of his government service,” and you wouldn’t want to reset the jewels of his crown. He might swear at you if you did that, or even poke you in the chest.

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"separate, unequal, and ignored"

Posted by teasel 02/17/2011 at 12:15PM

From Steve Bogira’s excellent Reader article on racial segregation and the mayor’s race:

I sought to speak with the six mayoral candidates about racial segregation, and five of them obliged. (Carol Moseley Braun’s spokesperson didn’t answer numerous calls and messages.) None of the candidates have a comprehensive plan aimed at directly addressing racial segregation, and I got the impression they hadn’t thought about the issue much. … Rahm Emanuel would only answer questions by e-mail….

I asked him in a follow-up how a city could provide those things in neighborhoods with concentrated poverty.

“We start by promoting economic development,” his response said, “and that can begin by establishing strong anchors in each community—a grocery store where there isn’t one, a transportation hub that helps residents access job opportunities, a great school that serves as a community center for job training.” He offered as an illustration the Old Town School of Folk Music’s move in 1998 to Lincoln Avenue, into a space “that had little economic vitality. By creating a strong anchor in the community and pushing small businesses to fill in around it, a vibrant local economy that creates jobs and produces revenue for the city can be established. We need to do this in more communities.”

That may be a good example of neighborhood economic development, but it seems unrelated to addressing concentrated poverty. Lincoln Square’s individual poverty rate was 13 percent in 1990 and 11 percent in 2000—well below the citywide rates of 22 percent and 19 percent those years. If Lincoln Square had been an area of concentrated poverty, would the Old Town School have even considered moving in?

I asked Emanuel if he’d make any direct efforts to desegregate neighborhoods, or if he saw desegregation as mainly a by-product of the safe streets, good schools, and jobs he’d ensure. “The latter,” he said.

He noted that he’d worked on the Plan for Transformation as vice-chair of the CHA. This was the federally funded program under which most of the city’s high-rise projects were demolished. A few of the residents got units in mixed-income developments built on the sites of the old projects; most were given rent vouchers and settled elsewhere. “While the policy was not perfect, combating the cycles of poverty that were fostered by the CHA high rises and building mixed-income housing developments scattered throughout the city has helped promote integration,” he said.

The tearing down of the high-rises offered an extraordinary chance for widespread desegregation, which might have happened had the displaced residents gotten more counseling and support to help them move to middle-class neighborhoods. But a study of the plan in the 2009 Journal of Public Affairs found that most of the displaced residents merely moved from their vertical ghettos to horizontal ones, settling in “disadvantaged, predominantly black neighborhoods.”

This is the first article I’ve seen that gives Rahm’s role at the CHA more than a passing mention. He was appointed by Mayor Daley to be its first vice chairman after the CHA regained its independence from the Department of Housing and Urban Development in 1999, and helped produce the original “plan for transformation” that has guided the CHA policy to move families from public housing into homeless shelters for over a decade.

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