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Rep. Schakowsky went on PBS to sell her deficit reduction plan today. Quoting:


Well, you know, we have right now the greatest disparity in income from the rich to the poor and middle class than we have had since 1925, right before the Great Depression.


And this kind of income inequality is not good for our economy. And it’s certainly not good for people who have seen their incomes stagnant or falling over the last couple decades. In fact, all of the growth in wealth went during the Bush years to the top — wealthiest people in our economy.


It is not a good situation for us to be, as Nicholas Kristof has called, like a banana republic.



You can see the full transcript here. Again, it needs to be said: if we’re going to focus on the deficit now, of all times, there are ways to do it without screwing the poor .. if the President and the Democrats in Congress are willing to hold the line. Rep. Schakowsky shows us a great way to do this.








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Rep. Schakowsky went on PBS to sell her deficit reduction plan today. Quoting:


Well, you know, we have right now the greatest disparity in income from the rich to the poor and middle class than we have had since 1925, right before the Great Depression.


And this kind of income inequality is not good for our economy. And it’s certainly not good for people who have seen their incomes stagnant or falling over the last couple decades. In fact, all of the growth in wealth went during the Bush years to the top — wealthiest people in our economy.


It is not a good situation for us to be, as Nicholas Kristof has called, like a banana republic.



You can see the full transcript here. Again, it needs to be said: if we’re going to focus on the deficit now, of all times, there are ways to do it without screwing the poor .. if the President and the Democrats in Congress are willing to hold the line. Rep. Schakowsky shows us a great way to do this.








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Illinois State Senator and former Gubernatorial candidate Rev. James Meeks is running for what is perhaps the most prestigious job in Illinois politics: Mayor of Chicago. Some of you may know him from his virulent anti-gay activities — the SPLC (yeah, I know, I know) has a short bio on him for you to peruse. Now that he’s running for Daley’s job, he will no doubt benefit from a whole swathe of fundamentalist fervor, not to mention money, both from his 22,000-strong mega-church congregation and from fellow theocrats worldwide.


But don’t worry, folks. If elected Mayor, persecuting gays and lesbians is apparently no higher than fourth on his to-do list:


“Now, if I were sitting around bored with nothing to do, that stuff might come up,” Meeks told FOX Chicago News. “But I expect to be so busy with schools, crime and budget problems during my first term that I wouldn’t have any time.”


See that? He’s going from a single-issue, theoconservative nutcase, to a multi-issue theoconservative nutcase. How comforting!


The good news is that Meeks got 10% in a recent Sun-Times poll. The bad news is that, in a crowded field, he’s in second place. The ugly news is that he only has to be one of the top two vote-winners to make it to the run-off. A repeat of 1983 is unlikely because the rules have changed since then. However, if it’s between the African-American Meeks and a white candidate, there’s a potential for some of those ugly 1980s racial politics to come back into play.


Me? I’m rooting for Tom Dart, although halfheartedly. Frankly, I think anyone who wants the job of Mayor of Chicago, with the budget problems it has now, is nuts.








Originally published at maxomai.org

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Illinois State Senator and former Gubernatorial candidate Rev. James Meeks is running for what is perhaps the most prestigious job in Illinois politics: Mayor of Chicago. Some of you may know him from his virulent anti-gay activities — the SPLC (yeah, I know, I know) has a short bio on him for you to peruse. Now that he’s running for Daley’s job, he will no doubt benefit from a whole swathe of fundamentalist fervor, not to mention money, both from his 22,000-strong mega-church congregation and from fellow theocrats worldwide.


But don’t worry, folks. If elected Mayor, persecuting gays and lesbians is apparently no higher than fourth on his to-do list:


“Now, if I were sitting around bored with nothing to do, that stuff might come up,” Meeks told FOX Chicago News. “But I expect to be so busy with schools, crime and budget problems during my first term that I wouldn’t have any time.”


See that? He’s going from a single-issue, theoconservative nutcase, to a multi-issue theoconservative nutcase. How comforting!


The good news is that Meeks got 10% in a recent Sun-Times poll. The bad news is that, in a crowded field, he’s in second place. The ugly news is that he only has to be one of the top two vote-winners to make it to the run-off. A repeat of 1983 is unlikely because the rules have changed since then. However, if it’s between the African-American Meeks and a white candidate, there’s a potential for some of those ugly 1980s racial politics to come back into play.


Me? I’m rooting for Tom Dart, although halfheartedly. Frankly, I think anyone who wants the job of Mayor of Chicago, with the budget problems it has now, is nuts.








Originally published at maxomai.org

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I can’t say that this was unexpected.


Mayor Richard Daley says he will not run for re-election in 2011, saying it’s “time for me, it’s time for Chicago to move on.”


“The truth is I have been thinking about this for the past several months,” Daley said at a City Hall news conference. “In the end this is a personal decision, no more, no less.”


The news is chalking this up to health and to sagging poll numbers, but that wouldn’t stop Daley. Nor would that stop my old Alderman, Mary Ann Smith, or her alleged rival, Helen Shiller, both of whom have demonstrated their ruthlessness in matters of electoral politics, and both of whom are also sitting out the election.


Nope — I think the old guard is hanging it up because they know that they no longer understand the electoral world. Daley cut his teeth working alongside his old man, while Shiller and Smith grew up on community activism going back to the 1960s. Back then, communication was mostly knocking on doors and making phone calls, talking to the media and running campaign ads. The work of politics is still knocking on doors and making phone calls, but the communications are happening almost entirely online. For politicians who grew up in the days of machines, machine-busting and council wars, the transition to a political discourse dominated by blogs and trolls has been .. uncomfortable. They know barely anything about looking at that world, let alone communicating with it. And don’t even get me started on the ethics of the online world, which more often than not are dictated by 4chan.


Out with the old guard, in with the new. And thus the 2011 City elections will be the most interesting that we’ve seen in decades. I’m looking forward to it, and to the new freedom that they will bring to me.








Originally published at maxomai.org

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I can’t say that this was unexpected.


Mayor Richard Daley says he will not run for re-election in 2011, saying it’s “time for me, it’s time for Chicago to move on.”


“The truth is I have been thinking about this for the past several months,” Daley said at a City Hall news conference. “In the end this is a personal decision, no more, no less.”


The news is chalking this up to health and to sagging poll numbers, but that wouldn’t stop Daley. Nor would that stop my old Alderman, Mary Ann Smith, or her alleged rival, Helen Shiller, both of whom have demonstrated their ruthlessness in matters of electoral politics, and both of whom are also sitting out the election.


Nope — I think the old guard is hanging it up because they know that they no longer understand the electoral world. Daley cut his teeth working alongside his old man, while Shiller and Smith grew up on community activism going back to the 1960s. Back then, communication was mostly knocking on doors and making phone calls, talking to the media and running campaign ads. The work of politics is still knocking on doors and making phone calls, but the communications are happening almost entirely online. For politicians who grew up in the days of machines, machine-busting and council wars, the transition to a political discourse dominated by blogs and trolls has been .. uncomfortable. They know barely anything about looking at that world, let alone communicating with it. And don’t even get me started on the ethics of the online world, which more often than not are dictated by 4chan.


Out with the old guard, in with the new. And thus the 2011 City elections will be the most interesting that we’ve seen in decades. I’m looking forward to it, and to the new freedom that they will bring to me.








Originally published at maxomai.org

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Illinois Governor Rod Blagoyevich was taken into custody by federal authorities this morning, as an ongoing corruption probe apparently widened into his process for selecting Obama's replacement in the US Senate. More here.

Just when I thought he couldn't be a bigger dumbass....
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Illinois Governor Rod Blagoyevich was taken into custody by federal authorities this morning, as an ongoing corruption probe apparently widened into his process for selecting Obama's replacement in the US Senate. More here.

Just when I thought he couldn't be a bigger dumbass....
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...that I see the Bears winning 42-27 and I feel more relief than joy?

Is it because I have no faith in Rex Grossman?

Yes, I think that might have something to do with it.
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...that I see the Bears winning 42-27 and I feel more relief than joy?

Is it because I have no faith in Rex Grossman?

Yes, I think that might have something to do with it.
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Dear Mayor.

I read with interest your criticisms of Dick Durbin. In light of this, I would ask that you please do the following immediately:

  • Shut the fuck up;
  • Read what he actually fucking said;
  • Learn to recognize when you're being suckered.

    Signed,

    A Democrat.
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    Dear Mayor.

    I read with interest your criticisms of Dick Durbin. In light of this, I would ask that you please do the following immediately:

  • Shut the fuck up;
  • Read what he actually fucking said;
  • Learn to recognize when you're being suckered.

    Signed,

    A Democrat.
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