Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Bully Mayor Rahm Emmanuel Has Issues (God Help Him!)
"Never let a good crisis go to waste!" -- Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel.
Someone ought to whisper to Chicago mayor Rahn Emmanuel:
That's "peace" to you and me, of course.
The guy has this unutterable penchant to get in fights with everybody. He must have been picked on as a kid, although one person came forward and shared that he and his brother Ari had beat him up once. Maybe his life has been one crisis after another.
He was tapped to serve as President Obama's Chief of Staff. He liked to curse at people. He liked to pull people not just by the horns, but apparently by the nostrils or other unmentionable parts of the male anatomy. Who can forget the Washington shower fight with former New York Congressman Eric Massa, a legislator who had plenty of his own issues.
When one of the Daley clan opted not to run again for mayor of Chicago (eventually the most venal of political families gets tired of cops beating students or managing unmanageable corruption waste, I suppose), Rahm jumped at the opportunity to run the Windy City, and won.
To his merit, he has discussed legalizing pot, but he might want to consider smoking a joint or two to calm himself. He does have a city which sits in a state with one of the worst business climates and some of the highest taxes in the country. The entire state has the worst bond-rating now, worse than even California. It's hard to believe, but there you have it.
Whatever happened to taking things easy? Maybe the Blues Brothers can launch their own concert to bring back some money to the City by the Great Lake. They could claim that they are on a mission from God, and God knows, Mayor Rahm needs some divine intervention. At any rate, a growing number of Illinois residents are numb with frustration because of Chicago's too heavy influence in the statehouse.
Now he gets to pick fights with every interests, expect for the fights which serve the public interest. First, the teachers unions rolled out their strike, a crippling blow for the liberal mayor, since his President is one of the most sympathetic, and thus compromised, Presidents in modern history. The Taft-Hartley Acts passed under Democratic President Harry Truman, who more likely would be a Republican today for his respect for family and the rule of law. President Obama needed union votes to get elected, and the 2009 auto bailouts served as a heart-felt (and heartless) payout.
Then the CEO of Chik-fil-A announced his views about gay marriage. The uproar that followed led to gay activists painting "Tastes Like Hate" on the side of one fast-food chain. Of course, the conservative back-lash improved the company's stock and sales. Yet even then, liberal Rahm just could not resist threatening the company by refusing to grant the Chik-fil-A restaurant any future business licenses.
One cannot help but wonder: does Mayor have a heart of a lion or that of a chicken? Does he have the sense of statesmen, or the subtlety of a snake? Apparently, he does not have a commanding respect for the United States Constitution, a document which protects freedom of speech, and by extension prevents progressives from picking and choosing the views that corporate leaders may have, hold, and share with others.
Now, following the gun control debate which has exploded into the national discourse because of the Sandy Hook Massacre, Mayor Emmanuel has threatened to unleash the wrath of God against major banking firms if they do not disabuse themselves of their stock with major arms manufacturers. Those two firms, Bank of America and TD Bank Group, are based in Chicago, so the mayor thinks that he has a right to create a crisis (which he will also ensure does not go to waste).
There comes a point where people watching from the outside get tired of people on the inside using their power and bully pulpit to intimidate others, including members of corporate America. Enter US Senator from Texas Ted Cruz:
In light of the reception you have received in the Windy City, please know that Texas would certainly welcome more of your business and the jobs you create. Texans value jobs and value freedom and over 1000 people a day are moving to Texas (often from cities like Chicago), because Texas is where the jobs are.
If I can be of assistance in that regard, please do not hesitate to call.
Bullies never win, chants one character in a kids' book. If Emmanuel cannot get off his "Messiah complex", he may find himself with a city not only hemorrhaging debt, but also scaring national and international investment as well as jobs, from working class to white color.
Senator Cruz' smooth move reminds me of a more crude yet quiet successful move by little Laura Ingalls and her friends in an episode of "Little House on the Prairie." When the largest kid was proving to be a large problem for the school teacher, Ms. Wilder, all the kids ganged up on him after school and beat him up so that he would leave the teacher alone.
Instead of a group of kids, the other forty plus states with better credit and a better business climate will work in reverse, drawing away all power from the bully of Big Government, whose figurehead is Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel.
Bully Mayor Rahm Emmanuel has issues. God help him!