Rahm Emanuel: "city government is not an employment agency"


The Manhattan Institute's Josh Barro reports that Chicago mayoral hopeful Rahm Emanuel doesn't seem too worried about courting the public sector union vote:

Public employee unions in Chicago are up in arms about a new campaign ad being run by Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's ex-chief of staff and the frontrunner in this month's mayoral race. The city's police and fire unions joined AFSCME to release a statement calling the ad "offensive." The head of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police called the ad "a travesty."

What does the ad say? That "city government is not an employment agency," and, when Rahm is mayor, "everybody that works for the city government [will know] that they're actually a public servant." Stunning sentiments, indeed.

Emanuel has never been one to shy away from confrontation, and in this mayor's race he's run head-on at Chicago's public employee unions. He's raised the hackles of the city's teachers' union by backing aggressive school reforms. He's earned the enmity of the police and fire unions by insisting that pension benefit changes for current employees be on the table in the city's coming fiscal restructuring. And he's made many classes of public workers nervous by calling for "charter agencies" that enjoy the sort of bureaucratic autonomy used by charter schools–as in practice, that has often meant employing non-union labor.

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  1. Go Rahm, Go!

    1. No, really, Rahm – go. Just fucking go.

  2. Everything in the ad sounds good…

    1. I hope he’s not trying to ‘Rahm’ us.

    2. Too bad its just pandering. I think it’s a wink wink, nod nod kinda thing.

      1. My thoughts exactly. I would be pleasantly surprised if his substance backed up these words, but I’ve never heard him say or seen him do anything that made me want to like the guy.

  3. WALK SOFTLY, BUT CARRY A BIG STICK! ? Based upon Nuclear Parity

    [One Size Fit’s All Democracy?]

    There is not just one way to get a government and foreign policy that reflects the ideals of the people and it does not have to be a one size fits all Democracy. Democracy is something that is in severe deficit in the former [USA] United States of America now the American-Israeli Military Industrial Complex and which is why that Military Industrial Complex is a Democracy of Democracy of Hypocrisy always, saying one thing and then doing exactly the opposite.

    [It’s a Family Affair]

    The problem is the [USA] no longer exists in principle or reality, Dwight David Eisenhower, warned of what was and what has replaced the Democratic System that had been in place up to that time. It is a sham Democracy, its elections are rigged starting at the very bottom with redistricting of voting districts, called Gerrymandering, a prime example is the former Speaker of the House of Representative Nancy Pelosi, there is no way in world your going to remove this woman from office vise her being carried out feet first and her dead body would be kicking and screaming. And she is both firmly attached to the Military Industrial Complex thru her husband and Diane Feinstein’s Husband who run supporting business activities of that system, and whom Nancy Pelosi directs many a defense contract to her husband and that of Diane Feinstein, who is connected to the Clintons by inter family marriage. Then we have Nancy’s connection to [AIPAC/AZC] the American Israeli Political Action Committee/American Zionist Committee she attends each an every quarterly meeting of that organization. This is just the tip of the iceberg of the problem, life time career politicians without out term limits, age limits, intermarriage connections, business connections; it’s all one big happy family affair in Washington D.C. [District of Clowns], at the expense of not only its own citizens but increasing the citizens of the Globe.

    [Walk softly, but carry a big stick!]

    And we have come to the conclusion that there is not just one way to get a government and foreign policy that reflects the ideals of the people…. it’s called democracy, but several, starting with Revolution, either from without or from within. The one world government as envisioned by the American-Israeli Military Industrial Complex, its [$USD$] United States Dollar based world economy, its we decide what represents an acceptable form of government in the [21st] Century, its control thru puppet governments, its Special Relationship placing one government over another, and the list goes on and on old think, our way or the highway, is no longer the case. The Revolution is taking place from the outside, with [The Spheres of Global Parity of Influence], such as the [BRICS] Brazil, The Russian Federation, India, The Democratic Peoples Republic of China, and The Union of South Africa, [UN] the United Nations, was established in an effort to level the playing field it failed, the only rational approach left is for the establishment of Regional Spheres of Influence, comprised of Regional members, with Regional Self-Interests of common interest, with Nuclear Weapons First Strike Parity to ensure mutual Self-Defense of their Regional Interests. To keep the American-Israeli Military Industrial Complex fingers out of the cooking pot, they need a spoon to rap its fingers. The [UN] and discussion failed, now the bully has to be faced walking softly carrying a big stick.



      You are a certainly a daffy one…

      1. I really hate that guy.

    2. Is the Emmanuel campaign hiring? I know the perfect copywriter for them.


    4. no one cares bitch

  4. GO RAHM GO!


    Ohhhh…..that was a good one, Rahmbo

  6. Rahming speed!

  7. As a Chicago resident, this ad reflects our biggest fear about the next mayor- that, whomever it is, they don’t use the city as their personal gift basket for friends and colleagues. Rahm is probably talking out of his ass (except that he doesn’t have any friends which is compelling) but he certainly is tapping in to what everyone is fearing.

    1. That’s what gives me some hope.

      Sure, they’re lies – but they’re the right kind of lies. Emanuel is a smart guy, and he thinks those are the lies that people want to hear right now.

  8. Honestly, if you belong to an organization that looks one letter swap away from being pronounced “assfuck me”, you deserve whatever you get.

  9. Well, a broken clock and all. Never forget the No Fly No Buy, National Service, and his being a total Neocon warmonger.

    1. A broken calendar is right once a year.

  10. This is the guy who famously said “Fuck the UAW,” so he may actually mean it.

    1. Except he supported bailing out the UAW.

  11. Gee, I wonder if Rahm will turn out to be as much of a liar as mayor as he was as White House aide?

  12. It’s pretty insulting to be told that the gov is not an employment agency. I mean, really? As if it wasn’t obvious.

  13. Public employees are public servants, most have lost site of that and think that the public exist to serve them, financially. Union are for the most part self serving. I worked a union jobs before, and all they did was dip into my earnings for dues. When they should stand up for you they don’t do shit. Union can’t see why they are being done away with and nobody seems to care, because they are to busy stuffing their pockets and figuring ways to steal more money. Nobody like a thief. Especially one that hides behind the legal system.

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