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Obama: Good old Chicago Politics
Posted by: McQ on Friday, June 27, 2008

The Boston Globe has found that as a state legislator, Barack Obama seemed to fit in quite well with the commonly perceived corruption that is Chicago politics. And it extended to his new job as a US Senator:
As a state senator, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee coauthored an Illinois law creating a new pool of tax credits for developers. As a US senator, he pressed for increased federal subsidies. And as a presidential candidate, he has campaigned on a promise to create an Affordable Housing Trust Fund that could give developers an estimated $500 million a year.

But a Globe review found that thousands of apartments across Chicago that had been built with local, state, and federal subsidies - including several hundred in Obama's former district - deteriorated so completely that they were no longer habitable.

Grove Parc and several other prominent failures were developed and managed by Obama's close friends and political supporters. Those people profited from the subsidies even as many of Obama's constituents suffered. Tenants lost their homes; surrounding neighborhoods were blighted.
And who were those "close friends and political supporters" that profited by this little scheme? Well no surprise there:
Antoin "Tony" Rezko, perhaps the most important fund-raiser for Obama's early political campaigns and a friend who helped the Obamas buy a home in 2005. Rezko's company used subsidies to rehabilitate more than 1,000 apartments, mostly in and around Obama's district, then refused to manage the units, leaving the buildings to decay to the point where many no longer were habitable.

Campaign finance records show that six prominent developers - including Jarrett, Davis, and Rezko - collectively contributed more than $175,000 to Obama's campaigns over the last decade and raised hundreds of thousands more from other donors. Rezko alone raised at least $200,000, by Obama's own accounting.
"New" politics or Chicago politics?
 
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Nothing to see here...

Move along, move along...
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Well, at least he doesn’t slather the makeup on like a trollop...
 
Written By: Retief
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Change... Hope... Audacity... Bush Administration... Change...
 
Written By: Is
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So what? I got no problem with the "Chicago Way" when it comes to dealing with the thugs in the world. We need a knife fighter. Not a wimp like Bush who got rolled by Putin. Bush looked into his soul? Remember that? Bush is a wimp. McCain? Forget it. He’s an old man who couldn’t stand the heat.

McQ, by contrast, semms to believe that we need someone in the White House who hasn’t been battled tested on the mean streets of Chicago politics.

You wingnuts can’t get your themes straight. Obama is either Bambi, or an elitist, or a hard-nosed Chicago pol.

Which is it, McQ? And why do you fear Obama? Really. What is your biggest fear?
 
Written By: mkultra
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And have you ever been to Chicago, McQ? A thriving city. Dynamic. Cultural. Full of hard working midwesterners. I continue to be amazed by Southern Wingnuts who think cast aspersions on hard-working midwesterners. The Midwest puts the South to shame. It’s no contest.

I suggest you visist Chicago sometime. And I regret to inform you, the former Mayor Daley is dead. It’s like you are challening 40 years ago.
 
Written By: mkultra
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You wingnuts can’t get your themes straight. Obama is either Bambi, or an elitist, or a hard-nosed Chicago pol.
Wingnuts? Really? Really?

I guess I don’t see the problem here. I don’t see how it’s inconsistent to view Obama as an elitist who plays crooked politics to maintain his position of power, and, since he hasn’t had to do an honest day’s work, has a naive and Bambi-esque view of how the world works. That’s a pretty good description of Teddy Kennedy as well.

Bush is a wimp? I don’t know. Maybe? Maybe he should’ve knifed Putin ... is that your point?

And why do you constantly pick on McCain? It’s not even his positions on actual issues you take to task, it’s ... his age? The fact that he’s "an old man who couldn’t stand the heat" ... what heat? This is the guy who survived a Vietnamese POW camp, right? How long do you think Obama would stand up under similar circumstances? I’m sorry, but this McCain bashing has jumped over into cuckoo land.
I got no problem with the "Chicago Way" when it comes to dealing with the thugs in the world. We need a knife fighter.
Really? So you agree with the war in Iraq? Because you strike me as someone who would be against it.
I continue to be amazed by Southern Wingnuts who think cast aspersions on hard-working midwesterners.
How does this posting in any way cast aspersions on hard-working midwesterners? Are you actually reading these things?

Wait ... is this what they mean by "don’t feed the troll?"
 
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McQ, by contrast, semms to believe that we need someone in the White House who hasn’t been battled tested on the mean streets of Chicago politics.
Only MK would consider corruption as "battle testing". Fairly telling wouldn’t you say?
 
Written By: McQ
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I agree with mkultra that Chicago is a "thriving city. Dynamic. Full of hardworking Midwesterners." But then he forgets (or more probably ignores, since it’s run by Democrats) that it’s also a city full of corruption, special insider deals (like the million-dollar deal Maggie Daley got for putting automatic plastic seat covers on the toilets at O’Hare), mob-connected politicians, a high murder rate (despite Draconian anti-gun law [well, not for politicians and the well-connected, but then what ’Progressive’ like mkultra gives a rat’s ass about the poor black (and white and Hispanic and other) folk in Chicago who have to put up with rape, robbery, drug-dealing and murder? It’s only The Other getting hurt.]), terrible problems with low-cost housing, and so on.

mkultra would have us believe that Chicago is that Garden of Eden from which the Obamassiah emerged to lead us all to Paradise.

And one Mayor Daley is dead. The current Mayor Daley is not that much different. Graft and corruption all around, but he’s distanced from it a bit. Not so the Democratic Party. Current Chicago tends to make the New York City of Boss Tweed not look so bad. Of course, NYC then was "a thriving city. Dynamic. Full of hardworking [imigrants]." I’m sure mkulra longs for those days for all of us. "Jes’ put us on that Democratic plantation, Bawss, and listen to us sing work songs and spirituals all (12-hour work) day long. Yassuh."

God, do I get tired of these Stalinists apologists.
 
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