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03 April 2015

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Don Bessee

Have a Blessed Easter!

Russ Steele

BLUE MODEL MELTDOWN: “Reform for Relief” Coming to Blue Cities.

Chicago is broken — and Democratic ideas can’t fix it, at least at the local level. That’s one takeaway from John Judis’ recent article in the National Journal. Judis, one of America’s most thoughtful leftists, looks at the city’s mayoral runoff between Rahm Emmanuel and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, and finds both candidates lacking in solutions for city’s gargantuan problems. Those problems include deeply underfunded pensions, a decline in low-skilled jobs, and a dramatic gap in wealth, employment, and educational attainment between poorer (and often African American) residents and wealthier residents.

In facing these challenges, Emmanuel may be a better manager, but his policies marginalize the city’s poor and seem incapable of reversing the city’s fiscal slide. For example, on jobs and the economy, Garcia has argued that Emmanuel has favored development in the wealthy downtown area instead of poorer ones. But Garcia himself is short on alternativesChicago is broken — and Democratic ideas can’t fix it, at least at the local level. That’s one takeaway from John Judis’ recent article in the National Journal. Judis, one of America’s most thoughtful leftists, looks at the city’s mayoral runoff between Rahm Emmanuel and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, and finds both candidates lacking in solutions for city’s gargantuan problems. Those problems include deeply underfunded pensions, a decline in low-skilled jobs, and a dramatic gap in wealth, employment, and educational attainment between poorer (and often African American) residents and wealthier residents.

In facing these challenges, Emmanuel may be a better manager, but his policies marginalize the city’s poor and seem incapable of reversing the city’s fiscal slide. For example, on jobs and the economy, Garcia has argued that Emmanuel has favored development in the wealthy downtown area instead of poorer ones. But Garcia himself is short on alternatives. . . .

Add all this up, and it’s likely that a European theme is going to be sounding in American politics in the future: reform for relief. That is, many Democratic, deep blue cities will be approaching state and federal treasuries with cap in hand for some time to come. First, because they don’t have the money to pay their bills, these cities will need help with exploding pension liabilities (and their pension problems are only going to become more urgent). Second, because their system has become unsustainable, they are likely to face gridlock at home. Black and Hispanic voters may be pulled apart rather than pulled together. Hispanics look like more of a conventional immigrant group wanting help from government aimed at promoting upward mobility, while the problems facing black Chicago may be more intractable. Competition over power and resources between these groups could be an important factor in the future of urban politics.

http://www.the-american-interest.com/2015/04/01/reform-for-relief-coming-to-blue-cities/

fish

Posted by: Russ Steele | 05 April 2015 at 08:33 AM

Interesting that even with this set of fiscal challenges we have embarked upon yet another season of importing unskilled, public service consuming, undocumented democrats!

No jobs for the unskilled......hell....let's go get some more!

Bill  Tozer

Chicago, Detroit, and Conneticut.

http://www.cheatsheet.com/personal-finance/the-10-worst-state-pension-funds.html/?ref=YF

Having more unskilled workers will not help reduce the income gap, despite Wal-Mart, Target, and Mikey D's raising wages for employees. The solution is to legalize more 6th grade dropouts. Yeah, right. If we are going to open the floodgates, how about we import Ukranians. They are of very tough stock and have brains to use. Plus, the women folk are pleasant on the eyes and they like Putin about as much as I do.

Bill  Tozer

Speaking of military exercises, a group of Marines w/ fixed bayonets on M-1s is a beautiful thing. Silence is golden for sure.

http://marine-drills.littlethings.com/marines-silent-drill-team/?utm_source=con&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_campaign=conservative

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