Its official; Chicago is filled with absent minded idiots. Recently, the people of Chicago decided to elect lifetime bureaucratic failure Rahm Emanuel as their mayor. As I look at this bureaucrat's election, I'm again reminded why the American political system, for a lack of a better term, sucks.
I mean seriously, how can one [Emanual] be a failure at so many things in life, and yet still be in any kind of position of authority? Because the American people are morons, and Emaneul & all other career bureaucrats know this and use it to their advantage for political gains. So lets see what makes Emanuel so credible to be in authority.
The only private enterprise job held by Emanuel (outside of crony appointed private positions hes been given by leftist insiders) was at an Arbys fast food joint as a teen, and he couldn't even do this menial job correctly. Believe it or not, this goof cut-off the tip of his middle finger in a meat slicer (LOL, and to think this guy set policy).
He began his political career with the public interest and consumer rights organization Illinois Public Action. Rahm networked with other like-minded power hungry leftists from there, and then became a fundraiser for Illinois campaigns. A then unknown Bill Clinton vetted Emanuel for his fundraising services and eventually made Rahm an advisor once Clinton was elected President.
In 1998 Emanuel resigned from the Clinton administration; which will become a common theme throughout his political career. But somehow, with no experience in the private sector and/or Wall street, Rahm got himself a cushy investment bank job as managing director with Wasserstein Perella. According to Congressional disclosures, Emanuel made $16.2 million in only 2 1/2 years at this position.
Then in 2000, Bill Clinton appointed Emanuel to Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac). His tenure was plague with scandals relating to campaign contributions and accounting irregularities. He, of course, resigned before waves were made and then he went on to run for Congress in 2001. When he left Freddie Mac, he received approximately $320,000, including later stock sales. A request under the Freedom of Information Act to review Freddie Mac board minutes and correspondence during Emanuel's time as a director was rejected by the Obama administration (I wonder why).
Rahm was elected to Congress in 2002 (U.S. House seat in the 5th District of Illinois) and then took over the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as chairman. Emanuel (and Howard Dean) likes to give himself credit for the Democrats retaking control of Congress in 2006; but in reality, it was a reactionary transition of power by the voters, for the Republicans had complete control of the government for 6 straight years prior. So no dice Rahm! Oh yeah, did I mention that he packed his campaign contribution account with donations from hedge funds, private equity firms and the larger securities/investment industry.
Then during the 2008 Presidential election, Emanuel showed his true colors by turning his back on the Clintons (who gave him his lame bureaucratic career) and endorsed Barack Obama. Once Obama was elected, Emanuel's loyalty was rewarded by being appointed White House chief of staff in 2009. But because he's completely incompetent, Rahm screwed up the entire Obama and Democrat agenda once they took control of the government. And by September 2010, anticipating major losses in the midterm elections, Emanuel ran away and resigned once again.
Now this loser is mayor of Chicago! How much does a politician have to show that he's a complete imbecile before voters realize that they elected Corky from the "Life Goes On." This is why I'm not longer political, for the majority of the electorate are too ignorant understand the seriousness of their political responsibility. This is why we will continue to have an incompetent government because this country is filled with incompetent people.