Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Rahm kicks the can down the road, again
One point worth mentioning that got cut out of the column below when it was being whittled to fit into the paper. As much as I wish the "Rahm thinks your stupid" trope were a genius divination of my own, the truth is that Chicago Teacher Union president Karen Lewis told it to me in an interview several years back. Though I did have that "Yes!" moment of total agreement when you're presented with an idea you are certain is true. Still, credit where due, she's the one who said it first.
Rahm Emanuel thinks you're stupid.
Don't feel bad. It's not just you. He thinks I'm stupid too. You, me and everyone else in the city, apparently.
Not without reason of course. Often we are stupid. Credulous, easily distracted, oblivious to the real problems before us, nevermind their difficult solutions.
Take his performance last week over the ongoing scandal that is the Chicago Police Department.
So Rahm rushes home from his vacation in Cuba. And does what? He announces that police will be equipped with more Tasers and be trained more in crisis intervention to "de-escalate" situations.
Problem solved, right? Give police more equipment, make 'em take a course, and we'll all be living on Sesame Street.
Anyone believe that? Show of hands?
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