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How a Rahm Emanuel Appointment Would Hurt Biden and the Democrats

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/12/01/how-rahm-emanuel-appointment-would-hurt-biden-and-democrats

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But, but… he’s the 2nd or 3rd most PERFECT “Democrat?” He’s just OBVIOUSLY what your more upscale, Liberal® & Creative Class™ readership desires; to stomp down all us uppity OccupyBernieBroBLMRooskiBot jihadist… life-long Democrats? “BOSS” was the best show on TV, but he’s a frigging Republican! Well, it’s THEIR Party and I’ll cry…

~https://taibbi.substack.com/p/with-tanden-choice-democrats-stick (so, instead of moving to Costa Rica…)

~https://www.downwithtyranny.com/post/much-of-the-u-s-could-be-uninhabitable-by-2050 (Appalacia, maybe?)

~https://projects.propublica.org/climate-migration/

~https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-new-water-barons-wall-street-mega-banks-are-buying-up-the-worlds-water/5383274 (it’s FUN to watch yuppies try to THINK!)

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What part of Biden’s and the DNC’s definition of “hurt Biden and the Democrats” being limited to losing corporate cash flow don’t Eskow and McElwee understand ?

Occupy Wall Street !

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Demolish Wall Street!

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Too late: they’ve just WON, BIG time, again. It’s THEIR Party.

~https://www.dailyposter.com/p/lawmakers-unify-to-give-corporate (so much, for M4A to fight COVID debt)

~https://greenwald.substack.com/p/biden-appointee-neera-tanden-spread (or cutting Military budget?)

~https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-names-economic-team-858b01d98c3ae934c674d5186411bb37

~https://splinternews.com/neera-tanden-is-simply-too-online-1834079005 (shopping for Bentley & Maybachs?)

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Demolish all of it but leave the lampposts. They will soon come in handy.

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Rahm is a POS
I was surprised the people of Chicago were that stupid.

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Rahm is a very bad person.
The black site in Chicago is a federal operation, not city or county or state.

There has to be some reason for Joe to consider this guy for a cabinet seat.

  1. Feel Hillary’s appointment.
  2. Reward Jewish donors. Even with a dual citizenship guy.
    3, Rahm will accept donations.
  3. He is not a good manager, leader.
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Terrific summary. Let’s link up the Rahm and Neera stories:

Tanden was a co-author of an influential article published in 2012 by the New England Journal of Medicine, under the title, “A Systemic Approach to Containing Health Care Spending,” which defended Obamacare as the basis for substantially reducing the cost of health care for both corporations and the government. The lead author of this treatise was Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, brother of the former mayor of Chicago and Obama aide, and a leading public advocate of reducing health care spending aimed at prolonging the lives of the elderly.

~https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/12/01/bide-d01.html

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Transport Unions Say Rahm Emanuel Leading DOT Would Be a “Betrayal”

The unions are angry over reports that Biden is considering Emanuel for a cabinet post, pointing to his clashes with workers in Chicago.

~https://theintercept.com/2020/12/01/transportation-unions-biden-rahm-emanuel/

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FFS, why not just bring back Arne Duncan, too?

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Please notice that our schools are now easily already behind one whole year in math. The 7th and 8th graders here do not have text books. The e-learning has not matured presentation nor effective content.

Literacy will follow on down also.

Arne upgraded us?
Dolton school district 149 has average teacher salary above $100,000.00
I adore the superintendent and would promote her based on her acquiring computers, hot spots, and home internet connections for the students within a very short time. An active well used local library sure helps a 99% poor community uplift too.

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My mom taught ninth grade science and her yearbook from '76 rests in the fold of my fathers flag (71st Infantry Division under Generals Bradley and Patton, etc.) about four feet from where my feet rest on my desk. I ache for what is happening to education. I earned my stripes teaching juniors through doctoral students environmental engineering sciences. Education is sacred to me. Education is sacred to civilization.

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2 leaders of military power-houses that go BOOM all over the globe whenever they like while wheeling and dealing to proliferate even more of their explosive product, Pres Obama and co-PM (under criminal indictment and mid-trial) Bibi Netanyahu didn’t much care for each other and\or each other’s policies\diplomacy. Yet, they shared one dreadful habit while in office: LAYING DOWN RED LINES FOR OTHERS TO MIND ( while reserving the God-given right and imperial prerogative to refuse honoring anybody else’s, or, even their own RED LINES ). Rahm Emanuel and his family of excelling individual opportunists without a communal bone in their aspiring and perspiring twitchy with personal ambition familial bodies share that imperial prerogative and Modus Operandi.

Having put Biden\Harris in office, we need now to lay down a red line. No entry 'cept as tourist for Emanuel anywhere within this administration and\or federal government. Why? Activist\Writers Eskow and McElwee whom I hold in the highest regard for their lives of committed correctives to critical mass weaponized and PRIVATIZED Neo-Lib E-CONomic socio-policy corruption have laid the arguments out well. Eskow and McElwee had need to skimp on covering the countless selfish grabs made by Democratic Grasping working class hustler version of the Richie Rich Heir Entitled Trump, who we’ve managed to communally dis-lodge from the White House that needed fumigation before and will need more than a paint job for the next occupants to find it habitable.

It isn’t just Rahm Emanuel’s mouth that is obscene. Rahm Emanuel’s conniving mind and political instincts have been covered well by all the major and minor Chicago newspapers, whether the corporate-captured yet Blue Party and Daley Chi-Crat Machine’s Sun-Times and Tribune or the indie alt weekly CHICAGO READER (among the finest long-form indie newspapers in this country’s history. And a template for the equally distinguished once sister publications in No Cal the EAST BAY EXPRESS and down in So Cal near Venice-Santa Monica in the LA County BEACH READER)

~https://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2015/10/08/the-indictment-of-barbara-byrd-bennettmayor-rahms-front-woman-at-cps

" Appropriately, Mayor Emanuel’s name isn’t mentioned in the 43-page indictment on bribery charges handed down today by the feds against Barbara Byrd-Bennett, who was hired by the mayor to run the Chicago Public Schools."

"It’s appropriate because, as near as I can tell, the main reason Emanuel hired Byrd-Bennett was to be the sympathetic public face—thus shielding him for blame—for the cuts, closings, testing policies, and other bad things he was doing to the schools. "

" Not the least of which was hiring Byrd-Bennett run them."

“I urge every citizen of Chicago to read the indictment. But in case you’re too busy, I’ll give you a few lovely details…”

~https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-barbara-byrd-bennett-plea-met-1013-20151012-story.html

Ex-CPS chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett pleads guilty, tearfully apologizes to students

By Jason Meisner and Juan Perez Jr.

Chicago Tribune Oct 14, 2015 at 12:12 AM

As she took over as chief of the Chicago Public Schools three years ago, Barbara Byrd-Bennett was touted as an experienced administrator who was going to help the Emanuel administration turn around a system beset by a recent teacher’s strike, huge budget deficits and pending school closings.

On Tuesday, the mayor’s handpicked choice to lead the nation’s third-largest school system became instead the latest in a long line of Chicago public officials caught trying to line their own pockets.

The 66-year-old onetime New York City elementary school teacher faces up to about 7 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to a single felony count of wire fraud for steering multimillion-dollar no-bid contracts to a former employer in exchange for the promise of up to $2.3 million in kickbacks.

Byrd-Bennett stopped briefly to talk to a horde of reporters and cameramen. With tears in her eyes, she said she had a message for the schoolchildren and their families.

“I am terribly sorry, and I apologize to them. They deserve much more, much more than I gave to them,” said Byrd-Bennett, who had traces of controversy crop up in previously leading the Cleveland and Detroit school districts.

She then stepped through the crowd of spectators and left the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse without taking questions.

Prosecutors said Byrd-Bennett is cooperating with the ongoing investigation and has agreed to postpone her sentencing until after the charges against her co-defendants have been resolved. In exchange for her cooperation, prosecutors have agreed to seek a sentence of about 7 1/2 years in prison, well below the 11 to 14 years in prison called for under federal sentencing guidelines, according to her 21-page plea agreement.

Byrd-Bennett had stood to collect hundreds of thousands of dollars once she left CPS, but before that could happen the no-bid contracts had drawn the interest of investigators. In reality, she disgraced her office for very little in return – tickets to sporting events, meals and a few other perks.

Worse for Byrd-Bennett, the promise of $2.3 million in bribes doubled the sentence she’d typically face for a wire fraud conviction even with her cooperation in the investigation. Other factors adding to the stiff sentence were the “high-level decision-making or sensitive position” she held as well as her attempt to obstruct justice.

Her CPS salary totaled $250,000 a year.

The charges against Byrd-Bennett were unsealed just last Thursday, accusing her in a massive scheme with the co-owners of SUPES Academy, a Wilmette-based education consulting firm she worked for before joining CPS. The federal probe was revealed in April after CPS acknowledged receiving grand jury subpoenas seeking an array of documents. Soon after, Byrd-Bennett took a paid leave of absence and then resigned in May.

Also charged were SUPES owners Gary Solomon, a consultant with ties to the Emanuel administration, and partner Thomas Vranas as well as SUPES and another education consulting company the two ran. Solomon, Vranas and their companies are scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday, records show.

Byrd-Bennett’s swift admission of criminal wrongdoing comes three years nearly to the day since Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed her to run the city’s cash-strapped public schools system, telling reporters in a news conference in October 2012 that Byrd-Bennett was “the best and the brightest.”

On Monday, Emanuel acknowledged for the first time that his office had prior knowledge of the no-bid deal, saying his staffers had “asked some very hard questions” before the school board approved it in a unanimous vote. The mayor’s comments came on the same day the Tribune reported his office was fighting the release of public records that could shed more light on how the deal came to be.

In a statement released after the court hearing Tuesday, mayoral spokesman Kelley Quinn said Byrd-Bennett “took responsibility for putting her own financial gain” ahead of the children she pledged to serve.

Earlier in court, Byrd-Bennett stood at a lectern with her hands folded in front of her as she listened to a federal prosecutor detail her involvement in the lucrative kickback scheme. The judge then asked her how she intended to plead to the one count.

“I plead guilty, your honor,” Byrd-Bennett said in a soft, calm voice.

With the hearing over, she hugged and kissed several relatives in the courtroom gallery and went to be fingerprinted and processed by the U.S. Marshals Office. She remained free on her own recognizance until her next court appearance in January.

The heart of the indictment involved more than $23 million in no-bid contracts awarded to SUPES to train CPS principals and other administrators beginning in 2012. A CPS committee set up to evaluate no-bid contracts initially balked at awarding SUPES a noncompetitive deal but less than a month later approved the plan, records show.

After Byrd-Bennett took a top post with CPS in April 2012, Solomon and Vranas agreed to kick back 10 percent of the total value of any contracts awarded to SUPES beginning, according to her plea agreement. Six months later, she was elevated by Emanuel to CEO.

Throughout 2012 and 2013, Byrd-Bennett repeatedly pushed for new funding for the Chicago Executive Leadership Academy, an Emanuel-backed initiative to train school leaders, according to her plea agreement. Under her direction, SUPES contracts ballooned from just a $300,000 pilot program the year before to a $20.5 million no-bid contract that was approved by the board in June 2013.

In pushing for the contracts for SUPES, Byrd-Bennett admitted she lied to other CPS administrators, telling them she had no financial connection with the company.

According to the plea agreement, Solomon and Vranas gave Byrd-Bennett tickets to sporting events, meals and other perks in exchange for her help, but no cash actually exchanged hands. Instead, Byrd-Bennett was promised hundreds of thousands of dollars as a “signing bonus” once she left her duties at CPS and rejoined SUPES as a consultant, the plea deal said.

The bonus was to be concealed in trust accounts set up in the names of two of Byrd-Bennett’s young relatives – identified by sources as her twin grandsons – with the cash available to her once she left CPS, according to the plea.

Much of the indictment centers on emails sent between Solomon and Byrd-Bennett that seemed to make no effort to conceal the alleged kickback scheme. In one message, Byrd-Bennett even implied she needed cash because she had “tuition to pay and casinos to visit,” according to the charges.

While Byrd-Bennett became the public face of the scandal, the Tribune has reported previously that Solomon’s ties to the Emanuel administration go back to the beginning of Emanuel’s tenure in office, predating the arrival of Byrd-Bennett. In fact, Solomon helped recruit Emanuel’s first schools CEO, Jean-Claude Brizard, at the request of the mayor-elect’s transition team in February 2011.

Solomon went on to recommend Byrd-Bennett, who was the lead trainer at SUPES when CPS hired her as chief education officer in April 2012.

While Emanuel has previously said his administration played no role in the contract, the Tribune reported Monday that key Emanuel aides, Chicago school leaders and the consultants had multiple conversations in the months, weeks and days leading up to Emanuel’s hand-picked school board awarding the contract in June 2013.

In the wake of that story, the mayor on Monday said for the first time that his office was involved in the discussion prior to the board vote. He said his chief of staff and others questioned the deal “concocted” by Byrd-Bennett and the SUPES owners.

Emanuel aides have for months refused to answer detailed questions about the events leading up to the no-bid contract. The administration has not turned over or has redacted dozens of SUPES-related emails from the mayor’s office and hundreds more from CPS; the Tribune has sued under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain some of those records.

Although the administration’s refusal to provide many records means the full picture remains unclear, Emanuel aides in recent days have pointed to one email string involving Byrd-Bennett to suggest they resisted her push for the contract.

On Monday, Emanuel appeared to reference the email.

“They concocted this, and in fact my staff did the right thing by asking hard questions and directing those questions to the people that were trying to pursue that contract,” Emanuel said. “And in fact, they were acting appropriately as a stop-gap.”

The mayor did not say what questions were asked or whether his office sought to intervene before the school board members he appointed voted 6-0 for the deal without any public discussion.

Chicago Tribune’s John Byrne contributed.

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The army corp of engineers, Oakbrook, Illinois has an opening for a hydraulics engineer. Not industrial hydraulics but surface waters like Lake Michigan and Illinois River.

The Detroit Army headquarters have really lost all controls on lake levels. Way higher than needed for ore boats, fully loaded with taconite, coal, wheat. The EPA had claimed responsibility for all surface waters a few years ago and apparently settled for half with corp of engineers. Since our EPA is lazy and corrupt, this may be part of the reason - Chicago office was up to their ears in Flint water pollution problem and did nothing to help - even today.

Additionally there is a joint commission with canada and Univ. of Michigan has a say also. Too many cooks. We can assign Rahm to the Detroit corp of engineer office and we’ll never hear of him again - for a solution.

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He forgot the recent article by Zeke - saying he didn’t want to live to be any older than 75 - watch out seniors!

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Why did 70 million Americans vote for an Authoritarian-----?why do American’s follow corporate media like sheep??? People need to learn to think----read between the lines-----I know this is a priority in the rich elite schools.

Send Rahm on a mission-----his goal is to bring down gun violence in Chicago.

…along with all those silk neckties.

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I speak as a environmental hydrologist, water problems are puzzles, compounded by money and the randomness of Nature. It is great fun and frustration to ferret out the this-is and the that-is of what is making things happen. I have worn the dunce cap and the medal of honor in my time. “What a long strange trip it’s been.”

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Joe Biden is nothing more or less than a Clinton rerun so look for a return to Hillary in the very near future. The plutocrats own our government and the puppets they allow to continue with the charade of “our democracy”. Without a new People’s Party which is truly a Party of the people we are finished. We have the numbers and with those numbers we have the power to make change happen. The big question is do we have the will?

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