Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The Beginning of the End for Rahm

Outgoing Mayor  Rahm Emanuel
By Robert Wenzel

Chicago voters go to the polls today to select their next mayor. The Rahm Emanuel era will soon be over.

The current temperature in the "city of broad shoulders" is 21 degrees. This type of cold would shut down San Francisco, but it is just another day in what for the time being remains Rahmaland.

Rahm didn't really do much in his period as mayor. The black kids kept shooting each other on the south and west sides. And Chicago stayed a crony city under Rahm, but it also remained under Rahm the "city that works," which means you could get your project cleared if you knew someone in city hall.

The city was in bad financial shape before Rahm took office, he will leave the city in worse shape. He did not move even an inch toward putting Truth in Accounting out of business.

 Via Truth in Accounting

The next criminal mayor will likely be no better, possibly even worse.

Voters will choose a mayor from a slate of 14 candidates. Among the candidates are a lot of power seeker creeps, including a former police superintendent, the city schools CEO, a federal prosecutor and a few lefty-type millennials.  With so many candidates a run-off election is very possible. If no candidate receives a majority of votes, a runoff election will be held on April 2, 2019.

Here is the list of candidates, read it and weep for Chicago.
  • Bill Daley, former United States Commerce Secretary
  • Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board president
  • Garry McCarthy, former police superintendent under Emanuel
  • Lori Lightfoot, former assistant US attorney
  • Jerry Joyce, former Cook County state's attorney
  • Paul Vallas, former Chicago Public Schools CEO
  • Gery Chico, former chief of staff to former Mayor Richard Daley
  • Willie Wilson, business owner
  • Susana Mendoza, former city clerk
  • La Shawn Ford, Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives
  • Robert Fioretti, former alderman
  • Amara Enyia, community activist
  • John Kozlar, attorney
  • Neal S├íles-Griffin, CEO of the nonprofit CodeNow
The front runners appear to be Bill Daley (at least he will keep downtown Michigan Avenue clean), Lori Lightfoot (former  President of the Chicago Police Board, if elected, she would be the first gay mayor and first black female mayor of Chicago) and Toni Preckwinkle ( once married to Zeus, she is a real statist busybody and is in favor of a sweetened beverage tax for the city among other horrors).

Robert Wenzel is Editor & Publisher of EconomicPolicyJournal.com and Target Liberty. He also writes EPJ Daily Alert and is author of The Fed Flunks: My Speech at the New York Federal Reserve Bank and most recently Foundations of Private Property Society Theory: Anarchism for the Civilized Person Follow him on twitter:@wenzeleconomics and on LinkedIn. His youtube series is here: Robert Wenzel Talks Economics. More about Wenzel here.

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