In an Op-Ed for the Washington Post on Friday, Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago makes many claims. In his editorial, Emanuel is either acting ignorantly or deceitfully. Now, generally I would be willing to give someone the benefit of the doubt, but since it’s Rahm Emanuel, I won’t.
According to Emanuel:
“President Obama and the Democratic Party earned the support of key groups — young people, single women, Latinos, African Americans, auto workers in the Rust Belt and millions of other middle-class Americans — because of our ideas.”
“Chicago is making one of the nation’s largest coordinated investments, putting 30,000 residents to work over the next three years improving our roads, rails and runways; repairing our aged water system; and increasing access to gigabit-speed broadband. We are paying for these critical improvements through a combination of reforms, efficiencies and direct user fees, as well as creating the nation’s first city-level public-private infrastructure bank. Democrats should champion these kinds of innovative financing tools at a national level.”
“We added 42,500 residents to the workforce in the past year alone — 8,000 more than the next highest U.S. city.”
“Democrats need to push for comprehensive immigration reform to ensure that, true to our history, we continue to be the party of opportunity and inclusion. Democrats in Congress should follow Chicago’s lead and develop a national “Citizenship Initiative” to provide the 8.5 million people eligible to become citizens with the information and resources they need to achieve the American dream.”
“By embracing the president’s ‘all of the above’ strategy, Democrats can own the policies that will begin to make the United States energy-independent in the next four years, a goal that has eluded the past eight presidents.”
That’s a lot, I know. He’s really throwing it all out there. Fortunately for us, his arguments are thinner than Kate Moss. His entire attitude is what’s wrong with Liberal thinking. Let’s break down what he said.
1. Emanuel trumpets the fact that Chicago is putting people back to work by completely revamping its infrastructure. That’s all well and good, aside from the fact that once those infrastructure projects are complete, people will be out of work again. These are temporary jobs designed to inflate growth numbers. They do nothing to help create jobs in the long term.
2. He wants the US to follow Chicago’s lead by championing a “National Citizenship” initiative. This would supposedly be a large part of “comprehensive immigration reform.” He claims that he wants to provide a path to citizenship to those who are “eligible.” Of course, this depends on what his definition of “eligible” is. If you’ll remember, Emanuel recently said that he supports an initiative to provide illegal immigrants in Illinois with driver’s licenses. So, apparently, “eligible” means “anyone–including law-breakers–from whom democrats can secure a vote.”
3. He talks about embracing Obama’s “all of the above” energy strategy. Interesting, because “all of the above,” at least according to Obama, means shutting down 1.6 million acres of oil shale development in the US. What “all of the above” really means is “providing subsidies to green energy companies.”
4. Emanuel says that it was not demographics that won Obama re-election, but ideas. I am willing to give him that if, of course, I get to change the definition of “ideas.” From my perspective, it looks like Obama won re-election by offering “ideas” (by which I mean “free stuff”) to those who take more than they put in.
Rahm Emanuel is not kindly ignorant, which means that he is deceitful. He knows that infrastructure jobs are temporary; he knows that “immigration reform” is merely a means to illegal votes; he knows that “all of the above” means “some of the above”; and he knows that Obama didn’t win because of ideas. The problem is, this is not isolated thinking. Many people in this country believe what Emanuel is saying.
The only way to bring this country back from the brink is to support a candidate who can systematically tear apart these absurdities, because we know that the Democrats will continue this parade of lies. We don’t need “nice”; we don’t need “affable”; we don’t need to avoid topics like abortion and immigration; we need a candidate with a scalpel tongue, who is willing to look directly into a camera and tell it like it is. If we fail to do that in 2016, by nominating someone like Jeb Bush, we no longer deserve to complain.