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Open Thread - 7/22/2013

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Personal news, a Jig Zone puzzle, 3 short takes, and a homemade cartoon (shown).

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Robert B (60)
Monday July 22, 2013, 6:03 am
It's such a national DISGRACE that money can always be found for sports stadiums and yet no money for teachers and school employees. This makes us a very stupid and foolish country.

Pat B (356)
Monday July 22, 2013, 8:00 am
I agree with Robert's comment, lay off the working class, in this case, teachers, close schools, and make way for an arena and a new hotel. Messed up priorities there, all the while, students, and staff suffer. Unreal.

Terrie Williams (798)
Monday July 22, 2013, 10:45 am
Just as they always find money for their other pet projects like......subsidies for agribusinesses, oil corporations and big pharma....oh, of course, pentagon spending that even the armed forces do not want. Typical.

The Fascists have done their work well,

Yvonne White (229)
Monday July 22, 2013, 12:11 pm
"While Mayor Rahm Emanuel insists there’s no money for the schools, he’s planning to use $55 million in taxpayer funds for a new basketball arena for DePaul University (a private Catholic university) and a new hotel." Chicago needs to burn the Court house. It's REALLY too Obvious when politicians claim "we're broke" & close schools, while handing out Sports Arenas & hotels! Let poor kids learn to read & write on Hotels & Arenas!:(

Yvonne White (229)
Monday July 22, 2013, 12:12 pm
How did the Pied Piper lead all those rats to Washington, DC????

Gene J (290)
Monday July 22, 2013, 1:25 pm
Last summer and fall Rachel Maddow had Michael Moore on several times talking about the idiocy of the "emergency manager" problem in Michigan and what those fools were doing. This is just an extension of that. Does anyone remember Robocop? He existed in Detroit which had privatized police services. I think that is the long term republican plan for our country. Halliburton and others replace locally elected officials and the tax dollars that used to go to maintaining our society and its infrastructure will end up in the hands of the 1%. I think this is the forerunner to a massive change in how our country operates. And I think it unconstitutional - which never stops the 1%, though perhaps the Courts will. If they don't, well, watch out America, this movie will be opening soon in a city near you.

Yvonne White (229)
Monday July 22, 2013, 1:29 pm
Right on Gene!:) I think Chicago is the next Detroit - Robocop was TOO realistic!;)

David C (131)
Monday July 22, 2013, 3:37 pm
thank you.......Robert B's comments were square on.....

Arielle S (313)
Monday July 22, 2013, 5:05 pm
One wonders how anybody can justify what is going on ... But then I guess the Repugs don't feel they have to answer to anybody else ever.

Mitchell D (87)
Monday July 22, 2013, 5:43 pm
Many good comments! Gene, i think that the Regpugs plan is simply to continue to move the country's wealth in their direction, and return to the days of serfdom, for the rest of us.
they have long been avidly, steadily,avariciously, rolling back the gains of the New Deal, undercutting unions, stopping wage growth, yelling about welfare for the people, but gladly taking it for the corporations, and on and on
I have thought that Bush's wars had to do with his wanting to squander the Clinton surplus, so that no one could ask for the use of that money for social causes. Obviously also there were also American Imperialist motives.

Mitchell D (87)
Monday July 22, 2013, 5:47 pm
Robert, the money for sports stadiums goes to feed the already moneyed. Money for education is something that could benefit the middle class, and "Whoa, hold your horses, who in tarnation would want to do that?!"
After superstorm Sandy came through N.J., what do you tink was the first to recover? The casinos, silly. There are still people waiting for help with their houses, and that even goes back to Katrina!

Deb E (63)
Monday July 22, 2013, 5:53 pm
Since this government was set up to be "of, by and for the people", anything done by anyone who works for this government (in other words who works for US), that is not in the best interest of ALL the people ("common good" ... not good for the 1%) should not be legal to do, and if a Congress is allowing for that to happen, then that would show that our Congress has been taken over by corporate interests ... hijacked ... infiltrated ... treason ... against the people of this country. These people make me sick. More sick that the people of this country either put up with it or are too stupid to see it.

Lynn Squance (235)
Monday July 22, 2013, 8:58 pm
Puzzle — 3:43 I think I need one of these. I was shoved out of bed onto the floor by my 3 monster cats last night.

Daily Kos — Does anybody remember how Rmoney, during the last election cycle was saying that everybody had the opportunity to succeed if they worked hard and persevered? Now we all know that Rmoney is nothing but elephant scat and what he said is as hollow as his ethics and morals. This matter of the Chicago schools, and the same with the Philadelphia schools, is more proof of this false claim by Rmoney.

In order for a child to succeed, he/she needs a quality education. But with so many schools being shuttered mostly in poorer areas, teachers and staff being layed off, student class size being increased in the public system, and insufficient up-to-date books and materials, how is a child to receive this needed education? Poorer kids can't afford the fees of a private or charter school. I do NOT call that EQUAL OPPORTUNITY!

Further, spending $55 million in taxpayer funds for a new basketball arena for a private Catholic university and a new hotel is outrageous. Let the exclusive university find it's own funds other than from the city of Chicago, and let private investors fund the hotel.

This whole affair is outrageous and should be stopped!

MSNBC — The only can that needs to be kicked down the road is Snyder's! How can there be growth after a slate wiped clean when jobs are being outsourced? And to wipe the slate clean at the expense of retirees who worked all their lives for their pensions, and that is their only income, — that's immoral and unethical. I hope this is fought all the way. I agree with Ed and Bernie (surprise! surprise! surprise!) that if this bankruptcy is allowed to happen, this will happen in other cities too, like falling dominoes! And what some may not realise is that this will have effects in the finance world. Municipal and state bonds, which have previously been known to be relatively safe, will become junk. This is more than a slippery slope. It is an ice mountain with a sheer drop!

McClatchy DC — Another failure of the Republicanus/Teabaggers! Fiscal conservatives? My ass! By stopping the project, they are throwing away the money already spent, and then will likely blame the Obama administration for not coöperating.

Pied Piper — When I first saw the cartoon, I immediately thought of the Pied Piper leading all the Republicanus/Teabaggers from the US to a remote low lying island! Then I saw your comment following. I don't do ditches.

TomCat S (129)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 3:13 am
Thanks everyone. The republican plan has two parts.
1. Transfer wealth from the poor and middle classes to the 1%.
2 Establish a permanent, totalitarian Republican Regime in which elections are only for show.

P A (117)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 3:31 am
Thanks TC

TomCat S (129)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 4:07 am
Thanks Pat.
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