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Re: What Happens When Democrats Rule
Richva: WOW, Democrats are really good for America, aren't they? So, how is that Trump guy doing for you?
This also happens when Democrats rule. Alot more jobs.
Re: What Happens When Democrats Rule
So far the effects seem to be:
- Saving the economy from Republican Great Recessions
- Balancing the budget
- Nobel Peace Prize in the first year of office
- Longest economic expansion in U.S. history
- Highest home ownership in U.S. history
- Largest expansion of College opportunity since the G.I. bill
- Lowest crime rate in 26 years
- Lowest poverty rate in 20 years
- Ending the war in Iraq
- Saving the U.S. auto industry
- Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
- Dropped veteran homeless rate by 50%
- Not one scandal (Obama)
- Annual vacations with his family and no hint of infidelity (Obama)
WOW, Democrats are really good for America, aren't they? So, how is that Trump guy doing for you?
What Happens When Democrats Rule
To skip the melodrama, just read what I highlighted in red.
Even a Daley says Boss Madigan has gone too far trying to crush DePaul freshman in 13th Ward
John KassBy John Kass•Contact Reporter
December 11, 2018, 5:05 PM
Chicago is known worldwide for its fine steakhouses, bone-breaking politics and ravenous political bosses.
But now that the saga of a 19-year-old DePaul University freshman being crushed by powerful Boss Madigan has gone national, Chicago is also known for devouring its young.
Even Chicago Democrat Bill Daley, son of a boss, brother of another boss and running himself for mayor, says Boss Madigan’s 13th Ward organization may have gone too far in trying to eliminate young David Krupa.
“I saw your story on the 19-year-old in the 13th Ward. I mean, really? Really?” Bill Daley said in an interview on my podcast, “The Chicago Way” on WGN Plus.
Yeah, really, Bill Daley.
What is happening to Krupa is the essence of the Chicago Way, distilled to its elemental form.
Krupa is running for alderman in the 13th Ward. He has dared to challenge the most powerful big-city Democratic ward organization in the country: the 13th Ward Democrats run by Boss Madigan, who as Illinois House speaker has controlled the state legislature for four decades and is chairman of the state’s Democratic Party.
Legend has it that Boss Madigan has mashed political opponents with a mere sigh, as he meticulously chews his lunch of sliced apples.
“All due respect to whoever decided to challenge him (Krupa), but did they really fear that this kid’s going to win the aldermanic race?” Bill Daley asked sarcastically. “Maybe he would. Obviously, he is showing interest, many young people don’t have that desire to actually run for office.”
We don’t know exactly who led the organized anti-Krupa effort in Boss Madigan’s 13th Ward. It could have been a bunch of Quakers from Pennsylvania.
Or it might even have been a pack of purple unicorns accompanied by notary publics as they walked door to door among the bungalows of the Southwest Side.
But I’ll guess they were Boss Madigan’s precinct captains.
Bill Daley’s father, the legendary Mayor Richard J. Daley, ran Chicago with an iron fist for decades. His brother, Richard M. Daley, used an iron fist, too, but smashed the city’s finances beyond repair. Daley family members have made millions of dollars leveraging political control in Chicago, as has Boss Madigan in his lucrative property-tax-reduction private legal practice.
But when a Daley says you’ve gone too far, you’ve really gone too far.
This saga of the teenager vs. the boss says a lot about how far the powerful will go to crush dissent.
Some background: To get on the ballot, Krupa was required to file 473 valid signatures of ward residents. He filed 1,703 signatures to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners.
Amazingly, an organized crew — of Quakers or unicorns — walked door to door in the 13th Ward and turned in 2,796 affidavits from residents asking that their signatures for Krupa be revoked.
Do the math. That organized crew got far more affidavits of revocation of signature than were needed. Affidavits are legal documents, and notarized.
It appears many residents of Boss Madigan’s ward have left themselves open to felony perjury charges. Madigan’s ward is chock-full of workers on one government payroll or another. Felony perjury convictions would cause them to lose their government jobs.
Krupa’s lawyer, Michael Dorf, explained that he initially thought that at least a thousand false affidavits had been filed with the elections board.
In defending its candidate — the frightened Ald. Marty Quinn — the 13th Ward attached only 187 affidavits of revocation that matched the Krupa petition signatures.
Since 2,796 revocation petitions were filed, that means 2,609 false affidavits may also have been filed.
“Filing false affidavits is a felony,” Dorf said on “The Chicago Way” podcast. “To prevent anyone from supporting a candidate (intimidation) is also a felony. I’ve never seen anything like it. We’re asking that the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners refer this to the Cook County state’s attorney. This is clearly two felonious violations of the elections code.”
The elections board is scheduled to take up the matter Saturday.
At City Hall the other day, reporters asked Madigan’s pet, Ald. Quinn, about it.
“I guess the better question is: A self-described ‘day one Trump supporter’ gets 1,700 signatures in the 13th Ward, without being disingenuous?” Quinn snipped. “That’s the question that comes to my mind. Have a good day.”
Quinn then ran off, refusing to answer questions about the mysterious affidavits. He ran with his head bobbing, offering a perfect impression of frightened live poultry.
If I’d been there, I’d have tossed Marty a handful of dry corn, just to see him dance.
While some in the national media have picked up on my column, most local Democrats — including those who often cry about voter suppression elsewhere — have stayed silent on Krupa.
The politics of the candidates are irrelevant in this scenario. What is relevant is the overwhelming use of political power to crush dissent.
“With everything going on, with Madigan trying to crush me and everything, it’s just crazy,” Krupa told me. “But it’s also obvious that I live in a unique American political system.”
Yes, you do. It’s called Chicago, where the people pay taxes and bow their heads to their lords, and the bosses make out just fine.
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