The Biggest Whiner of All, Calls U.S.A. "A Country of Whiners"

The Biggest Whiner of All, Calls U.S.A. "A Country of Whiners"

Funny how one prepares for the afterlife of being Mayor of Chicago. I suppose Richard M. Daley has signaled that he will begin the transition of being the biggest whiner of all, into strictly being an observer of them instead. But, I wonder how long that will last? It is not as if Daley is the most graceful public speaker, although, he has gotten better over the years. Now, I would think that those public relations firms vying for listeners , and the people who are willing to pay to listen to the usual propagandizing, must surely be hoping for him to put his proverbial "foot in the mouth" that he is so well-known for. You see, you just never know what he will say at any given time.

One thing, though is certain. I doubt very seriously that King Richie II will enlighten anyone on how Big City Bosses are able to rule with an iron fist and still keep the majority of underlings happy in the process. And no, don't expect that his lectures will highlight how all the wheeling and dealing happens in smoke-filled back-rooms that our politicians are so famous for either. Besides, if that were to happen, heck, even the Feds would be paying the admission price.

And sure as I am sitting here, that would be the last thing he would ever want. I mean Richard M. Daley has been able to withstand any charges of public corruption over the years, while many in his administration have gotten busted. Thus, there is absolutely no reason for him to talk turkey at this point, is there?

But, it will be interesting to see what the expert lectures will be on. Perhaps it will be on the gun control issue which he has whined about over and over again. He could even offer up a follow-up demonstration of how to ram a bayonet-mounted rifle up the backside of any pesky reporters. Don't we all remember, that not-so-funny moment, when a Chicago Reader reporter had the gall to point out that the Chicago Gun Ban did not deter gangs from wreaking havoc during his time as mayor? Gee, I just hope those attending won't raise the ire. of the soon to be ex-mayor, by asking any silly questions like that. Hmm? That may sell more tickets.

In all seriousness, though. I would think a frank lecture on Chicago Clout, and its proper application, would be well worth an inflated ticket price. But, don't count on it. That is the absolute last thing you should expect to get. He will probably talk about how he favors doing business with the Chinese and their inferior products. It seems to me that his attitude has been, that so long as the Windy City got its fair share of tourism and he got those trips to the Far East, well, then who cares if the Chinese steal U.S. trade secrets, poison our children with cadmium or sell otherwise inferior products. Hey who cares?

Naturally, Daley has been correct, though, when he says that we live in a world of Global Trade and that we must accept it. However, I am one of those that believe that we should expect, and get, a level playing field with our so-called trade partners. And that is something China has not offered us, or the rest of the world, when it comes to their trade policies. It is easy to understand why they buy our debt, isn't it?

At least Richard Daley will now have the extra time to read up on exactly what ethical trade practices are, and hopefully he will advocate for their implementation. But, I guess we will all just have to wait and see on what his speaking topics will be. He could, after all, surprise us. Somehow, though, I don't think that is what will be on his agenda. Remember, Daley has spent a considerable amount of time honing his whining.

And whiners will remain whiners, and boy has Daley perfected that art.

Because he is the biggest whiner of all.

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  • I was surprised he found Wheaton. It is in the dreaded suburbs, after all. He probably had to take the dreaded Metra or Ronald Regan Tollway.

    At least, unlike Stantis, you didn't take him out of context. Also, in the context of the O'Hare maglev, he's shown that he loves the Chinese.

    On the other hand, unlike most of the you know whats in the city council, he realizes that there is no point in sending all the retailers' occupational tax money collected by Walmart to the suburbs.

    As far as about what he'll speak, I don't know either, but (as I implied about talk shows) I don't get why people pay for celebrity and politician speaking tours and books. For instance, Bill and Hillary were supposedly impoverished in 2001, but got rich off the latter, but I don't recall anyone saying that Bill was speaking about the Hinkleman (as Roe and Garry then put it).

  • In reply to jack:

    I am surprised too. As for Wal-Mart, I never understood the objection to jobs and easing the "food deserts" dilemma. Certainly the wages argument could have come later and evolved.

    Bill & Hillary? They have been free-loading carpet-baggers ever since Arkansas - but here is what concerns me the most. The Bill Clinton Foundation and its ties to rogue Russian nations. Clinton gets an awful lot of "donations" and his wife being Secretary of State helps curry favor to those nations. Nations known to deal in arms and in effect use them against our troops. I believe that crosses a line, but no one will touch the connections in the US Media. Why? Now that is some real "cottage cheese."

  • In reply to maciric:

    On the Walmart one, that is fairly easy. The unions wanted the city to do their organizing work for them. Not much different than Fioretti trying to hold up permits for the Congress Hotel because of a labor dispute, except that the courts held that that was an unconstitutional interference with federal labor policy. I guess that, while Walmart said that it would not negotiate with a union that was not recognized, it apparently promised enough on a living wage to get the city council to back off (or, as Daley implied, the city council finally figured that it needed the tax revenue rather than the "cause").

    I don't know about what the Foundation is doing, but as for the press, Clinton is a deity, except when it comes to deviate sexual conduct. In various cases, including involving Letterman and Spitzer, that's all the media care about.

  • In reply to jack:

    Of course, the unions do have a tendency to have their "politicians" do their bidding. It was a shame it took so long to approve the building of Wal-Mart and the revenue / jobs it brings. Sometimes the unions act like knuckleheads.

    As for Clinton, here are two links you can check out from 2008:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/31/us/politics/31donor.html

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=98451781

  • In reply to maciric:

    The NPR link refreshes my recollection. Of course, I'm surprised it's NPR.

    The questions, of course, are whether this is real foundation in the sense of only doing charitable work, and what charitable work it is doing. The implication in the NPR story was that this was like Illinois, i.e. Blackwater trying to buy a contract, and the the ability to cash out, but that would seem to have big tax ramifications. At least the Foundation has a website. Maybe I will look at it later today.

    On the other hand, the speaking fees, which was may original subject, go straight into Bill's pocket.

  • In reply to jack:

    NPR from time to time does do good work, right? Clinton is profiting mightily and if you go digging into the WikiLeaks material on the UK Guardian Site, there are plenty of references to Uzbekistan, Khazakstan, etc..and Clinton benefiting from their generosity. If it is charitable, I can only assume it falls under the "Charity Begins At Home" axiom.

    I agree that the speaking fees go straight into BC's pocket, but there is far more going on too. I find the rapid accumulation of wealth after leaving the White House very interesting and that is something worth thinking about?

  • In reply to jack:

    This stumble bump piece of dog s#*t!We wouldn't be whining if people hadn't been taken advantage of every turn of the crooked contact page. He's walking around with a real crowd of political chiselers here too. As for china ,I think he's looking for a place that has no extradition treaty with the U S.Just say so long ,dick....

  • In reply to waterbill:

    Now that is funny - and oh so true too.

  • In reply to waterbill:

    He could even offer up a follow-up demonstration of how to ram a bayonet-mounted rifle up the backside of any pesky reporters.

    Read more: http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-political-commentary/2011/03/the-biggest-whiner-of-all-calls-usa-a-country-of-whiners.html#ixzz1GE3tF6JD

  • In reply to waterbill:

    I will have a hard time deleting that image from my memory. Lol!

  • In reply to LolaPowers:

    Love the screen name Lola, I don't think we will ever get that image out of our minds.

  • In reply to waterbill:

    Loved the article;can't wait for those much anticipated Daley lectures. Could they be the art of keeping everyone happy while getting away with corruption?

  • In reply to LolaPowers:

    Now that would be interesting for all of us political neophytes

  • In reply to maciric:

    What Daley calls whining is what in Italy is a public sport. Spend some time in Italy and you'll find that every Italian carries a Rolladex of gripes in his head, heavily oriented to what the government does or doesn't do and doesn't do right. He has a gripe for every occasion. Italian politicians aren't in a snit about this. It's just life.

  • In reply to jimbreeling:

    The Italians have made it into an art form for sure. Yes, it is life.

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