Voter apathy and the ruling class

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I wonder why these guys  don't vote;

Why so few yesterday at the polls?

Who complain of those steering the boat

When it loses its way in the shoals.

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  • They figure they don't have a voice
    if there isn't much choice.

    BTW, see if you can figure out anything from Berkowitz's ham and eggs comment. I tried.

  • In reply to jack:

    But when they feel they have no choice
    That's when Conservatives rejoice.

    I can't say. Maybe he thinks he might have to eat his words.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    If the cereal has whole oats, it would be better for him.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    On your first point, who were the conservatives in these contested races having this backing, as noted in the Sun-Times?

    It looks as though both sides were Democrats, but maybe Emanuel was the Tea Party candidate. But as some commenter pointed out on Berkowitz, strange that he had Obama's backing, especially since he was Obama's Chief of Staff.

    Of course, I don't know how it was in the municipality where you live.

  • I read Berkowitz's blog post several times and I honestly don't understand the confusion. To say a superior candidate would have beat Rahm is circular logic. Any candidate that fully ran under Karen Lewis's platform would have lost on merit because her platform is/was incoherent. Pension reform will happen. The question is will it happen before the tax base is driven out or after.

    Her plan to tax the CME would have driven the company out of the city the next day, the computer servers aren't even housed in the Chicago. Her tax plan would put almost every trader out of business immediately. In short, it would lead to less revenue.

    Also, it didn't sound like he was rejoicing. Maybe you guys have a history here I'm unaware of that would put this in a better perspective.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    Probably would have to ask him himself on his blog. Usually all he seems to want to do is promote his cable TV show, including that somehow viewers on suburban systems have any interest or say in the 43rd Ward.

    However. it turns out that he was promoting cable TV programs on races that turned out competitive, so I'll give him that.

    The ambiguity I raised was whether the lack of ham and eggs was Garcia himself vs. Emanuel, or nobody but Garcia in Lewis's cupboard.

  • In reply to jack:

    I took it as there were no ham and eggs (something really good) to choose from so he's eating Rahm cereal because at least it's edible.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    Also, if I am ambiguous above, I have always acknowledged that a mayor candidate from CTU would have a conflict of interest, but the only issue I have been raising is voter choice. Especially given how I predict the Illinois Supreme Court will rule on the pension issue, and that Emanuel would need legislative approval for a casino and expanding the sales tax base, I don't think he has a solution, either, to the problems you mention. There may be some cathartic benefit to letting the voters decide to send the city into a Detroit bankruptcy.

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