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Decline In Obama's Chicago Clue To His Second Term
IBD Editorials ^ | June 26, 2012

Posted on 06/26/2012 6:52:25 AM PDT by raptor22

Urban Decay: Another weekend of violence in the president's hometown, now run by his former chief of staff. If you want to see the fruits of a presidential second term, look at the decline of his city.

President Obama and Rahm Emanuel, current mayor and former White House chief of staff, brought the "Chicago Way" to Washington in more ways than one. Not only did they bring a style of bare-knuckled backroom politics of intimidation and cronyism, they brought a statist philosophy of government knows best that has left America's Second City a second-rate city with nowhere to go but down.

Last weekend was all too typical in Chicago these days, with four dead and 29 wounded throughout a city that's been home to one of the nation's toughest gun laws. Chicago has become the murder capital of America with a 50% increase in violence for the past year.

Obama recently paid his hometown, where he maintains a residence, a visit. As Wayne Allyn Root, writing on FoxNews.com, noted, 35 were injured and seven killed in gun battles with the president home that weekend. Included in that violent mess was a 16-year-old girl. Three of the murder victims were killed in one hour on Sunday morning. It was the third weekend in a row with gunshot murders and injuries in the double digits.

The Windy City briefly shone during the recent NATO summit, held in a cordoned-off high-security enclave on the city's postcard Lakefront . The local Fraternal Order of Police took the occasion to erect billboards around town reminding people that for a decade the city has been 1,000 police officers short of complying with the legal minimum for police protection.

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Decline is the "Chicago Way"
1 posted on 06/26/2012 6:52:37 AM PDT by raptor22
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To: raptor22
The local Fraternal Order of Police took the occasion to erect billboards around town reminding people that for a decade the city has been 1,000 police officers short of complying with the legal minimum for police protection.

There's an easy way to fix that you know. Raise the retirement age, end overtime, and cut pension benefits for police officers. Let's see what the FOP has to say about that.

2 posted on 06/26/2012 6:56:46 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party: advancing indenture since 1787.)
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To: raptor22
The local Fraternal Order of Police took the occasion to erect billboards around town reminding people that for a decade the city has been 1,000 police officers short of complying with the legal minimum for police protection.

There's an easy way to fix that you know. Raise the retirement age, end overtime, and cut pension benefits for police officers. Let's see what the FOP has to say about that.

3 posted on 06/26/2012 6:57:06 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party: advancing indenture since 1787.)
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To: raptor22
The local Fraternal Order of Police took the occasion to erect billboards around town reminding people that for a decade the city has been 1,000 police officers short of complying with the legal minimum for police protection.

Oh and while they're at it, they can get rid of that "legal minimum" too. Then there are union work rules. Have you ever seen how many cops are involved in a simple traffic stop these days, or are hanging around court rooms? Sheesh.

4 posted on 06/26/2012 6:59:13 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party: advancing indenture since 1787.)
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To: raptor22
The GOP's chances aren't that great, either.
5 posted on 06/26/2012 7:00:08 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die!)
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To: Yosemitest
i see the stained blue dress on pResident O'Bozo is about right;
yellow establishment for GOP/E is correct, too.

6 posted on 06/26/2012 7:13:19 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; different flie$". :^)
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To: raptor22

Chicago is on pace to match NYC for homicides this year - but NYC now has three times the population of Chicago.


7 posted on 06/26/2012 7:19:42 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: raptor22

With a little over four months to go! “ONE AND DONE!”


8 posted on 06/26/2012 7:20:41 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: raptor22

Forget Chicago... the feral former city of Detroit is the endgame of Obama’s America.


9 posted on 06/26/2012 7:26:10 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: raptor22

Add Pelosi and her Kookafornia antics and is it any wonder we had an epic disaster on a Federal level....?


10 posted on 06/26/2012 7:26:18 AM PDT by Republic Rocker
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To: raptor22

Chicago is chasing Detroit.

Hey Rahmbo, having fun yet?


11 posted on 06/26/2012 7:27:22 AM PDT by upchuck (FACEBOOK... Share pointless stuff with friends you don't know. Beg for intrusion into your life.)
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To: raptor22
Chicago needs another glacier in the way that California needs another earthquake (with no life loss or injuries of course).

There are areas of the country where disasters bring fleeting moments of financial relief as federal money comes flooding in and insurance companies create jobs as re-building is needed. And that's a shame.

Of course this is only true for the blue states and cities. You don't see the same effect when tornadoes and flooding devastate the Midwest. Private citizens and neighboring states have to donate personal time and treasure (and do so in glorious hoards) to support their neighbors, friends, family and fellow citizens.

12 posted on 06/26/2012 7:30:33 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 (The Click-&-Paste Media exists & works in Utopia, riding unicorns & sniffing pixy dust.)
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To: raptor22

But it is an “organized” decline, believe it or not. These shooters could easily take this violence to where the nice white libs live and pop a few caps into anyone who looks at them wrong, but they don’t. Those nice white libs are roughed up a little, and maybe one crazy slits the throat of a Wrigleyville dandy but for the most part the “Reverends” and the gang leaders keep the gun violence in their own hoods lest they risk a real crackdown.


13 posted on 06/26/2012 7:37:36 AM PDT by junta ("Peace is a racket", testimony from crime boss Barrack Hussein Obama.)
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To: raptor22
The problem for Chicago is "the Chicago way". . .but it is more than just the Chicago Way. . .its the liberal way. . .its the secular way. . the way of denying absolute truths. . the way of denying that a moral and ethical nation is pleasing to God, as is a nation that exalts the flesh, an abomination to God.

We reap what we sow. . .if Americans sit by and allow this, not just perpetrate it, but allow it . . . then it becomes the American way. . and that false American way is doomed to perish.

I pray to God that my fellow Freepers, Tea Party, Righteous Republicans, people of faith, people of conscience can be the few, just as Abraham searched for but could not find in Sodom and Gomorrah, who will stand before God and uphold the true "American Way". . .the way that Tocqueville observed when he commented "these Americans combine the notion of religion and liberty so intimately in their minds that it impossible to make them conceive of one without the other" . . .

14 posted on 06/26/2012 7:39:15 AM PDT by McBuff
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To: raptor22
I'll go out on a limb here. Blacks. Their inability to rise up out of the social mire they have wallowed in for the last 100 years. They dress comically, they can't speak english, they commit an inordinate amount of crime, they father vast numbers of illegitimate children, they prefer welfare to work, they are school dropouts, the ones that do get ahead do so because of affirmative action over whites, their national anthem is crappy rap, they like to steal and wear $300 sneakers, they wear so much gold they look Mr. T, they do drugs, they deal drugs, they pimp, they do stick-ups, muggings, break-ins, murders, gang rapes, their black 'leaders' are mutants, morons, and race pimps...I guess that's sufficient for now. I'm too tired to go on.

Uh, don't forget to call me a racist

15 posted on 06/26/2012 7:42:01 AM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: Nachum; markomalley; Clairity; Carlucci; grey_whiskers; meyer; WL-law; Para-Ord.45; ...

Chicago Way ping


16 posted on 06/26/2012 7:46:31 AM PDT by raptor22 (Join me on Twitter @gerfingerpoken)
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To: junta
Those nice white libs are roughed up a little, and maybe one crazy slits the throat of a Wrigleyville dandy but for the most part the “Reverends” and the gang leaders keep the gun violence in their own hoods lest they risk a real crackdown.

True, very true. . .however. . .once the money runs dry and there is no more support for section 8 housing, food stamps, welfare, medicaid, etc. . .they will find a way to get to Wrigleyville to get their stuff from the rich who "aren't giving their fair share."

It's not just the Reverends and gang leaders "keeping" them in the hood. . .it's the FEDERAL DOLLARS!!

17 posted on 06/26/2012 7:49:10 AM PDT by McBuff
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To: McBuff

Well put.


18 posted on 06/26/2012 7:49:55 AM PDT by Jack Black ( Whatever is left of American patriotism is now identical with counter-revolution.)
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To: McBuff

Well put.


19 posted on 06/26/2012 7:50:01 AM PDT by Jack Black ( Whatever is left of American patriotism is now identical with counter-revolution.)
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To: Biggirl
With a little over four months to go! “ONE AND DONE!”

Sounds like "THE ONE IS DONE!"

20 posted on 06/26/2012 7:50:15 AM PDT by melancholy (Professor Alinsky, Enslavement Specialist, Ph.D in L0w and H0lder)
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To: Doc Savage
Uh, don't forget to call me a racist

Coming right up!


21 posted on 06/26/2012 8:03:38 AM PDT by McBuff
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To: raptor22
..." four dead and 29 wounded throughout a city that's been home to one of the nation's toughest gun laws."

Nuf said.

22 posted on 06/26/2012 8:05:05 AM PDT by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: McBuff

Bump for Absolute Truth and reformation in our land!


23 posted on 06/26/2012 8:16:47 AM PDT by boxlunch
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To: Doc Savage
Where is Sharpton, Jackson, Cosby, Freeman, Angelou, Wright, Zero ? All the “Blacks” who are so concerned about what white men are doing to them. This is Black on Black. This can only be stopped by Blacks. The reason why they are not trying to stop it is because they are inferior in moral standards and altruism. They are all of the same low stand of Me First. They are a lost race unless redeemed by Jesus Christ.
24 posted on 06/26/2012 8:18:34 AM PDT by ladyL
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To: Doc Savage

No, I am going to call you a realist. It’s more accurate.


25 posted on 06/26/2012 8:18:41 AM PDT by MissEdie (America went to the polls on 11-4-08 and all we got was a socialist thug and a dottering old fool.)
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To: ladyL

Nonsense. While it is black on black it cam be stopped tomorrow if so desired. The liberals find it useful to subjegate the populace through the terror they allow to happen. Liberal enclaves that vote correctly will be protected. The rest of the people need to pay up.

Any group can be the tool. Whites, browns, unions, students. You issue isn’t with blacks as a race for they have been victimized by white liberals again. BTW portions of the white populace are catching up fast.


26 posted on 06/26/2012 8:31:51 AM PDT by FreedomNotSafety
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To: Doc Savage
What you write is true - in a general way. Obviously there are exceptions and sadly, many of those exceptions are maligned as "Uncle Toms" which is not only cruel and unfair but intimidates others who might otherwise rise up and make a real life for themselves.

What really gets me going though is the blind allegiance of most Blacks to the Democrat Party - which has done virtually nothing to help them and in fact, has done them great harm by institutionalizing welfare which results in low self-esteem, hopelessness, fosters criminal behavior among the youth, creates a victim mentality and greatly limits and even eliminates potential for many of them to rise up out of the ghettos that so many of them have been stuck in for generations.

What exactly has Obama's much ballyhooed "hope and change" done for these people? Absolutely nothing. And they owe him absolutely no loyalty this November. In fact, all the Obama administration has succeeded in doing was adding yet more Americans to the non-working welfare class. So instead of allowing people to rise above a bad situation, the Obama Administration has allowed more people to sink to a bad situation.

The only way out of this morass (and I agree it will be painful and cause a lot of street violence) will be to remove government "assistance" programs like welfare, food stamps, subsidized housing, etc."

This needs to be combined with improving public education - starting with expelling all students with discipline issues for a full year so that we can focus more on teaching and less on babysitting juvenile delinquents. When expelled students are re-admitted the following school year, expel them again if they act up. But I think you might be surprised how better behaved the majority of them will be upon their return.

Lower the tax burden (which will be easy to do if welfare is eliminated) and eliminate all the needless regulations and red tape currently required to open a small business. If this is done, watch entrepreneurship flourish in our currently crime-ridden communities.

Take the inner city police out of their cruisers and put them on foot. Have them be friendly with the law-abiding citizens and get them involved in keeping the streets safe - you will see crime start to dry up.

Raze the ugly eyesores that are subsidized housing (eliminate HUD completely as a federal agency). Encourage home ownership and eventually, the inner cities will be as safe as any tree-lined suburb. Nobody takes pride in living in a government dump which is why these public housing projects are such disasters.

I can go on and on. And no, it won't be easy. But in order to improve the situation, we need to change the culture, get the government out of our lives and allow our citizens to reach their fullest potential.

27 posted on 06/26/2012 8:36:18 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: FreedomNotSafety

BTW portions of the white populace are catching up fast...

I suspect that that part of your post is off the cuff.


28 posted on 06/26/2012 8:45:10 AM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: raptor22; All

You should look at the history of Chicago before jumping to a bunch of erroneous conclusions about life here. It has ALWAYS been known for its violence. The murder rate is actually 1/3 of what it was a couple of decades ago so there is no real epidemic of violence going on. It is being publicized now to gin up support for more taxes to hire more police.

Gangbangers have been shooting, stabbing and beating each other to death as long as there has been a city.

Politics here started in the saloons and the Democrat Machine was once entirely under the control of saloonkeepers, gamblers and brothel keepers. During the era of the “Levee” there were entire neighborhoods which were almost entirely brothels of every description sporting live sex shows and any kind of sex you could imagine and some you could not.

One of our most famed and distinguished citizens was the infamous “Mickey Finn” probably the most well-known name, other than perhaps Al Capone and maybe Michael Jordan, in Chicago history.

In spite of its sordid history, revolting politics and less than enchanting present it is still a great city and I have never regretted moving here almost fifty years ago. I would do it again in a heartbeat.


29 posted on 06/26/2012 10:28:03 AM PDT by arrogantsob (Obama must Go.)
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To: raptor22

and the teachers union for the Chicago school district were out marching in droves when Rahm refused their demand for a 30% increase in salary over two years. Rahm refused unless they put in 8 hour work days. They currently work 5.5 hour work days and have a 50% high school graduation rate.


30 posted on 06/26/2012 12:12:56 PM PDT by thirst4truth (www.Believer.com)
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To: upchuck

And Memphis and Little Rock are chasing them both.


31 posted on 06/26/2012 3:48:24 PM PDT by Terry Mross ( To all my kin: Do not attempt to contact me as long as you love obama.)
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