Even the Chicago Sun-Times, which was recently bought by close pals of the Mayor, have pointed out the obvious.
Chicago teachers have taken Rahm to school.
For a political chess player who never makes a move without thinking three moves ahead, Mayor Rahm Emanuel looks more like a high school clubber than a grand master when it comes to the teachers contract.
One year into his
first term as mayor, the guy who came swaggering into town with a reputation as a tough foul-mouthed street fighter has been shown to be the suburban whiny rich kid that he really always was.
It is proper that the ones who have brought him down to earth are Chicago’s teachers, led by their truly tough-as-nails president, Karen Lewis.
“I want a longer school day,” demanded the Mayor.
“What are you going to do with it?,” asked parents and teachers.
“I don’t know,” said the Mayor. “But more is better, right?”
Of course, there was no research to support his theory.
“We have the shortest school day in the country,” said the Mayor.
“We do not have the shortest day, yet he keeps saying it, and he keeps repeating it. We have the data to show it’s not true — especially not in high school,” (Karen Lewis) said.
“You say the same thing over and over again. That’s what politicians do. They sing one note and sing it over and over again. The good news is the educators are at the table — not the politicians.”
“How are you going to pay for it?” parents and teachers asked.
“I’m not going to pay for it,” said the Mayor.
When the arbitrator he agreed upon came back and said that he did have to pay for it, the Mayor claimed the rest of the world was not “tethered to reality.”
Yes, Rahm. Everybody is crazy, except you.
After seemingly pinning all his hopes on the arbitrator’s report, Emanuel all but dismissed it and said the stalemate would be resolved at the bargaining table, paving the way for an on time opening of Chicago public schools.
The mayor would not say how he plans to compensate teachers for the extra work he wants them to perform. He has already signed off on a budget that authorized a 2 percent pay raise for teachers and drains every last penny of school reserves to pay for it.
Rahm, who so behaved like a rich-kid bully when he was Chief of Staff in the Obama White House that reports emerged that Michelle Obama wanted him out, has found that things are no better for him in Chicago.
Polls show him with less than 20% support in his battle with the teachers.
Those who can’t, become Mayor.