Where did they find this retired cop?
Rahm Emanuel is running for re-election by claiming success in the financial management of our City.
Rahm’s latest attack ad has the tag line: We Can’t Afford Garcia.
It features a retired Chicago cop discussing his concerns about Chuy.
And praising Rahm.
Milton Dixon is shown seated at his kitchen table with his hand on a coffee mug and a newspaper in front of him.
“It makes it a lot harder when you see politicians like Chuy Garcia. He’s been too quick to raise taxes: property taxes, parking taxes,” Dixon is quoted as saying.
“He makes all of these big promises costing us billions of dollars. Which means more property taxes or devastating cuts to city services — like police.”
Through my fight for pension rights I have come to know a lot of retired Chicago cops and other retired public employees. Ask them what they can’t afford and the first thing that comes to their mind is not Chuy Garcia as mayor.
I’m thinking that this is just something thought up by Rahm’s campaign handlers. The ones who thought up the fuzzy sweater and the I-know-I-rub-people-the-wrong-way slogan.
That idea was a stinker.
The other alternative is that Rahm suffers from a psychological disorder. A total lack of self-awareness.
I once had a superintendent who had that problem.
I was union president at the time. She was just terrible to work with. She lacked affect. Her first answer to all issues was no. In 2003 she hid in the back room while we tried to bargain a contract which led to a week-long strike, the first strike in our district in 25 years.
Almost Nixonian, she was convinced the strike was personal, rather than about the sky-rocketing cost of health insurance for our members.
She was just a born bureaucrat. With no sense of self-awareness.
My final term as union president ended as she retired. As we walked out of our final meeting together she turned to me and said, “You know, Fred. I think we’ve made a pretty good team.”
The look on my face must have surprised her.
“Really? And what on earth would lead you to think that?”
Just no self-awareness.
So Rahm releases an attack ad claiming Chuy can’t manage finances on the same day the Sun-Times features a story headlined: CPS Facing $200 Million+ Penalties as Bond Ratings Plunge.
Like the school board, the city of Chicago also entered into risky swap deals with termination clauses based on its credit rating, and the city’s fiscal woes had left it facing potentially huge termination payments.
If Milton Dixon is a real retired cop and not an actor then he is the rare public employee retiree who thinks Rahm’s economic practices have helped anyone but the wealthy of this city.
Even these bond ratings help the banksters and screw retirees.
Retired officer Dixon is confused.
Rahm is either a liar or suffering from a case of self-delusion that would make my former superintendent seem wholly grounded in reality.
My guess is he is a liar.