Thursday, January 15, 2009

Pay to Play Gets Deeper

But you'll never see the main stream media cover it. It'd ruin their fantasy world:
  • She hasn’t shown up for work very regularly over the last year or so, so when Michelle Obama’s $300,000 job was cut at the University of Chicago Hospitals, it may have been hard to notice the difference. Crain’s skipped the part about the incoming First Lady, must have been an oversight in their expert analysis of Chicago Business, because we know Crain’s is “Not show business. All business”.

    The Tribune announced the layoff without much analysis, but let the cat far enough out of the bag to prompt our Don Rose to question how important Michelle Obama’s job must have been, as it was so easily eliminated. The New Republic gnashes their dentures at the how a community can be served without Michelle Obama, despite the void of actual labor she has performed while being on the campaign trail. The comments are much more informative than the article in TNR.

This is how "pay-to-play" works in Illinois. Create some do-nothing board job that can be eliminated at the drop of a hat for a politicians wife, child, niece, etc, especially when that politician is in the position of being able to direct "earmark" money to your hospital, university, whatever.

And hey, another brilliant move by the Transition Team nominating a Treasury Secretary who "forgot" to make tax payments. It's almost like there's some "culture of corruption" running rampant.

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62 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

does it surprise anyone, really?....I mean, the Illinois Dems (Chicago, Cook County, Blago, etc.) have been playing the game/wheeling and dealing/stealing for years and years; local media/critics are non-existent, the national media are in love with Obama and the liberal pols, so they won't criticize or investigate "their own"....the beat goes on, and the sheep voters don't even notice...

1/15/2009 12:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone please explain to me how the city gets away with not giving us overtime this period until our days off in the districts that have 9/10 hour days now. I worked more hours than I work in a regular week and got no OT for it. At first I was told I was putting a slip in for an extra hour a day OT and then suddenly the day before the new period, the city says that the time will all work itself out at the end of the year???? Show me how this is possible.

1/15/2009 12:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Traveler said...

But come on guys, he forgot numerous times about his taxes, not ""many times" it's an honest mistake, a common mistake. He is the "only" person who understands the bailout. We need him and he alone. Blah blah blah, driveby media bullshit. He KNEW he wasn't paying taxes and he's NOT the only person who understands the stupid bailout that we are going to be paying for for generations with no benefit.

1/15/2009 01:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't Mz Obama guna git paaaaaid to be 1st Lady??

1/15/2009 01:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I BELIEVE THE TERM THE TRANSITION TEAM USED WAS "UNDERPAY".....ANOTHER WAY OF SAYING HE DIDNT PAY HIS TAXES.

1/15/2009 02:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

man..its tough to find a pol with ''clean hands'' nowaday!

1/15/2009 05:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And don't forget that Susan Sher, Michelle's "boss" is now going to Washington to serve in a cabinet position.

The rich get richer.

1/15/2009 06:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone else find ROBIN WILLIAMS; NOT FUNNY?????

1/15/2009 07:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't even know this Seiser dude but I just saw him riding a bicycle with no wheels!!!

1/15/2009 07:31:00 AM  
Blogger OldSchoolCPD said...

The degree of nepotism in the state/county and city governments is out of control. From Blago and the Mells to Madigan. How about Emil Jones, Stroger, The Royal Daley’s, and The Burkes. These guys are so hooked into the system they throw it in our faces and we take it! Now we can bring Illinois dirty politics to washington and take that operation to a new low.Move over Bush and Clinton- you ain't seen nothing yet.
And why not we keep voting them back in or not voting at all.

You Reap what You Sow

1/15/2009 07:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yet we get gigged for a 31 minute lunch and the city needs to know where we are for 8 1/2 hrs a day.What a joke!

1/15/2009 07:49:00 AM  
Anonymous HATER said...

ITZ HARD TO BELIEV J-FED AND MISZ OBAMA MAKE THE SAME AMOUNT OF CASH!

GO FIGURE U DONT NEED EXPERIENCE FOR EITHER JOB AMD YOUR LACKEYS DO ALL YOUR WORK...

IM GOING TO PUMP SOM IRON NOW?

1/15/2009 07:54:00 AM  
Anonymous gfy said...

culture of corruption?????
he's an asshole but he paid back taxes plus intrest. make no mistake though, he is a very well respected appointment. his resume is perfect for the job.

1/15/2009 08:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You missed the other half of the story -- Michelle's old boss, Susan Sher, now goes to Washington working for Mrs. O. see link:

http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2009/01/u_of_chicago_hospital_chief_su.html

It's "[Pocket] Change We Can Believe In"

1/15/2009 08:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought "fitz" was everyones hero? I guess after reading Osbornes pay to play letter fitz is just part of the machine hahahaha told ya so!!!

1/15/2009 08:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worked more hours than I work in a regular week and got no OT for it.
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As I understand it, the work week hasn't changed. It's still Sunday thru Sat. Yes, you work 5 days a week with this new schedule (at least 3 out of six weeks )but not all in the same week. SO you put in 4 days in one week and that last day, the 5th day, is the beginning of the new work week. Sorry, no cause for O.T.

1/15/2009 08:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And don't forget that Susan Sher, Michelle's "boss" is now going to Washington to serve in a cabinet position.

The rich get richer.

1/15/2009 06:20:00 AM

Are you kidding?? The former do-nothing Corporation Counsel? This shit never ends...

1/15/2009 09:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zoe Baird gets villified and almost charged criminally for doing the same thing Barry's nominee is going to get a pass for.

Talk about a double standard...Barry's Presidency is going to be a major train wreck.

Is anybody else sick about the Obama posters, DVDs, downloads, etc in the Trib and the Times? The guy hasn't done one thing yet except promise the world to everyone and he is backing away from those promises too.

1/15/2009 09:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The twilight of the end of the U.S. is coming upon us. Just like the fall of Rome, this too shall pass.

1/15/2009 09:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the Chicago Observer:
"The Washington Post smells a rat, with a critical article of a lawyer from U of C hospitals, who worked with Michelle Obama in implementing a rationalization of emergency healthcare delivery. The lawyer, Susan Sher, had the nerve to co-operate with President Bush and the Federal Government’s initiatives to deliver emergency care in the emergency room, and everyday care in health clinics..."

Susan Sher, hmm, Didn't she work for Daley at one time? Oh yes, Corporation Counsel. Interesting.

1/15/2009 09:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Can someone please explain to me how the city gets away with not giving us overtime this period until our days off in the districts that have 9/10 hour days now. I worked more hours than I work in a regular week and got no OT for it. At first I was told I was putting a slip in for an extra hour a day OT and then suddenly the day before the new period, the city says that the time will all work itself out at the end of the year???? Show me how this is possible.

1/15/2009 12:36:00 AM


The work day and work week in that district is now different than before, hence the change before going on overtime. You now have MORE days off than before, is that not so?

It is the same amount of hours per year, roughly 2080.

1/15/2009 09:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish I could tell you how it pains me to see you include a link to Don Rose on your blog. Most of you are probably too young to remember that Rose, an ex heroin addict made most of his fame as a political advisor to the "always" late Harold Washington.

1/15/2009 10:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First poster coined a phrase that can be the start to a great game:
-Please finish the following sentence-
"Wheeling, dealing, and stealing..."

Blago: over a senate seat.
Burris: more material for my Taj Mahal mausoleum.
Toddler: payroll spots for my peoples.
Daley: every city asset, including the ones bolted down.
Obama: to be the leader of the free world.

These examples are just what immediately comes to mind. I'm not as clever as most posters but you get the idea.

1/15/2009 10:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For 12:36's sake, look at the big picture by pay period. In the pay period you should average 40 hrs p/week. Individual days won't matter. Now enjoy all those extra days you don't even have to go in to work and STFU!

1/15/2009 10:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If she is indeed laid off isn't she eligible for unemployment compensation for 26 weeks?

With all the Clinton rethreads it shouldnt be long before we start hearing how its all suppose to work for them and the peons will continue paying.

1/15/2009 11:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daley's wife has the same scam going. Big $, little or no work. Nice deal if you csn get it. they must have done a "nation wide search" to find her.

1/15/2009 11:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People talk like all this shit is surprising it is the same all over. Everybody has their hand out, and as far as not paying taxes goes I am quite sure plenty of us have had side jobs were we did not declare the money.
I love the way we only want the rules to apply to a certain demographic, but when they are applied to us we try to make it seem like a "Witch Hunt."
The only thing that we should be concerned about right now is how we are going to embarrass Daley on April 1, when the Olympic Committee is here.
The little prick is drunk with power and needs to be sobered up fuck all the other bull shit. We want a fair contract and we want it right now. JOB ACTION

1/15/2009 11:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So let me get this straight...Obama's pick for Treasury didn't pay his taxes. His pick for Education was head of one of the worst school systems in the country where only 17% of graduating 8th graders are reading at or above the 8th grade level. Obama's pick for Commerce Secretary (Bill Richardson) had to back out of the running after being under investigation in his home state of New Mexico. His pick for head of the CIA has no intelligence, military, or law enforcement background. Those are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head. I could go on and on...this country is in for a very rough four years.

1/15/2009 12:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Failure of Federal Authorities to Enforce the Laws of our Country in Full has now led to the total destruction of the United States, the greatest Country on Earth. Now well on its way to being just another Banana Republic, run by a Cabal of Thiefs, Crook County-Shitcago Style.

1/15/2009 12:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are not allowed to say anything negative, even if true with facts, about the obamas that is racist..fucking libs

1/15/2009 12:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh great, our new SENATOR from the "GREAT STATE OF ILLINOIS" sounds like GEORGE JEFFERSON doing a WINNIE THE POOH impersonation,we are a really weird state.

1/15/2009 01:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THIS WORKING NO CLOUIT P.O. FROM EDISON PARK SAYS: I TRULY BELEIVE BY JUL09 WE WILL ALL BE WISHING MCCAIN AND PALIN HAD BEEN ELECTED.

1/15/2009 01:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The messiah is such a great man. I love how his sweet letter to his daughters is published for everyone to see. He's so sensitive......egomaniac bullshitter. I wonder if he wrote it, Axelrod wrote it or did the guy who ghost wrote his books pen the letter?

1/15/2009 01:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what that Mrs obama is taking her former boss to the white house. The police dept does this all the time thats what merit promotions are somebodys friend,family member,wife, girl friend whatever its all the same. please.....LETS GET REAL!

1/15/2009 02:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just pay your taxes Copper (or teacher, nurse, shopkeeper,etc...), shut the fuck up, and be glad you have a job!

Jail is for cops, not incoming Treasury Secretaries and First Ladies.

All this after Republican Paulson stole $700 billion for his buddies too.

We're fucked. Americans' soft materialism and love of easy money has made them continually elect kleptomaniacs from both parties.

1/15/2009 03:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The political class makes me sick ... I though the Messiah was above all this?

1/15/2009 04:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pay-to-Play, Shitcago Style, is now Nationwide, thanks to the lack of Federal Law Enforcement doing its Job. This and illegal Immigration - look the other way tactics by the Feds has crippled our country, probably permenantly. Soon the law-abiding will also start to disregard our Laws, as they now have seen the Double-Standard. The Law-Abiding wil also disregard our las as they are sick and tired of paying for deadbeats to get everything handed to them free, compliments of the taxpayers dollars. Anarchy will soon be on its way. Liberals will soon be doomed.

1/15/2009 04:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll take her old job. I think I can manage to do nothing, be nowhere, say even less and rake in a check each month. I'm the perfect candidate. Where do I sign up?

1/15/2009 04:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does Patti Blago collect for sitting on boards of hospitals and other "charities"?

Do they mention these on their "ethics statements"?

1/15/2009 04:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish I could tell you how it pains me to see you include a link to Don Rose on your blog. Most of you are probably too young to remember that Rose, an ex heroin addict made most of his fame as a political advisor to the "always" late Harold Washington.

1/15/2009 10:10:00 AM

Heroin? So that explains his rotten teeth. I always wondered about him.

1/15/2009 06:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just saw JFED walking his cats,and they had coats

1/15/2009 06:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I could go on and on...this country is in for a very rough four years.

1/15/2009 12:17:00 PM

OK! Please do!

1/15/2009 07:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, that Administrative Manager, A. C-H. that works (I use the termn loosely) at the Academy has probably shown up for work less days than Michelle Obama.
Perhaps some crack media person or some crack IAD investigator or some crack Inspector General investigator wants to look into what time she shows up, what time she leaves and the number of days she is actually at work.
I bet less than 20 hours a week, yet she will tell you she has approval to work from home!

1/15/2009 08:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe our "crack" media could look into the role between Michelle Obama, Valerie Jarrett and Richard M. Daley.

1/15/2009 08:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So let me get this straight...Obama's pick for Treasury didn't pay his taxes. His pick for Education was head of one of the worst school systems in the country where only 17% of graduating 8th graders are reading at or above the 8th grade level. Obama's pick for Commerce Secretary (Bill Richardson) had to back out of the running after being under investigation in his home state of New Mexico. His pick for head of the CIA has no intelligence, military, or law enforcement background. Those are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head. I could go on and on...this country is in for a very rough four years.
1/15/2009 12:17:00 PM
@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@
Hell, Obamas pick for Education Secretary does not even have a Masters degree ( in anything)
You would expect that someone of that level would have gone back to school to get a Masters, let alone a PHD!

1/15/2009 08:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I'll take her old job. I think I can manage to do nothing, be nowhere, say even less and rake in a check each month. I'm the perfect candidate. Where do I sign up?

1/15/2009 04:49:00 PM

Appearantly you are alredy fulfilling your meager potential!

1/15/2009 08:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Well, that Administrative Manager, A. C-H. that works (I use the termn loosely) at the Academy has probably shown up for work less days than Michelle Obama.
Perhaps some crack media person or some crack IAD investigator or some crack Inspector General investigator wants to look into what time she shows up, what time she leaves and the number of days she is actually at work.
I bet less than 20 hours a week, yet she will tell you she has approval to work from home!

1/15/2009 08:17:00 PM

She works hard from home. The privileged one with connections. Clout rules.

1/15/2009 09:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
People talk like all this shit is surprising it is the same all over. Everybody has their hand out, and as far as not paying taxes goes I am quite sure plenty of us have had side jobs were we did not declare the money.
I love the way we only want the rules to apply to a certain demographic, but when they are applied to us we try to make it seem like a "Witch Hunt."
The only thing that we should be concerned about right now is how we are going to embarrass Daley on April 1, when the Olympic Committee is here.
The little prick is drunk with power and needs to be sobered up fuck all the other bull shit. We want a fair contract and we want it right now. JOB ACTION

1/15/2009 11:58:00 AM

You go girl!

1/16/2009 01:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I wish I could tell you how it pains me to see you include a link to Don Rose on your blog. Most of you are probably too young to remember that Rose, an ex heroin addict made most of his fame as a political advisor to the "always" late Harold Washington.

1/15/2009 10:10:00 AM

Heroin? So that explains his rotten teeth. I always wondered about him.

1/15/2009 06:25:00 PM


Meth rots teeth, not heroin. Teeth rot because of poor care, meth causes chemical changes in the mouth and really hastens the gum disease/decay process.

I saw a cable show on Learning Channel, a dentist in Tennessee who works for the state a couple of days a month. He does nothing but drive to prisons and yank teeth. All day, yanks teeth of meth addicts.

Heroin junkies usually have screwed up GI tracts due to constant constipation. Ever heard "tighter than a junky's asshole?" Opiates bind you up better than peanuts.

Meth is speed and Speed Kills.

Do a google search on meth mouth and get grossed out.

1/16/2009 10:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You forgot Michelle and ehr husband are highly eudcated, overachievers adn that accounts for the hugh salary. work hard like them and get paid like them. You should work thirty years, getting high grades, working for student organizations-one student said joining student organizations made him have to go to college for an extra semester but it was worth the experience he learned and then get a job that can only last two years and every mistake is viewed by the enitre WORLD and you will age thirty years after four years on the job. give the obamas a break and admit they are smart and deserve everything they have, they worked hard for it.

1/16/2009 01:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

eliminating the position means a statement of "the job was eliminated because of the economy" which really means "we're going to divide the work up and give it to two other employes already being overworked and blame it on the ecocnomy and out the money in our pockets.

1/16/2009 02:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barack Husse(in) O'Bama is corrupt too just like all the others. He's going to raise taxes, instead of well fare reform (stop waisting our tax $$$$) He's full of HOT AIR.
Pay 2 play is now a nation wide thang. We know that the V.P. will be really running this country because he has more experience.

1/16/2009 05:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meth rots teeth, not heroin. Teeth rot because of poor care, meth causes chemical changes in the mouth and really hastens the gum disease/decay process.

1/16/2009 10:06:00 AM

And tell me Mr. Discovery channel do you think heroin junkies have regular dental check-ups?

1/16/2009 08:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Pig-a-licious said...

You forgot Michelle and her husband are highly educated, overachievers and that accounts for the huge salary. work hard like them and get paid like them. You should work thirty years, getting high grades, working for student organizations-one student said joining student organizations made him have to go to college for an extra semester but it was worth the experience he learned and then get a job that can only last two years and every mistake is viewed by the entire WORLD and you will age thirty years after four years on the job. give the obamas a break and admit they are smart and deserve everything they have, they worked hard for it.

1/16/2009 01:58:00 PM

Michelle, stay off this blog!...and for a well educated individual, you had four spelling errors!!...LOL What a putz! (Don't worry, I corrected them)

In addition, we don't know what kind of student his holiness was. I am gonna guess he was an affirmative action student at Columbia and Harvard. Why else wouldn't you want to release your records...If he had an excellent academic record, you can bet he would be waving it in front of everybody's face. The only reason to seal your records is because you are ashamed or embarrassed by your performance. And now, he is our first affirmative action President. Elected because of his race. Nothing more, nothing less. If it wasn't for affirmative action, he would be on Wilcox and Keeler, workin the tip.

1/16/2009 09:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A quick mention on Fox sometime back about Nancy Pelosi’s son going from Starbucks to a $400k plus a year job with a big lobbying firm in DC. I guess they think nobody is watching or listening, but it’s the new wave of corruption in politics, money laundering via family members do nothing jobs, real-estate deals with big profits. Eventually folks may start to see the pattern, then again I could be wrong.

1/16/2009 10:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

""always" late Harold Washington."

I'll take always late who allowed people to run their own departments over the current micro-manager Outfit controlled Stalinist ControlFreak.

1/17/2009 12:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
THIS WORKING NO CLOUIT P.O. FROM EDISON PARK SAYS: I TRULY BELEIVE BY JUL09 WE WILL ALL BE WISHING MCCAIN AND PALIN HAD BEEN ELECTED.

1/15/2009 01:28:00 PM

I'm wishing that McCain/Palin had been elected already. No need to wait until July.

1/17/2009 07:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Can someone please explain to me how the city gets away with not giving us overtime this period until our days off in the districts that have 9/10 hour days now. I worked more hours than I work in a regular week and got no OT for it. At first I was told I was putting a slip in for an extra hour a day OT and then suddenly the day before the new period, the city says that the time will all work itself out at the end of the year???? Show me how this is possible.

1/15/2009 12:36:00 AM


Read the Department Notice describing the new alternate work schedules. Overtime is paid after the hours of a regularly scheduled work DAY, not work WEEK. 8.5 hour day plus half hour lunch, OT begins after 9 hours etc. 10 hour day is similar.

How come people are smart enough to get on this job and then so many get dumb as time goes by? Why is that?

1/17/2009 08:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:58PM

Talk about a run on sentence...PHEW!

1/18/2009 12:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"How come people are smart enough to get on this job and then so many get dumb as time goes by? Why is that?

1/17/2009 08:55:00 PM"


Since your assumption is false, it results in your conclusion also being false.

1/18/2009 03:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What you left out is that Michelle Obama RESIGNED long before going on the campaign trail. The position was empty once she left. Get the facts first.

1/19/2009 02:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Ur a Fuckin Idiot said...

What you left out is that Michelle Obama RESIGNED long before going on the campaign trail. The position was empty once she left. Get the facts first.

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But why would she resign? She wasn't running for president. Cindy McCain didn't resign. Bill Clinton didn't resign. She's helping bring quality medical care to the poor, unwashed, under privileged and under served minority community.

Oh wait, she's resigning from a $300,000 job that didn't even exist prior to BO becoming a US Senator on a committee that sent how many millions of dollars to the U of Chicago?

Your willful blindness and the media failure to even cover basic background investigations is nothing short of amazing. Thank god we found out Joe the Plumber may have owed back taxes 8 years ago, yet Michelle stealing how many hundreds of dollars on a "pay-to-play" no-show no-work job isn't even a issue.

1/19/2009 07:00:00 AM  

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