Monday, May 13, 2013

The "Jobs" Mayor

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel has rolled out a stream of what he's billed as pro-business initiatives and stood with dozens of corporations making jobs announcements during his first two years in office, but a clear majority of voters in a new Tribune/WGN-TV poll don't think he's done enough to revitalize the city's economy.

    Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed gave a thumbs-down to the mayor's economic development efforts, compared to 28 percent who said they were satisfied.

    Those findings may reflect the continued high jobless rate in Chicago, where U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics show unemployment was 10.4 percent in March. That's the same level as March 2011, though it's also a full percentage point less than the 11.4 percent rate when Emanuel took office in May 2011.
Granted, Rahm can't hire each and every applicant for existing (and non existing) jobs - he has to save a lot of those jobs for politically connected crooks, businesses and the children of those who give him campaign contributions.

What he could do, but isn't, is help create a "job friendly" environment so that businesses want to move to Chicago. In this,he seems to be following the Governor Potato-Head Quinn approach of making Illinois the most job-unfriendly state in the nation. But he's a democrat and this seems to be their default setting around here.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was an article on Sun where Rahm was interviewed, and he stated again, that he has no desire for higher office, and this is what he wants to do. Unless the morons of this city get off their asses and go vote (and vote with their heads and not with their antiquated political allegiances), we will be stuck with this guy for another twenty years. TERM LIMITS, PLEASE!

5/13/2013 12:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm say's, "Us democrats are not the blame. It was Bush. Even though he isn't the president anymore, everything is his fault".

5/13/2013 12:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is an abundant amount of cheap illegal immigrant labor in Chicago waiting for work. Just go to any home depot in the city and they are lined up waiting to be exploited. Perhaps Rahm can call up some multi national firms to take advantage of this and relocate to Chicago.

Empty factories+ cheap labor= compete with China

5/13/2013 12:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Noticed something curious with the US Census data for Illinois and Chicago.

If you pull-up the state data for Illinois they are providing population estimates for 2012.

When you pull up the Chicago data it's still stuck at 2011.

How can you do a state population estimate without also estimating the largest concentration of people living in the state -- in Chicago?

Are we trying to hide something..hmmmm?

Oh well, no-one would really be interested as to what's been going on in Chicago since the mayor took office anyway right?

You will also notice that the median houshold income for Chicago is about $9,000 dollars lower than the average across the USA, and, that the number of people living below poverty was estimated to be at 21.4% in Chicago vs 13.4% for the rest of the nation.

Now we should remember that when the census puts out those numbers they are based upon a five year average! In this case the average was for 2007~2011.

That's still one in five people in poverty baby!


So what's been going on since 2011?

Well the census don't want to update their data for whatever reason however we can still get a feel for what's been going on in Chicago with the economy after 2011. I would suggest looking at the food stamp caseload data for Illinois for example.

At the end of fiscal year 2010 (that would be Sept 31, 2010, right?) Illinois had 1,645,722 people on food stamps.

And as of the latest report that covers Feb 2013 we have 2,023,635 on the program.

An increase of 377,913 people or 23%

I don't think things have gotten any better.

How much higher do you suppose the US Census five year average of 21.4% of people in Chicago living below poverty when 23% more people are on food stamps? What do you think happened to the median wages when food stamp caseloads increase 23%?

It's got to be an ugly number. We have to be at least one in four in poverty now instead of one in five. The only way it couldn't be is if we had a flood of people with jobs move into the state and that doesn't seem likely


Politicians are running around touting this is gonna create jobs and that is going to create jobs. We have this initative blah, blah, blah.

No-one is saying they are full time jobs. No-one is questioning wether they are living wage jobs or temporary jobs or if the jobs created were the results of other peoples hours getting cut to enable employers avoid ObamaCare.

But! But we can look at the food stamp caseloads for a clue for the answers don't you think?

I think so!

Just over the last year alone there's been a 10.5% increase in food stamp participants in Illinois. So it's not something that is turning the corner.

5/13/2013 01:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One more thing on the US Census report for Chicago that is dated 2011.

Can you think of anything signicant that would affect wages number after 2011?

How about that 66% state income tax increase and the more recent corresponding federal FICA payroll tax cut break expiration.

The game plan is probably not to puhlish any of that data until the numbers start showing improvement so as not to demoralize the citizenry

5/13/2013 01:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back to the "just give the corporations MORE tax breaks and we SWEAR they'll bring back more jobs" bullshit.

Fuck passing off tax responsibility onto taxpayers just so businesses can come here and feed off those who DO pay taxes.

Taxes are what taxes are in Illinois and they're not the highest in the entire country. If Illinois had employees that businesses wanted businesses just have to make that choice to either starve for employees or pay the taxes of the land.

Just like WE do.

5/13/2013 04:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I were the mayor I'd do the following;

Tell CPM and the Skyway people to sod off and suspend/dissolve the contracts for the "common good under eminent domain."

Reduce meter rates outside of the Central Biz Dist to $1 per hour on the weekends and 1.50 per hour on Saturdays with Sundays off. And to 1.25/1.75 in the Biz District.

Pass an ordinance that requires shoring up of all municipal pensions and caps gold braid pensions at the last non-merit promoted rank.

I'd invite the DEA, ICE and FBI to start investigations into all aldercreatures and return some teeth and balls to the IG. I'd also kick the BGA and CeaseFire out of Chicago.

I'd drive myself and get a pistol and vest. I don't need a overpaid suckhole detail.

5/13/2013 05:19:00 AM  
Anonymous CHICAGO = U.S. LAUGHINGSTOCK said...

Column by Donald Lambro, The Washington Times

Click on Chicago Desperately Needs Reform Mayor

Ya think? duh!

5/13/2013 07:37:00 AM  
Anonymous said...

The Illinois labor market will continue to suffer as long as the state's business environment remains toxic. Last week Chief Executive magazine announced the results of its 9th annual survey regarding the best and worst states in which to do business. CEOs polled ranked Illinois the 3rd worst state in which to do business (same as last time). Only New York and California were worse.

5/13/2013 08:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What they don't mention is the number of small businesses that are leaving the city, fed up with the coruption and politics.
I know of 3 myself.

5/13/2013 08:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mayor handjobs, mabey.....

5/13/2013 08:50:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. SouthSide said...

He is very business friendly, as long as the business is owned by one of his buddies.

5/13/2013 08:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahmmie has sold the city a bill of goods on a lot of fronts not just jobs.
The sheeple are just starting to realize this.
Too little too late.... the sheeple elected this egotistical, maniacal prick.

5/13/2013 09:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just wait until obamacare kicks in--- more people will be layed off or have their hours reduced because business owners will not be able to afford the medical coverage....

5/13/2013 10:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm says he is running for reelection. Guess he's not done covering up Daley's crimes.

5/13/2013 10:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CA and IL are tied for the most unfriendly business State. They have one thing in common..dumbocrats in control..

5/13/2013 11:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't look at the unemployment reports, the mental health clincs and schools being shut down. Look at this park isn't it a beauty! "YOU DIDN'T BUILD THAT PARK... " You just paid for it.

5/13/2013 11:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Yes We Can" backwards is "Thank You Satan"

5/13/2013 11:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While you were distracted by NATO ...
Mayor Emanuel doles out TIF and charter money—and cuts cops and libraries

5/13/2013 12:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just saw the news and it doesn't look good for our little mayor.He received failing grades in almost every aspect of his job.GOOD NEWS!

5/13/2013 12:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We must have term limits put on ALL POLITICIANS! they have become the downfall of AMERICAN society.

5/13/2013 12:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He put lots of people from the North Shore to work. They will eventually work for him as president, This is sort of the minor leagues, training ground for a Rahm Emanuel Administration.

All you folks who dislike Obama will be wishing for the good old days of Barack if Rahm Emanuel gets elected President. I do believe Rahm would be the worst, without question. He would make Hillary look like Margaret Thatcher.

5/13/2013 02:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Businesses don't pay taxes. Their customers pay the taxes in the form of higher prices. So, go ahead, cheer about the bad oil companies need to pay their fair share and be glad when their taxes go up. Enjoy paying extra to fill up your car, dope. Tax the electric companies more! Then bitch your electric bill goes up. We really need some economics education in school but the problem would be that some marxist would probably be the instructor.

5/13/2013 03:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He put lots of people from the North Shore to work. They will eventually work for him as president, This is sort of the minor leagues, training ground for a Rahm Emanuel Administration.
Just because this sawed-off jag off wants to be president doesn't mean he will get to. The party in control usually loses the White House every 8 years. The republicans will get the White House back in 2016. "0" has scandals erupting all around him. He's fucking toast. BenGazi, IRS, snooping cell phone usage of the media and more to come. The dems will lose at LEAST 4 seats in the senate in 2014. All we need to get things heading the right way is to get rid of Boehner and get a conservative as speaker of the house.

For Illinois, I'm not so confident. I can see that witch Madigan getting to be the governor and she can continue to kill this state.

5/14/2013 03:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

never fear because lisa madigan is our next governor nora conroy daley is the next mayor n ltb little arrogant tommy the prick bryne will be the next supt. the 11th ward runs n dont forget it.

5/14/2013 10:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only jobs he's thinking of creating are those that HE profits on: Charter schools, he and his buddies profit; Speed cameras, he and his buddy Goldner profit; Casino, he and his buddies profit; privatization jobs to enrich himself and his rich buds....

Otherwise, his only interest is to CUT JOBS: Teachers, Police, Garbage pickup, and you just name it. When he doesn't profit, and if he can do it, that job is GONE.

5/15/2013 07:47:00 AM  

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