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Columnist fails to note that Democrats run the ‘Chicago Machine’

To the Editor:

I read with wonderment Ms. Muftic’s latest opinion piece. It begins with mention of Chicago politics and Gov. Blagojevic’s antics ” failing of course to mention that he is a Democrat. Stating that “machine politics have also gotten blamed for providing an atmosphere that condones such behavior” ” while ignoring that the Democrats have run the machine in Chicago for decades.

Citing her Northwestern political science education (which explains volumes) where they used Chicago machine politics as a “case study of how local government worked.” Noting that “if you were an ordinary citizen who was not loyal to the machine, alley potholes were not filled, your trash was not picked up, and your brother didn’t get a job with the city.” Further stating that “the reason citizens tolerated machine politics was because it worked” (go figure) and that “the cost was minimal ” votes at election time and campaign contributions” (not mentioning that this is over and above taxes), I would take exception to this “reasoning.”

It didn’t work, isn’t working and won’t work. The only reason it is “tolerated” is because the electorate in Chicago and big cities throughout the country are politically ignorant. Let’s use Chicago as a case study:

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– Chicago school system ” rated one of the worst in the country, even comparing it to our generally failed government-run schools.

– State pension fund ” $44 Billion in debt, worst in the country.

– Chicago sales tax ” 10.25 percent, highest in the country.

– Body count in the last six months: 292 killed (murdered) in Chicago while 221 were killed in Iraq (civilians and soldiers).

But they keep electing Democrats. Trying to make the case that machine politics is disappearing in Chicago or most other big cities (also run by Democrats) is laughable. They have only gotten more legal about it.

Then to climax the absurd, Ms. Muftic writes, “What is so refreshing about Barack Obama is that he has risen to power outside of the ward heeling structure of Illinois politics …”

Question: What do you suppose a “community organizer” is? Good grief politically ignorant, it’s a “Ward Healer” by a politically correct name.

Frank Watts

Winter Park


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