brucetonbottombandit wrote:everything I've seen puts Chicago about 20th in nation.
I don't think anyone said it was the worst. It has some of the worst neighborhoods. It also has some of the best. You can go to the rich and downtown neighborhoods and it is very safe. This keeps the average down. The Democratic machine simply lets the poor neighborhoods rot and protects the rich neighborhoods.
brucetonbottombandit wrote:My question is what's Mccain doing?
If he was a community organizer from Chicago, I guarantee he would have down a lot more. However, as U.S. Senator, it is not his job to control crime in Chicago. Look at what Guilliani did in New York. That is what Obama should have been fighting for as a community organizer and a state legislator representing part of Chicago.
The point is he solved no problems for the "poor" or "working" people, but he sure did pile up personal wealth, power, and prestige. I think you could fairly say he did this on the backs of the poor.
He never solved any problems as he scrambled up the ladder, but once he gets to the top. Well then he will start solving the problems. He was saving him self. He didn't want to pull a hamstring doing the hard work on small issues like rampant crime and poverty in his south side district.
Do you really believe if he was so brilliant and had all the answers that he wouldn't have at leasted fixed something along the way? He will be an absentee President and Congress and other world leaders (good and bad) will set the agenda and he will give lots of speechs full of fluff.
A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman of the next generation. A politician looks for the success of his party; a statesman for that of the country. The statesman wished to steer, while the politician was satisfied to drift.