Monday, September 17, 2012

The Democratic Civil War In Chicago

Rahm Emmanuel who was Obama's Chief of Staff,  prior to becoming the Mayor of Chicago, has taken a hard line in his battle with the Chicago Teacher's Union.  It does not auger well for education policy in the US, and it runs the risk of alienating unions that have historically been part of the Democratic Party's base.  If the Democratic party becomes a version of Republican Light, politics in the US will become a battle between the radical right and an increasingly conservative center.  Both parties are reliant on corporate interests to fund their campaigns.  The loss of union power in the US has labor with no advocate in government.

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