Tagged Chicago

Donald Trump Is Not as Bad as We Thought He Would Be. He’s Worse. Far Worse.

Since Donald Trump’s inauguration as president, the following has occurred in the United States of America: Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington had to file a complaint “to notify the new president that he was officially in violation of his lease for the Trump International Hotel down the street from the White House. The lease that one of Trump’s company’s, Trump Old Post Office LLC, signed with the government states that no ‘elected official’ of the U.S. government can share in the lease or derive benefit from it.” Trump heard a sermon from Robert Jeffress, a Trumpkin pastor who tried to invoke God to…

The Obama Presidential Library: Coming to My Kind of Neighborhood, in My Kind of Town

Count me as one who is pleased that the Obama Presidential Library will be located on the south side of Chicago. The area may well benefit significantly as a result of being able to host the library. After all, the library will attract visitors from other parts of Chicago and from other cities, states and countries. Those visitors will want or have to spend money on food and lodging while visiting the library, and the south side–which badly needs the economic investment–will receive that business. This will lead to the establishment of more businesses on the south side, which will…

De Blasio’s Competence

Or lack thereof: As the snowstorm grew in intensity on Tuesday evening, whipping through the streets on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, something quickly seemed amiss. Where were all the plows? Why was the city’s wealthiest enclave a slushy, frozen mess? From the bar at J. G. Melon to the produce section at Citarella, residents wondered on Wednesday why many streets remained impassable hours after the last snowflake had fallen. The anger even prompted the suggestion by some that Mayor Bill de Blasio, a populist Brooklynite, was sending a message that Manhattan was not the center of the New…