Framing the Dialogue

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Pweditowy Wending

Barney Frank (D-MA) may be the quintessential corrupt (allegedly) politician on Earth.  That’s saying something these day with the likes of Rangell, Waters, and Jefferson evading taxes, helping friends and hiding cash in the freezer.  Countless journalists have investigated and provided a significant amount of proof of Frank’s fingerprints all over the implosion of the housing market resulting in a global economic meltdown.  In his chutzpah he and equally sleazy Chris Dodd (D-CT) had the unmitigated gall to write financial regulations.  Even sicker was watching this bill pass and get signed into law. 

My Kind Of Town

Now this could only happen to a guy like me
 
And so I say to each of you most gratefully
 
And only happen in a town like this
 
As I throw each one of you a kiss
 
This is my kind of town, Chicago is

 

Sometimes you find the perfect image to illustrate your post.

Chicago is having a pretty good year if you follow the old adage that all press is good press.  Even with “bad” press you are still in the news.  The Blackhawks made it to the Stanley Cup Finals.  Their junior member of the Senate is now the President of the United States and many of Chicago’s operatives are now employed by the White House.

Rule 13

One of the most quoted “rules” in Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals book is Rule 13.  This rule is under the tactics section of the book and that is a better way to think of this.  In this tactic, you are taught to select a specific target, a person.  Government bodies (i.e. Congress, etc.) or buildings (i.e. Washington, city hall, etc.) allow blame to be shifted too easily. 

“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

Out With A Whimper

How many times have you heard this comment in the last six months?

“Worst economy since the Great Depression”

I think that the latest congressional plan for paying off the massive deficit will be to collect a nickel for every time that phrase is mentioned.  If they had a nickel for each time that was mentioned, our deficit would be halved by the end of the year.  That would probably work, except for the “had.”  I suspect we would be “had.”

It’s All Relative

We are family
I got all my sisters with me
We are family
Get up ev’rybody and sing

There has a roiling controversy in Pennsylvania’s control liquor sales system.  State government not only taxes the heck out of liquor and wines, it is the exclusive agent (Liquor Control Board or LCB) for the sale of said products.  Other than a limited number of outlets that can sell wine, if you want more than beer you have to visit a “State Store.”  They have since come up with a nicer name, but will always be State Stores to my generation.