Man from Washington D.C. Now Prepared to Run as Opponent of D.C. Gridlock

Rahm Emanuel blamed ideology for creating an impasse on progress


It doesn't get more D.C. than the White House Chief of Staff or serving in two administrations, serving in Congress and as Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

If Washington D.C. were a person, it would be Rahm Emanuel. But just like his boss, Rahm is sick and tired of Washington gridlock. He's just an ordinary Chicago mayor who is determined to get things done.

Why won't those darn bureaucrats and politicians in D.C. get out of his way?

"I can't create an island … so the decisions in Washington do matter, but where I used to as a mayor rely on Washington, I'm going to try to come up with different strategies," said Emanuel in a prerecorded interview that aired Monday on CBS's "This Morning."

"I'm not going to get stuck in their dysfunctionality."

He's going to get money for ACORN from Beijing or Moscow instead? That would be different.

"I could not wait for Washington to get a highway bill, and even when they get it, it doesn't have everything we need to do, so we made certain decisions that we need to do. That's true about our mass transit system, it's true about our water system, our sewer system … I can't wait for Washington," he said.

So how does Emperor Rahm compare to Emperor Obama II?

But the mayor who vowed to bring honesty to the budgeting process continues to rely on one of the oldest tricks of them all: the water/sewer fund sleight of hand.

That's the one where the mayor says he's jacking up your water and sewer bill to pay for infrastructure and environmental protection—but then diverts millions of dollars a year to finance other city operations that have little direct connection to water, sewers, or protecting the lake.

In this case, Emanuel is proposing to double water and sewer fees over the next decade, an eventual increase of about $500 a year for the average household.

I'm shocked. There's stealing going on in Chicago politics.

The average annual water and sewer bill for a single-family home in Chicago with a water meter will go up about $92 from roughly $339 this year to $431 in 2012. By 2015, escalating costs will bring the average to $694,

You can see where Obama got all his ideas. Rahm didn't have to wait for Washington. He ripped off the people on his own.

For a mayor who once promised to erase a $635.7 million shortfall without raising taxes, Rahm Emanuel sure is digging deeply into taxpayers’ pockets — to the tune of nearly $220 million in taxes, fines and fees.

Just like his boss.

Emanuel blamed ideology for creating an impasse on progress and called for pragmatic solutions and decisionmaking.

"We're doing things in the city of Chicago [that] have nothing to do with philosophy, have nothing to do with ideology, have to do with making sure that taxpayers get and residents get what they deserve," he said.

Nothing says non-ideological like the left-wing mayor of Chicago raising taxes for a slush fund.