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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Illinois Governor and Chicago Mayor Play Enemies—For Show

Feb 1, 2016

Republican Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner called out Democratic Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel: “He’s failed on public safety, and he’s failed on schools, he’s failed on jobs in the neighborhoods, he’s failed on taxes, he’s failed on reforms.” Rauner then threatened a state takeover of the Chicago Public Schools so they could declare bankruptcy and void union contracts.

Rahm Emanuel, who closed fifty schools and covered up the police killing of Laquan McDonald, used this attack to pose as the “protector” of the schools against the big bad Republicans. Emanuel “just” wants to cut teachers’ pay by 170 million dollars a year!

Emanuel blames Rauner and the Republicans for Chicago’s problems. Rauner blames Emanuel and the Democrats for the state’s problems. In reality, they use each other as cover to continue the very same policy: handing ever more money to the big corporations at the expense of schools and services.

And by the way–these two are fast friends. They have vacationed together and did millions of dollars of business together. With these pretend “attacks,” they continue to help each other out.