President Obama’s nomination of Penny Pritzker for Commerce Secretary was already problematic. Pritkzer is the epitome of the 1% – obscenely rich off of inherited wealth, hostile to workers, and someone who has advanced in politics by giving people money. She was a major campaign contributor and fundraiser for Obama which clearly played a role in her being nominated for Commerce Secretary and would have likely lead to her having been nominated sooner for a post if not for her involvement in a protracted labor dispute.
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|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday September 13, 2012 1:00 pm|
As Dave Dayen wrote, “The schools in the lowest-income areas have no air conditioning. Roofs leak. The cafeteria is full of roaches. Mold sits in the ventilation systems. Kids don’t get textbooks for weeks. Administrators pack classrooms with 40 and 50 students at a time.”
The city of Chicago did set aside money to make these repairs, but Mayor Rahm Emanual rerouted it to his cronies. And yet, somehow, Rahm is still the Honorary Chairman of the The Boys and Girls Club of Chicago, an organization with a mission “to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.”