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Senators Swoon Over Billionaire Pritzker

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What's the tragedy here?  Not that they lost their money, because they didn't -- but they had to talk about it. 

Pritzker's official biography on the Penny Pritzker website, begins like this: 

"With more than 25 years of experience in the real estate, hospitality, senior living, financial services and private equity industries, Ms. Pritzker previously developed such diverse companies as Vi (formerly Classic Residence by Hyatt), a leader in luxury living for older adults, The Parking Spot, a large U.S. network of off-site airport parking facilities, and Centergate Residential, a vertically-integrated, multifamily development, investment and management company." 

This is apparently just what America needs now, according to President Obama -- someone who has spent her life so far helping the rich get richer. 

There Is More Than One Vision For Making America Better

Speaking in quite a different context, author Alice Walker suggested that sometimes a country needs some other kind of woman: 

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"And this is a woman who can teach a lot of us about what it feels like and what it can be like to come face to face with the reality that your country is being not only stolen from you, but trashed, absolutely degraded--you know, your mountains despoiled, your rivers a mess, your children badly educated, if educated at all.

"" a guide to see what it's like to actually confront the forces that are literally destroying you, they're destroying your children--horrible food, horrible laws, you know, rich people permitted to own much more than anyone should own of anything, and poor people being continually ground into the dust." 

Or as the Wall Street Journal wrote, conveying much the same message, but from a different perspective, "Ms. Pritzker's experience as an investor and businesswoman could help Mr. Obama mend ties with corporate leaders who have bristled at his policies and what they deemed populist rhetoric during his first term." 

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