He's affiliated with neocon/neoliberal Democrats. He's corporatist, heartless, and soulless. He's ideologically no different from Republican hardliners. He doesn't give a damn about ordinary people. They're to be used, not served.
He represents everything wrong in America needing fixing. For Chicagoans, it's saving public education and a whole lot more.
In Chicago, September 11, 2012 is more than the 9/11 eleventh anniversary. It's day two of Chicago teachers striking for justice.
Substance News headlined "History in the making".A medley of reports and analyses following Day One of the Chicago Teachers Strike of 2012."
Editor George Schmidt compiled them. Substance published some earlier. Others are new. Teachers walked out over core issues left unresolved far too long.
Xian Barrett teaches history and social studies. He runs the Teacher X blog site. On September 9, he headlined why he's striking.
America's labor movement has roots in Chicago. It's more than about wages and benefits. It helped stop child labor so kids could attend school.
It contested unsafe workplace conditions. It "fought so that workers could have some tiny measure of time with our families rather than spending all waking hours working for the enrichment of their bosses."