Rahm Emanuel: Mayors Are On The Rise Because Americans Believe In Their Local Government


>>Stephen: HEY, EVERYBODY! WELCOME BACK! HE KNOWS LOTS OF PEOPLE. EVERYBODY, WE’RE HERE WITH
FORMER CHICAGO MAYOR RAHM EMANUEL. THREE MAYORS ARE IN THE 2020
RACE.>>MM-HMM.>>Stephen: YOU’VE GOT A NEW
BOOK CALLED THE NATION CITY, WHY MAYORS ARE NOW RUNNING THE
WORLD. WHY ARE MAYORS ON THE
ASCENDANCY?>>A COUPLE OF THINGS, ONE, YOU
ALSO HAVE BORIS JOHNSON FORMER MAYOR OF LONDON, PRIME MINISTER
OF ENGLAND. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE
POLITICS OF INVESTING IN EDUCATION AND DOING THINGS THAT
I THINK ALSO MATTER LIKE ON TRANSPORTATION, PARKS,
LIBRARIES, HOW YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE, WHERE YOU AND YOUR WIFE
DECIDE YOU’RE GOING TO RAISE YOUR KIDS. PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION OR
TRANSPORTATION, EDUCATION, LIBRARIES, PARKS, SAFETY, ALL
THOSE THINGS, THE GOVERNMENT THAT DELIVERS THOSE SERVICES ARE
MAYORS. I THINK IF YOU LOOK AT IT TODAY,
LIKE IN CHICAGO, WE CREATED IN CHICAGO THE STAR SCHOLARSHIP. YOU GET A B AVERAGE IN HIGH
SCHOOL, WE MAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE FREE. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: NATIONALLY, WE DON’T KNOW THAT ABOUT,
NECESSARILY, MAYORS. BUT WHY WHERE THEY TRUSTED?>>BECAUSE THEY ARE LOW TO THE
GROUND, THEY UNDERSTAND WHAT GOVERNMENT IS. 75% OF THE AMERICANS BELIEVE IN
THEIR LOCAL GOVERNMENT BECAUSE THEY ARE THERE WITH PEOPLE, THEY
ARE IMMEDIATE, THEY ARE INTIMATE, THEY ARE IMPACTFUL. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS
DISINTERESTED, DYSFUNCTIONAL AND TOTALLY DISTANT FROM WHERE YOU
LIVE YOUR LIFE.>>Stephen: YOU WERE IN
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR MANY YEARS. DID YOU BREAK IT?>>THE ONLY PERSON THAT THINKS I
DID THAT IS MY MOTHER.>>Stephen: OKAY. WELL, WHY IS THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT INCAPABLE OF ADDRESSING THIS PROBLEM?>>THERE’S CHICK AND STRUCTURAL. ON THE STRUCTURAL SIDE, THE
CITIZENS UNITED BY THE SUPREME COURT, HORRIBLE DECISION ON
MONEY. REDISTRICTING, WHERE ELECTED
OFFICIALS PICK THEIR VOTERS, NOT VOTERS PICK, TOTALLY POLARIZING
THE POLITICAL SYSTEM. THERE ARE OTHER PROCESSES IN THE
WAY THE PRIMARIES ARE STRUCTURED. ON THE ECONOMIC ISSUES, WE
BASICALLY, WHEN WE WERE INVESTING IN PEOPLE, WE WERE
SUCCEEDING. PEOPLE HAVE LOST INTEREST
BECAUSE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS NO LONGER GIVING PEOPLE
EDUCATION. ONE OF FIRST CHAPTERS IN THERE
WAS ABOUT THE FACT THAT WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA WANTED TO CREATE
UNIVERSAL PRE-K, HE COULDN’T GET IT DONE THROUGH CONGRESS SO HE
CALLED 200 MAYORS TOGETHER AND SAID I NEED YOU TO DO IT AND NOW
CITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE LEADING THE EFFORT IN EARLY
CHILDHOOD EDUCATION. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
AND IT’S BROKEN, AND ONE OF THE REASONS IS, YOU KNOW, RONALD
REAGAN STARTED THIS OUT, WHICH IS HE WANTED TO, THROUGH THE TAX
CUTS, STARVE WHAT HE CALLED “THE BEAST,” THE GOVERNMENT. AND WE STOPPED INVESTING IN OUR
PEOPLE, AND CUTTING OFF THE RESOURCES FROM A GOVERNMENT —
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TO INVEST IN OUR PEOPLE SO
EVERYBODY HAS A CHANCE AT SUCCESS. AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE
HAVE LOST FOCUS ON IS THE ABILITY OF THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT TO MAKE KEY INVESTMENTS IN OUR COUNTRY, IN
THE PEOPLE OF OUR COUNTRY, SO EVERYBODY NOT GUARANTEED SUCCESS
BUT GUARANTEED A SHOT AT SUCCESS. SO A NUMBER OF MAYORS TAKE
LOUISVILLE, DENVER, BOSTON, SAN FRANCISCO, CHICAGO, WE HAVE
ALL CREATED EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND, ALSO, ACCESS TO
HIGHER EDUCATION FREE, SO WE’VE GONE FROM A K TO 12 TO PRE-K TO
COLLEGE.>>Stephen: WHY CAN’T THE
CITIES AFFORD THAT WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS IT
CAN’T?>>BECAUSE THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT IS AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER AND PAYS SOCIAL SECURITY
AND MEDICARE. IT’S NOT MAKING THE TYPE OF
INVESTMENT WITH A PROGRESSIVE TAX TO HAVE THE RESOURCES TO
INVEST. AND MAYORS NOT ONLY ARE GETTING
THIS DONE, LET ME ALSO TAKE, I THINK, ON A REALLY SERIOUS ISSUE
WICH IS WEAVING IN A TIME THAT IS CALLED THE DESPAIR OF DEATH,
WHERE ALCOHOLISM, SUICIDE, OPIATE ADDICTION IS RAVAGING OUR
NEIGHBORHOODS AND COMMUNITIES. ONLY MAYORS HAVE THE ABILITY TO
GET RERIDGES INSTITUTIONS, PEOPLE OF FAITH, COMMUNITY
GROUPS, NOT-FOR-PROFITS TOGETHER TO GIVE PEOPLE A SENSE OF
BELONGING AND BELIEVING AGAIN IN THEMSELVES. AND THIS IS REAL CRISIS IN THE
SOUL OF AMERICA. AND MAYORS HAVE THAT CAPACITY TO
WEAVE THAT. YOU CAN’T DO IT OUT IN
WASHINGTON. YOU HAVE TO BE WITH THE PEOPLE,
UNDERSTAND HOW TO GIVE THEM A SENSE, ONCE AGAIN, AND MAYORS
ARE SUCCEEDING IN ACTUALLY TACKLING THE ISSUE, NOT JUST ON
THE ECONOMIC SIDE, BUT THE ONE THAT I THINK IS TEARING AT THE
SOUL OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY, WHERE WE’RE LOSING OUR FELLOW
CITIZENS TO THEIR DESPAIR AND THEIR ALIENATION, AND MAYORS CAN
WEAVE THAT LEADERSHIP, BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER AND ALSO GIVE
THEM A SENSE NOT ONLYT THAT THEY BELONG BUT THEY CAN BELIEVE
AGAIN IN THEMSELVES, AND IF YOU CAN DO THAT, I WOULD JUST SAY TO
RUSSIA AND CHINA, WATCH OUT, AMERICA IS COMING FOR YOU. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>STEPHEN: “THE NATION CITY” IS AVAILABLE TOMORROW. RAHM EMANUEL, EVERYBODY! WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH A
PERFORMANCE BY HAILEE STEINFELD.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Rahm thinks far too well of himself. He is also a Corporate who trashes Bernie with no cause except undue Establishment control and greed.

  2. If we did one thing to invest in people, as Americans, early childhood is it. Before everything else in life takes root, give the smallest a chance at life And some hope. Let the little children come….

  3. Once again I'll say (as on the previous clip), THUMBS DOWN Stephen!! Stop giving this hack a platform! His arrogance, willful ignorance and smugness is NAUSEATING. He is of the OLD ORDER that is crumbling before his own eyes and and he's in pure panic mode. Fool.

  4. Two shills in suits selling what they get paid to sell. I'm not buying any of it. When SC isn't being funny, I dont pay any attention at all

  5. This guy is smug and disingenuous. The level of shill is chilling. Do they really think we can't see through this corporate establishment bs?

  6. So let's just call Bernie the President-Mayor then, because what you say is good at the mayoral level is what Bernie intends to do at the federal government level.

  7. He s right, the federal government is an outdated and dysfunctional structure. He's absolutely right, mayors across the country are much more in touch with how to make meaningful progress.

  8. He's picked some poor examples.
    1. Boris Johnson is the prime minister of the UK. not England.
    2. Johnson was part of the government who cut funding to local government, which closed local services like libraries.
    3. Johnson is the exception to the rule.
    4. Johnson didn't do much as Mayor. He wasted huge sums of money after getting into power by accusing his predecessor of wasting money. He wasted to move Heathrow Airport into the middle of a march on the other side of London. He wasted over 50 million on a bridge that wasn't built. He wasted money on an ego project to bring back the London bus which was expensive and a huge flop. He wasted money on water cannons that were never used. When we have an emergency he doesn't cut his holidays short. He doesn't turn up to meetings unless a camera is there. He cares about nothing but himself and his legacy.

  9. Dear Rahm, I'd vote for you if you were running for president. You have the experience, the empathy, and the intellect to run this country.

  10. Now Rham, you done. I expect a resignation an open investigation on all these paid vacations for murderers. #imightneedsecurity

  11. Why the Modern Dem Party is DEAD!!

    Oh No! Why would you say that? Are they really gasping for air? Has a new era of desperation set in??

    Yep, it's True.

    Let’s get real here. The Neo-Liberal, professional, managerial class Dems are inept, incompetent and clueless tools of the Oligarchs/ Plutocracy/ conservatives.

    The hapless Dem’s despair, hopelessness and floundering is on full display. Let’s review some recent examples:

    • The corporate conservative Dems implode while losing the 1st – 3 states and have no bleeping idea how to stop Bernie or Progressives!

    • Bloomberg (Stop-and-Frisk, “horse-faced lesbians”), a RW, ex-GOP, racist, sexist, out-of-touch-narcissist- Oligarch, egomaniac, corporate conservative for the wealthy elites is now the Dem’s savior? Really? He’s worth over $55+B, and is the party’s only lifeline because the real Dem Party died in the 1960s!! He will depress the vote and still lose to King Trumpo! How the hell does he represent the people?? All other Neo-Liberal, corporate centrists implode by the day – Biden, Buttigieg, Klobuchar are DOA because they don’t represent the working class, minorities, youth vote.

    • The Iowa Caucus was a debacle of epic proportions, but only one head rolled. The GOP/ conservatives are laughing their arse off at the inept, incompetence of these buffoons. Ain’t no mystery why this senile party of has-beens has been imploding for 2+ generations!! This is a bleeping travesty, a Coronavirus of the Civil Soul!!

    • Tom Perez, the DNC and all his sycophant cronies will lie, cheat and do anything to prop up this dying party of fools. Like the GOP, they have no morals, principles and no longer represent the working/ middle class! The poor/elderly fell off their radar back in the 1960s.

    • the carnival of impeachment of King Trumpo. Nepotism rules in both parties, but it’s A-OK!!

    • Russiagate was a complete travesty. For 2+ years the clueless Dems/ HRC blamed the Russians and a bunch of memes! Robert Mueller, a staunch, life-long GOP, was never going to go after King Trumpo. Well Duh!!

    • HRC, the party insider and establishment stooge lost to an immoral, lying, sexist, racist, corrupt, slimy bully and grifter.

    There has been a complete breakdown of the trust, core principles and values. This once great party is filled with Neo-liberal, corporate conservative elites/ hacks don’t give a rats arse about the working/ middle class or their aspirations. These Dems, like the GOP have sold their souls to the highest corporate bidder while lining their pockets and they ain’t turning back! Been marching Rightward ever since. We now have two conservative wings of the same bird.

    • The Dems will never call out or go after the wealthy elites or corporations because they represent them 99% of the time. Weren’t the Dems once the party of the people?? 50+ years ago….

    • The Dems will never call out or go after the radical GOP/ conservatives because of the instantaneous, devastating blowback.

    • The Dems will never call out or go after the bias, lazy, corrupt, shallow corporate conservative media because they need them to push their corrupt agendas and/or defend their malfeasance.

    • The Dems can’t even defeat King Trumpo and all the corruption, malfeasance, destruction and he has brought to our nation and wrought on our morals, values and norms in our laws/ institutions. Their corporate conservative candidate, Biden is barely cognitive and implodes daily while their former invincible establishment candidate, HRC, lost to an orange buffoon. And yet they blame everyone except themselves and now want people to vote for them again?? Really? Duped Americans bought into all the hype and lies picking the devil they didn’t know (King Trumpo) vs the devil they knew (HRC). WTF??

    Since the Dems won’t go after corporations/ wealthy elites, won’t go after GOP or extreme Right, won’t go after the corporate conservative media, what do they spend all their time and energy on? They lie, attack, smear and cheat their left flank – Progressives, who actually stand and fight for the American people. This is the Ace card they burned years ago. Even the establishment GOP embraced the Tea Party. How pathetic!!

    So there you have it, the clueless, spineless, rubber-stamping, capitulating, foxhole, leaderless, status quo, corporate conservative Dems Stand for Nothing and Fight for Less!!

    The Dems are useless as a party and don’t deserve our respect nor our money!!

    • They hate confrontation/ the spotlight. Say “Boo” and they run and hide.

    • They hate change – too much damn work. This requires a united front while fighting, attacking and standing their ground more than 2 bleeping minutes!! If you define “liberal” as accepting, embracing and pushing for change, the GOP/ conservatives are 10x more “liberal” than the status quo, establishment Dems!! How ironic is that?? Of course, the GOP/ conservatives want to push their crooked RW ideology and policies which are only beneficial to them.

    • They hate displeasing their wealthy corporate masters/ donors. Without this lifeline they are DOA!!

    • They especially hate agitating the hypocritical, lying, immoral, corrupt, scheming, soulless, racist, shameless, homophobic, misogynistic, anti-Semitic, xenophobic, Alphas (grifters), who will torment, obstruct, attack, smear, demonize and fear-monger the hell out of them with an active army of pundits, shills, stooges and minions — 24/7. The GOP/ conservative own the Dems, who are at the mercy of their maniacal whims and hatred. Been working like a charm since St. Reagan!

    When the Dems talk about bi-partisanship (looking at you Biden), what they really mean is (cough, cough) screwing over the working/ middle class in favor of the wealthy elites:

    • Just look at the recent rubber-stamping of USMCA and the $131B increase in Defense spending to see how inept/ spineless the Dems are. Bending over is a full time job. The Dems can’t rubber-stamp GOP policies fast enough!

    • Rubber-stamp/confirm ultra-conservative (50 Circuit Court/120 District Court) judges without any hearings. The Dems throw up the white flag without any fight.

    • Passed the $740.5 billion (NDAA) National Defense Authorization Act without any hesitation – the military spending bill for fiscal year 2020. Who says the Dems aren’t actually closeted GOP/ conservatives in disguise. Pathetic. 187 Dems voted with 189 GOP. The Dems are a complete sham!!!

    • increased our bloated military budget to fight endless $7T wars that enrich and enable the MIC

    • renewed the Bush Tax cuts when they didn’t have too

    • implemented Obamacare, um Romneycare, to placate the establishment, laissez-faire GOP. It preserved the capitalistic system of monopolistic tendencies from drug companies and healthcare providers

    • bailed out Wall St. at taxpayer’s expense without telling us how they were going to pay for it and never went after the CEO’s who caused the implosion!

    • never called out King Trumpo, who campaigned as a worker champion but outsourced 93k jobs in his first year as POTUS. Add in steel workers in Detroit, workers at Carrier, GM workers in Lordstown. Hell, King Trumpo flipped 200 counties that voted for corporatist Obama!

    These aging (senile), status quo, establishment, 3rd string, calcified Dems have no leaders, no weapons (no Offense or Defense), no media, no power, no money and frankly, they aren’t even a party but a collection of rejects, has-beens and losers no one else wanted. All they can successfully do is bash their “left” flank (Bernie, AOC, Tulsi, Cenk Uygur) while kissing up to the Oligarchs, GOP/ conservatives 24/7!

    This so called “Big” tent party has been imploding since Nixon and today is nothing more than an amalgamation of Neo-Liberals, Neocons, ex-GOP, Blue Dogs, religious nut jobs, traitors (Jeff Van Drew), chicken war hawks and corporatists. But make no mistake, 90+% of them not only embrace conservative ideology/ policies, but gladly play the role of the gullible, wishy-washy, naive little bother of their radical, stronger, wily siblings.

    These feckless Dems can’t punch their way out of a wet paper bag which is why they been marching rightward for 50+ years. They have no media machine and refuse to build one so the American people have no bleeping idea what their stink’in message is so people lose interest and believe the 24/7 right-wing lies, spin, misinformation, propaganda and talking points which go unchallenged and unfiltered.

    The mirage of our so-called Democracy has finally been exposed and it ain’t pretty. When no one can be trusted, when there is no definitive source of truth and when despair/ gloom and doom set in, the beginning of the end is near. Washington/ Congress are nothing but a cancerous, cesspool swamp of leeches and sharks, who only care about enriching themselves and their cronies! And the shallow corporate conservative media only cares about their ratings/ eyeballs, not ferreting out the facts/ truth!! What a sham they all have become!

    As long as money, power, greed/fear and corruption supersedes all, the corporate conservative media, Congress, pundits and shills from both parties will sell their gullible souls and principles to the capitalists/ Oligarchs without any remorse or regrets while slimy grifters, Oligarchs and conman will entrench their hegemony to enrich themselves and their cronies until nothing is left!

    Not standing up to the real power in Washington over the last 5+ decades has led to the Dem's pathetic demise! Time to put them out their pathetic misery and start anew. Americans are tired of our “Do Nothing” Congress, who never represent them except at election time. Time to boot them all and then boot them again for good measure!

  12. Voted to close 50 schools in Chicago, forced poor and Black people to leave the city, closed half the city's public mental health clinic, eliminated the City's deparment of Environment which led to water lead poisoning. https://theintercept.com/2019/05/20/chicago-mayor-rahm-emanuel-failures/

  13. All these thumbs down, why are you against the federal government investing in YOU instead of the military for instance? Are you not worth it?

  14. I love how he spends both parts of his interview bashing Sanders while literally no more than 5 minutes later brings up "progressive taxing" and "investing in our people"

    WOW. I wonder which candidate CLEARLY wants to do that? Holy shit. No wonder Trump is president.

  15. A divided country isn't enough, we need to revert to city/states. "America's coming for you." ???? What one city at a time ?

  16. I guess Trump doesn't know what a Mayor is, obviously. He'd rather trash them than talk to them on his to act logically. Vote blue. Good to see you Rahm.

  17. God I hate Rahm Emanuel. What a smarmy, self-important bastard. I agree on the value of mayors in general, but his reasoning is completely off.

  18. Anyone that dares buy this guys book is adding to the corruption in our country. Rahm did nothing but add to Chicago's problems, creating more scandals & obscure taxes (a tax on soda pop & the 1st city ever to tax internet for entertainment services like Netflix) than any mayor in history. News flash: he wasn't voted out… he left *cough* *cough* "voluntarily".

  19. Whatever you think about his politics, there's one thing every right-thinking person can agree on: that is no way to pronounce "processes".

  20. what the hell??? You're against Bernie but blame the federal government for not providing the services that Bernie is proposing? I'm so confused…..

  21. all great! but why do you wanna come after other countries? you're a truly strong nation when you support and collaborate with others not coming after them

  22. Hello Bernie,My name is Mr. Demo Whatdafuc,i am an undecided Democrats. My question is,Trump has been attacking every other top leading Democrats for a long time now and for some reason has never attacked you. Recently the intelligent agency report says Moscow n Vladimir Putin are trying to help your campaign. As a Democrat who want Trump to leave the White House by the end of the election,is there something we all need to know now about why Trump n Puttin are hoping u win? We need to know now before it is too late to get any other nominee to challenge Mr Trump in November. Thank you

  23. Obama kept his promise to speak out against Bernie. Of course he's not gonna come out himself. God forbid, he has to sell books and renew Netflix deals. He sent his dogs though. The last crying breath of a dying establishment … where's my popcorn?

  24. last clip Rahm wouldn't say who he's supporting in the primary. This clip he's saying "mayors love you" mayors mayors mayors know you etc. Nice one DNC – HOW DID HE LOSE THAT FINGER *lol i looked it up: from an Arby's meat slicer? aw hellnaw – that's way down the knuckle son

  25. Emanuel is a sold out rat turd! Cracking on Sanders, who is 100 times better public servant and human than Rahm could ever be!

  26. You've got to be a special kind of a-hole to irratate such a sweetheart as Colbert. Leave it to the only person that Colbert refers to as "former"-anything.

  27. Oh yeah, and let's not forget the last time the federal government stepped aside and let the locals do things their way, we got Jim Crow.

  28. Emanuel is the next Trump, suport him and your support EVERYTHING america and the USA(and the lies that NATO says they stand for). Hail Rahm. Hail Putin! RU for lyfe

  29. So he just said that Bernie Sanders is the best option because of his extreme experience in all of the parts of helping society. Interesting!

  30. Redistricting is not polarizing the systems it's called UN-democratic. which is a perfect way of describing America this illusion of an democracy.

  31. Wouldn't use Boris as an example. A lot of factors surrounding his rise to PM. His record as mayor is very poor and has more to due with Brexit politics.

  32. This guy is a douche. People aren't feeling despair over "not belonging." People are tired of working their assess off for no compensation, mobility, and representation. Going to church isn't going to fix all these real world problems. The placebo of religion and community is not the answer to drugs.

  33. Read the room, Mayor Emanuel. You're clearly going to fall on the wrong side of history if you keep up the Bernie-bashing

  34. Never have Rahm Emmanuel on again. He's the worst political "strategist" of all time. He's a terrible person. And he's literally a lobbyist. Stop.

  35. An excellent choice as a guest, Stephen Colbert. Rahm is speaking from experience and understanding of the frustrations and challenges citizens are feeling today with respect to the disconnect that they have with their elected officials on a national level. From comments below who think he's bashing Sanders, I think he's not against Bernie but savvy enough to see that Bernie is speaking to those frustrations just as Trump did in 2016 – mayors/local politicians have a better connection to their constituents' needs. Seriously, Bernie is from the small state of Vermont, where he can better connect with his constituents versus someone from NY, IL or CA.

  36. This dude has repeatedly said this drivel to sell his damn book. HORRIBLE track record as a mayor.
    I am always shocked by how absolutely cynical these types are when it comes to voters. They are PEOPLE!!!!
    We cannot afford this things you are asking for but buy my book. What an absolute con.

  37. The federal level republicans are why states and cities have had to take up the slack, they are a pack of looters wrapping themselves in the flag and the bible while ignoring who is their employer. That would be us, We the People. But, we do have to go to work occasionally and see what the staff is doing. Comrade Bonespurs and the GOP (goons of Putin) are stuffing their pockets now so they can escape to Epstein's island with our money. 11/3/2020 Goons of Putin got to go.

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