Deadbeatonomics: Obama stiffs Chicago for $1.74M

posted at 9:34 am on February 20, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

When Barack Obama won the presidential election, the DNC and the Obama campaign staged a massive party in Chicago’s Grant Park.  They wanted to emphasize that Hope and Change had finally come to America.  Instead, it looks as though they showed how they planned to deal with the mortgage crisis — by letting the bill go unpaid after the big party (via Michelle):

Chicago has yet to recoup the $1.74 million cost of President Obama’s victory celebration in Grant Park — despite a burgeoning $50.5 million budget shortfall that threatens more layoffs and union concessions.

“The Democratic National Committee has not yet paid us,” Peter Scales, a spokesman for the city’s Office of Budget and Management, said Thursday after questions from the Chicago Sun-Times. “We’re reaching out to them this week.”

Stacie Paxton, a spokeswoman for the Obama-controlled DNC, explained the reimbursement delay by saying, “We are still looking at various costs and bills.” She would not say whether parts of the bill are disputed.

This wasn’t the Hope and Change Mayor Daley promised:

In late October, Mayor Daley assured that the cash-flush Obama campaign would reimburse the city for every penny spent on the rally. “We have a financial crisis,” he said at the time. “The City of Chicago could not afford $2 million on this because we’re gonna be laying off people, cutting back. That [cost] would really be unfortunate. . . . It’s a huge cost to the City of Chicago.

“This is not a presidential visit. . . . This is a political event, and they’ve agreed to pay for all those services — all the expenses of that. … It’s costly, but they raised quite a bit of money. There’s no [shortage] of money in that campaign.”

Maybe it was the Sub-Prime Campaign?

It sounds a lot like Obama’s economic policies.  Spend the money now, and simply default when the bills come due.  How is this any different from Porkulus, or from Obama’s plan to have the government force banks to write off parts of mortgages by having judges set interest rates?  All of this gives the same message: spend it now, promise to pay it back, and then walk away.  It’s Deadbeatonomics, which is the simplest way to describe Obama’s entire economic approach.

In fact, I have the perfect theme song for the Obama administration:

I was good, I could talk
A mile a minute,
On this caffeine buzz I was on
We were really hummin’
We would talk every day for hours
We belong to the deadbeat club

— Deadbeat Club, B-52s


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I wonder if Hillary ever paid her campaign bills (or if she paid them with favors). Isn’t it lovely to have a couple of shysters in the White House?

scalleywag on February 20, 2009 at 11:11 AM

Tin Roof–RUSTED!

Ba-rack–BUSTED!

Christien on February 20, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Hope and Change
Change and Hope
And if you believe us
You’re a big dope

MaiDee on February 20, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Us:

Work hard
Pay your mortgage
Pay your taxes
Get refunded taxes with IOUs

Them:

Work a little or loaf
Buy expensive home you can’t afford, and don’t pay mortgage
Don’t pay taxes
Get bailed out by us

Other version of them:

Cheat or run a company in the ground
Take profits off shore
Never pay taxes
Get bailed out by us

Yet, other version of them:

Screw people by being an ambulance chaser
Run for office
Vote for law which exempts you from social security
Amass Gargantuan sums for your retirement
Let the suckers who voted for you be on Social Security

Kennedy version:

Have a drunk and whoring rich daddy
Be a drunk and whoring son
Pretend to be American royalty
The fools fall for it
Run for office
Taka funds off shore
Live like kings, while miling the fools
Pretend your stupid offspring are still royalty
The fools still vote you in

Obama version:

Pretend you’re deprived
Milk the family and the system
Exploit all emotions
Throw all under the bus who’re in your way
Get media in your crotch, and keep them there
Get super dich sugardaddies
Pretend a lot
Become a good teleprompter reader
If prompter is missing, just pontificate
Imagine you’re a god
Fools believe you are
Lock up stupid, out of control, wife
In comparison, brain and manners you’re ‘superior’
Have a naive opponent
Fool myriad of stupid sheep
The rest is gravy

I think I’ll become them.

Entelechy on February 20, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson = teh hotness!!!

Barack Obama = teh suckness!!!

Spectreman on February 20, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Words just Words

Wade on February 20, 2009 at 11:35 AM

I think I’ll become them.

Entelechy on February 20, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Do not give in to the Dark Side. You’ll be depressed forever if you do.

DannoJyd on February 20, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Danno, my friend, not to worry. You’d have to kill me if I had to live like them. The hypocrisy would do me in. Here’s a cleaned up version (were it not for my fumble-fingers and drive to vent quickly), with a different ending, borrowed from Brooks’ nonsense in the headlines. It’s tragic when erudite ones like Brooks lose their minds to crotch.

Us:

Work hard
Pay your mortgage
Pay your taxes
Get refunded taxes with IOUs

Them:

Work a little or loaf
Buy expensive home you can’t afford, and don’t pay mortgage
Don’t pay taxes
Get bailed out by us

Other version of them:

Cheat or run a company in the ground
Take profits off shore
Never pay taxes
Get bailed out by us

Yet, other version of them:

Screw people by being an ambulance chaser
Run for office
Vote for law which exempts you from Social Security
Amass Gargantuan sums for your retirement
Let the suckers who voted for you be on Social Security

Kennedy version:

Have a drunk and whoring rich daddy
Be a drunk and whoring son
Pretend to be American royalty
The fools fall for it
Run for office
Take funds off shore
Live like kings, while milking the fools
Pretend your stupid offspring are still royalty
The idiots still vote you in

Obama version:

Pretend you’re deprived
Milk the family and the system
Exploit all emotions
Throw all under the bus who’re in your way
Get media, Brooks too, in your crotch, and keep them there
Get super rich sugardaddies
Pretend a lot
Become a good teleprompter reader
If prompter is missing, just pontificate, and mh, ahh, uhm
Imagine you’re a god
Fools believe you are
Lock up stupid, out of control, wife
In comparison, brain and manners you’re ’superior’
Have a naive opponent
Fool myriad of idiotic sheep
The rest is gravy

I think I’ll become an “idiot”.

Entelechy on February 20, 2009 at 11:42 AM

WHat the heck, Jug ears wouldn’t even send 50 bucks a year to his brother to double his standard of living. how can anyone expect him to care about 2 million

bullseye on February 20, 2009 at 11:55 AM

I am sure that money is in the stimlus bill if not, it will be in the next one so us suckers can pay for it.

Brat4life on February 20, 2009 at 11:56 AM

What democrats don’t pay bills! What a shocker. I am certain they were just assuming Chicago made a large in kind donation. They would never be irresponsible like their constituents and elite leaders. Would they?

Dasher on February 20, 2009 at 12:01 PM

“This is not a presidential visit. . . . This is a political event, and they’ve agreed to pay for all those services — all the expenses of that. … It’s costly, but they raised quite a bit of money. There’s no [shortage] of money in that campaign.”

So every time hopeychangey comes to the Windy City and ties up traffic, snarles up the home neighborhood, ties up the police services and then blows outta here we eat the bill?
HEY MAYOR RICHIE…NICE MOVE.

ChicagoBlues on February 20, 2009 at 12:25 PM

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 20, 2009 at 10:12 AM

Thanks Doc.

JohnnyD on February 20, 2009 at 12:31 PM

HEY MAYOR RICHIE…NICE MOVE.

ChicagoBlues on February 20, 2009 at 12:25 PM

And how much money and traffic tie-ups is Richie going to strap us with if we get the 2016 Olympics here, which is looking more possible by the day thanks to our Boy King.

A nightmare in the making.

Anything in Porkulus for this giant mess?

Knucklehead on February 20, 2009 at 12:38 PM

I think I’ll become an “idiot”.

Entelechy on February 20, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Dear Entelechy, never going to happen.

DannoJyd on February 20, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Now Chicago knows how the rest of America feels. Good luck collect from the deadbeat party.

workingforpigs on February 20, 2009 at 12:56 PM

“We are still looking at various costs and bills.”

I’m going to use this excuse to avoid paying all my bills next month. Or longer…

karl9000 on February 20, 2009 at 1:01 PM

You got the Change you deserve, Chicago.

Thanks for pawning him off on us.

patriette on February 20, 2009 at 1:04 PM

Entelechy on February 20, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Tell us how you really feel.

Johan Klaus on February 20, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Q: What is the sound of one market crashing?

A: Obamanomics.

Q: What is the leftists’ new economics Bible called?

A. The Necrobamacon.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on February 20, 2009 at 1:13 PM

I’m going to use this excuse to avoid paying all my bills next month. Or longer…

karl9000 on February 20, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Already tried it. They still keep calling relentlessly.

Badger40 on February 20, 2009 at 1:25 PM

If we, the people, just stopped paying our City, State and Federal Taxes, at the same time, we could shut down the radical left, dead in it’s tracks… It is impossible for the Lib-retards to arrest all of us, plus they would not want the publicity… It would be the revolution, without violence… Then if more is needed, we esculate…

Mark Garnett on February 20, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Chicago paid for this doofus.

Now we all must pay.

Thanks to a slim majority of morons.

profitsbeard on February 20, 2009 at 2:00 PM

If the City of Chicago takes Obama’s house, it is convenient that he has another place for a few years.

HotWeaver on February 20, 2009 at 2:19 PM

I think Tea Parties across the country as well as a tax protest would send a clear and unmistakable message to the dolts in Washington who supposedly work for us.

“Overtaxation Without Intelligent Representation!”

RickZ on February 20, 2009 at 2:27 PM

I’d rather live in my own private Idaho than see the policies of this president to succeed.

itzWicks on February 20, 2009 at 2:29 PM

Hype and Short-changed!

Yea, baby.

Earlg on February 20, 2009 at 3:15 PM

Back in the “Dark Ages,” a visit from the king & his court would often bankrupt the hosting noble & his household. This was one method of keeping any one noble from becoming too rich or too powerful.

Perhaps President Obama is a better student of history than I thought…

March Hare on February 20, 2009 at 3:34 PM

So the Dems that voted the stimulus bill in (spending our taxes) aren’t even paying their own bills to the city that helped them celebrate their new hegemony . . .

rasqual on February 20, 2009 at 4:00 PM

I thought the ogabe camp stated they had surplus cash left over from the 2-year campaign journey, during which they supposedly raised almost 700million & they can’t pay 1.7million?

And yet I am to better myself with 13 bucks a week? I am very corn-fused.

Ris4victory on February 20, 2009 at 4:16 PM

Obama and pelozi stuffed away almost 700 million dollars in campaign contributions (ok they were propbably made the the democrat party) …

But i see this as sheer and blantant RIP off of the american tax payer..

obama wants to keep all of his money and make the poor blacks in chicago go without garbage service so he can afford another mansion..

hypocrytes..

jcila on February 20, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Stiffing responsible homeowners AND Chicago at the same time? Obama is just multi-tasking.

In other news…The 92% American Responsible Homeowners Group AND the City of Chicago file class action lawsuits against Obama and the DNC….

TN Mom on February 20, 2009 at 4:45 PM

I think Tea Parties across the country as well as a tax protest would send a clear and unmistakable message to the dolts in Washington who supposedly work for us.

“Overtaxation Without Intelligent Representation!”

RickZ on February 20, 2009 at 2:27 PM

Exactly. American Tea Party – APRIL 15th, 2009.

We MUST coordinate!

Califemme on February 20, 2009 at 5:36 PM

That’s okay. Daley will send a thug with a nose bent to the right to break a few legs…

yous gize…

jbh45 on February 20, 2009 at 6:56 PM

No honor among communists!!

build the wall on February 20, 2009 at 7:51 PM

Gosh, Hard to believe the One would leave behind debt. He seems like such a fiscal conservative. Good thing I’m so sure he’s not going to leave this country in debt.

DarkKnight3565 on February 20, 2009 at 8:18 PM

“He’s a native. He’ll be good for it.”

“Okay, Sammy, you spoke for him, you collect.”

“Bye, Sammy.”

“Bye, Bambi.”

A morality play.
Just love how Chicago never quits. Next scene, Hoffa returns.

Flying Gadsden

Caststeel on February 20, 2009 at 8:50 PM

We all knew the content of his character before the election didn’t we.

HonestConservative on February 20, 2009 at 9:52 PM

Cash flush? Cash flushed!

njcommuter on February 20, 2009 at 11:04 PM

that’s some impressive hating I must say…..you guys should write a book!
…..and peddle it on Fox”news”

greataunty on February 21, 2009 at 8:32 AM

Not that big of a deal. Daley just sold off the parking meters for a billion dollars anyway.

Now we all get to pay six times what we used to to park.

See how great Chicago is?

Just wait until Obama starts auctioning off border patrol or port security to the highest bidder…

Oh wait…

aic4ever on February 21, 2009 at 5:11 PM

Another distraction from the problems the American people really care about.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 21, 2009 at 10:16 PM

Lets see, hummm

We got a speaker of the house that is sooooo mathematically challenged sooo clueless that she actually said, multiple times, “We are losing 500 million jobs every month!

Has anyone told her there are only 300 million Americans alive today? Including infants?

We have the guy in charge of the IRS is an admitted TAX cheat!

He’s the “smartest man for the job” and Turbo tax confused him!

A 10 year-old can figure out Turbo tax! It is purposely intuitive!

We have a black Attorney general, top cop in the land, 1st one in the history of this nation telling us “we are cowards and racist”

This after electing our 1st Black President!

And this President just stiffed his home town for his for $1.74M

We are SOOOO $crewed.

Is it time to start drinking again?

DSchoen on February 21, 2009 at 11:21 PM

Wait I just thought of some thing.

Is it possible that Holder calls us all racist and cowards as a shield for the next big $crewup coming our way?

Is pointing out major flockups now going to be a “racist attack” against Obama?

DSchoen on February 21, 2009 at 11:29 PM

“And yet I am to better myself with 13 bucks a week? I am very corn-fused.
Ris4victory “
Actually it’s $7.69 a week. Or 19.2 cents per hour!

The 13 bucks a week is based on 2 incomes.

Note he said average “family income”

BTW, did ya pick up you will see this on “FOOLS DAY” April 1st?

Hey greataunty, is doing the math now “hate” something?

DSchoen on February 21, 2009 at 11:43 PM

“WHat the heck, Jug ears wouldn’t even send 50 bucks a year to his brother to double his standard of living. how can anyone expect him to care about 2 million
bullseye on”
Naw dude I think ya got that one wrong.

It was his Aunt that was living in public housing that he wouldn’t help.

Zeituni Onyango, 56, referred to as “Aunti Zeituni” in Obama’s memoir

Hey greataunty is it “HATE” to have actually read Obama’s “memoir”

DSchoen on February 22, 2009 at 12:05 AM

Hey is this what they call a “pattern”

1 – 10 of about 26,200 for Obama stiffs campaign workers.

26k stories about Obama “Blanking his OWN HELP!”

Advance Indiana: Obama Campaign Stiffs Indiana Campaign Workers
Obama Campaign Stiffs Indiana Campaign Workers. Anyone out and about this past weekend couldn’t help but notice all the workers out canvasing for Obama’s

Obama Campaign Stiffs Ethnic Newspaper – NAM
Obama Campaign Stiffs Ethnic Newspaper. New America Media,

News Analysis/Commentary, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Aug 25, 2008. Editor’s Note: The Obama campaign …
Campaign Workers Angry About Getting Stiffed By Obama | Politica…

Campaign Workers Angry About Getting Stiffed By Obama | Political … Wow, would Barack Obama really stiff the people who worked so hard to get him elected? …

Clinton camp reimburses; landlord to donate check to Obama campaign

Feb 13, 2008 … Now, he says he will donate the $500 check to Barack Obama’s campaign. … space to Clinton campaign workers for five days prior to the Jan.

DSchoen on February 22, 2009 at 12:42 AM