Chicago’s Infamous Strongarm Tactics Don’t Get Olympics
By Victor Thorn
Although not highly publicized, according to Robert Livingstone—an expert on the Olympic bid selection process—Chicago’s political machine ponied up $100 million to be considered for the 2016 Games. This wasn’t taxpayer money, but came directly from private sources that sought riches in the future.
To put this matter into perspective, the Chicago Stewardship Report reveals there were 29 million dollar donors, 29 half-million-dollar donors, and 120-plus who kicked in $100,000. Needless to say, the Chicago political mob had plenty invested in landing the Summer Games. Kenneth Vogel of the Associated Press estimated that Chicago “could see $22.5 billion of economic development and thousands of jobs from the Games.”
In addition, one can’t exclude the graft, corruption, kickbacks, cost overruns, and overpriced union labor that could have spiraled into the billions. Or, as Olympic historian David
Wallechinsky quipped, “If they’re going to add a new sport for the Chicago Olympics, corruption would be a great one—they’re really good at that.”
The Chicago machine wanted this event so desperately that they dispatched President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle, Oprah Winfrey, fixer Valerie Jarrett, Mayor Richard Daley, plus former gold medalists such as Nadia Comaneci, Bart Connor, Edwin Moses, and basketball legend David Robinson.
But even all this star power couldn’t secure the highly cherished prize. International Olympic Committee (IOC) panelists eliminated Chicago in the first round, and as such, billions slipped through their fingers.
Did Barack Obama’s own philosophy of social redistribution backfire on him and his cronies? After all, didn’t he tell Joe the Plumber during the 2008 presidential campaign that we need to “spread the wealth around”? Well, the IOC selection panel took from those who’ve played host plenty of times in the past (the U.S.) and gave to those who’ve been less fortunate (South America). Somehow, it seems poetically just that Obama & Company had to finally drink from a cup of their own making.
Victor Thorn is a hard-hitting researcher, journalist and the author of many books on 9-11 and the New World Order. These include 9-11 Evil: The Israeli Role in 9-11 and Phantom Flight 93.
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(Issue # 43, October 26, 2009)