Obama employs absentee landlord as finance advisor

This Modern World Blog Archive Penny Pritzker, Obama, and the Massive Housing Crisis
Pritzker is the national finance chair of Obama’s presidential campaign. She’s from one of America’s richest families, the founders of the Hyatt hotel chain, and is herself the 135th richest person in America.

She also has an ugly history as the former chair of Superior Bank in Illinois, which (1) was created thanks to a giant S&L bailout by the government; (2) then helped invent the securitization of subprime mortgages; and (3) then collapsed in 2001 thanks to massive financial chicanery.

Interestingly, she lives in a fancy Chicago neighborhood just a short stroll away from Austan Goolsbee, a University of Chicago professor who’s one of Obama’s main economic advisors. It’s really quite wonderful how Goolsbee can maintain his deep admiration for the Free Market while living a few blocks away from billionaires who use massive government power to create and subsidize their businesses.
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Question: can it be positive and productive to criticise a candidate you still want to run for office?
Ok, then. So predictably, another Obama- scandal appears, targeting his idealism while undermining his sense of personal judgement - in this incarnation, the "Rezko- problem/deal/issue".

Obama on Rezko deal: It was a mistake :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Politics
In June 2005, Obama and Rezko purchased adjoining parcels in Kenwood. The state's junior senator paid $1.65 million for a Georgian revival mansion, while Rezko paid $625,000 for the adjacent, undeveloped lot. Both closed on their properties on the same day.

Last January, aiming to increase the size of his sideyard, Obama paid Rezko $104,500 for a strip of his land.
Indeed, on the same day(!). Alarums. Dashing skill on the typewriter, there.

Question: can we see the difference between those two scandals? (And go on and write something, you lazy bastards - you're heading for an historic election which may, unlike previous ones, actually turn out to be about real issues rather than just cult- like personality- worship by about 25% of the population...)
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