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Officially it was a ribbon cutting, but the ceremony on Tuesday for the opening of Chicago's newest Walmart looked and felt more like a homecoming pep rally merged with a revival meeting—if such things were held inside shiny big-box stores plastered with corporate logos.Meet Joe Black OST - 11. Death and Taxes
There were group cheers and sing-alongs. Preachers did a little praying and blessing. Residents of the Pullman and Roseland community were exchanging hugs and high fives. And there was a consistent refrain throughout: Walmart might be the only thing that can save this distressed, high-crime urban area littered with abandoned industrial sites.
At the very least, everyone seemed to agree that it's the best bet right now for Pullman and Roseland. Previous generations moved to the area for the jobs at big industrial operations like the Pullman train car factory, the Sherwin-Williams plant, or the Ryerson steel processing facility.
One by one they all shut down. When Beale took me on a tour of his ward five years ago, we watched bulldozers turn the last of the Ryerson plant into rubble and dust. But the alderman had high hopes for the Ryerson site, near th Street right off the Bishop Ford expressway. He and a group of developers wanted to fill it with homes, a community center, and especially new employers of some kind—of any kind, when it came right down to it.
Beale initially flirted with various manufacturers, though it became clear that a big-box retailer would be an easier draw. He thought Ikea might be interested.
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Nothing came of it. He turned to Walmart. The politics were complicated—Beale had expressed distaste for some of the company's labor practicesand he was one of the aldermen who helped pass a big-box living-wage ordinance despite Walmart's threats to bypass Chicago if forced to boost pay and benefits a threat it's made again recently in Washington, DC.
Then Mayor Richard M. Daley vetoed the ordinance, portraying Walmart's expansion in Chicago as a civil rights issue for depressed communities. Most aldermen concluded that they'd rather tout the creation of Walmart jobs than none at all.
One journalist has gone so far as to describe today's event as Abbott essentially begging for his job. The problem that will likely emerge from the PM today is that, despite saying he's heard the concerns of voters, Abbott appears to have not "listened" to them at all. Nowhere in his acknowledgement of the Queensland election result has Abbott conceded that Newman's reformist policies and therefore those of his own Government were part of the problem.
Conservative media doyen Paul Kelly perhaps best describes the lessons Abbott should have taken from the Queensland result: The lessons are that broken political promises won't be tolerated, leadership arrogance is fatal, the public does not accept the tough Liberal Party prescriptions on debt and deficits and, if sufficiently disillusioned, it will restore formerly discredited ALP governments after one term on the pledge they will "listen" and ditch the harsh medicine.
Yet according to comments made by Abbott yesterday, he believes the Government simply needs to plough on with its own reforms, no matter how harsh or unfair, and just needs to get its communication strategy right: Obviously there are lessons from the result in Queensland. The lessons are not to give up on reform but to make sure that everything you propose is fully explained and well justified and obviously that's a lesson we're determined to learn in Canberra as well.
Some Queensland MPs beg to differwith federal backbencher Wyatt Roy suggesting the Government not only needs to become "very good at explaining complicated ideas and painting a vision for the future of the country" but also must improve by "taking the public into our confidence and explaining how we can achieve that vision and the challenges that we face along the way. While this speech may have started out as part of Turnbull's long-game, it's quickly gained currency as Abbott's leadership standing has crumbled.
Inconveniently for Abbott, Turnbull's speech provides the PM with a model response to his current political woes. Arguing that it's easy to describe how governments can maintain wage levels and social safety nets within first world economies, Turnbull went on to warn that the solutions are nevertheless hard to execute.
Turnbull agreed communication was part of the challenge, arguing that: Leaders must be decision makers, but they must also be, above all, explainers and advocates, unravelling complex issues in clear language that explains why things have to change and why the Government cannot solve every problem.
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He also noted the need to take "decisions which may not be popular but will be accepted because the public understands why they have to be taken. The need to BE fair as well as being seen to be fair is the message that PM Abbott is just not heeding. He didn't listen to Howard, nor does it seem that he has listened to the people of Queensland. But Turnbull has listened carefully, telling the LA crowd: It is vitally important, both as a matter of social justice and political reality, that structural changes are seen as being fair across the board.
That means not only must tough decisions be justified, but that the burden of adjustment is not borne disproportionately by one part of the community. It's hardly coincidental that Turnbull now appears to be firming as the contender most likely to replace Abbott if the current PM is deemed by colleagues to be permanently damaged in the eyes of the electorate.
Without change, Abbott's a dead man walking
Four weeks ago, this column predicted Abbott had six months to turn his political fortunes around. Four events were identified as being the potential turning points. An unhelpful intervention in the Queensland election was one, and a poor performance at tomorrow's NPC address was another, leaving the NSW election and budget as two other possible pivots.
State and federal LNP MPs are making no bones about the floating of the GSTMedicare cuts and industrial relations reform at the national level making matters worse for the party during the state election. Their disgruntlement adds to that of the Victorian MPs still seething over similar problems during their state election in December. Yet there is still hope being held out by the PM's ministry that today's speech will revive what is increasingly looking to outsiders as an odorous leadership corpse.