Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, former Chief of Staff in President Barack Obama’s White House, has written an op-ed in the Washington Post advising America, and Democrats in particular, to follow Chicago’s example in designing their policies, arguing that doing so will help the economy and keep Republicans out of office.

Emanuel advocates heavy investment in public infrastructure, funds for competition among public schools, spending more money for skills training at the collegiate level, and pushing for “comprehensive immigration reform.” He also cites Democrat successes from Bill Clinton’s second term, such as balancing the federal budget.

Yet there are a few features of Emanuel’s tenure in Chicago that the nation would be wise not to emulate.

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