CHICAGO (CBS) — About our public-schools, the empty school budget, the bad money crunch, what I’m thinking is: C’mon Mr. Mayor, you can find some money for the schools the way you find it for other things.

The Rahmbo way: The Rambo rolodex; your days in the White House; your private telephone phone numbers of the rich and famous. Call them, Mr. Mayor, and get the money that only you can get, like the $64 million you got for your big bash for NATO, and the $7 billion you’re getting for your Chicago trust for roads and bridges.

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Tell the rich and famous you now need money for the children, for air-conditioning in the sweltering classrooms that are numbing their minds, books for their low-grade libraries, pencils and paper for their homework.

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Tell your money pals you’ll ask for less for bashes and bridges and the Obama campaign for re-election, if they’ll give more to the children.

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If you want to, your honor, you know you can do it. Just pick up your phone.