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[29 Feb 2008 | No Comment | ]

February 19 was a busy day at City Hall, as city officials gave the Daley administration the OK to jack up property taxes by untold hundreds of millions of dollars, virtually handed the mayor those millions to spend as he pleases, and threatened to kick a bunch of seniors out of their west-side homes.
The action was at the monthly meeting of the Community Development Commission, the mayorally appointed advisory group of lawyers, developers, city department heads and other Daley allies in charge of forking over TIF dollars. As you should …

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[29 Feb 2008 | 4 Comments | ]

Inspiration has struck. I have come upon a solution to the problem of illegal immigration that will almost entirely eliminate it, vastly expand our economy, dramatically improve the economy of Mexico and inspire millions of Mexicans now here illegally to return to their native territory. It will enhance our own national security by making our southern border much easier to patrol. To wit, invite Mexico to petition for statehood. If she refuses, declare war and forcibly annex her. But if she forces us to go the latter route, she will …

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[28 Feb 2008 | 6 Comments | ]

The Chicago Archdiocese serves more than 100,000 students from every faith, family background, and financial situation. The Archdiocese also creates jobs for more than 8,000 persons who teach, administer and serve the Catholic School System. Those employees and the parents of Catholic school students pay taxes – which fuel the Public Schools. The public school sacred cow worshippers would have one believe that Catholic and other private schools serve the elite. That is not close to the case, unless, of course, great personal sacrifice is the rubric …

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[28 Feb 2008 | No Comment | ]

Democrats often pillory Republicans for their economic errors. From the 1930s on, they reminded Americans of Herbert Hoover’s Great Depression. In 1960, they blamed Dwight Eisenhower for slow growth. In the 1980s, they decried the “trickle-down” policies of Ronald Reagan. And today, they excoriate the damage caused by the North American Free Trade Agreement passed under … Bill Clinton.
Even Hillary Clinton treats the accord with a warmth she normally reserves for Kenneth Starr. She never misses a chance to denounce what she calls “the shortcomings of NAFTA,” or to insist …

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[28 Feb 2008 | 9 Comments | ]

All conservatives, indeed all Americans, owe William F. Buckley enormously. You can’t imagine how poverty-stricken we were, bereft of conservative thought before he came along. Everything we had in the post FDR years was vestigial liberalism with no challenge. And then came 1955 the the year he began “National Review.” I was 27 at the time, already working for a living in Minnesota as researcher, organizer and speech-writer for the state’s GOP. Robert Taft had died two years earlier. The only thing we had to read was Robert R. McCormick’s …

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[27 Feb 2008 | 17 Comments | ]

In the waning days of his unsuccessful presidential campaign, former Bob Dole asked a rhetorical question: “Where’s the outrage?” This was a challenge to the media and the public concerning serious allegations, many of which were subsequently proven, that the Clinton/Gore campaign has engaged in illegal fund raising practices which had included accepting contributions from foreign nationals. Dole correctly pointed out that the press had been ignoring the story. Although the issue failed to produce dividends for Dole, the press belatedly took up the issue. Vice President Gore’s visit to …

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[27 Feb 2008 | No Comment | ]

Cook County Board President Todd Stroger appears to have enough votes to pass a series of tax increases today.
But it remains unclear whether he is willing to make the concessions needed to close the deal.
County budget deal ready if Stroger agrees
Commissioners and labor union leaders say Stroger will get the votes if he:
• • Scales back his plan to increase spending 7 percent and add 1,100 new employees to the payroll.

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[27 Feb 2008 | 3 Comments | ]

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has the chance to do something right. Last month Illinois became the third state to pass the National Popular Vote Bill, which would direct a state’s presidential electors to cast their votes for whoever wins the national popular vote. But in Illinois, unlike Maryland and New Jersey, the bill has not yet become law. In this state the governor has not yet signed the legislation – and has told reporters he is not sure if he will.
On most matters we show a certain reverence for the …

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[26 Feb 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

Two days after the wreckage of Alan Keyes’ 2004 senate candidacy Michael Sneed posed a question in her Sun-Times column, asking, “Is a new Republican Party in Illinois looming?”
Republican fundraiser Thomas Grusecki told Sneed at the time, “the unfunny joke is over. It’s time to rebuild, but without (Keyes). We need fresh blood and new leadership and to get this back to a two-party system.”
Unfortunately, well over three years later, the answer to Sneed’s question is still “no.” New leadership, yes. Rebuilding, no. And certainly no two-party system. That …

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[26 Feb 2008 | 13 Comments | ]

Mene, mene, tekel, Hillary.
The handwriting is on the wall.
The die is cast.
The fat lady is warbling.
It’s time to go gentle into that good night.
Hillary Clinton’s “firewall” states of Texas and Ohio will prove to be tinderboxes next week.
Even if she manages to carry both, it will not be by anywhere near the margins needed for her to get back in the game.
More likely, Barack Obama will win the delegate count in Texas even if he does not actually carry the popular vote. Further, her strongest supporters now recognize Ohio will …