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[31 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]

Criminals know that people who are distracted might forget to keep an eye on their valuables. It’s just happened to us as a nation.
We have all been so busy whining about bonuses at American International Group Inc. and arguing about the so-called card- check legislation that we forgot to watch the Social Security surplus. While we were looking away, that surplus disappeared, eight years ahead of schedule.
Read More from Kevin Hassett at Bloomberg

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[31 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]

Back in February, the government said that its $787 billion stimulus bill would create 3.5 million new jobs.  This was at the very highest end of the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) estimate of 1.2 to 3.6 million new jobs.
But even this high-end estimate of US job creation is penny-ante, when compared to a leaked memo from Gordon Brown, the prime minister of the United Kingdom.  He proposed a $2 trillion European stimulus plan that was supposedly going to create 19 million jobs.  In other words, Europe can create a new …

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[31 Mar 2009 | 4 Comments | ]

In a few short days Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley, winner of the special Democratic primary election of March 3, will be ratified as Democratic representative of the 5th Congressional District of Illinois.
His nomination was widely seen as a harbinger of political reform—a dubious precept, as I will demonstrate—but it’s likely to result in a serious regression for the County Board.
Quigley may not be the absolute reformer many believe him to be, but for years he usually played a constructive, independent role along with Democrats Forrest Claypool and Larry Suffredin …

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[30 Mar 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

With superb liberal self-righteousness…brimming with much fervor as advocate herself …“Tribune” columnist Mary Schmich is thrilled that Loyola’s law school has allowed a panel to support same-sex marriage with evidently no formal contrary views represented by a contradictory speaker. The forum was conjured up by a group that calls itself “OUTlaw.” Schmich’s heart went a-tremble as she wrote Friday that “flat-screen TVs all over the school were advertising the presentation.” A Loyola faculty member is its counselor.
Then she happily reported that State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) who’s openly gay and …

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[30 Mar 2009 | 27 Comments | ]

Giggling and smirking, President Obama is cautiously working towards granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants (“undocumented workers“ if you prefer the politically correct term). If Congress will not authorize amnesty on a de jure basis quickly, Obama is prepared to allow a de facto amnesty to occur by simply ignoring the existing immigration laws. Maybe Obama’s Kenyan aunt and uncle who have been living in the country illegally will be naturalized too. Who knows?
The chief obstacle to controlling illegal immigration in the United States is an almost complete absence …

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[30 Mar 2009 | One Comment | ]

In Obama’s entire circle of advisers, one man rises above the pack, gaining the reputation as the most ruthless political figure in America today. This man is Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s chief of staff. Instead of being an impassioned ideologue, he instead enjoys utilizing Machiavellian tactics to achieve more traditional political ends. A classic Chicago-style machine politician, Rahm will do whatever is necessary to get things done his way. With his aggressive tactics, he has earned the nickname of “Rahmbo.”
Read more at The Moderate Vote

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[30 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]

Former Vice President Al Gore comes to the Chicago Theatre April 1  at 7:30 PM, just in time to see the after effects of a rare Spring Blizzard.  Slick roads, pileups, ice pellets, all  sure signs of Climate Change.

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[27 Mar 2009 | 14 Comments | ]

The South Side Irish Parade ended on March 25, 2009 with this paragraph from the South Side Irish Parade Committee –‘Let this release serve as notice that the South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is not planning to stage a parade in its present form in March of 2010.’
 
It was determined by the committee to make the announcement only days following the Parade.  This gave the people that I call ‘Haters’ ample opportunity to get their ‘I Hate the South Side Irish’ freak on.
 
These people come from every …

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[26 Mar 2009 | One Comment | ]

Bills now winding their way through Congress would tax between 70% and 90% of bonuses paid to any executive earning in excess of $250,000, if he or she is employed by a business that received more than $5 billion from U.S. bailout funds. With popular outcry at a fever pitch, too few Democrats and only some Republicans are prepared to stand up to this juggernaut.
But would the courts uphold this legislation? The AIG bonuses were made pursuant to valid contracts entered into before the receipt of the bailout money. They …

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[26 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]

All too little attention has been paid to President Barack Obama’s shocking plan to force private insurance companies to pay for the treatment of military veterans who have suffered service-connected disabilities and injuries.
For most of the media—and, consequently, the public—the plan briefly flashed like heat lightning in the summer sky and soundlessly disappeared. But the very existence of the plan, and the story of how it bit the dust, raises serious questions about the Obama administration’s political wisdom, its ability to govern and whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is running …