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[27 May 2009 | 4 Comments | ]

Politics is always the art of compromise.  Barack Obama is a politician. Ergo, Barack Obama is a compromiser.
The term politicians prefer is “pragmatist”—more macho, less namby-pamby.
The question at hand, however, is not what term we use, but what principles are compromised—and what level of compromise is acceptable. Therein lies my concern.
What I am seeing in the president I supported is a history—not quite a pattern—of compromise on civil liberties. This I find not only uncomfortable, but potentially dangerous. I dislike using that cliché about the slippery slope, but it applies.
The …

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[27 May 2009 | One Comment | ]

A former faculty colleague of Barack Obama’s once counseled a visiting professor  at the University of Chicago that the current chief executive was an ideologue who was so married to his previously indoctrinated ideas that it was impossible to teach him anything new.  When John Lott was on campus as an economics professor, he expressed an interest in meeting Obama. Lott envisioned having lunch with the adjunct professor, but Obama brushed him off after a single encounter in a faculty lounge. Obama dismissed Lott, the author of More Guns, Less …

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[26 May 2009 | One Comment | ]

Here is one straw in the wind that does not bode well for a Sotomayor appointment. Justice Stevens of the current court came in for a fair share of criticism (all justified in my view) for his expansive reading in Kelo v. City of New London (2005) of the “public use language.” Of course, the takings clause of the Fifth Amendment is as complex as it is short: “Nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” But he was surely done one better in the Summary …

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[26 May 2009 | 13 Comments | ]

Those who have listened to my radio show through the years remember Terry Barnich. He was a superbly equipped conservative with great knowledge of business, government, the law and politics who appeared on it many times. He was lawyer, former general counsel to Jim Thompson, former chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission and president of New Paradigm Resources, a firm specializing in strategic planning in the energy field.
I am deeply sorry to report that Terry, whom I guess was about 55, was killed yesterday…Memorial Day… in Iraq where he had …

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[26 May 2009 | 5 Comments | ]

As any good son should do, I called my mother on Mother’s Day.  We often discuss day-to-day happenings and stories, but this Mother’s Day conversation was particularly nostalgic.  She mentioned that while cleaning, she found an old photo album with pictures from my early childhood.  She noticed that in a good amount of the pictures, I was wearing at least one piece of clothing that represented DePaul University.  The pictures of my father and I at Blue Demon basketball games were also numerous––not to mention the yearly shot with the …

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[22 May 2009 | One Comment | ]

Barack Obama is learning the hard way with the closing-Gitmo issue how campaign demagoguery conflicts with governing. His speech before a masterly David Axelrod-contrived backdrop of the Constitution and Declaration as symbols mesmerized at least one source–the zombie-like Associated Press.
Minutes after the president delivered his oration (which contained no solution to the impasse) the wire service’s Steven Hurst wrote an analysis piece that could be used for the 2012 campaign brochure, terming the former U of Chicago untenured law lecturer who allowed his law license to expire “a constitutional scholar.” …

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[22 May 2009 | No Comment | ]

Governor Quinn’s Taxpayer Action Board is scheduled to get together for an open meeting on Friday, May 22, to address if there are any remaining questions and to finalize the initial reports from each subcommittee. This is a long-awaited event.
Well, today is Wednesday, May 20, and we’re two days out from the open meeting. Amazingly, there are no details on the Taxpayer Action Board’s website about when and where this meeting is supposed to be held. It simply says “Open Meeting Notice (to be posted).”
How exactly are taxpayers supposed to …

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[21 May 2009 | 4 Comments | ]

It was with a great deal of dismay that I listened to the speeches given last Sunday at Notre Dame by Fr. John Jenkins the President of the University and Barack Obama the President of the United States. Both are decent men and both are eloquent speakers, but both, I’m afraid to say, are confused in regard to some fundamental matters. Fr. Jenkins wrapped himself in the mantle of humility and open-mindedness, protesting that he was standing in the great Catholic intellectual tradition of dialogue and conversation, and President Obama …

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[21 May 2009 | 4 Comments | ]

Overwhelming Liberal Imbalance.
In all of Chicago’s so-called “mainline print media”…which is often called the Old Media (for a good reason)… there are only 3-1/2 conservative voices compared to a total of 22 liberal columnists. Does that strike you as diversity? Especially since the generic preference for Congress is 41% Dem and 36% Republican?
And the fact that polls have shown a rightward tack on abortion, Opinion Dynamics supporting pro-life 47-44, Gallup finding Americans supporting pro-life 51-42 (due principally to the growing use of ultra-sound which show parents that there’s a live …

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[21 May 2009 | No Comment | ]

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner recently said in an interview that the #1 policy mistake that helped cause our economic and financial turmoil was that “monetary policy around the world was too loose, too long.”
Some people may think this was Geithner’s way of throwing Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke under the bus.  After all, although former Fed Chair Alan Greenspan has been getting the lion’s share of the blame for overly loose money earlier this decade, Bernanke was on the Fed Board from 2002 to 2005.  Back then, it was Bernanke …