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[27 Aug 2009 | One Comment | ]

Auto sales spiked 16% in July and likely rose again in August.  Much of the increase is due to the “cash for clunkers” program, where the federal government gives car buyers up to $4,500 to trade in older, lower miles per gallon, vehicles for brand new autos with better fuel efficiency.
Given the increase in sales, it’s not hard to see why so many people like the program.  Everyone who had a clunker that they knew they would be replacing in the next couple of years is happy that the government …

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[27 Aug 2009 | One Comment | ]

In Brazil, India, China, Japan, and much of continental Europe the recession has ended. In the second quarter this year, both the French and German economies grew by 0.3 percent, while the U.S. economy shrank by 1 percent. How can that be? Unlike America, France and Germany had no government stimulus worth speaking of, the Germans declining to go the Obama route on the quaint grounds that they couldn’t afford it. They did not invest in the critical signage-in-front-of-holes-in-the-road sector. And yet their recession has gone away. Of the …

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[26 Aug 2009 | One Comment | ]

The Senate’s majority whip, the pantingly liberal Dick Durbin…(who in this column has carried the same appellation as Donald Trump’s The Donald)…has been out of the line of fire recently-which suits him just fine. The last time he expressed himself was to rule out his participation at Town Hall meetings because the Nazis (i.e. those who oppose Obama’s health initiative were in control. He escaped editorial criticism on that stand. The papers like Dick Durbin because in fair liberal weather he is always available for a close-up. In fact, …

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[26 Aug 2009 | 3 Comments | ]

This is like watching a shell game.  You see something under one shell and, just as you begin going for it, another shell slides around to catch your eye.  I’m talking about the politics being played in Washington.
When unemployment numbers go up and the economy goes down, the administration changes from its “look forward” stance and attacks the Bush administration and how they inherited this bad situation.
When thousands of people begin to protest against Congress passing a 1300 page health care measure before they read it, the focus changes to …

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[25 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]

State Sen. Matt Murphy (R-Palatine) is running as a strong social conservative for governor of Illinois-but in the company of a few other so-called “pro-lifers” he cast a vote for pro-abort Sen. Christine Radogno (R-Lagrange) as Republican leader heedless of the fact that by doing so he was consigning important life issues to the dustbin since Radogno is a wholly owned subsidiary of Terry Cosgrove’s Personal PAC. The pro-life opponent to Radogno was Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) whose anti-abortion credentials are unquestioned. Joining Murphy in voting for Radogno was State …

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[25 Aug 2009 | 3 Comments | ]

Angry Austin residents want High School of their own
While contemplating whether this week’s column should tell Barack Obama what to do about health care, Afghanistan, the economy or other such trivia, the above headline from Sunday’s Sun-Times caught my eye and sent my mind reeling back to a time when a certain Chicago high school gang was internationally known for music, not mayhem.
I was saddened to read that the original Austin High School no longer exists in any form. Its successor, Austin Community Academy, was shut down by Mayor Daley …

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[25 Aug 2009 | One Comment | ]

Maybe President Barack Obama, instead of portraying opponents of his version of heath-care reform as liars, should cast out the mote in his own eye. From him and his White House has flowed a never-ending stream of misinformation, disinformation, exaggerations and just plain baloney.
Take the oft-repeated claim that 50 million, 60 million or whatever — take your pick — Americans have no health insurance, as if our uninsured population is expiring in the nation’s gutters because no one (read: Republicans) cares. But what the Obama and Democratic operatives don’t tell …

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[24 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]

He’s the symbol of pantingly opportunistic unprincipled politics: Dickie Durbin who can hardly get his legs into his pants early enough in the morning to see how he can advance his career. He is seen everywhere on the tube in Illinois. But one place he won’t be spotted: running a Town Hall during this summer’s congressional recess where lawmakers are supposed to go to the people to get their views. For he may be a fast-running Sammy Glick but Dick Durbin isn’t nuts. He knows voters are on the rise …

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[23 Aug 2009 | 4 Comments | ]

Just last week I was in Toulouse France, filming for my ten part documentary on Catholicism. I will admit that I was in Toulouse for fairly personal reasons. In the Dominican church of the Jacobins, in a golden casket situated under a side altar, are the remains of my hero, St. Thomas Aquinas. I spent a good amount of time in silent prayer in front of Thomas’s coffin, thanking him for giving direction to my life. When I was a fourteen year old freshman at Fenwick High School, I was …

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[22 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]

Now, Bloomberg’s Timothy Burger brings news about Axelrod’s latest health care conflicts of interest that will come as no surprise to those who have fully informed themselves of the Chicago way. While White House press secretary Robert Gibbs assails the motives of grass-roots activists by falsely smearing the movement as corporate-funded shills, Barack Obama’s own senior adviser and chief Astroturfer raked in millions of dollars fromBig Pharma.

Two firms that received $343.3 million to handle advertising for Barack Obama’s White House run last year have profited from his top priority as president …