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Roundup: Obama and Illinois Review on Tea Parties; Roeser on Tickets; Fr. Sirico in Chicago

Chicago Daily Observer 30 April 2009 No Comment

President Obama announces but fails to compute fractions

“So, you know, when you see — those of you who are watching certain news channels on which I’m not very popular and you see folks waving tea bags around, let me just remind them that I am happy to have a serious conversation about how we are going to cut our health care costs down over the long term, how we’re going to stabilize Social Security.”

“But let’s not play games and pretend that the reason is because of the [$787 billion stimulus bill], because that’s just a fraction of the overall problem that we’ve got.”

The fraction Pres. Obama is looking for is 3/5.  The stimulus increases the deficit by 3/5, or 60%.  More at CNN

Phil Kerpen at the Illinois Review has a wise warning to Democrats insisting on irritating politically active (tea-partying) voters

“Nobody won this election promising endless bailouts, a huge federal spending spree and broad tax hikes. If elected officials fail to change course, they may discover that the masses of Americans who took to the streets on April 15 will also canvass neighborhoods, work phone banks, contribute to political campaigns and vote. That’s reality, and anyone pretending that most people who voted Democratic knew all this was in store is in serious denial.”

Our Tom Roeser journals the back of the napkin GOP ticket: Kirk-Senate, Gidwitz-Governor, Wesbury-Lt. Gov, Tillman-Comptroller, Rutherford-Treasurer, Wallace-SOS.

“I remember when Dick Ogilvie who was as magnetic as a lead nail ran for sheriff, then president of the Cook county board and finally governor…getting elected to all three. He came along at precisely the time when there were doubts about glad-handing pols. His slogan was “the right man for a tough job.” I envision Ron Gidwitz doing the same tough thing were he to get the Republican gubernatorial nomination. This time…his second try…he will have the benefit of an experienced team in management and media-something I thought he lacked last time.

If the Republicans were smart…which is in itself doubtful…they will slate Kirk for the Senate where he at least belongs…even though he’d lose my vote but might gain others…Gidwitz for governor…Brian Wesbury, the WSJ’s favorite economic columnist (who hit all the numbers on the button a few years ago on his predictions) for Lt. Governor, followed by John Tillman of the Illinois Policy Institute, a by-the-numbers libertarian, for comptroller, Dan Rutherford for treasurer, Jim Durkin for AG and Dr. Eric Wallace, a bright young black educator and writer for secretary of state.”

Fr. Robert Sirico offers a Classic Liberal tonic to the Left Liberal gin speaking today at a lunch at the University Club titled Great Challenges, Greater Opportunities

In this lecture, Rev. Sirico addresses some of the key cultural factors essential to a robust economy, including rule of law, trust, and a worldview that encourages rather than undermines these things.   Full report coming tomorrow.

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