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[2 Jun 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

A week barely goes by without Barack Obama further securing his hold on the title I gave him some months ago—decidedly the worst president of the United States compared to the 43 who preceded him in the 221 year history of the office.

Fortunately, he has botched his politics so badly he has increased chances of his defeat in 2012—something I look forward to: if the country can survive until then.
Last week he further clinched being the worst and the most politically inept with four baldly partisan acts masquerading as diplomacy …

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[26 Apr 2010 | 7 Comments | ]

PARIS–I’ve spent the past couple of weeks puttering around Paris taking care of some unpleasant but important business, all the while getting calls and e-mail queries from all kinds of media—mainstream to miniblogs.
What’s happened here during my stay? Well, Greece is going broke and Portugal and others are teetering on the edge. An unpronounceable volcano in Iceland belched enough ash into the air to bring world airline traffic to a dead halt.

The right-wing party of French President Nicholas Sarkozy lost virtually everywhere in the country during the recent mid-term elections, …

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[15 Apr 2010 | One Comment | ]

Mayor Richard Daley wants people to drink more along the lakefront as a way to gin up money for the Chicago Park District and avoid raising taxes.
That relaxed, party-on vibe spread Wednesday from City Hall to lakefront aldermen and even parks advocacy groups who don’t oppose Daley’s plan to double the number of liquor licenses to 25 along Lake Michigan.

The mayor dismissed the notion that more liquor could lead to problems in an area of the city that often draws big crowds.
Read more at the Chicago Tribune

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[15 Dec 2009 | No Comment | ]

We’ve learned nothing from the recession.
The American economy turned wretched because we borrowed too much. So, here we’re doing it again. And again. And again.
In Chicago, Mayor Richard M. Daley is prematurely dipping into billions made from selling taxpayer-owned assets. That money was supposed to last decades, but lasting just one would be a surprise. Just like borrowing, it’s stealing from our kids.
Illinois’ credit is so bad that its bonds are considered almost as risky as California’s, which has the worst rating in the nation. No one is even close …

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[4 Dec 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

Well it’s happened again, a big trade show announces it’s leaving the city of Chicago and the Media and Mayor point the finger at the workers and how much money they make as if that’s the problem. Mayor Daley never mentions the cuts labor has already taken over the last 10 years to try to work with him and the Show Producers; like giving up double time for time and a half or the cut in crews from three to two in the case of Machinery Movers. Instead of acknowledging …

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[30 Nov 2009 | One Comment | ]

I plead guilty to have done nothing to save the Gropius and related buildings on the old Michael Reese Hospital complex. In fact I remember having been there not more than two or three times to visit a patient. But sometime last week the publicity about the destruction of the buildings somehow grabbed my attention to the degree that I sought out the young man leading the effort to save the buildings.
Last Thursday, he drove me to the campus and I saw first hand what was going on, …

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[18 Nov 2009 | 10 Comments | ]

“O’Hare Expansion Fight Grounded for Good,” announced an NBC Channel 5 headline on the Chicago television station’s website. “City will pay Bensenville $16 million”
Well, not quite yet “for good;” there’s still a major church-state fight working its way up to the Supreme Court over whether Chicago can ride roughshod over a religion’s right maintain an undisturbed cemetery, in conformance with its tenets, in the path of the expansion plan’s most southern runway. Ignore it if you will, but the high court’s decision in the suit by St. John’s United Church …

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[9 Nov 2009 | One Comment | ]

“Rome had in very truth become the city where everything was for sale,” said Edith Hamilton in her classic “The Roman Way.”
Chicago has, too, but in a different way now than in days of yore. In the old days—say four or five years ago and going back to its roots—one rented a piece of the city short term if one wanted to do serious business here.
You wanna open up a bookstore at O’Hare airport? OK—easy enough. You just gotta accept a couple of partners at no cost to them—friends of …

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[28 Oct 2009 | 3 Comments | ]

The mayor was presented with a new revenue raising proposal: the water department would install additional meters sufficient to cover all existing accounts and all newly constructed buildings would be required to be metered. All city businesses and residents would be billed for their water usage. Flat rate water bills would be a thing of the past.
The mayor, however, promptly rejected the proposal. It offended him to think that all Chicagoans, including children, could no longer take a drink of cool tap water on a hot summer’s day without being …