November 30, 2009 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Capitalism, Chicago, Congress, Cook County, Economy/Finances, Elections, Government, Corruption, Health, Illinois, Jobs, Liberals, Socialism, Society/Culture, State Government, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
From the Dold campaign…
The end of 2009 is almost here, and as Election Day, February 2nd, quickly approaches, it is time to look forward to electing a new Congressional leader who will bring your concerns and ideas to Washington. I believe that healthcare, an issue at the forefront of our minds this election season, needs to be reformed the right way—without a government takeover.
The current Democrat-backed health care plan will increase government health expenditures by an estimated $1 trillion over a ten year period. While the consequences of the enormous bill will affect us on a national level, it will also make things worse for Illinois. A recent report released by the Illinois Policy Institute revealed the nationalized health care plan will lower economic growth by costing Illinois 169,000 jobs, impose $57 billion in costs for Illinois taxpayers to bear, and shrink our state’s economy by 5.1 percent.
In a small TV ad buy, Kirk Dillard will soon unleash a new ad and this one features former GOP Governor Jim Edgar telling us that Dillard is “that person” to lead this state to “solve our budget problems.”
November 30, 2009 | Filed Under Chicago, Cook County, Cook County Board, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, Government, Corruption, Illinois, Republicans, State Government, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
Is it the Chicago dirty tricks squad at work? From the Garrido campaign…
SCHILLER PARK – John Garrido addressed rumors being circulated among Republican circles that he’s a Democrat “plant”. He issued the following statement:
Attempts to try and make me look like a Democrat based on my primary voting record are laughable. I am a Republican, have always been a Republican, and will always remain a Republican.
I have voted in two Democratic primaries. In 2008, I joined over 100,000 Republicans in Ohio, 119,000 in Texas, and 38,000 in Mississippi who voted for Hillary Clinton to put Republicans in the best position to win in the general election. I also voted for an Assistant State’s Attorney and friend running as a Democrat who was more than qualified for judge.
From the Stufflebeam campaign…
We had a great time in Alton yesterday (Saturday, November 28) and I am really proud of the organizers of this tea party that had a focus on the youth. You can read the Alton Telegraphs report below.
I had the opportunity to speak, not as a candidate, but as a “Constitutionalist.” I opened my speech with this phrase, “In just a little over three years from now, we will be celebrating the 100th year anniversary of the day that tyranny got it’s foothold here in America.” On February 3, 1913 the 16th Amendment (Known to most people as the “Income Tax Amendment”) was declared to have been ratified. Then on April 8, 1913, the 17th Amendment was declared to have been ratified. Interestingly, in October of the same year, the Federal Reserve Act was ratified. Can you connect the dots?
November 30, 2009 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Communism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Free Trade, Government, Corruption, Liberals, President, Socialism, Society/Culture, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment
-By Warner Todd Huston
Almost 40% of William Howard Taft’s cabinet officials were from the private sector. Ike had nearly 60% of his appointees sporting private sector experience. Reagan had about 55% and George W. Bush about 53%. Even FDR and Truman had half their cabinet officials with private sector experience.
Less than 10%.
That means that only about 7% of Barack Hussein Obama’s cabinet appointees ever worked in the private sector. So is it any wonder that Barack Obama has become the president responsible for an unprecedented bloating of the federal government and a take over of power on a scale never before seen?
Nick Schulz published a great graph revealing the private sector experience of the appointees of every president since 1901. (Also heard Jerry Agar talking about this over the weekend on Chicago’s WGN)
Remembering that Barack Obama himself never held a real job his whole life the fact that he surrounds himself with government hacks, placemen, and hangerson yet is expected to be the one to fix the private sector economy and, well, we can see why he is failing so miserably. He has no life experiences to draw on and neither does anyone he’s asked to advise him.
No wonder America is on the fast track to socialism.
Here is the latest Publius Podcast exploring why conservatives can’t get elected and when they do why they have trouble governing.
November 30, 2009 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Chicago, Cook County, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, GOP, Government, Corruption, Illinois, Liberals, Republicans, State Government, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
-By Warner Todd Huston
John Kass, he of the rail against “the combine,” has another column reminding us of why the Illinois GOP has become the laughing stalk of the GOP nation wide. It’s because up until this very day, the Illinois Republican Party has been but a weaker arm of the Illinois Democrat Party. Too many in the state GOP have been so intertwined with the criminal Democrats that they are indistinguishable one from the other, hence why Kass calls them “the combine.”
Kass reminded us of how the Illinois GOP establishment under past Party Chair Andy McKenna worked hand in glove with the corrupt Democrats. As Kass interviewed Jim Ryan, GOP candidate for Governor, he detailed just some of combine’s nefarious actions in 2006 when Ryan faced now indicted ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich.
November 30, 2009 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Capitalism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Education, Government, Corruption, John Armor, Liberals, President, Socialism, Society/Culture, Taxes | Comments Off
-By John Armor
It has been almost a year that little Barry What’s-His-Name, the Kenyan- Indonesian-African-American lad has been going to school as President of the United States. This is an interim Report Card to his political parents, the voters of the United States.
English Comprehension: Barry has the most extraordinary ability to speak in English than all but a small handful of students who have ever attended this school. However, this ability to speak in complete sentences, using words that seem appropriate to the subject at hand, is coupled with a near total lack of content in those speeches. A+ for delivery, F for content. As Benjamin Franklin observed, “Here comes the Orator! With his flood of words, and his drop of reason.”
Social Studies: With Barry’s approval, one of his confederates, Little Harry Reid, spent $300 million to purchase the one-time services of Little Mary Landrieu to vote yes to put the Health Care Bill on the floor in the Senate. But, it turned out that Little Mary thought it was only $100 million. They paid 200% more than Little Mary was willing to go for. C for sizing up the situation. F for acting appropriately. As Oscar Wilde said, “A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing.”
November 29, 2009 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Chicago, Cook County, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Government, Corruption, Illinois, Society/Culture, State Government, Taxes, Truth in Accounting, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment
On Nov. 12th, WTTW 11, Chicago’s PBS station, did a roundtable segment about Illinois’ C minus grade on managing its money. The panel featured Sheila Weinberg of The Institute for Truth in Accounting, and Illinois non-profit think tank that we’ve discussed here many times.
This is a warning that Illinois has a budget disaster that will sink it unless addressed, and soon.
(cross posted at RedCounty.com)
-By Warner Todd Huston
When DVDs first began to contain those now ubiquitous special features, those mini documentaries, series of interviews, or behind the scenes shoots, it seemed like such an exciting idea, especially for film buffs (or series fans). But now that they have become fairly common and now that I’ve seen a lot of them, I have to say that they are almost entirely worthless for anything other than time-wasting, disc stuffers.
Did you know that JJ Abrams is a great camera shaker and is “the life” of the new Star Trek movie? Did you know that no one worked harder than Peter Jackson, director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy? Isn’t the newest Punisher movie as fun as a real live comic book? Didn’t the actors on Silverado have fun? Wasn’t Patton intense? Aren’t all these films as brilliant as Shakespeare?
Do you care at all?
November 29, 2009 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Business, Censorship, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Education, Free Trade, Freedom, Global Warming, Government, Corruption, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, Science, Socialism, Society/Culture, Taxes, Technology, Thomas Brewton | Comments Off
-By Thomas E. Brewton
Climate Emails Stoke Debate: Scientists’ Leaked Correspondence Illustrates Bitter Feud over Global Warming (Wall Street Journal, November 23, 2009).
The Wall Street Journal article notes:
Representatives of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a large professional organization, expressed concern that the hacked emails would weaken global resolve to curb greenhouse-gas emissions.
One would expect true scientists to be more concerned with pursuit of the truth than with foreclosing questions about an hypothesis. As it stands, the greenhouse-gas hypothesis is no more than a religious dogma proclaimed from closed chambers. Liberal-progressives treat all questions or challenges to it as heresy.
November 28, 2009 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Children, Conservatives, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Elections, Founders, Government, Corruption, Liberals, Republicans, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston, Western Civilization | 1 Comment
-By Warner Todd Huston
The reasons that I could never get elected to any government position is the same reason why conservatives have a tough time getting elected and, if they end up elected, can’t govern in this era of the ill-educated voter. First I’ll lay out my main principles…
Leave me alone
Stop taxing me
Shove your regulations
That’s about it. Though there are complexities and nuance contained in them, these are the main tenets of modern conservatism simply put. And therein lies the problem. How can one get elected when his basic tenets are that government should do less, stay out of our lives, and mostly go unnoticed and unseen? In essence a conservative is saying: “Elect me and I’ll do nothing for you.” It’s a tough message to sell in a day when people have lost touch with the American principles that are contained in those very tenets.
November 28, 2009 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Chicago, Congress, Conservatives, Cook County, Economy/Finances, Elections, GOP, Government, Corruption, House of Representatives, Illinois, Republicans, State Government, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
-By Warner Todd Huston
Of the Republicans running for the 10th District seat, Bob Dold is one of four, the others being Beth Coulson (the party favorite), Bill Cadigan (endorsed by former State Senator Steve Rauschenberger), and Dick Green.
Dold recently participated in a short phone conversation with Jeff Berkowitz of the Public Affairs Show the upshot of which seems to show that Dold supports the Bush/Obama bank bailouts.
Dold told Berkowitz that he thinks government needs the “ability to make sure that we’re stabilizing the banks.” Now, a conservative would far more likely say that no bank or business is “too big to fail” and that the only way to truly stabilize the banking system is to let banks that make bad choices suffer the consequences of their choices, not buoy them up and give them free money from the taxpayers so that they are insulated from those bad choices.
- By Jeff Lukens
Thanksgiving is a chance to gather with loved ones and share in a time-honored American tradition. For some, it is an excuse to stuff themselves with turkey and football. For others, it is a special time of “giving thanks” for blessings in their lives.
One may ask, “thanks to whom?” Well, thanks to God, of course. Never before has the question been difficult to answer. Perhaps we should consider that America’s blessings of prosperity, freedom, justice, peace and opportunity. They are gifts from a mighty and gracious God. These days, however, the preeminence of God may look more like a matter of opinion.
Clearly, this was not the Pilgrims’ view. They had come to this land in 1620, not to escape God, but to find Him in His fullness. They bowed their heads in acknowledgment of His power and grace. To them, He was the one and only truth.
In front of them was a desolate wilderness in a harsh Massachusetts winter. Behind them was a vast ocean that separated them from the rest of civilization.
-By Warner Todd Huston
Republican Representative Jim Sacia represents the 89th District (Map) which encompasses the most north western corner of the state including the cities of Galena and Freeport. Galenas is General Grant’s old stomping grounds and Freeport is the home of one of President Lincoln’s famous debate stops with Senator Douglas.
With Galena and Freeport, Sacia’s District is home of cities that were touched by two of the state’s most famous self-made men, Lincoln and Hiram Ulysses Grant — his real name was never Sam. Yet, representative Sacia is doing his level best to safeguard the privilege of Party bigwigs and prevent the people from having a say by being an opponent of SB600.
SB600 would return the Republican party system to the people and allow the voters to chose its party leaders by vote, just as the Democrats already do. I say return because it used to be that Illinois’ Republican voters were allowed the opportunity to chose their party leaders. But this system was changed by the state legislature to a system whereby party committeemen, not voters, decide who becomes the party leaders. In other words, it is a system of pure powerbrokering as opposed to one of democratic balloting.
November 27, 2009 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Foreign Policy, Government, Corruption, Islam, Islamofascism, Liberals, Military, President, Terrorism, The Law, War on Terror, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
-By Warner Todd Huston
Earlier this month President Obama fired Greg Craig, his main counsel on matters concerning the Guantanamo Bay Facility — unless, of course, you really believe the claim that Craig resigned. And this week Obama sheds another one of his GITMO team with the resignation of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense for Detainee Policy Phillip Carter.
It appears that Obama’s GITMO team is being systematically eliminated. One has to ask, why? The only real answer has to be that Obama is setting up some plausible deniability by firing or forcing the resignation of officials involved with GITMO policy. Once enough of these people are gone, Obama can look wide-eyed to the public and claim that he was badly served by his GITMO advisers and, therefore, it isn’t his fault.
Unfortunately for Obama the failure is not with the henchman but with the chief hench, Obama himself. Obama has allowed Attny Gen. Holder to reveal his utter ignorance by pushing for civilian trials of some GITMO detainees while at the same time arbitrarily denying such a privilege to others. Obama has also backed this plan despite that there is no precedent in American history for such trials.
November 27, 2009 | Filed Under Budget, Chicago, Cook County, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Government, Corruption, Illinois, Liberals, Republicans, State Government, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment
-By Warner Todd Huston
This week ABC 7′s Chuck Goudie aired a report made in conjunction with the Better Government Association that explored the efficacy of the Illinois Township and what they discovered is just more waste and ripoffs of the Illinois taxpayer.
Townships were originally created for two main purposes: raising taxes to take care of roads in unincorporated areas and to provide temporary aid to the poor. Unfortunately the I-Team and the BGA have discovered that this extra layer of government is collecting large amounts of taxes, spending only a fraction on the two purposes for which they were created, and banking all the rest amassing huge surpluses all the while hiring friends and family members for false, make-work jobs that create no wealth for the community.
This report finds that most of the money that these townships take in goes to salaries for township employees.
November 27, 2009 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Government, Corruption, Health, Liberals, Senate, Society/Culture, Taxes, Vince Johnson | Comments Off
-By Vince Johnson
I’ve spent four days in a state of deep confusion trying to comprehend the Senate version of the health bill which is now viewable on Internet. It is 2,079 pages of Senatorial gibberish such as you can see in 106 words from Page 1,760 as quoted below
“(2) PART B.—
(A) Section 1842(b)(3) of such Act (42
U.S.C. 1395u (b)(3)(B)) is amended—
(i) in subparagraph (B), in the flush language following clause (ii), by striking1761
‘‘close of the calendar year following the year in which such service is furnished (deeming any service furnished in the last 3 months of any calendar year to have been furnished in the succeeding calendar year)’’ and inserting ‘‘period ending 1 calendar year after the date of service’’; and (ii) by adding at the end the following new sentence: ‘‘In applying subparagraph (B), the Secretary may specify exceptions to the 1 calendar year period specified in such subparagraph.’’
The word “flush” appeared in the text and this made me curious. This web page has a feature where you can search the entire text for any word or phrase in the document and get the results in a split second. So I searched the word “flush” and discovered it appeared 9 times in the bill.
I wondered what 100 Senators meant by the word “flush” so I looked it up in the dictionary. I found 15 different definitions none of which gave me a clue regarding how the Senate might define the word “flush” in a bill devoted to health insurance. “Flush” has several meanings that make sense to me including the following: To blush; a good hand in poker, to be at the same level like “flush” with the counter top and of course, from those days when I was a kid when Mom would yell out “Don’t forget to flush it.”
We take today off to be with family and friends. But, please do take some time to look over our past work. In the meantime, God bless you and have a Happy Thanksgiving and see you tomorrow. And we are thankful for your readership.
November 25, 2009 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Capitalism, Chicago, Cook County, Economy/Finances, Elections, GOP, Government, Corruption, History, Republicans, State Government, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
“Jim Dodge has the qualifications,” says the commercial. But the funniest part is that it ends saying, “we can vote for a blast from the past or begin a new, winning chapter for Illinois Republicans.”
Why is that last bit funny? Because it is a slap at Judy Baar Topinka, the former, former of the Illinois Good ‘ol Boy GOP network, who is also running (again) for a state-wide office, this time comptroller.
-By Ann “Babe” Huggett
There are so many truly awful things going on the world today that it is easy to get overwhelmed and downhearted. For one thing, it seems that no matter how much We the People protest against the socialist agenda juggernaut going on in our nation’s Capital, all our respective representatives-turned-dictatorial-lawgivers snort is “Whee! The people…?” This last being squealed as they lift their snouts from the public tax dollar trough in disgust at our kicking and screaming as we refuse to be robbed further or be dragged into their nightmare version of a command economy.
Then there are the leftist cultural and institutional attacks on Christianity, the shredding of the US Constitution, the governmental corruption and lawlessness, the voter fraud, the rapidly devaluing US dollar, the crumbling of the housing market, our devastated economy, the unemployment, the loss of our manufacturing base, illegal immigration, domestic spontaneous jihad syndrome attacks, you name it!
November 25, 2009 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Business, Campaign Finance, Capitalism, Chicago, Cook County, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Government, Corruption, Illinois, Jobs, Liberals, Society/Culture, State Government, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
-By Warner Todd Huston
The Chicago Tribune printed a letter to the editor that perfectly describes the disconnect that state workers have between their pensions and the political process. These state workers stare wide-eyed in faux innocence pretending that they themselves, as individuals, are wholly innocent of the mess that is our state pensions are currently in.
But the truth is, the financial ruins that our states are in ARE the fault of state workers. It is their fault directly and without question. Their protestations of innocence is a lie. Sadly, it is a lie they tell themselves and they believe it.
Here is what former state employee Earl Shumaker of Sycamore, Illinois wrote to the Chicago Trib:
November 25, 2009 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Campaign Finance, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Freedom, Government, Corruption, House of Representatives, Liberals, Society/Culture, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
-By Warner Todd Huston
According to FollowTheMoney.org unions were some of the most generous with donations to political candidates and causes during the 2007-2008 donation cycle, the last cycle full reporting is known for. A close second place goes to the energy industry with Indian interests coming in third.
Out of the top 50 highest amounts given to political efforts unions donated $223,533,678 to political causes showing that, while unions make up less than 20 percent of the American work force, they account for some of the largest in political donations.
Unfortunately, many of those top donors are public employees unions meaning that our tax dollars are caught in a revolving door with tax money going to public employees who then turn around and donate some of that tax money right back to politicians and their campaign funds in order for those politicians to themselves turn right back around and pass laws that give public employees unions more money!
November 25, 2009 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Chicago, Communism, Congress, Cook County, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Free Trade, Freedom, Government, Corruption, House of Representatives, Illinois, Liberals, President, Socialism, Society/Culture, State Government, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
-By Warner Todd Huston
The Chicago Tribune has an interesting story that shows that Obama’s $787 billion stimulus really didn’t do much by way of creating any new jobs in Illinois. Though Obama is counting “jobs saved” as some sort of success story, the fact is few jobs have been created and nothing will be sustainable after the stimulus money runs out.
Jobs “saved” apparently means that stimulus money went to keep a job that might otherwise have been lost. But the problem with calling it a job saved is that once the stimulus runs out that same job will still be on the chopping block.
Then there is the other thing to realize: none of these “jobs” are real, useful, and economically real jobs. They are but government handouts given to people with government jobs. The fact is not a single one of these faux jobs “created” by the Obama stimulus is in the private sector. They are all in government and government does not create wealth, it does not grow an economy. All government does is take tax money from one pocket and shift it to another pocket. None of these “jobs” are worthy of being called new jobs.
November 25, 2009 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Business, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Islam, Islamofascism, Liberals, Religion, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Terrorism, War on Terror, Warner Todd Huston, Western Civilization | 1 Comment
-By Warner Todd Huston
Christmas. Who needs it? Not Best Buy, that’s for sure. After all, Best Buy is loathe to use that hateful word in its advertising. It’s so “religious” and tinged with racism, America, and tradition. It makes Best Buy shudder to think of using that foul word, Christmas. But, advertising for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha? Heck, why not? What could be more welcoming and tolerant?
And so, Best Buy has issued a Thanksgiving sales flyer wishing all good multi-cultural, Muslim loving Americans a happy Eid al-Adha this year.
Don’t you feel your heart warming already? Isn’t your PC bone tingling with happiness? And aren’t you secretly gleeful that those rotten, evil, reactionary, hatemongering Christians are getting theirs… even if Christians do make up about 75 percent of the United States?
Well, let’s give Best Buy a hand for its politically correct sales flier excising that horrid Christmas nonsense and being enlightened enough to help us all convert to the “Religion of Peace.”
November 25, 2009 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Communism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Frank Salvato, Government, Corruption, House of Representatives, Liberals, President, Senate, Society/Culture, Taxes | Comments Off
-By Frank Salvato
We have heard a lot over the past year or so about how President John F. Kennedy wouldn’t be able to garner his political party’s nomination for the presidency in today’s Democrat Party. An examination of his political platform and the principles he embraced would today place him on the right side of the aisle. So, why is it that in just under fifty years the political ideology of the most revered Democrat to hold office in modern times is shunned by the party he served? It’s because his party – the Democrat Party – isn’t the party of Democrats any longer.
Sure, there are still some issues that Democrats view in the same light they did back in the 1960s. Democrats are more prone to being anti-war than their Conservative counterparts. They still believe in a larger role for government in the private sector. And they still believe that government has a significant role to play where poverty and the disenfranchised are concerned. Many, like Kennedy – and Roosevelt before him – also continue to believe in a strong national defense, although they still possess a great deal of concern about the “military industrial complex.”
But today’s Democrat Party agenda, while holding to these core issues, has evolved into a completely different political party, complete with a foreign – as in not of the Democrat Party of old – agenda. In fact, many a Democrat has come forward to espouse, “It isn’t your Dad’s Democrat Party anymore.”
November 24, 2009 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Cook County, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Freedom, Government, Corruption, Health, House of Representatives, Illinois, Liberals, President, Socialism, Society/Culture, State Government, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
What’s Getting Under Pelosi’s Skin? Our newest health care study, that’s what! “Adding Insult to Injury,” which we released yesterday, has already hit the national airwaves. Congressman Peter Roskam appeared on Fox News yesterday, citing our study’s findings that Illinois will lose 169,000 jobs (and the nation 3.8 million) if the current health care bill passes.
We discovered other unfortunate side effects of the plan, including economic shrinkage of 5.1% and a $4,418 price tag for each Illinoisan. You can watch our CEO’s remarks at yesterday’s Chicago press conference here.
List includes two statewide candidates, current and former political leaders.
Paul Mitchell, a Republican candidate for State Representative in the 62nd District, today released the following list of individual endorsements:
- Mr. Adam Andrzejewski
- Mr. Ken Arnold
- Mr. Thom Brasuell
- Mr. Michael Carbone
- Mr. Don Castella
- Mr. Phil Collins
- Hon. Ralph Davis
- Mr. Frederick Dempsey, esq.
- Dr. Sandra Dempsey, M.D.
- Mr. Peter Karlovics, esq.
- Mrs. Irene Napier
- Mrs. Bonnie Quirke
- Col. & Mrs. Raymond True
- Rev. Richard Valkanet
- Mr. Joe Walsh
- Rev. Randy White
Each of these endorsements is from the endorser personally, and is not representative of the organizations or offices they are associated with.
November 24, 2009 | Filed Under Budget, Chicago, Cook County, Cook County Board, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Government, Corruption, Illinois, Liberals, State Government, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
-By Warner Todd Huston
CBS2 reports that the Cook County Board has quietly approved of raises for County employees. Yes, this is the same County Board that is fighting over a one half cent tax hike and claiming that the coffers are empty causing hospitals to close up for lack of funds.
While businesses all across the country are freezing salaries, stopping new hires, and even cutting salaries ten and twenty percent, County government is giving luxurious raises to its employees. That’s your tax dollars being spent to give public employee raises when the voters are seeing hard times.
Must be nice to have a cushy, extravagant, recession proof, government job during these hard times, eh?
And now for the understatement of the year…
-By Anita MonCrief
Wade Rathke, former chief organizer of the Association for Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), spoke at the University of Memphis yesterday and expressed his dismay at the current predicament ACORN finds itself in:
“Rathke stepped down from ACORN in 2008. Since his departure, ACORN’s been accused of voter registration fraud, embezzlement and worker misconduct. Hidden camera video made public earlier this year shows ACORN employees telling a couple posing as a pimp and a prostitute how to get around tax laws to make money.
‘It’s very worrisome to me,’ says Rathke, ‘having spent 38 years there. The notion that within one and a half years since I left, the organization could almost evaporate is just stunning and startling to me.”
According to reports, Rathke is pessimistic about the future of ACORN:
“The organization has become the focal point of the Right,” Rathke said during an interview before his speech.
“I don’t know if it can survive another year,” he said….
‘ACORN, Rathke said, serves an important function in a democratic society, in that it ‘provides a vehicle for community residents, particularly lower and middle income, to have a voice in affairs.’
‘You are going to have some people who cut corners, and do things that are irregular. ACORN made mistakes,’ he said.
Rathke said he was glad to be in Canada when the Baltimore video surfaced. “
Unfortunately, Wade Rathke is still peddling the myth that ACORN actually works to help the poor. Grant applications to various foundations describe ACORN as:
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