Fox Business Network Opens New Studio Overlooking Floor of Chicago Mercantile Exchange

May 31, 2011 | Filed Under Banks, Business, Capitalism, Chicago, Economy/Finances, Financial Reform, Fox Business Network, Free Trade, Media, Money, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Fox Business Network is leaping head first into full time coverage right in the thick of it all at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange with a new CME-based studio booth on the next level up from trading floor itself. Interestingly, this marks as the very first time a financial network will have its own, branded booth so close to the floor.

Thursday afternoon I spoke to Fox Business Network correspondent Jeff Flock about the grand opening of the CME booth and asked him what made the Network make this move. “Since both exchanges were consolidated there that makes that floor the center for futures trading in the country and now Fox Business will have a permanent presence where all the traders can see us.”
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Hey Obama, Let’s Go Back to Pre-1958 Borders, Too…

May 31, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Anti-Semitism, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Government, Humor, Israel, Liberals, Palestinians, President, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the mail bag:

Dear President Obama:

I am writing today with a somewhat unusual request. First and foremost, I am asking that you return America to its August 20th, 1959 borders so that Hawaii is no longer a state and you are no longer a citizen.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

(H/T my friend at Blue Collar Muse)

Dem. Party Chair Mad that GOP wants to Make Being an Illegal Alien… er… Illegal

May 31, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Government, Immigration/Immigrants, Jobs, Labor Law, Law, Liberals, Mexico, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a Democrat Congresswoman from Florida and is currently the head of the Democrat National Committee. She is also one of the most vitriolic, off base, half informed demagogues of the far left in America today. There are tons of examples of her lies and calumnies out there — it’s an almost daily occurrence now that she is DNC head — but today we have a new one. This time DWS is lamenting how Republicans want to make illegal immigration, well, illegal.

Yes, Debbie Wasserman Schultz is not bright enough to catch the “illegal” part in the phrase “illegal immigrant.” Apparently the question, “what part of illegal don’t you get,” is one she doesn’t get.

Naked Emperor has the video of Wasserman Schultz from May 26 of this year.

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DC Libs Happy to Sign Petition Banning Conservative’s Free Speech

May 31, 2011 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Government, Liberals, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The left is always a bundle of contradictions. On one hand leftists set themselves up as the ultimate in “tolerance” and a guarantor of “freedom” to do as one wishes. Most leftists imagine themselves interested in making sure everyone is free to do as they wish to the point where that they are almost libertine about it. Until… until it comes to the freedoms of those they oppose. Then, all of a sudden, their tendency toward fascist group-think comes out in full force.

Joe Schoffstall of the Media Research Center highlighted that liberal “for me but not for thee” tendency in a recent video in which he asked a handful of Washington D.C. liberals if they’d like to sign a petition that bans conservative’s free political speech. Naturally, they were happy to do so.

One of Joe’s signers had that liberal confusion down pat. “I think there is freedom of speech,” the young woman said, “but sometimes… there has to be some kind of control. I mean, look at the Tea Party, you have all this hate going on,” she blathered. She went on to say that freedom of speech is “not something this country needs any more.”

One would imagine that if her freedom to speak were curtailed she’d suddenly find that hoary old First Amendment something she could not live without.
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Illinois Legislature Passes DREAM Act Giving Illegals Free College Education

May 31, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Business, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, DREAM Act, Economy/Finances, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Immigration/Immigrants, Liberals, Mexico, Republicans, Senate, Taxes, Tom Cross, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

In a 61-53 vote in the Illinois House, an Illinois version of the DREAM Act (SB2185) has been passed and will be signed into law by accidental Governor Pat Quinn.

The Illinois DREAM Act will provide free money for the children of illegal immigrants to go to state colleges and universities.

Supporters say that this bill does not use state money, but this is obviously hogwash. While much of the money that will go to illegals for free schooling will come from private sources, the panel that will do this duty is obviously going to be funded by the state.

Once again, the State of Illinois — drowning in debt and losing businesses hand over fist — is creating yet another expensive program to aid people breaking our immigration laws.
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Notes on Democracy: And to the Republic, for Which It Stands

May 31, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Capitalism, Communism, Congress, Constitution, Democracy, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Education, Elections, Ethics, Founders, Free Trade, GOP, Government, History, House of Representatives, Liberals, Nancy Salvato, Republicans, Security/Safety, Taxes | Comments Off

-By Nancy Salvato

I’m fairly certain that everyone from my generation knows the words to The Pledge of Allegiance by heart.

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic, for which it stands, one Nation, under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.”

When reciting the pledge, we should focus on the meaning attached to these words, most of which were written by Francis Bellamy, commemorating our history in honor of the 400th anniversary of Columbus Day at Chicago’s World’s Fair. I say “most” because the original pledge, as written by Bellamy, was altered. Nevertheless, each word in this final version provides our citizenry an appropriate lens through which we may view our world.
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Tom Cross Runs out of Lies on SB35

May 31, 2011 | Filed Under Conservatives, Elections, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Republicans, Senate, Tom Cross, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Doug Ibendahl

Are you upset about Illinois redistricting? Yeah me too.

But frankly I’m a lot less upset with the Democrats for doing the same thing Republicans would have done had we been in charge. We would have drawn maps favorable to our side too. We’ve done it before. Republicans shouldn’t kid themselves.

I’m a lot more disgusted with the awful GOP management that got us here. The new maps are the natural end result of all the rigged party conventions, endless lying to the rank-and-file, selfish misuse of the party franchise, and general unprofessionalism.

So much destruction has been done over the years by the likes of Tom Cross, Skip Saviano, Pat Brady, Randy Pollard, Andy McKenna, Judy Baar Topinka, Bob Kjellander, etc., etc., trying to prevent Republicans from voting – there was finally no party around to win the races necessary to give the GOP a seat at the map drawing table this year.
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RIP Chicago Conservative Icon, Tom Roeser

May 31, 2011 | Filed Under Chicago, Conservatives, GOP, Government, Illinois, Media, Republicans, Talk Radio, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Over the weekend Thomas Roeser passed from us. For decades, Roeser was one of Chicago’s most visible and versatile conservatives. Roeser was 82.

Roeser had a long career in politics once serving in the Nixon administration as an assistant commerce secretary. He left that position over a disagreement over his advocacy of the program meant to help minority owned small businesses.

From this point he came back to Chicago as the quintessential Republican reformer that he remained to his last days.

Roeser was a key member of the City Club of Chicago and was a long time talk radio host of WLS AM as well as a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. Additionally, Roeser was the publisher of the Chicago Daily Observer.

Tom Roeser was also a stalwart defender of the Catholic faith.

The Chicago Daily Observer has a round up of memorial articles.
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Bait-and-Switch: Democrats Unveil New Map

May 31, 2011 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Liberals, Redistricting, Republicans, Tom Cross, Transparency, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the office of Ill. GOP Minority House Leader Tom Cross…

Dems Deny Vote on Fair Map Proposal; Shun Public Input in Favor of Partisan Map

In a stunning reversal of their oft-repeated pledge to lead an open and transparent redistricting process, House and Senate Democrats introduced a brand new partisan legislative map late yesterday which was different from the one publicly released last week. This bait-and-switch follows weeks of public hearings held throughout the state to obtain local citizen input on how Illinois’ new map should be drawn; a mere days after three public forums held within the past week on the original publicly-released map.

So much for transparency.
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Kinzinger Statement on Reauthorization of Expiring Provisions in the PATRIOT Act

May 31, 2011 | Filed Under Adam Kinzinger, GOP, Government, Illinois, Patriot Act, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the office of Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R, ILL)…

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-11) issued the following statement in support of the reauthorization of the three national security provisions in the PATRIOT Act which are set to expire on Thursday, May 26th. These provisions will be extended for an additional four years.

“As a military officer, I have seen the PATRIOT Act provide invaluable legal tools to detect, disrupt, and prevent potential terrorist plots. These legal tools have been available to investigators of organized crime and drug traffickers for years; surely they should be available for use against terrorists. We must have the authority to defend our nation from future attacks, while ensuring American’s fundamental rights are protected under the Fourth Amendment.

“The PATRIOT Act has played an important role in disrupting potential attacks and keeping our country safe since 9/11. Three essential national security provisions of the PATRIOT Act are set to expire tonight; therefore Congress must act to ensure these constitutional and commonsense safeguards remain intact against potential terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.
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U.S. Rep. Roskam Marches in Wheaton Memorial Day Parade

May 30, 2011 | Filed Under Air Force, Army, Civil War, Coast Guard, Cold War, Congress, Conservatives, DuPage County, GOP, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Korean War, Marines, Memorial Day, Military, National Guard, Navy, Peter Roskam, Republicans, Revolutionary War, Warner Todd Huston, WWI, WWII | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Memorial Day Parade, Wheaton, Ill- Illinois Congressman Peter Roskam (R, 6th District) walked in the Wheaton Memorial Day Parade to some applause and ended the exercise by speaking to those assembled at the Wheaton Cemetery to commemorate those that have served us in peace and war and those who gave their last full measure so that we could remain the last best hope of the world.

The weather could not have been better as the parade stepped off this morning. The skies were clear and Summer temperatures had finally arrived. As the route rolled on the heat did tend to rise, though. Still, compared to the dismal weather we’ve seen the last few months, this Memorial Day was a welcome respite.

Rep. Roskam had a group of about fifty supporters march with him and I joined them to document the event. As we walked the distance from downtown Wheaton to the Wheaton Cemetery it was obvious that the congressman had many fans along the route. There were surprised smiles and a healthy amount of applause as the congressman and his lovely wife led the contingent.
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The Story of Stars and Stripes Honor Flight – Documentary Trailer

May 30, 2011 | Filed Under Europe, France, Germany, History, Memorial Day, Warner Todd Huston, WWII | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Freethink Media brings us a teaser for their film, “Honor Flight” which will be out this coming November. The film depicts the efforts of to help as many WWII Vets to get to Washington D.C. to see the WWII memorial as possible — at no cost to the vets — before it is to late.

We are losing thousands of these veterans ever year and time is fast running out for The Greatest Generation. They are about to pass into history forever.

If you’d like to donate to help shuttle these living heroes to D.C., do contact them and do so. They could use all the help you can give them.

Here is the Facebook page.
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Memorial Day 2011: THIS Is What American Troops Are Made Of…

May 30, 2011 | Filed Under 9/11, Afghanistan, Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Foreign Countries, Holiday, Iraq, Marines, Memorial Day, Military, National Guard, Navy, Security/Safety, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

For Memorial Day, I don’t usually post much, preferring to dedicate the day to memorializing our troops. To do that this year, I am going to share this story about the mettle of our troops. What follows are excerpts from remarks by Marine Lt. Gen. John F. Kelly to the Semper Fi Society of St. Louis on November 13, 2010. Kelly’s son, Marine 1st Lt. Robert Michael Kelly, 29, had been killed in action four days earlier in Sangin, in southern Afghanistan, while leading his platoon on a combat patrol:

Giving Thanks for Our Warriors

“Those with less of a sense of service to the nation never understand it when men and women of character step forward to look danger and adversity straight in the eye, refusing to blink, or give ground, even to their own deaths… No, they are not victims but are warriors, your warriors, and warriors are never victims regardless of how and where they fall. Death, or fear of death, has no power over them. Their paths are paved by sacrifice, sacrifices they gladly make… for you….

“Two years ago when I was the commander of all U.S. and Iraqi forces, in fact, the 22nd of April 2008, two Marine infantry battalions, 1/9 ‘The Walking Dead,’ and 2/8 were switching out in Ramadi… Two Marines, Corporal Jonathan Yale and Lance Corporal Jordan Haerter, 22 and 20 years old respectively, one from each battalion, were assuming the watch together at the entrance gate of an outpost that contained a makeshift barracks housing 50 Marines… Yale was a dirt poor mixed-race kid from Virginia with a wife and daughter, and a mother and sister who lived with him and he supported as well. He did this on a yearly salary of less than $23,000. Haerter, on the other hand, was a middle-class white kid from Long Island. They were from two completely different worlds… But they were Marines, combat Marines, forged in the same crucible of Marine training, and because of this bond they were brothers as close, or closer, than if they were born of the same woman.
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Bin Laden Gone: Next Target, Ronald McDonald

May 30, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Free Trade, Government, Jobs, Liberals, Michael Bresciani‏, Nanny State, PCism, Society/Culture, Western Civilization | Comments Off

-By Rev Michael Bresciani‏

If it weren’t actually in the news who would believe that all America has to do since the death of our number one enemy is to go after that nefarious destroyer of American children; Ronald McDonald.

CNN Money report says Corporate Accountability International and a host of health organizations are screaming for an end to McDonald’s practice of targeting children in their ad campaigns. No doubt bolstered by Michelle Obama’s quest to slim down America’s fatties, Mr. McHappy is probably being surrounded by a team of lethal Navy Seals at this very moment.

It is not clear whether Ronald has a dead or alive order attached to his capture but secret White House sources have indicated that no photos will be released after he is brought to justice if he is killed in the action. Although some are saying that if is captured alive he will no doubt be water boarded at Gitmo until every detail of his evil plan to destroy our kids is fully uncovered.

Tongue in cheek humor notwithstanding, can the democrats and the far left get any sillier in their attempts to distract or defer attention away from the miserable failures of the Obama Administration just prior to an election year?
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Weiner’s Weiner: Dem. Rep’s ‘Hacking’ Story Falls Apart

May 29, 2011 | Filed Under Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, House of Representatives, Liberals, New York, Warner Todd Huston, Washington | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Over the last few days New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, a Democrat, claimed that his Twitter account had been hacked when it was revealed that “someone” sent a sexually graphic picture to a young woman in Washington State from his account.

The photo, a picture of a briefs-clad man sporting an erection, was sent to a young college student named Gennette Nicole Cordova who is a student at Whatcom Community College, Bellingham, Washington. This young woman once Tweeted that Wiener was her “boyfriend.” No one is sure what sort of relationship Weiner has with Cordova if any. But there seems to be some links.

For his part, Rep. Weiner claims his Twitter account was hacked. This does not ring true. Why would a hacker hack Weiner’s Twitter account to send only one photo to some girl in Washington State (who claimed to be his girlfriend) and then just leave without doing other things?
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Democrat’s Redistricting Plan: ‘A Disgraceful Insult to the 12.8 Million People of Illinois’

May 29, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Democracy, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Liberals, Redistricting, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Democrats Party of Illinois has released its plans to destroy the current districts and instead dish up a mangled, contorted mess of a redistricting plan meant only to erode every GOP stronghold in the state.

Why did the Illinois Democrats feel so threatened in a state that seems solidly Democrat anyway? Because Illinois sent five new Republican congressmen to Washington D.C. in 2010. This will of the voters is something the Democrats are desperate to quash.

As the official statement of the Illinois Republican Party says, “This proposal appears to be little more than an attempt to undo the results of the elections held just six months ago and we will take whatever steps necessary to achieve a map that more fairly represents the people of Illinois – they deserve nothing less.”
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Union Contracts More Important Than Patients For Union Drivers

May 29, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, CWA, Democrats/Leftists, Government, Liberals, New Jersey, Public Employees Unions, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Priorities. Union guys have priorities, you know? For instance, in New Jersey earlier this year a bunch of union drivers for the Communications Workers of America (CWA) decided that it was more important to have a “sick-out” and strand sick elderly people, preventing them getting to their life-saving medical treatment than do their jobs.

State Sen. Joe Kyrillos, (R-13), of Middletown wasn’t too happy with these uncaring union louts, either.
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Roskam Moves to Establish Korean War Museum in Chicago

May 29, 2011 | Filed Under Chicago, Congress, Conservatives, Government, History, House of Representatives, Illinois, Korean War, Military, Peter Roskam, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the office of Rep. Peter Roskam (R, ILL)…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed the Roskam-Lipinski Amendment, recognizing the value of a Korean War National Museum in Chicago, Illinois. The amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act was co-sponsored by Rep. Peter Roskam (IL-06), Chief Deputy Whip, and Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-03).

“A Korean War National Museum in Chicago will be a testament to those brave Americans who fought to preserve freedom and halt the advance of Communism,” said Congressman Roskam. “Almost six million Americans – including my father – fought in this war that has unfortunately taken on the moniker of ‘the forgotten war.’ A National Museum dedicated to the Korean War in the Midwest will ensure future generations remember the sacrifice and valor of all the Americans who fought and died honorably in Korea sixty years ago. I will continue to work to bring this museum to Chicago.”

The Korean War National Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a museum in Chicago that honors the millions of Americans who fought against Communism in Korea. In November 2010, Roskam traveled to Korea to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the end of the Korean War. He was joined by his mother, Martha, and father Swede, a Korean War veteran. They attended President Obama’s speech to troops at Yongsan Garrison and ceremonies at the Demilitarized Zone while in Korea.

The National Defense Authorization Act passed the House today, 322-96.

Chicago Tea Party: Do You Have Time for a $90 Billion Phone Call?‏

May 29, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Chicago, Congress, Conservatives, Democrats/Leftists, GOP, Government, Illinois, Liberals, Taxes, Tea Party, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

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Please contact your legislators today to tell them to support critical pension reform in the state of Illinois. A vote may happen this week, before the May 31 deadline. Illinois is broke with an estimated public debt of $210 billion. Our debt was downgraded 9 times in 2010. Governor Quinn and the Democrat politicians in Springfield raised your income taxes by 67% in January, yet we still have an $8 billion budget gap. The main cause is exorbitant pension and healthcare promises made to public employees. Thousands of public employees have been promised million or multi-million dollar pensions.

Contact your State Representative and your State Senator and let them know you want them to vote “Yes” on public pension reform.

Click below to find the phone and email address of your own:
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The United States of Stupid

May 29, 2011 | Filed Under Alan Caruba, Anti-Americanism, Children, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Government, Liberals, Nanny State | Comments Off

-By Alan Caruba

In 1983, the National Commission on Excellence in Education released a report titled “A Nation at Risk” that documented nationwide failure in American schools. Not much has changed since then and the federal takeover of school curriculums and testing methods has mercilessly continued with the Bush administration’s No Child Left Behind and the Obama administration’s Race to the Top.

They are the top-down approaches to learning that have played a large part in the continual “dumbing-down” of American education. Once the province of local school boards, innovative schools, and individual teachers, the education of children has been taken over by Big Government.

Making matters worse, amid the confusion of federally mandated education requirements, state legislatures are now straying beyond their traditional roles to tinker with schools in unprecedented ways.
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Green Policies a Substitute For Anti-Capitalist, Anti-American Ideas

May 28, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Business, Cap and Trade, Capitalism, Climate Change, Communism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Environment, Free Trade, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Regulation, Socialism, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Those anti-capitalist college professor types that used to sneer at America and supported the murderous antics of the Soviets had for a short time after the fall of the U.S.S.R. no place in which to invest their anti-American ideals. However, it is clear that they have found a new home: greenism. And so, the old left is the new left again, re-born and hiding behind climate change, mythic green energy, and environmental extremism all acting the surrogate for their failed communist-styled ideas.

One of the latest examples of this surrogacy is indulged by the University of Maryland’s Gar Alperovitz with a piece in The Nation entitled “The New-Economy Movement.”

In this piece, Alperovitz not only openly admits that the so-called “new economy” thinking is simply today’s dumping grounds for ages old, communist philosophy — evinced in buzz words like social justice, egalitarianism, and sustainable communities — he claims they will never be satisfied and that as time moves on, the demands of these enviro-centric economic theories will grow “much more radical.”
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An Interview With Todd Rokita, Indiana’s Fourth District

May 28, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Congress, Elections, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Indiana, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

(This interview was originally a part of the interview series of the incoming GOP freshmen.)

Interview with freshman Representative Todd Rokita of Indiana’s Fourth Congressional District (Rep.-Elect at time of interview).

Being here in Chicago right adjacent to Rokita’s turf, I was already familiar with his work as Indiana’s Secretary of State and so when the RP team offered me an interview with him, I jumped at the chance.

Rokita made quite a stir in the Hoosier state with his idea of requiring voters to present a photo ID before they were allowed to vote. This law was a campaign promise he made as he ran for the Secretary of State’s office. It was a law that he got passed, too, so we already know that he has a history of fulfilling campaign promises.

Rokita was particularly proud of his voter ID law. In our conversation he noted that the left has failed repeatedly to get it thrown out by an act of the courts. “The other side really can’t find the hurt voter. And that’s one of the main reasons they keep losing. You know, we thought it through, not perfectly but well enough to where the courts just keep upholding it.”
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Kinzinger Offers Amendment to Forgo New Air Force Flight Suit Saves Taxpayers nearly $100 million

May 28, 2011 | Filed Under Adam Kinzinger, Budget, Congress, Conservatives, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Military, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the office of Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R, ILL)…

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-11), a pilot in the Air National Guard, offered an amendment to H.R. 1540, the National Defense Authorization Act on the House floor that saves taxpayers nearly $100 million over seven years which would otherwise be used to “research, develop and manufacture” a new flight suit that is not urgently needed by the Air Force, particularly in this budget environment. Kinzinger’s amendment passed the House by a voice vote.

“Make no mistake, I am a strong supporter of the military and ensuring that our military is the best equipped in the world,” said Kinzinger. “However, we must make tough decisions with regard to military needs and military wants. More than ever, given the difficult budget environment we are in, we must be diligent and prioritize the allocation of taxpayer’s dollars.”

General Schwartz, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, also stated that now is not the right time to develop a new flight suit. On February 17th, 2011, at the hearing for the 2012 Budget Request for the Department of the Air Force, General Schwartz was asked by Congressman Tim Griffin, at Kinzinger’s request, whether the Air Force was developing a new flight suit. General Schwartz stated, “We are not in the business of redesigning our flight suit under the current circumstances.”
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True Bridgeport, Conn. Financial Burden is $1.4 Billion

May 28, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Cities, Connecticut, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Government, Liberals, Taxes, Truth in Accounting, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

Today the Institute for Truth in Accounting and the Comeback America Initiative released Bridgeport, Connecticut’s “Financial State of the City.” After an intensive review of the city’s 2010 audited financial report and actuarial reports, the Institute determined that, like many cities, Bridgeport is in a precarious financial position, because it is $1.4 billion short of the funds necessary to pay the city’s commitments as they come due. Each household’s* share of this financial burden equals $27,100.

The Charter of the City of Bridgeport mandates a balanced budget. “If Bridgeport’s past Mayor and City Council had truly balanced the city’s budget, no financial burden would exist,” said Sheila Weinberg, founder and CEO of the Institute for Truth in Accounting (IFTA). She continued, “A city budget is not balanced if current costs, including those for employees’ retirement benefits, are pushed into the future.”
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‘Atlas Shrugged’ Offers Timely Message for Teaching Profession

May 28, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Chicago, Children, Dan Proft, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Illinois State Government, Liberals, Public Employees Unions, Taxes, Teachers Unions, Unions | Comments Off

-By Dan Proft

Almost as alarming as the rate at which children drop out of high school is the rate at which young teachers drop out of the profession. According to the National Education Association (NEA), nearly half of all teachers leave the profession within their first five years.

The union says low wages and poor working conditions cause this scandalous turnover rate. But that cannot be universally true for the thousands who enter the teaching profession because they truly want to instill a love of learning in the hearts and minds of a generation, only to abandon the job in disgust a few years later.

Although some young people may find they are simply not cut out for teaching as part of the routine trial-and-error that occurs in any industry, it seems unlikely this could explain a 50 percent attrition rate in a profession that—the NEA’s special pleading notwithstanding—provides above-average wages, excellent benefits, and secure employment. No, something else is at work here.
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Democrats Plan: Destroy U.S. Healthcare So They Can Re-Build it in Socialist Image

May 27, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Government, Health, Liberals, Medicare, Nanny State, President, Socialism, Taxes, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston, Washington D.C. | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Obama and his Democrat pals have been lying to you, America. They do not want to find a cure for America’s obviously ailing healthcare system. They want to erect its headstone. Democrats want to destroy every aspect of our healthcare system. They have to, you see, because if they don’t they cannot rebuild it to operate under a socialist model. More proof of that was highlighted by Conn Carroll earlier in the week at the Washington Examiner.

Carroll rightly points out that Obamacare is purposefully designed to collapse Medicare and to run 25% of all hospitals out of business. Sure this will hurt — even kill — thousands of America’s most vulnerable citizens, but, heck, you have to break a few citizen eggs to create the ideal, socialist omelet, don’t you know?
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Defunding of Planned Parenthood Upended With Secret Amendment in Tennessee Budget Work

May 27, 2011 | Filed Under Abortion, Budget, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, GOP, Government, Health, Liberals, Planned Parenthood, Taxes, Tennessee, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

One of the Things Wrong With Our Legislative System Appears in Tennessee

One of the things wrong with our system of creating legislation and passing it into law in America today has appeared in Tennessee. The Volunteer State is not the only place things like this happen, either.

Recently the Tennessee legislature passed a bill to remove state funding from the abortion mill operator Planned Parenthood. The bill was a hard fought victory for the Tennessee GOP and finds favor with the voters as well. As it happens, while the budget was winding its way through the Tennessee legislature a thus far unnamed state senator slipped in an amendment that no one saw, no one voted on, and no one knew anything about. This surreptitious amendment completely upends the defunding of Planned Parenthood quite despite the open legislative process that eliminated the funding in the first place.
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$90,825 Literally Went to the Dogs in D.C.

May 27, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Capitalism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, GOP, Government, Jobs, Liberals, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston, Washington D.C. | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Chicago Tribune reports that $90,825 in so-called stimulus money went to the dogs in Washington D.C. No, not the Blue Dogs. It went to actual dogs.

The National Park Service (NPS) spent $90,825 in stimulus funds to upgrade Marion Park, a popular dog destination on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The money went to repainting the existing fence, sidewalk repair, and purchasing new benches and trash cans for the park.

Wonderful ,eh? What a waste of money.

The American Flag Is ‘Offensive’ in Schools Now

May 27, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Children, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Government, Liberals, Massachusetts, Patriotism, Selwyn Duke | 1 Comment

-By Selwyn Duke

Increasingly, it seems that the American flag is joining toy guns and dodgeball on the banned-from-school list. And the latest story on this front involves The Butterfield Elementary in Orange, Massachusetts, where a teacher told an 11-year-old boy that he may not hang his depiction of Old Glory because it might “offend” another student.

The boy, Frankie Girard, had drawn the picture in art class but then found that his teacher didn’t share his patriotism. Says his father, John, “He was denied hanging the flag up. And he asked if he could just even hang it on his desk, and he was told no. He could take the picture that he drew and take it home and be proud of it there.”

I guess patriotism has joined piety as a “private matter.” (Leftists tend to confuse closets with shelves. Everything that should be in the former, they display; everything that should be on the latter, they hide.)
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Illinois State Legislators Try to Explain to Fox Business Network Why Ill. Is Going Bankrupt

May 27, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Capitalism, Dan Rutherford, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Fox News, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Jobs, Liberals, Republicans, Tom Cross, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

FOX Business Network (FBN) has been airing a series called, “Entitlement Nation: Makers vs. Takers.” The last episode will feature a special focus on two of the biggest entitlement programs in the country: Social Security and Medicare.

FBN will interview Illinois House GOP leader Tom Cross and State Treasurer Dan Rutherford to examine how entitlements have affected the Land of Lincoln… I’ll answer that, by the way: badly.

When: Friday, May 27th, 2011; 11 AM/ET
Where: FOX Business Network (FBN)

(AT&T, Channel 211; DISH, Channel 206; DIRECTV, Channel 259)

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