Biden is right: America's soul is imperiled

“Former Vice President Joe Biden formally joined the crowded Democratic presidential contest on Thursday, declaring the “soul of this nation” [is] at stake if President Donald Trump wins re-election,” reports the AP. Got that right. But the threat not only comes from the far right, but also from the far left. One might even argue... Read more »

Illinois' pension crisis is more fearsome than union flacks want us to believe

Among the union flacks is one Ralph Martire of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, a think tank well funded by Illinois public employee unions. Martire was brought in by three liberal Illinois state lawmakers at a Evanston town hall to explain, clarify or propagandize (take your choice) the Democratic solution to Illinois’ crushing pension problem. Which... Read more »

Media coverage of Trump and Russia: A parade of sins

Oh, brother. Listen to self-satisfied journalists defend their discredited reporting on the Trump/Russian nothing. As if to say, “Oh, what a good boy I am,”  Dean Baquet, the executive editor of the New York Times, said he had no regrets. No regrets? No corrections or amplifications? Oh, wait. It did publish a correction today: An article... Read more »
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Mueller's flimsy impeachment case against Trump for obstruction

Having utterly failed to find evidence that Donald Trump or his team (or anyone else) colluded with Russia to throw the 2016 election to Hillary Clinton, his critics now focus on nailing the president for obstructing justice. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report in Volume II went well beyond his mandate to investigate collusion. In addition, he transparently invited Congress... Read more »

Pulitzer Prizes mug America's Heartland--again

Not to whine about it, but if we use today’s progressive standard for achievement, America’s Midwest and Heartland are being denied their fair share of Pulitzer Prizes that are annually handed out to newspapers for high quality journalism. I’m not in favor of using the progressive standard that requires that every group is entitled to an equal share... Read more »

This fool was thinking of buying Illinois bonds

Asked B.V. from Port Richey, Fla.: I’m thinking of buying $50,000 of high-yield Illinois municipals where I can get 8% to 10%. How could Illinois’ deficit become so large?… What do you think? The question was submitted to financial advisor Malcolm Berko at uexpress.com. Berko’s answer, “Illinois Municipals Are Loaded With Risk” was informative and insightful.... Read more »
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Let's first be mad at the Russians, not at each other so much

Milliseconds after Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, via Attorney General William Barr, into Russian collusion into the 2016 presidential election, no one took a breath before ripping into the other side. I’ll leave the post-report fireworks to others before I read the 448-page report that concluded that President Donald Trump didn’t collude with the Russians yet couldn’t... Read more »

I'm not apologizing for not apologizing

Uhm, I’ve must have overlooked a bad something in my life that requires my apology. Surely, I’ve said something that offends, requiring a “I’m so, so sorry.” But I’m not saying it. I’m sick of all the demands for apologies, a plague that is turning America into a nation of whiners who are unable to withstand the slightest... Read more »

3 clouted mega projects that Chicago Mayor-elect Lightfoot should throttle

 Terminal 2 at O’Hare International Airport. Lincoln Yards, Near North Side, $56-billion development. Obama Center‘s location in Jackson Park. These are urgent actions that Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot should take if she wants to bore into the heart of the Chicago Way. These are three multi-billion-dollar projects that best exemplify how big money and big clout have fashioned... Read more »
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Will a progressive Mayor Lightfoot move the Obama Center out of Jackson Park?

She should, if she wants to be considered a true progressive. She’d also pen a Community Benefits Agreement to ensure the Obama Center shares jobs and contracts with the depressed nearby neighborhoods. A few true progressives from the start have objected to the gigantic structure’ site in historic, lakefront Jackson Park. But too many have abandoned their... Read more »
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