Posts in category "Government"

Nail those Manchester leakers and send them to prison

So, we’re supposed to be delighted that the New York Times has published leaked information  that authorities said endangers the investigation into the deadly Manchester bombing? I suppose the  Times will be in line for another Pulitzer Prize for what amounts to making public information that could result in some guilty parties getting away or terrorists getting... Read more »

Liberals' sudden love affair with states' rights

States’ rights used to be a dirty word for liberals/progressives. The words conjured up images of slavery, Jim Crow and wacko, out-of-control hard right-wing dominance of state and local governments. Never mind that the Tenth Amendment (aka “the states’ rights amendment) was a broad grant of power to the states. Now the left, especially the... Read more »

$3.5 trillion in secret federal pensions

Adam Andrzejewski writes in Forbes: What has a $3.5 trillion unfunded liability, manually calculated on paper inside a Pennsylvania mountain, and costs taxpayers more money annually than the entire state budget of Florida? Answer: Federal employee pensions.  Fact: Federal court rulings state that disclosing the pension amounts of retired congressional representatives and senators violate their privacy rights. Forcing open the federal pensions will take an... Read more »
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Why are firefighters the only Illinois public employees who are allowed to sit on village boards?

UPDATE: Fire fighter also running for village board in neighboring Glenview. Illinois law gives public employees the right to run for public office. But if they are elected, they must  give up their government job, so that they don’t end up on a board that sets their own salaries. As it should be. Except that the... Read more »

Another addition to the mountain of incomprehensible and costly federal regs

Complaints about the mountain of federal regulations that burden small businesses are too often dismissed as more right-wing blather. Until you actually see one. Here’s a recent one from OSHA (issued last October during the waning days of the Obama administration) that seeks to clarify–really?–rules about reporting on-the-job injuries. For one thing, it forbids routine drug... Read more »

First junk the Electoral College and then the U.S. Senate

Wow, when your candidate loses, it’s because the system is “rigged” and needs to be changed. Republican President-elect Donald Trump made a “rigged system” a centerpiece of his campaign. Now that he has won, all mention of a rigged system has ended–from Trump’s camp. But now that Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has lost, the laments... Read more »
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What would Abe Lincoln think of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders

I thought about writing about 10 reasons Abe Lincoln would roll over in his grave if he was here today to witness Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. But I haven’t. Because it takes the kind of simple-minded arrogance for  Andrew Feinberg in a Chicago Tribune op-ed  (“10 reasons Abe Lincoln would roll over... Read more »

The GOP "Establishment" bogeyman

Like the bogeyman hiding under a child’s bed, the Republican “establishment” is supposed to scare everyone, but it never seems to actually appear. See, like the bogeyman is used to frighten kids into good behavior, the accusations about the fearful Republican “establishment” is supposed to terrify voters into supporting “outsiders” like Donald Trump, Ted Cruz... Read more »

Scott Turow's useful suggestion for replacing Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

It’s the brightest and most insightful essay I’ve read so far about how to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Scott Turow, a lawyer, former federal prosecutor, and author of popular novels, suggested that everyone take a deep breath in the heated debate. Appoint someone, he said, who would restrict, not expand the... Read more »
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Mission creep: Medicaid money now can be used to house the homeless

Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has decided that Medicaid money, intended for clinical services and medications for the poor, now can help the chronically homeless to find and maintain permanent housing. According to Pew Charitable Trust, Advocates for the homeless have welcomed the CMS move,... Read more »
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