Posts tagged "government"

Thoughts for while Obama and Dems bring down the country

Reflect on these.   1. In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a Congress. — John Adams   2. If you don’t read the newspaper, you are uninformed; if you do read the newspaper, you... Read more »

Obama threatens seniors and veterans; leaves out kids

As negotiations over raising the federal debt ceiling, cutting the budget and increasing taxes comes down to the wire, President Barack Obama thinks he might have to stiff social security recipients and veterans. He said in an interview: “I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3rd if we haven’t resolved this issue,”... Read more »

Blago jurors show Illinois voters how it should be done

  If Chicago and Illinois voters were as thoughtful, thorough and responsible as the jurors that convicted Rod Blagojevich of corruption then we wouldn’t have to be constantly putting our governors, aldermen and other public officials on trial. If you saw the extraordinary post-trial interview with the jury, you can only respect them for the... Read more »
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End K-12 public school teacher tenure (UPDATE)

UPDATE: Quinn signs education reform law. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign today what’s called “sweeping” education reform, a step in the right direction in several regards: Longer school days and a provision allowing school to place competence over length of service in the firing and recall of teachers. Competent teachers will be... Read more »

Liberals: Don't read Paul Ryan's budget before you criticize it

Liberals: Don't read Paul Ryan's budget before you criticize it
Those misogynist Republicans want to deny health care services to women. That was the argument Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid deployed on the Senate floor Friday during the final hours of negotiations over a possible government shutdown. Asked he: “Why are we talking about whether women can get something as simple and noncontroversial as a cancer screening? The answer... Read more »

Rep. Paul Ryan explains his federal budget

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We have met the taxpayers, and they are us.

What better time to take a shot at Big Business for “paying no taxes” than when we’re struggling to complete our own income tax returns? Big Business in this case is General Electric, which made a worldwide profit of $14.2 billion, of which $5.1 billion came from U.S. operations. Trumpeted a New York Times story: “Its American tax... Read more »

Congress, Obama giving bureaucrats the shaft

And now, a few sympathetic words for government bureaucrats. Feel sorry for what President Barack Obama and Congress have done to them. Here we are, almost half way into the federal fiscal year, and Obama and Congress still haven’t passed a budget. Technically, they should have enacted one before last Oct. 1, when the current fiscal year... Read more »

The public broadcasting scam

The public broadcasting scam
As the battle over taxpayer funding of public broadcasting heats up, the esteemed Newton Minow weighs in with this defense of public television and radio: As a nation, we support public broadcasting for the same reasons that we support public libraries, public parks, public schools and public hospitals. Why public libraries when we have bookstores?... Read more »
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Big deal for Chicago: Boeing wins $35B tanker contract

The Boeing 767-based NewGen Tanker is pictured simultaneously refueling two F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft from the wing air refueling pods in this undated photo illustration, obtained on Feb. 24, 2011. (Reuters/Boeing/Handout) This probably won’t get many hits on a site where many people come to find out about sports, lifestyle and such, but this is a... Read more »
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