Trump Trickle Down

  Hello All–a new contributor to this part of ChicagoNow, I would like to refer you to today’s blog post in my regular blog “Getting More from Les.”  Give it a try, subscribe or comment if you like. The link is http://www.chicagonow.com/downsize-maybe/2018/06/trump-trickle-down/   Happy Thursday!

You Read it Here First: Donald Trump Doing the Right Thing

I want to begin by noting that I am not a Donald Trump supporter. I am also not a fan of former Illinois governor, Rod Blagojevich, nor am I connected to him or his family.  I am, however, connected to him as a human being and as a parent.  And through both connections, I have... Read more »

A Really Old Solution To An Old Problem

A Really Old Solution To An Old Problem
The precursor to our modern unions were the guilds of craftsman in medieval and early modern cities and towns. Often local, they still wielded great power when it came to setting prices and practices for their respective skill. If you hired a baker, you knew what the price was going to be, regardless if it... Read more »
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Sh!t Holes: A Retrospective

Sh!t Holes: A Retrospective
Admittedly, a little late to this party, but just watched John Oliver talking about President Trump and the World. Oliver’s extended essay focused on the decrease of soft power in the US foreign relations. Oliver made the point that calling certain nations shit holes (or is it shitholes?) may not be the best way to... Read more »

Fake News and Real Dead Children: Why the U.S. May Never Bounce Back from Trump

Fake News and Real Dead Children: Why the U.S. May Never Bounce Back from Trump
It’s been over a year since the shocking Electoral College victory that gave the wholly unqualified, dangerously unstable Donald Trump the highest office in the nation. Considering the inexplicable way he has so far survived scandals, public embarrassments and incompetent governance that would have brought down any previous administration, he seems bound to pass the... Read more »

Time to Get Creative On Guns

Time to Get Creative On Guns
Another mass shooting. Another round of thoughts and prayers. Another worthless media blitz about the killer and his motives, his mental state, his arsenal and on and on. Just wait another few weeks and there will be another mass shooting, no need to dwell on Texas, we’ll have another soon enough. Mass shootings happen with... Read more »
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On American Immigration

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach recently said DACA recipients should: “Go home and get in line, come into the United States legally, then get a green card, then become a citizen.” This statement betrays a tremendous lack of understanding about the American immigration system. The United States caps the number of people that can... Read more »

Somebody call 9-1-1, I'm getting gored by Rahm (again)

As I predicted in my blog post of August 13, if you live in Chicago your phone taxes are going up again. Mayor Emmanuel announced earlier this week that his 2018 budget includes a $1.10 per-phone-line tax increase, ostensibly to support 9-1-1 emergency services but in reality to feed the Laborers Pension Fund, according to... Read more »

What Do I Believe?

What Do I Believe?
So, yeah, after the election, you know THE election, Jimmy Greenfield came up with this great idea to set aside some space for us bloggers who wanted to write on more political matters, but felt it didn’t quite mesh with our other blogs. Perfect! I thought and I asked Jimmy to put me in the... Read more »
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"Taps" for soda tax may herald birth of new movement

Glug-glug-glug, belch, ahhh! Oh excuse me, that was just me enjoying a can of pop. Or that will be me on December 1st, once the short-lived Cook County “soda” tax becomes history. But we don’t have to wait until December 1 to enjoy the sweet sound of no more pro and anti-tax commercials, the former... Read more »