Better than Charlie Rose w/ William F. Buckley, Jr.: Berkowitz w/Free market activist Jack Roeser (Watch now on the web)

Jack Roeser: And, this idiot Obama is trying to give us a single payer system for our medical care. Well, that is the biggest blunder in sight—in my whole lifetime—what that idiot is trying to do there.  But, he has got the great example of a single payer system for K-12 [public] education, where the taxpayers pay into it and the government manages it very badly. [Watch the show w/Roeser here]

Jeff Berkowitz: So, you’re saying what is wrong with traditional public schools, the government runs all of that and is the single buyer of teachers and you’re saying President Obama, on the healthcare side, wants to make the government the single buyer of healthcare services.

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This week’s suburban edition of “Public Affairs,” features Jack Roeser, 89,  a towering figure in Illinois business, conservative politics and public policy for the last half century, or so. Otto Engineering, which Joe started in 1961 as its only employee, now employs more than 500 people at a manufacturing facility in Carpentersville, IL. The business, family owned and run, is worth more than 100 million dollars. Jack ran for Governor in the Republican Primary in 1994, earning 25% of the vote against the then incumbent Governor, Jim Edgar. Jack is now working with the Illinois GOP in an effort to win a majority for Republicans in the State House and State Senate.

Roeser  debates and discusses school choice, education reform, pension reform, "who built it," who built Otto Engineering, Team Obama,  replacing Illlinois House Speaker Mike Madigan, the "curse of Speaker Madigan," winning Republican majorities in the State House and State Senate, House Republican leader Tom Cross, Senate Republican leader Christine Radogno, the late Tom Roeser, Otto Engineering, the Obama-Romney contest, a Republican revolution in 2012, repealing the state income tax increase, how to grow the economy, tax reform, job creators and much, much more with Public Affairs show host Jeff Berkowitz.

The show with Roeser is airing tonight in 24 N and NW Chicago Metro suburbs. 

The show  airs from 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm on Comcast Cable

on Ch. 19 in Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, parts of Inverness, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Wilmette.and

on Ch. 35 in Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Glenview, Golf, Des Plaines, Hanover Park, Mt. Prospect, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Schaumburg, Skokie, Streamwood and Wheeling.

The "Public Affairs," show with guest JACK ROESER  is NOW posted here.       

[Ed. Note: Last week's guest, Robin Steans, Executive Director of Advance Illinois, has a somewhat different perspective on public schools and education reform than Jack Roeser.

What can I say, Public Affairs is fair and balanced. Really.  And everybody should watch our shows with both Steans and Roeser. ]

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Jack Roeser: ,,,On the practical things of life, you can see how impractically, badly run, the k-12 system, particularly the rich districts in the north, including Chicago, if you get out of Chicago and go south and west,  you’ll find the school districts are a little bit more American, not quite so bad—

Jeff Berkowitz: American in what sense?

Jack Roeser: In morals and conduct and what they do with the money that comes out of the tax base.

Jeff Berkowitz: They’re more efficiently run?

Jack Roeser: But the 80% of the state that is north of I-80…the schools districts are just immensely bad managers of everything they do.  It’s hard to find—the teachers, listen I am not blaming the teachers—the only reason there is anything good that happens in the k-12 system is because- let’s say half the teachers bring their own integrity to a badly run system and they do the best they can with it. The other 50% have retired while still on the job, but the people that manage [the public school system] are the biggest dunderheads you could imagine.

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Jack Roeser: Listen, the pay system for the teachers in this state is one of the wacky managed things that has gone completely crazy—

Jeff Berkowitz: How would you change it, Jack?

Jack Roeser: Listen, the first step in changing it is to bring to it—Look, what’s wrong with the whole system is it’s a single payer system and it the best example you can get of how rotten a single payer system serves the people that it is supposed to serve.

Jeff Berkowitz: But, how would you change it?

Jack Roeser: Be quiet a moment because you’ll learn something.

Jeff Berkowitz: I will be, but we only have 30 minutes.

Jack Roeser: And, this idiot Obama is trying to give us a single payer system for our medical care. Well, that is the biggest blunder in sight—in my whole lifetime—what that idiot is trying to do there.  But, he has got the great example of a single payer system for K-12 [public] education, where the taxpayers pay into it and the government manages it very badly.

Jeff Berkowitz: So, you’re saying what is wrong with traditional public schools, the government runs all of that and is the single buyer of teachers and you’re saying President Obama, on the healthcare side, wants to make the government the single buyer of healthcare services.

Jack Roeser: Right.

Jeff Berkowitz: Am I getting that right? That’s the analogy.

Jack Roeser: The government is going to decide what suit you wear, what you eat, what tie you wear, what your car is—

Jeff Berkowitz: …How do you describe that system of government?

Jack Roeser: Socialism.

Jeff Berkowitz: Are we on the road to serfdom?

Jack Roeser: This guy we have as President [Obama] very evidently thinks that’s the way to go and he is doing his damnest to give us a socialist country.

Jeff Berkowitz: You’re a believer in this guy—Free to Choose [Berkowits holds up a copy of [the 1976 Nobel Prize winner in economics] Milton Friedman’s book,  “Free to Choose.”]

Jack Roeser: Yeah, sure, he’s a good man.

Jeff Berkowitz: Because in a capitalist system, the decisions are made by enormous numbers of [consumers] and every individual is making a decision—they decide what they want [to buy], that’s Free to Choose.

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