Posts in category "government"
Bruce Rauner says he wants to raise The FICA and Medicare taxes. Though he hasn’t paid either one these days As he counts what he saves and relaxes.
Wall Street is booming again. Setting records every few days. Wealth is being created on an enormous scale. But the market’s high tide is not lifting all boats. The gap between the rich and poor in America keeps widening. The 400 most wealthy Americans own more productive capital than the bottom 150 million Americans... Read more »
In search of some informed insight on what to do about the tinderbox in Iraq, the Today Show went slumming this morning. They called on, of all people, Paul Bremer. I’ll give you a few moments to recover from the shock. Yes, Paul Bremer. He was the guy Bush II appointed to govern Iraq... Read more »
President Barack Obama Did apprehend and kill Osama. He’s ending what George Bush began In dangerous Afghanistan. And just in case you have lost track, Our troops have exited Iraq. But Republicans still give him grief For failing as Commander-in- Chief. They hint that like some Wizard of Oz, he Pulled the levers... Read more »
It may or may not be a case of using their reptilian brains, but the good people of Vernon Hills—about 38 miles by car north of Chicago—-are putting up signs to warn drivers about turtle pedestrians. Vernon Hills is home to the Half-Day Forest Preserves in Lake County. It’s all of 7.92 square miles... Read more »
I made sure I caught Sean Hannity on Fox last night. I expected to see him eat crow over the Cliven Bundy misstep. That is, Crow with a Jim before it. Hannity had promoted the misguided sovereign citizen Bundy who was defying the Federal government over grazing fees on its land. Understand, that’s land... Read more »
I came upon the comic strip above—Prickly City— in this morning’s Tribune. It’s clever, no doubt. And I like its satirical edge. Packs a punch. Of course, its main target is the Affordable Care Act. But it manages to incorporate some sharp thrusts at the overreach of drones and the pandemic snooping of the... Read more »
By now the news may have percolated enough through the media for many Americans to realize that the Supreme Court under the inestimable John Roberts has loosened restrictions on individual campaign contributions. An individual still is limited to $2,600 per candidate ($5,200 total for primary and general elections), but the max (currently at $48,600)... Read more »
John Boehner and Paul Ryan are both baptized Roman Catholics. They sure don’t act like it. The template of virtue for Catholics, as for all Christians, has always been the teachings of Jesus. And Jesus, if nothing else, was an advocate for the poor. I don’t know of any place in the New Testament... Read more »
Born today? John C. Calhoun. Who thought states’ rights a real boon. His stubborn stance on nullification Resulted in slavery’s annihilation. “The theory of nullification is based on the concept that the States are the final decision-makers when it comes to the limits of the federal government. The theory indicated that the federal laws... Read more »