Archive for December 2011

The GOP's Third Party Problem

Amid the flurry of news out of Iowa in the days leading up to the January 3rd caucuses, another subtle story was unfolding. Former New Mexico governor and Republican presidential candidate,  Gary Johnson, announced he was abandoning the Republican Party nominating process and would instead seek a third party run with the Libertarian Party. His... Read more »

What Does a Young Republican Do on Christmas Break?

A list of activities you may have attended over the Christmas weekend at which you were likely to find a Chicago Young Republican: Christmas Eve: Football. Football. Football. Counting every penny of sales tax we paid during last minute shopping on the Mag Mile, State Street or pretty much any store in Cook County. Refueling... Read more »

Why Do Payroll Taxes Get Ignored?

“Tax the rich! We are the 99%!” It is the rallying cry for Occupy protesters nationwide. Of course, that overly simple statement does not answer the fundamental questions surrounding how you define rich and how you define poor. Nor does it acknowledge that among the “99%” there are people making enough to support a family... Read more »

Illinois Government's Broken Culture

The core problem facing Illinois state government is the corrosive public service culture in Springfield. Elected officials are a big part of the problem but at least we put a few of them in prison from time to time. The worst culprits are the appointed leaders of various departments in the vast and overwhelming state government... Read more »

The Windy City YR's first blog post

Each week, I will be posting two new columns. Of course, anything fun or interesting that I find for your viewing pleasure will be shared anytime I discover it. However, my perspective will be reserved for Tuesdays and Fridays. Tuesday posts will be dedicated to state and/or local politics. The Friday edition will be all about the national... Read more »