Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Big Fail: Three Years With No Budget: What, Me Worry?

If Budgets are Moral Documents, what are we to make of the lack of one… for over three years?

Today Marks Three Years Since The Senate Passed A Budget; For A President Who Refuses To Lead, That's Not A Big Deal

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THE DEMOCRAT-CONTROLLED SENATE LAST PASSED A BUDGET THREE YEARS AGO TODAY AND IS ACTIVELY FIGHTING AGAINST PASSING ANOTHER

The Senate Last Passed A Budget Three Years, 1,097 Days Ago. (S. Con. Res. 13, Roll Call 173; D 53-3, R 0-40, I 2-0, 4/29/09)

"In A Stunning Backtrack," Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) Canceled A Scheduled Vote On A FY2013 Budget Bill. "In a stunning backtrack that virtually guarantees Congress for the third year will be unable to produce a budget, Senate Democrats' top budget writer Tuesday canceled this week's expected votes on a 2013 fiscal blueprint." (Stephen Dinan, "Democrats Punt On Senate Budget Bill For 3rd Year," The Washington Times, 4/17/12)

  • Conrad "Bowed To Pressure From Fellow Democrats" And Postponed Considering A Budget Until After The Election. "Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) bowed to pressure from fellow Democrats on Tuesday and postponed a committee vote on a 2013 budget resolution, most likely until after the November elections." (Erik Wasson, "Sen. Conrad Backs Off Plan to Vote On Budget," The Hill, 4/17/12)
  • It Was A "Surprise" To Democrat Leaders That He Wanted To Pass A Budget At All . "So it was a surprise to Democratic leaders when Conrad indicated in a Fox News interview April 8 that he wanted to mark up a 10-year plan to guide the lame-duck session after the elections when major decisions such as expiring taxes will need to be addressed." (Humberto Sanchez, "Conrad Budget Plan Puzzling," Roll Call, 4/16/12)

THE WHITE HOUSE HAS "NO OPINION" ON WHETHER DEMS SHOULD PASS A BUDGET AND NO PLANS TO PROPOSE A BUDGET THAT CONTROLS OUR DEBT

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Says The White House Has "No Opinion" On Whether The Senate Should Pass A Budget. ABC NEWS' JAKE TAPPER: "The White House has no opinion about whether or not the Senate should pass a budget? The president's going to introduce one. The Fed chair says not having one is bad for growth. But the White House has no opinion about whether - " JAY CARNEY: " I have no opinion - the White House has no opinion on Chairman Bernanke's assessment of how the Senate ought to do its business." (White House Press Briefing, 2/8/12)

President Obama "Has Been All-Too-Willing To Avoid Making Tough Decisions." "One of President Obama's political weaknesses in his first term has been that he's all-too-willing to avoid making tough decisions, hesitant to expend political capital for potential long-term gain. Throughout his first term in office, he's had a cautious governing style, and has avoided taking on some of his party's core constituencies." (Josh Kraushaar, "Obama Trying To Have It Both Ways," National Journal, 11/30/11)

  • Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner Admitted That The Administration Doesn't Have A Plan, But "We Don't Like Yours." GEITHNER: "What our budget does is get our deficits down to a sustainable path over the budget window. Why do they take off again? Why do they do that?" REP. PAUL RYAN: "Because we got 10,000 people retiring every day, and healthcare costs going up…" GEITHNER:"That's right. We have millions of Americans retiring every day, and that will drive substantially the rate of growth of healthcare costs. You are right to say we're not coming before you today to say we have a definitive solution to that long-term problem.What we do know is, we don't like yours." ( Committee On The Budget, U.S. House Of Representatives, 2/16/12)

According To CBO, The Massive Deficits Produced By Obama's FY2013 Budget Will Reduce Economic Output. "The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Friday that President Obama's 2013 budget will hurt the economy in the long term, arguing the larger deficits it would produce would reduce the amount of capital available to businesses. After five years, the CBO says, the Obama proposals would reduce economic output by between 0.5 percent and 2.2 percent." (Erik Wasson, "CBO Estimates Obama 2013 Budget Will Hit Economic Growth," The Hill's "On The Money," 4/20/12)

Obama's FY2013 Budget Increases The Deficit More Than His FY2012 Budget And Will "Have A More Negative Long-Run Effect." "The effects of the 2013 budget differ from those of the preceding budget in four main ways. In particular, the proposals for 2013 would do the following: Increase deficits by a greater amount, largely because of a greater increase in spending compared with that in CBO's baseline. Those larger deficits would provide a bigger short-run boost to output but then have a more negative long-run effect." ("The Economic Impact Of The President's 2013 Budget," Congressional Budget Office, 4/20/12)

"Larger Deficits Caused By The Budget Would Cause The Government To Issue More Bonds, Sucking Up Private Capital To Finance Its Debts And Thereby Reducing The Funds Businesses Could Use To Expand And Hire, The CBO Said." "Larger deficits caused by the budget would cause the government to issue more bonds, sucking up private capital to finance its debts and thereby reducing the funds businesses could use to expand and hire, the CBO said. An increased tax on capital gains included in the president's plan would also tend to reduce private capital, it says." (Erik Wasson, "CBO Estimates Obama 2013 Budget Will Hit Economic Growth," The Hill's "On The Money," 4/20/12)

  • "Slower Economic Growth Tends To Increase Deficits By Reducing Tax Collection And Increasing Spending On Items Like Unemployment Insurance." (Erik Wasson, "CBO Estimates Obama 2013 Budget Will Hit Economic Growth," The Hill's "On The Money," 4/20/12)

The Big Fail: Three Years With No Budget: What, Me Worry?

Saturday, April 28, 2012

AOSHQ Wisconsin Recall Projection (4/27/12)

Hopeful…

Tom Barrett will win the Democratic nomination, beating Falk in the primary two Tuesdays from now. He will enjoy a boost in support from Democrats bent on revenge, but will be facing strong Republican turnout as well. Over 2.5 million votes will be cast. Walker wins, narrowly, as Milwaukee turnout fails to reach 2010 levels (but stronger than in the 2011 supreme court race). Several counties lost by Prosser flip back, narrowly.

AOSHQ Wisconsin Recall Projection (4/27/12)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Biden: 'The President Has a Big Stick'

Biden's right. The President has a terrible and swift swoard, and that that provokes laughter a very bad thing however one spins this. Referring to President Roosevelt's foreign policy quote about "speaking softly and carrying a big stick," Biden told the crowd that Obama followed a similar path while negotiating with Iran. "I promise you, the president has a big stick. I promise you," Biden said as the crowd laughed.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

URF Women Coffee Talk

United Republican Fund women from Will County talking H/T Illinois Review. Run this while scrolling past some of the babe-pics of the new Cook County Board Chair. Cook County GOP's in a world all it's own.

New Cook County GOP Chair has colorful bio - Illinois Review

Prime Chicago Nlife 2

It isn’t my Grandpa’s Cook County GOP anymore. Besides crass; Del Mar looks stupid.

The whole odd story over at New Cook County GOP Chair has colorful bio - Illinois Review Update: More on Mr. Del Mar via Prairie State Reporter. SecState Clinton has a knack for picking guys who appear to have a need of a village to mind them.

McHenry County Blog | Parking Lot Observations Before Dee Beaubien Revs Up Petition Signature Campaign

Cal finds plenty of Obama stickers at a ralley for Dee Beaubien.

McHenry County Blog | Parking Lot Observations Before Dee Beaubien Revs Up Petition Signature Campaign

John McCormick: The Battle for Wisconsin

Via The Weekly Standard. Falk and Barret evading the question of how they would have balanced Wisconsin's budget,
For all their complaints about Walker’s lack of transparency, Falk and Barrett are now evading questions about how they would have balanced Wisconsin’s budget. “No, I’m not answering. None of us will answer that question,” Falk told The Weekly Standard on April 11 when asked if she would have cut more or less than $500 million from the education budget. Barrett too refused to say, when asked three separate times, how he would have balanced the budget. Both candidates say they wouldn’t have enacted tax cuts Walker put into place, which amounted to a little over $100 million or 3 percent of the state’s deficit. Barrett and Falk leave voters guessing what they would have done about the other 97 percent of the deficit. Walker fills in the details: “The answer is they’d have to do what they did in Illinois, which is massive tax increases, massive service cuts, and layoffs.”

GSA: gee, it's a mighty big Government


Tell your alderman to vote ‘no’ on the Infrastructure Trust Tuesday

Valerie Leonard via Austin Talks.  No excuses for anyone night seeing this trainwreck coming.

Tell your alderman to vote ‘no’ for the Infrastructure Trust at Tuesday’s 10 a.m. special Chicago City Council meeting.

The deal effectively transfers oversight of financing from the city to a nonprofit organization. The nonprofit is not subject to the same disclosures, open meetings and oversight as conventional general obligation bond financings orchestrated by the City of Chicago would be.

The city would be on the hook for all the expenses and liabilities of the deal, while the nonprofit trust and financing companies would control the terms and reap the financial benefits. The long-term contracts will result in higher financing costs than the city could obtain under a general obligation deal. It’s not like the city has a poor credit rating and has to settle for higher interest rates.

Tell your alderman to vote ‘no’ on the Infrastructure Trust Tuesday — AustinTalks

Chicago Republicans Oppose Infrastructure Trust

Via Prairie State Report.  Save this link.  The infrastructure trust will be the source of Rahm’s downfall.

Mayor Emanuel’s attempt to ram the Infrastructure Trust through the City Council today is an abuse of power. It is the same kind of abuse that brought us the parking meter scandal and the sale of the Skyway to pay short-term bills. Like the midnight destruction of Meigs Field, it is an attempt to make public policy without debate or discussion.

The Mayor has asked for new authority to spend money, on undisclosed projects, while bypassing the normal political process. The new Infrastructure Trust Authority is to be owned and operated entirely by the Mayor. Projects will be selected by the Mayor’s handpicked few, putting enormous political power in his hands.


The intramural debate among the Democrats on this bill entirely misses the point. They are debating whether the Trust Authority should be subject to FOIA or ethics rules; whether there should be oversight by the Inspector General, and when projects should be disclosed.


They are debating process when they should be debating substance. They do not ask whether we should be spending yet more money in the first place. Missing from debate is whether the City of Chicago should have yet another mechanism to go into further debt.

Let’s keep in mind what an Infrastructure Trust is. It’s a goverment agency that uses private investment dollars to finance public projects. Private investors aren’t running a charity; they expect to be paid back, and at rates that exceed those typically earned by municipal bonds. The mechanism by which they are repaid is the revenue generated by these projects, in other words, user fees. Roads are financed by tolls. Stadiums by higher ticket prices. Parks by entrance fees. One way or another, the residents of Chicago get stuck with the costs.

And what happens when projects fail? Or there are cost overruns, as there are on most government projects? Investors can walk away, or demand higher rates to finance future projects. They won’t take the hit. Instead, the taxpayers will be left to make up the difference. As always, in a city where the predominant party lacks fiscal restraint.

Financing large, unnecessary projects at taxpayer expense has long been the way the Chicago Democrats operate. They flush the system with cash, dispense it to favored contractors, who in turn write checks back to their political sponsors. And the cycle continues, until the money runs out.

That’s what has happened. The City and the State are financially under water. They can’t easily issue new bonds to fund projects. Borrowing is already out of control. There is structural debt, large projected budget deficits, and unfunded obligations.

Hence the Infrastructure Trust. By bypassing the traditional bond process, and putting the authority into the hands of a small group of people appointed entirely by the Mayor, there is no longer a need to involve the political system. It’s another pot of money, even further removed from the control of voters.

In smaller communities, voters routinely vote down proposals for new municipal bonds. Democrats know this. For the cycle to continue, the voters must be taken out of the process. And, apparently, the Aldermen as well.

The Chicago Republican Party strongly urges City Council to vote the Infrastructure Trust down.

http://www.chicagogop.com/

Pushing past the norms of learning at Chicago's Jones Technical Prep College

Forget the content here, this is just plain junk education. It's not teaching protest.... this is just plain not teaching.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

MURDOCK: Three years and no Senate budget - Washington Times

If Budgets are moral documents what’s the morality of refusing to ever make one?

MURDOCK: Three years and no Senate budget - Washington Times

McHenry County Blog | Dan Duffy Announces “Common Sense” Caucus

Springfield’s sorely in need of one.  Note the other members include current Senator and future Kane County Board Chair Chris Lauzen.

Other members include

  • Sam McCann (R-49th District)
  • Darin LaHood (R-37th District)
  • Chris Lauzen (R-25th District)

McHenry County Blog | Dan Duffy Announces “Common Sense” Caucus

MSNBC's Chris Matthews: Presidents "Look Scared" When They Don't Run On Their Records

No kidding....

Rep. Walsh Grills Former GSA Officials

Always amazing how high ranking people fumble questions like these from Walsh. Reason enough here to vote of Joe. Duckworth would lop softballs, just as she gave cover to Blagojevich on evading Veterans hiring rules.

Note all the GSA officials miss Walsh's point they would manage the taxpayers dime better if they managed it as if it was their own. That went over everyone's head.

Jack Lavin testifies in a stealth law suit, along with other notables «

An alleged email from Dan Frawley via Illinois Pay to Play (link at bottom).  Really visit pay to play and read the whole thing.  It’s complex… the civil lawsuits gone to trial April 17th.  Mind boggling MSM’s ignored this story.  If nothing else, it has all the makes of great movie: the Syrian mob, the prez, Iraq war profiteers, Illinois corruption, yet nary a peep from reporters at the Trib and Sun Times.  (MOE is Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity.)

From: Dan Frawley <Address withheld>

Date: Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 1:00 PM
Subject: I MET OBAMA'S AID AT THOMPSON PRISON WHERE BO WANTED TO SHIFT QUANTANIMO PRISONERS
To: robert XXXXX <Address withheld>

THOMSON PRISON, OBAMA, REZKO, JACK LAVIN & MOE CONTRACT

THOMSON PRISON IS THE FIRST SIGHT THE STATE OF ILLINOIS PROVIDED ME TO LOOK AT TO TRAIN THE IRAQI MOE CANDIDATES.

SEAMUS AHERN OF SENATOR OBAMA’S JOILIET ILLINOIS OFFICE WAS AT THOMSON. NEVER CALLED THE SENATOR’S OFFICE TO ARRANGE TO BE MET.

TONY REZKO CALLED JACK LAVIN REGARDING TRAINING THE IRAQI’S AT AN ILLINOIS GOVERNMENT SIGHT.

JACK LAVIN WAS THE CEO OF ONE OF TONY’S COMPANIES. JACK LAVIN MADE A JOURNALENTRY IN PANDA RESTARAUNTS FINANCIAL STATEMENT. JACK TOOK 4 MILLION DOLLARS OF PANDA’S PROFITS AND MADE A JOURNAL ENTRY INTO PAPA JOHN’S PIZZA PROFITS IN ORDER FOR TO OBTAIN A 10 MILLION LOAN FROM G.E. CREDIT.

ANDREW CHERNIG WAS A 50/50 PARTNER OF TONY’S IN PANDA. WHEN CHERNIG DISCOVERED THAT LAVIN AND REZKO DEFRAUDED HIM CHERNIG CAME INTO CHICAGO ON A FRIDAY AND EMPTIED THE PANDA OFFICE.

TONY AND LAVIN KEPT A DOUBLE SET OF BOOKS FOR PAPA JOHN’S. TOD SELACK THE ACCOUNTANT FOR RECKON AND LAVIN PREPARED THE DOUBLE SET OF BOOKS PER AL CHAIB AND REZKO’S ORDERS.

I HAVE SEEN BOTH SET OF BOOKS AND PROVIDED THE USAO’S OFFICE THE OPPORTUNITY TO COPY SAID BOOKS. THE ENTRY LAVIN MADE INTO THE PAPA JOHN BOOKS WAS KNOWN AS THE MIRACE ENTRY AROUND THE REZMAR OFFICE.

CHERNIG NEVER REPORTED THE FRAUD BECAUSE CHERNIG PARTICIPATED WITH AL CHAIB AND TONY IN STAFFING PANDA RESTAURANT WITH ILLEGAL CHINESE ALIENS CHERNIG HELPED SMUGGLE INTO THE UNITED STATES. CHERNIG WORKED THE CHINESE 80-100 HOUR PER WEEKAND PAID THEM FOR 40. TONY AND CHAIB HOUSED THE CHINESE IN THEIR BUILINGS IN OVER CROWDED CONDITIONS AND OVER CHARGED THE CHINESE FOR RENT.

Jack Lavin testifies in a stealth law suit, along with other notables «

Saturday, April 14, 2012

URF | Right Nation Partners with CPAC Chicago

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CPAC Chicago takes the fight for the future of America directly to President Barack Obama’s backyard. November will be a national referendum on whether we return to the conservative principles that made us an extraordinary country or continue down the reckless path President Obama initiated three years ago,” said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas. “In a time of unprecedented challenges, it is critical conservatives unite and mobilize. The American Conservative Union looks forward to partnering with Right Nation this summer to host the Midwest’s premier conservative gathering of 2012.”

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Occupy Chicago in the Springtime

Spring in Chicago: Occupy returns to the loop and the butcher bill soars in the neighborhoods ( eight people shot last night including a seven year old girl). Cops won't be able to deal with both come Nato summit. Rahm's going to need to call out the Guard.  H/T Illinois Review

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Friday, April 06, 2012

Elliot Rose of Campton Hills is the 2012 Red Cross Law Enforcement Hero


A real hero from Campton Hills Illinois!


While working the midnight shift on August 28, 2011, Campton Hills Police Department, Officer Elliot Rose responded to a single vehicle motorcycle accident at Route 64 and Fabris Road in Maple Park. Though the accident was outside of the police department’s jurisdiction, Officer Rose responded. When he arrived on the scene, a motorcyclist had severed his leg and was bleeding heavily from the femoral artery. Officer Rose, a trained paramedic, knew he had to stop the bleeding immediately or the victim would die.



Working without a medical kit, Officer Rose improvised using a piece of gauze and an ink pen. Probing into the wound, he located the artery, using the gauze-wrapped pen to pull the artery out slightly and clamp it, stopping the bleeding. He then tended to the victim’s other injuries before paramedics arrived. Officer Rose also had the foresight to have a medevac helicopter dispatched to Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva to be waiting for the victim when he arrived so he could be transported to a trauma center. The victim was stabilized and flown to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.

President Obama, the Muslim Brotherhood, and a War on Women...

Bill Kristol's take away on the Administration meeting with the MB in the White House
It is a big deal. I think the White House is engaged in a war on women. The Muslim Brotherhood, really? Do you know what their position is on reproductive rights and all these feminist issues, women in the workplace, equal pay for equal work? I don't think they are very good on that issue. And they are letting them in the White House. Mitt Romney should have a press conference tomorrow to say this proves that the President, Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden and Mr. Donilon and Mr. Lew and the male top-heavy White House staff doesn't care at all about the plight of women in Egypt.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/special-report/2012/04/06/should-white-house-trust-muslim-brotherhood#ixzz1rIbehpEv

They Don't Speak for Us

H/T Illinois Review



BRET BAIER, HOST: Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood of course helped push Hosni Mubarak out of power in Egypt and move in a more Islamist candidates inside the parliament there in Egypt. At the time they said they would not put a candidate up for president. Now they have. And now Muslim Brotherhood officials have met with the mid-level White House officials about way forward in Egypt, that meeting happening at the White House on Tuesday.

We're back with the panel. Bill, is this a big deal, people who are critical of it? What about it?

BILL KRISTOL, EDITOR, THE WEEKLY STANDARD: It is a big deal. I think the White House is engaged in a war on women. The Muslim Brotherhood, really? Do you know what their position is on reproductive rights and all these feminist issues, women in the workplace, equal pay for equal work? I don't think they are very good on that issue. And they are letting them in the White House. Mitt Romney should have a press conference tomorrow to say this proves that the President, Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden and Mr. Donilon and Mr. Lew and the male top-heavy White House staff doesn't care at all about the plight of women in Egypt.
I'm partly kidding, I'm mostly kidding, there are other reasons not to deal with the Muslim Brotherhood, but I'm trying to make the point about how ludicrous the war on women moralizing is. And incidentally, this is a tough policy now that they are dealing with the situation they are dealing with. I don't -- I think ultimately the failure to deal with Syria, the failure to deal with Iran is what the administration is going to be judged on more than this complicated minuet with the different groups of Egypt.


Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/special-report/2012/04/06/should-white-house-trust-muslim-brotherhood#ixzz1rIaV9NIB

Walsh wants Solis answers on poster | Campaign 2012 | Washington Examiner

H/T Illinois Review

Wonder what Tammy Duckworth has to say?

Rep. Joe Walsh, R-IL, got a look at that poster being posted around the Department of Labor showing Secretary Hilda Solis marching arm-in-arm with Rev. Al Sharpton and started asking some possibly uncomfortable questions.

The poster includes this quote from Solis: “Whether we take to the streets or simply do our work with integrity and commitment here at the U.S. Department of Labor, we are all marching toward the same goals: safer workplaces, fair pay, dignity on the job, secure retirement and opportunities to make a better life. I believe in the power of collective action.”

If that sounds familiar, it should as it's standard SEIU/ACORN rhetoric. Walsh thinks the poster and the political ideology it represents has little if anything to do with being Secretary of Labor.

"Some employees that have remained anonymous have described these posters as 'propaganda' and I agree," Walsh wrote in a letter to Solis. "The sign is both contrary to the role of your department and a misuse of taxpayer funds. Your job is not to inject yourself into politics - especially not by promoting your own political stance through a poster paid for by the taxpayer."

Then came the questions:

"I ask you to respond to the scope in which this poster was circulated, including the cost it took to produce such a product. I will also ask you to address whether further posters like this have been produced already and your policy on using taxpayer money to make a political point," Walsh said

Walsh wants Solis answers on poster | Campaign 2012 | Washington Examiner

Solis Sharpton Jackson DOL Poster

Krugman vs. The Poor - HUMAN EVENTS

Krugman vs. The Poor - HUMAN EVENTS

Not the poor so much as the middle class.  That's who's wiped out with inflation.

Fran Eaton: Little room for governor to not anger public unions - Southtown Star

Fran’s conclusion from a great column comparing Illinois and Wisconsin.

We live in strange times. Quinn faces a budget crisis and rising debt, a considerable amount of which stems from some of his biggest campaign contributors — public sector unions. Meanwhile, Walker boasts of no income tax increase, lower property taxes and a balanced fiscal 2013 budget.

And who between Quinn and Walker is facing historical political pressure and the possible removal from office? It’s not Quinn.

Eaton: Little room for governor to not anger public unions - Southtown Star

McHenry County Blog | Dee Beaubien Running for State Rep against Dave McSweeney

Cal Skinner gets a scoop. Plenty of comments stacking up on this one.

McHenry County Blog | Dee Beaubien Running for State Rep against Dave McSweeney:
Multiple sources have contacted McHenry County Blog with the news that State Rep. Mark Beaubien’s widow Dee is telling people she is running for State Representative against Republican winner Dave McSweeney.

Czech historian produces death tally for communist uranium camps | Czech Position

One of the past century's lesser known barbarisms.Czech historian produces death tally for communist uranium camps | Czech Position:
Some of those sentenced to long terms of labor were labeled “Mukl┼», an acronnym which translates from Czech to mean men designated for liquidation. Quite simply, they were not expected to survive the camps and with the regime counting on their deaths far before they approached the ends of their sentences.

Brutal conditions in the mines and the camps, hastily erected wooden barracks, often with rudimentary facilities and rations and privileges, such as receiving letters, based on meeting or exceeding work quotas, meant that many prisoners aged prematurely or became chronically ill. Prison authorities in some cases agreed to send them home when it was clear they only had a few months to live.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Obama care, FDR's National Recover Act, and the words of Clarence Darrow

President Obama told us yesterday SCOTUS ruling against Obamacare would be an unprecedented move by the court. Yet a fellow who lived only a few blocks from Obama, Clarence Darrow; was once asked by FDR to review a similarly controversial law in the 1930s: the National Recovery Act.

Darrow, to FDR's surprize, didn't much care for Congress's overreach with the NRA, and said so before a Congressional Committee once FDR finally released Darrow's report. The University of Minnesota has Darrow's testimony online.

SCOTUS went on to strike down the NRA, and FDR went on with a futile war against the court with his court packing scheme.

So no new history here President Obama.  The United States has been here before.  This story's a repeat and its hero lived in our backyard almost. (My Grandfather had a dime store near Darrow's apartment off 63rd street.)

Darrow himself can be heard below speaking out against the New Deal and the NRA in words as applicable now as then.



Or here below,
"I see today that the spirit of human freedom has vanished from the peoples of this world especially from America! We have forgotten it. We care nothing about. If we can make money by compelling people to do certain things by law, or if some fool reformers think they can save the souls of men by passing laws, we say: let them do it. We would not fight for liberty today; we have forgotten it." -Darrow

It's strange a Professor of Constitutional law wouldn't understand the unconstitutionality of Obamacare. It's unChicagoan a lawyer from Hyde Park would have forgotten Darrow's words. He's a mythic figure Chicagoans of a progressive sort once grew up with. That kind of Liberalism long passed it seems.

Unionists, Occupy Protest Rahm Emanuel, Scott Walker

H/T Illinois Review

Jeremy's latest video of Occupy in Milwaukee protesting Rahm's visit. Geez has Ed Sadlowski gotten fat! I was in the Steelworkers union in Chicago with him in the 70s. It was a different sort of Union movement then, and a different Ed Sadlowski. A guy who went to the Supreme court defending donations as free speech by the way when the USW establishment went after him for taking outside money to run against them.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Thomas Sheahan on $30k pension sweetener: ‘I deserve every penny’ - Chicago Sun-Times

H/T Second City Cop

Hey, I’m sure it’s only fair.

But buried within the legislation was something considerably less altruistic: a provision that enabled a member of one of Chicago’s better-known political families to boost his pension by more than $30,000 a year — while saddling unsuspecting taxpayers in Oak Brook with nearly $750,000 in funding liabilities, the Chicago Sun-Times and Better Government Association have learned.

The recipient of that larger pension, Thomas Sheahan, is a former police chief in Oak Brook, the current village manager in Lyons and a member of a Democratic clan that has helped rule Chicago’s Southwest Side for decades.

Sharp-tongued and unapologetic about benefitting from the provision that no one else has used, the 59-year-old Sheahan said of his pension: “I worked for 24 f------ years [in the public sector], I deserve every penny of it and I deserve a lot f------ more.”

Clout-heavy ex-police chief on $30k pension sweetener: ‘I deserve every penny’ - Chicago Sun-Times

Mass. GOP: Warren Wrong on Energy

via the Weekly Standard. Elizabeth Warren on the Keystone Pipeline.

Does the Sun Times have a lawsuit accusing the McMahon’s of fraudulent contracting practices?

Does the Sun Times have a lawsuit accusing the McMahon’s of fraudulent contracting practices?

Illinois Pay to Play exploring some strange turns in the CPS Milk Story.  The series seemed odd to me and especially on the Daniel T. Frawley whistle blower complaint.
Illinois PayToPlay wonders if a real, Frawley-initiated, court-filed lawsuit exists, anywhere on the planet. If it does exist, why won’t the Sun Times just show it to its readers?

If it doesn’t exist, then it looks like the paper took an unsubstantiated lawsuit, gleaned allegations from it unfavorable to a contractor for the City of Chicago during the Daley administration, and then used that information to portray Mayor Emanuel as intent on cleaning up the corruption of the previous regime.

In other words, the Sun Times is bending stories to shill for the Emanuel administration?
Sure looks the case.