Thursday, August 29, 2013

Doug Truax: Senator Durbin doubles down on arrogance

Truax's Editorial response in the American Thinker to Durbin's heavy hand,

Instead of humbly pulling back from his campaign to bully his political opponents after a flurry of negative editorials, Dick Durbin has doubled down on arrogance and constitutional ignorance.
 
In his response to the Chicago Tribune editorial, "Durbin's enemies list," the senior senator from Illinois refused to concede the obvious point: that he was bullying his political opponents and generally making a mockery of the First Amendment.

You'd think that after Durbin was caught targeting conservative groups in an earlier letter to the Internal Revenue Service, he'd be more cautious. To the contrary, Durbin has now sent 300 intimidating letters to donors of the free market advocacy group, American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). In his rebuttal to the Tribune editorial, Durbin stubbornly insists he has a right to donor information because he, as a public official, has to make certain public disclosures.

Durbin is confused. He works for us. The disclosures he makes are because the public has a right to vet the people who spend their tax dollars. The U.S. Supreme Court says that Durbin has no parallel right to vet donors of advocacy groups who are exercising their First Amendment rights. You'd think a senior senator would understand this elementary distinction.

Durbin also fails to reveal to the Tribune and other media outlets that he never complains about liberal advocacy groups he agrees with and certainly never sends them threatening letters. Durbin is paid to represent all of Illinois, not just those who share his belief in failed liberal philosophies.

Another troubling issue that the letters raise is where did Durbin acquire ALEC's donor list? That's an obvious unanswered question the Illinois and national news media ought to pursue.

It's bad enough that Durbin is a political bully who practices the crudest form of partisan politics. What is really sad is that such a longtime public official is arrogant enough to believe he has the authority to apportion the First Amendment to others according to their political beliefs.

It's time for Americans who believe in the First Amendment to stand up and fight back against this three-term tyrant and that is exactly what I plan to do in the months ahead.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Randy Hultgren and Bill Enyart sign Scott Rigell's Letter to Obama asking "to consult and receive authorization from Congress before ordering the use of U.S. military force in Syria.”

Both Hultgren R-IL14 and Enyart D-IL12  signed on Rigells's letter.  Might be a few more from Illinois before the letter's sent in the next half hour or so.

Here's the text with 69 Republicans and 12 Democrats signing.

August 28, 2013

We strongly urge you to consult and receive authorization from Congress before ordering the use of U.S. military force in Syria. Your responsibility to do so is prescribed in the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution of 1973.

While the Founders wisely gave the Office of the President the authority to act in emergencies, they foresaw the need to ensure public debate — and the active engagement of Congress — prior to committing U.S. military assets. Engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the Constitution.

Mr. President, in the case of military operations in Libya you stated that authorization from Congress was not required because our military was not engaged in "hostilities." In addition, an April 1, 2011, memorandum to you from your Office of Legal Counsel concluded:
"… President Obama could rely on his constitutional power to safeguard the national interest by directing the anticipated military operations in Libya –which were limited in their nature, scope, and duration — without prior congressional authorization."

We view the precedent this opinion sets, where "national interest" is enough to engage in hostilities without congressional authorization, as unconstitutional. If the use of 221 Tomahawk cruise missiles, 704 Joint Direct Attack Munitions, and 42 Predator Hellfire missiles expended in Libya does not constitute "hostilities," what does?
If you deem that military action in Syria is necessary, Congress can reconvene at your request. We stand ready to come back into session, consider the facts before us, and share the burden of decisions made regarding U.S. involvement in the quickly escalating Syrian conflict.
Sincerely,


 

Jihadists concerned over potential US strikes in Syria - Threat Matrix

Jihadists concerned over potential US strikes in Syria - Threat Matrix

Press pool erupts; cant keep straight face at State Dept. double talk

I guess this is transparency.....



Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A few more questions before we start bombing Syria - Threat Matrix

A few more questions before we start bombing Syria - Threat Matrix

I hope some one in the Administration reads Bill Roggio's Long War Journal.

Rep. Jeanne Ives Keynote Address at West Point Military Academy‏

A presser from Rep Ives on her speech at the Military Academy... 
 

West Point 2013 Women's Equality Day Observation Keynote Speaker:

State Representative Jeanne Ives


August 27, 2013 – Wheaton, Illinois – Yesterday afternoon, August 26, State Representative Jeanne Ives was the keynote speaker at West Point's 2013 Women's Equality Day Observation Luncheon. Ives spoke on the topic of "Celebrating Women's Right to Vote." Her son, Nick Ives, a second-year cadet at USMA was in the audience, along with fellow classmates, faculty and staff.

Ives opened her speech by acknowledging that her contemporaries, like women enrolled at the academy today, are the beneficiaries of the courageous American women who had the perseverance to stand up for their beliefs and for the country and citizenship they envisioned. Her speech went on to describe the new battle over voting rights in which Americans are now engaged: ballot integrity and voter education.

Highlights from Ives' Speech Included:

· Looking back at the struggle for equal rights, it is difficult to imagine that such a right was ever denied to women who birthed America's families, sustained home-life and helped build this nation.

· They stood up for a voice in the policies that were being written. Policies that would invariably – and without their consent, unfairly - have an impact on their lives. They weren't asking for special treatment. They were fighting for equal treatment. And, it was a spectacular fight. They interrupted political speeches. They were arrested for acts of civil disobedience. They were thrown outof meetings. They were thrown into jail. They shocked the nation. They brought attention to their cause. And, they changed America.

· In my short tenure in the Illinois State Legislature, my training at West Point has been vital to being able to stand on principle. If only there was some form of pre-election boot camp for aspiring politicians. As cadets at West Point, we take a pledge to "not lie, steal, cheat or tolerate those who do." We are educated and trained to serve to our country and our communities with honor.

· As women who have been trained to serve, we stand on the frontlines of a new conflict. Ballot integrity initiatives are the modern battleground in the struggle surrounding voting rights. The Machiavellian nature of American politics, when combined with the mega-data ability of political parties and special interest groups, has made defending the vote even more critical.

· As Thomas Paine stated in "The Rights of Man," "A nation under a well regulated government, should permit none to remain uninstructed. It is monarchical and aristocratical government only that requires ignorance for its support." It is our responsibility not just as mothers and teachers, but as Americans, to ensure the future of a country founded on liberty and independence does not die at the hands of a generation focused more on personal security and comfort than sovereignty.

· As women, we must recognize that the rights and freedoms that we have been given are complete only when we uphold those rights for all. As mothers, we are our children's first nurturers and educators. We must celebrate not only the powerful qualities that are feminine, but also those that are uniquely masculine. We have to raise our boys be strong, honorable men, just as we raise our girls to be confident and admirable women.

Ives served in the US Army after graduating from West Point with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. Her assignments included platoon leader and headquarters detachment commander for transportation units in Germany and ROTC instructor at Wheaton College.

Prior to her election to the Illinois State House, Ives served on the Wheaton City Council where her tenure was marked by conservative leadership and an unwavering commitment to the taxpayers' bottom line.

When asked about being asked to return to her alma mater to speak, she replied, "It was an honor to be asked to deliver the keynote address at USMA's 'Women's Equality Day'event. I recognize the character and influence of the individuals who have been a part of the Long Grey Line. I look forward to a discussion on the ways in which we can best venerate the work of those who stood on the front lines for women's equality during the suffrage movement."

Monday, August 26, 2013

Dan Rutherford to announce Lt Gov Pick

Via WJOL,

 
Anyone running for governor next year must select their own running mate for lieutenant governor. The two state officers used to run on their own but, a new law requires they run together, on the same ticket. Republican State Treasurer Dan Rutherford says he's already selected his lieutenant governor and will make an official announcement by way of Twitter soon. After that, he'll update his Facebook friends then he'll make the news public.


 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Michael Weiss: If Obama's memoir should be titled "Bearing Witness," Samantha Power's should be titled "Peripheral Vision."


Did Samantha Power skip UN meeting on Syria for a vacation?

James Rosen asked. My bet's the answer's Yes.






Questions about alleged gas attack in Syria - Threat Matrix

Questions about alleged gas attack in Syria - Threat Matrix

Lew Irwin: Deadly Times: The 1910 Bombing of the Los Angeles Times and America's Forgotten Decade of Terror

My review over at Amazon.com
 
An important book about deliberatly forgotten History. The third worse terror attack in the US after the Oklahma City Fed Buidling and the WTC, was the blowing up of the LA Times building. A bombing preceded by a decade of bombings by members of the AFofL's Iron Workers Union, and as Irwin notes these were fellows not adverse to the label Terrorists. Their grand plan was the destruction of Los Angeles by bombing the acquaducts carrying water to the city, and then setting fires throughout LA that the fire fighters would be unable to extinguish. Those seeking the roots of Terror, ought know Al Qaeda's imported western Radicalism (especially Russian Anarchism). Ideas not organic to Islam. Just another sad 'ism along with Nationalism, Fascism, and Socialism Middle Eastners have tragically mimicked from us.


 

Jeffery Goldberg: Does Anybody Care If Assad Uses Chemical Weapons Again?

If the cynics right, and this was the rebels using these weapons in a cynical ploy for western aid, then we're in an even worse bind. Weapons of mass destruction would be in the hands of radical Islamists who know how to use them. Bad either way, and harbringer of the bitter price we're going to pay for this admininstration's leading from behind.
 
Jeffery Goldberg asks here whether anyone cares.

Friday, August 09, 2013

The Opposition Advances in Damascus | Institute for the Study of War

Leading from behind (following) or the notion the US can sit it out has its limits.  The bottom line from ISW.

Furthermore, the fact that the regime cannot conduct simultaneous operations on multiple fronts suggests that a military stalemate will persist, as the regime and rebel forces trade victories depending on resource allocation and reinforcements. This means that fighting will continue for a prolonged time, exacerbating sectarian tensions and displacing greater portions of the population with skyrocketing refugee numbers. These trends are causing significant problems for countries in the region that simply lack the economic and political capacity to deal with such spillover, and already violence has spread to Lebanon and Jordan.

Those arguing for a “let them fight it out” approach compartmentalize the Syrian conflict in ways that ignore these dynamics, which could quickly spark a regional conflagration that puts U.S. allies at risk and threatens U.S. strategic interests abroad. As Ambassador Fred Hof points out in a recent article, Assad’s victory in the war of narratives over the struggle for Syria has led to a belief in regime propaganda about the nature of this struggle.[27] Yet, events in Damascus tell otherwise, and it would be wise to heed observe these lessons in order for the international community to take steps consistent with actual facts on the ground.

The Opposition Advances in Damascus | Institute for the Study of War

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

GOP Research: Open Enrollment For Fraud

More from GOP Research on HHS's lagging on getting the Obamacare Data Hub secure.  NSA spying nothing compared to this....
 

With 55 Days Until The ObamaCare Exchanges Open, The Obama Administration Is Falling Behind In Its Efforts To Protect Americans' Personal Information


Last Month, Health And Human Services (HHS) "Released A Web Video … Entitled 'HHS Is On Schedule.'" "The Health and Human Services (HHS) Department says the implementation of ObamaCare is 'on schedule' despite a recent decision to delay the employer mandate. Federal health officials released a web video Monday entitled 'HHS is on schedule.'" (Elise Viebeck, "HHS: ObamaCare Rollout 'On Schedule,'" The Hill's Health Watch, 7/15/13)

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION CONTINUES TO MISS SECURITY DEADLINES

Health And Human Services' Inspector General Finds That The Administration Is Missing Important Security Deadlines

The Washington Post Headline: "Uh Oh: ObamaCare Security Testing Is Months Behind, Report Says." (Sarah Kliff, "Uh Oh: ObamaCare Security Testing Is Months Behind, Report Says," The Washington Post's Wonk Blog, 8/6/13)

  • "… A Report That Could Spell Trouble For ObamaCare." (Sarah Kliff, "Uh Oh: ObamaCare Security Testing Is Months Behind, Report Says," The Washington Post's Wonk Blog, 8/6/13)

The Obama Administration "Is Months Behind In Testing Data Security For The Main Pillar Of ObamaCare." "The federal government is months behind in testing data security for the main pillar of ObamaCare: allowing Americans to buy health insurance on state exchanges due to open by October 1." (Sharon Begley, "ObamaCare Months Behind In Testing IT Data Security," Reuters, 8/6/13)

Inspector General: "CMS Is Working With Very Tight Deadlines …" "CMS is working with very tight deadlines to ensure that security measures for the Hub are assessed, tested, and implemented by the expected initial enrollment date of October 1, 2013." (Observations Noted During The OIG Review Of CMS'S Implementation Of The Health Insurance Exchange – Data Services Hub, HHS Office Of Inspector General, 8/2/13)

  • According To The Report, Missed Security Deadlines Are Being Pushed To One Day Before The Launch Of The Exchanges On October 1. "The missed deadlines have pushed the government's decision on whether information technology security is up to snuff to exactly one day before that crucial date, the Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general said in a report." (Sharon Begley, "ObamaCare Months Behind In Testing IT Data Security," Reuters, 8/6/13)

The Inspector General: "If There Are Additional Delays … CMS CIO May Not Have A Full Assessment Of System Risks And Security Controls" As The Exchanges Go Live. "If there are additional delays in completing the security authorization package, the CMS CIO may not have a full assessment of system risks and security controls needed for the security authorization decision by the initial opening enrollment period expected to begin on October 1, 2013." (Observations Noted During The OIG Review Of CMS'S Implementation Of The Health Insurance Exchange – Data Services Hub, HHS Office Of Inspector General, 8/2/13)

The Obama Administration's Failure To Meet Security Deadlines Could Result In Serious Security Breaches - Opening Americans Up To Fraud And Abuse

The Missed Security Deadlines Could Have The Exchanges "Open With Security Flaws." "As a result, experts say, the exchanges might open with security flaws or, possibly but less likely, be delayed." (Sharon Begley, "ObamaCare Months Behind In Testing IT Data Security," Reuters, 8/6/13)

  • "The Most Likely Serious Security Breach Would Be Identity Theft." "The most likely serious security breach would be identity theft, in which a hacker steals the social security numbers and other information people provide when signing up for insurance." (Sharon Begley, "ObamaCare Months Behind In Testing IT Data Security," Reuters, 8/6/13)

Director At Center For Democracy & Technology: The Obama Administration Has "Removed Their Margin For Error" And A Security Matter "Would Be A Complete Disaster From A PR Viewpoint." "'They've removed their margin for error,' said Deven McGraw, director of the health privacy project at the non-profit Center for Democracy & Technology. 'There is huge pressure to get (the exchanges) up and running on time, but if there is a security incident they are done. It would be a complete disaster from a PR viewpoint.'" (Sharon Begley, "ObamaCare Months Behind In Testing IT Data Security," Reuters, 8/6/13)

MISSED DEADLINES IN THE NAVIGATORS PROGRAM RAISE THE LIKELIHOOD OF FRAUD

The Program Has Faced Delays And Lowered Training Requirements

ObamaCare's Program To "Recruit And Train Workers" To Help People Sign Up For ObamaCare Is "Barely Off The Ground In Many States." "Opening day for the new health-insurance marketplaces is two months away, but efforts to recruit and train workers to help people enroll are barely off the ground in many states." (Amy Schatz, "Preparations For Health Exchanges On Tight Schedule," The Wall Street Journal, 8/5/13)

Facing More Delays, The Obama Administration Has Weakened The Training Requirements For ObamaCare's "Navigators" Program. "With time running short before enrollment kicks off Oct. 1, the Obama administration last week cut back on training requirements for these 'navigators.' Officials were concerned there might not be enough time to do more-extensive training before the health-insurance exchanges open." (Amy Schatz, "Preparations For Health Exchanges On Tight Schedule," The Wall Street Journal, 8/5/13)

  • The Administration Slashed The Hours Of Training For The Program By A Third. "Three weeks ago, the administration said navigators would need up to 30 hours of training before they start, but it said last week that 20 hours would be sufficient. 'We view training as an ongoing process, and will continue to offer refresher training…throughout the six-month open-enrollment period as we respond to consumers' needs,' said Joanne Peters, a Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman." (Amy Schatz, "Preparations For Health Exchanges On Tight Schedule," The Wall Street Journal, 8/5/13)

The Obama Administration Has Dragged Its Feet On Issuing Rules And Regulations For The Program. "The navigator issue is one of many bedeviling federal and state officials working to launch the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's health law this fall. Delays in issuing some rules and implementing the law have officials scrambling to get ready for October." (Amy Schatz, "Preparations For Health Exchanges On Tight Schedule," The Wall Street Journal, 8/5/13)

Some States Don't Require Background Checks To Become A Navigator

Several States Don't "Require Criminal Background Checks." "Sixteen states—some that are helping run their own marketplaces and some that aren't—have additional requirements for navigators. Florida, Texas and Ohio, for instance, require criminal background checks." (Amy Schatz, "Preparations For Health Exchanges On Tight Schedule," The Wall Street Journal, 8/5/13)

  • In California, Navigators Will "Have Access To Highly Sensitive Consumer Information Such As Social Security Numbers, Dates Of Birth, Income Data And Tax Returns." "These enrollers, who will earn $58 from the state for every application completed, would have access to highly sensitive consumer information such as Social Security numbers, dates of birth, income data and tax returns." (Chad Terhune, "Call For Screening Of Health Care Enrollers Meets Resistance," Los Angeles Times¸3/15/13)

Consumer Groups And Insurance Commissioners Are Worried That Criminals Will Have Access To Sensitive Information

The Federal Trade Commission Is Still Waiting For Finalized Rules "On How Best To Distinguish Real Navigators From Fake Ones." "She said her agency is waiting for the Department of Health and Human Services to finalize rules for the navigators before advising consumers on how best to distinguish real navigators from fake ones." ("Confusion About ObamaCare Opens The Door For Fraud," McClatchy, 7/15/13)

  • Associate Director Of The Federal Trade Commission's Division Of Marketing Practices: "There's No Doubt In My Mind That The Fraudsters View It As An Opportunity To Rip People Off." 'This is the huge, new government program. There's no doubt in my mind that the fraudsters view it as an opportunity to rip people off,' said Lois Greisman, associate director for the Federal Trade Commission's division of marketing practices." ("Confusion About ObamaCare Opens The Door For Fraud," McClatchy, 7/15/13)

"Consumer Groups Are Worried The Uninsured Could Fall Victim To Fraud, Identify Theft, Or Other Crimes At The Hands Of Some Of The Very People Who Are Supposed To Help Them Enroll." "As California prepares to launch its health care exchange, consumer groups are worried the uninsured could fall victim to fraud, identity theft or other crimes at the hands of some of the very people who are supposed to help them enroll." ("Fraud Fear Raised In California's Health Exchange," The Associated Press, 7/14/13)

California's Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, A Democrat: "We Can Have A Real Disaster On Our Hands." "'We can have a real disaster on our hands,' Jones, a Democrat, said in an interview." ("Fraud Fear Raised In California's Health Exchange," The Associated Press, 7/14/13)

 

GOP Research: ObamaCare’s Navigators Veering Off Course

A compendium of projects failing via GOP Research.  No need to defund ACA, it collapses of its own accord.
 
ObamaCare's Program To "Recruit And Train Workers" To Help People Sign Up For ObamaCare Is "Barely Off The Ground In Many States." "Opening day for the new health-insurance marketplaces is two months away, but efforts to recruit and train workers to help people enroll are barely off the ground in many states." (Amy Schatz, "Preparations For Health Exchanges On Tight Schedule," The Wall Street Journal, 8/5/13)
Facing More Delays, The Obama Administration Has Weakened The Training Requirements For ObamaCare's "Navigators" Program. "With time running short before enrollment kicks off Oct. 1, the Obama administration last week cut back on training requirements for these 'navigators.' Officials were concerned there might not be enough time to do more-extensive training before the health-insurance exchanges open." (Amy Schatz, "Preparations For Health Exchanges On Tight Schedule," The Wall Street Journal, 8/5/13)
  • The Administration Slashed The Hours Of Training For The Program By A Third. "Three weeks ago, the administration said navigators would need up to 30 hours of training before they start, but it said last week that 20 hours would be sufficient. 'We view training as an ongoing process, and will continue to offer refresher training…throughout the six-month open-enrollment period as we respond to consumers' needs,' said Joanne Peters, a Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman." (Amy Schatz, "Preparations For Health Exchanges On Tight Schedule," The Wall Street Journal, 8/5/13)
As HHS Isn't Expected To Release Grants For The Navigator's Program For A Couple Of Weeks, It Only "Leaves Just 32 Business Days To Hire And Train Thousands Of Helpers." "Grants to hire and train the workers aren't expected to be released for another two weeks for the 34 states where the federal government is running all or part of the marketplaces, which will offer insurance to those who don't get it on the job or from Medicare or Medicaid. That leaves just 32 business days to hire and train thousands of helpers in these states." (Amy Schatz, "Preparations For Health Exchanges On Tight Schedule," The Wall Street Journal, 8/5/13)
  • At This Time, "The Obama Administration Is Still Reviewing Applications For $54 Million" In Taxpayer Funds. "The Obama administration is still reviewing applications for $54 million available in grants to fund the navigators. Those awards are expected to be announced Aug. 15." (Amy Schatz, "Preparations For Health Exchanges On Tight Schedule," The Wall Street Journal, 8/5/13)

With Delays Mounting For The Navigators Program, Fraud Continues To Be A Concern

The Obama Administration Has Dragged Its Feet On Issuing Rules And Regulations For The Program. "The navigator issue is one of many bedeviling federal and state officials working to launch the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's health law this fall. Delays in issuing some rules and implementing the law have officials scrambling to get ready for October." (Amy Schatz, "Preparations For Health Exchanges On Tight Schedule," The Wall Street Journal , 8/5/13)
The Federal Trade Commission Is Still Waiting For Finalized Rules "On How Best To Distinguish Real Navigators From Fake Ones." "She said her agency is waiting for the Department of Health and Human Services to finalize rules for the navigators before advising consumers on how best to distinguish real navigators from fake ones." ("Confusion About ObamaCare Opens The Door For Fraud," McClatchy, 7/15/13)
  • Associate Director Of The Federal Trade Commission's Division Of Marketing Practices: "There's No Doubt In My Mind That The Fraudsters View It As An Opportunity To Rip People Off." 'This is the huge, new government program. There's no doubt in my mind that the fraudsters view it as an opportunity to rip people off,' said Lois Greisman, associate director for the Federal Trade Commission's division of marketing practices." ("Confusion About ObamaCare Opens The Door For Fraud," McClatchy, 7/15/13)

Criminals With Access To Sensitive Information Could Be Hired

Several States Don't "Require Criminal Background Checks." "Sixteen states-some that are helping run their own marketplaces and some that aren't-have additional requirements for navigators. Florida, Texas and Ohio, for instance, require criminal background checks." (Amy Schatz, "Preparations For Health Exchanges On Tight Schedule," The Wall Street Journal, 8/5/13)
  • In California, Navigators Will "Have Access To Highly Sensitive Consumer Information Such As Social Security Numbers, Dates Of Birth, Income Data And Tax Returns." "These enrollers, who will earn $58 from the state for every application completed, would have access to highly sensitive consumer information such as Social Security numbers, dates of birth, income data and tax returns." (Chad Terhune, "Call For Screening Of Health Care Enrollers Meets Resistance," Los Angeles Times¸3/15/13)
"Consumer Groups Are Worried The Uninsured Could Fall Victim To Fraud, Identify Theft, Or Other Crimes At The Hands Of Some Of The Very People Who Are Supposed To Help Them Enroll." "As California prepares to launch its health care exchange, consumer groups are worried the uninsured could fall victim to fraud, identity theft or other crimes at the hands of some of the very people who are supposed to help them enroll." ("Fraud Fear Raised In California's Health Exchange," The Associated Press, 7/14/13)
California's Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, A Democrat: "We Can Have A Real Disaster On Our Hands." "'We can have a real disaster on our hands,' Jones, a Democrat, said in an interview." ("Fraud Fear Raised In California's Health Exchange," The Associated Press, 7/14/13)

Monday, August 05, 2013

Americans for Prosperity protest outside Blue Cross and Blue Shield

My comment on the Miami Herald Blog's Americans for Prosperity protest outside Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2013/08/americans-for-prosperity-protest-outside-blue-cross-and-blue-shield.html#storylink=cpy
 
ACA's always been little more than a way station on the rails towards single payor. As ACA falls off the tracks, you can bet Progressives will finger the greedy insurers as the culprits, and tell us the real solution is a national single payor health system. BCBS getting set up as the fall guys. They should know better.

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2013/08/americans-for-prosperity-protest-outside-blue-cross-and-blue-shield.html#storylink=cpy


 

KCC: GOP governor candidates make a stop in Elburn

Kane County Chronicles coverage of the Kane County Western Township's fundraiser. Dan Rutherford gets quoted with emphasis on jobs,
 
Rutherford, the Illinois State Treasurer, said Sunday that his platform is simple.
 
"My priority is jobs, jobs, jobs," he said. "Everything else we do is secondary today other than jobs."
 
His plan for bolstering job creation, he said, is to help business owners cut through the "bureaucracy of state government."
 
As far as solving the state's more than $80 billion in unfunded pension liabilities, Rutherford said pension reforms need to be done "fairly and substantively."

 

The others talk pension reform.  Get Illinois growing again and than reform gets a lot easier.

 

No words here from Bruce Rauner on Social Issues.  He's got to quit the waffle on Right-to-Life and Same-Sex-Marriage and I'm not certain the stand matters much as just taking the stand.

So, is al Qaeda still defeated? - Threat Matrix

So, is al Qaeda still defeated? - Threat Matrix

Seems not, but go read the whole thing.

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Dan Rutherford at Campton Township Meet and Greet

Campton Townships GOP held a Meet and Greet for Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford this afternoon. Rutherford's been all over Illinois the past few years posting it all on Facebook.

I feel like he's part of the family sometimes 'cause he keeps popping up on my feed with all of his goings about Illinois

He had a question on who he'd pick for Lt Gov and he said first what you'd expect about a person qualified to be Guv in his absense, and then someone who'd diversify the slate.

But then he added he'd give his LG a portfolio for Job Creation and to streamline Government's interface with small business as the folks who really create jobs.

 A local florist jumped on that with a story about Illinois website for reporting sales taxes. It froze, the florist called the webmaster, and the customer service from the State guy on the other end of the phone wasn't stellar. System's broke, try later.

Rutherford said he'd be announcing this job description for an LG with a mission, other than attending funerals, at an up coming Pilsen Chamber of Commerce event. It's an organization he's spoken to before and Rutherford pointed me to this video.


Rutherford's impressed me as a tireless campaigner. The only issue that differentiates him as other than conservative his vote on Civil Unions (but that's Libertarian). Rutherford said he voted for parental notification while Dillard voted present so he doesn't buy there's only two conservatives in the race frame.

A nice presentation. Campton's a Conservative place and Rutherford won some friends there today.