Econ/Tax/Spend/Big Govt

Honey and Vinegar and Reality Politics

By John Biver

As I’ve noted, working with Jack Roeser gives me the opportunity to meet and talk with political insiders on a regular basis – from party officials, to candidates, to current office holders, to interesting activists.

After all the failures of the Republican Party in recent years, however, it’s troubling that there are still so many would-be leaders who are fearful of speaking up. Private conversations are lovely, but frankly, I’m tired of them. We need public conversations – public statements – demonstrations of courage and leaders who are ready to put it on the line.

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Competing impossibilities: It comes down to which side you’re on

By John Biver

As a veteran of the political arena I always enjoy listening to other veterans tell me what’s not possible. They say it’s not possible to control the growth of government. It’s not possible to return to the founding principle of limited government.

However, I venture to say that it’s not possible to continue to have government grow at its current rate. And it’s not possible to even meet current so-called “obligations.”

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Obamanomics and simple math: A critique from the left

Obamanomics and simple math: A critique from the left

By John Biver

When the members of the political left start understanding the federal budget math – you can be certain that it’s way past time for members of the political right to start getting their act together. Once the facts are largely agreed upon, then it’s up to each side to communicate their plan to bring the numbers back into balance.

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Illinois GOP members of congress and the health care debate

By John Biver

Are you hearing from your Illinois GOP members of congress about health care reform?
Today Townhall.com columnist David Limbaugh nicely summarized the status of the current health care debate:

“Liberals say Republicans have no health care solutions. So their answer is to give us more of what caused most of the problems we have today: government intervention and control.

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GOP 101: Endorsements, and the role of the party & legislative campaign committees

By John Biver

If you wonder why the best policies don’t prevail in state or federal government, you need only take a good look at the political players. So much ignorance prevails in Republican party politics in Illinois that sometimes I’m astounded. And since the years of SpeakerDennis Hastert, that stupidity has been successfully exported to Republicans nationally as well.

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A political party in name only

By John Biver

If you’re to the right politically, aghast at what the Obama Administration is doing, and frustrated with the gross ineffectiveness of Republicans in Illinois who aren’t able to toss out corrupt and failed Democrats, you’re a member of a growing club.

Like a lot of clubs, though, this one is, as of yet, still mostly consisting of complainers and protesters instead of people involved in constructive political action.

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Mark Kirk: Politics has done to the word “moderate” what it has to the word “gay”

By John Biver

A few years ago I wrote an answer to the question “What is a ‘moderate’ Republican?” – but in light of the Mark Kirk U.S. Senate candidacy it’s time for an update.

Mark Kirk votes with his U.S. House Republican colleagues on a lot of issues. So do a lot of U.S. House Democrats. Kirk will always be able to cite plenty of “good” votes. What he won’t be able to cover-up, however, are all of his bad votes, bad positions, and his record of failure.

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The Long-Term Budget Outlook

The Long-Term Budget Outlook

By John Biver

In case you missed it – yesterday the Director of the Congressional Budget Office testified before Congress and his testimony wasn’t exactly what the Democrats wanted to hear. The following is taken directly from the CBO Director’s blog. Enjoy. Or rather, read it and weap all you “moderates” and “libertarians” who voted for Obama last November.

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Why Republicans Failed to Govern Successfully

By John Biver

That Fails to the World That Works.”In a conversation with an old friend yesterday we got into the subject of why Republicans failed to enact reforms while they held power in Illinois in the 1990s and in D.C. during this decade. Thinking about the conversation later I realized I failed to explain my two basic arguments.

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Speaker Madigan, SB600, ‘Fleeced,’ Turkey and Turkeys

By John Biver

I wanted to touch on two quick topics today. The first is rather simple. If anyone in Springfield knows the answer to this question – please send me a note here.

“Has a group of house and senate Republicans walked over to Speaker Mike Madigan’s office yet to request that he call SB600 for a vote?”

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Rush Limbaugh isn’t the only “doctor of democracy” on call

By John Biver

In the introduction to the book by Morton Frisch and Richard Stevens “American Political Thought,” they mention the circumstances facing President Abraham Lincoln and his attitude that then, “as now and always, there are some things worse than war.” Similarly, those of us struggling to pursue happiness in our own lives must realize sometimes – like it or not – political war is necessary.

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Obama v. Reagan on abortion and the conscience of the nation

Obama v. Reagan on abortion and the conscience of the nation

By John Biver

A few weeks ago President Barack Obama said at a press conference that the enhanced interrogation technique known as waterboarding – “over time” – “corrodes the character of a country.”

While he’s wrong about waterboarding being torture, he’s right that there are policies that can impact – negatively or positively – the character of a country. We’ll take progress wherever we can get it.

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Mayday, Mayday, Mayday

By John Biver

The incompetence of the Republicans we’ve elected here in Illinois and nationally has brought us to where we are today. Illinois is controlled by people whose failure doesn’t make a difference on election day. Nationally, the Obama-Pelosi-Reid trifecta will soon be joined by a U.S. Supreme Court that is about to lurch way-left.

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