Econ/Tax/Spend/Big Govt

Budget blueprint for New York State calls for cuts in Education spending

By John Biver

“If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.” Of course these lyrics are about New York City, but no matter. If a serious blueprint for budget reform can be written there, it can be written here too.

The Empire Center’s E.J. McMahon and Josh Barro have put together a report titled “Blueprint for a Better Budget: A Plan of Action for New York State.” It’s worth perusing by good government starved Illinoisans.

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What the TEA Party and 9/12 Project supporters understand that GOP leadership doesn’t

By John Biver

The Heritage Foundation’s Matt Spalding had a great post over the holidays at the Heritage blog. The title: “Remembering the Providential Gift of America.” Below I quote it at length because it doesn’t need to be improved upon.

In it he notes the revolutionary founding of the United States and its monumental success since then. He writes that this nation’s beginning was not about –

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Tom Cross and the public sector employee unions work against limited government

By John Biver

Back in August 2007 I noted this sentence from a news report:

“The crowd of more than 10,000 union members at steamy Soldier Field cheered [Barack] Obama.”

At the time I wondered how our Illinois GOP party and legislative leadership were going to counter that union power. Of course we found out in November 2008 that our “leaders” had no plan. Obama and the state level Democrats swept on election day as expected.

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In Brief: the 2008 GOP National Platform – Energy & the Environment

By John Biver

Up next in our quick trip through the 2008 Republican Party Platform we’ll visit the chapters on both Energy and the Environment. Here are the titles and sections for Energy:

Energy Independence and Security

Growing Our Energy Supply

Growing American Energy Production

Nuclear Power: the Earth’s Clean Future

Solar, Wind, Geothermal, Hydropower

Clean Coal

Natural Gas

Energy Cooperation

Reducing Demand for Fossil Fuels

Increase Conservation through Greater Efficiency

New Technologies for Cars and Other Vehicles

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Human nature is the tie that binds economic, social, and foreign policy (Part 1)

By John Biver

To fight – or not to fight. Is the War in Afghanistan a necessary war or not? Barack Obama doesn’t seem to be sure. Was the Iraq War necessary? You’ll find people on both sides of the political divide with different answers.

One thing is certain – and our founders knew it – that mankind was – and is – problematic. And so too are the forces unleashed by the nations that man creates.

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Legislator excuses and extreme déjà vu

By John Biver

Yesterday evening I had the opportunity to time travel. Instead of merely standing at a Republican Party event in September 2009 I was transported back to October 1991. On both occasions I was able to have a one-on-one conversation with a Republican elected official who was available to the people who had taken the time to attend local political meetings.

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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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