The Democratic Party’s nominee – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn – wants to raise your taxes. A lot of state employees also want your taxes raised. A bunch of them gathered in Springfield last week to chant – I didn’t see any of the video but I’m assuming it was like a real life Saturday Night Live skit. The Chicago-based news satire website The Onion made fun of them.Read More
Reporters at the suburban based Daily Herald newspaper have been doing some good reporting on the extremely excessive pensions and salary perks paid to employees of the government run school system. In one side column,…Read More
Last month talk about the enactment of a VAT (Value Added Tax) began – it’s called “a favorite of socialist governments everywhere.” Anyone paying attention knows the accelerated speed at which the federal government is growing – and a VAT might well be in our future.Read More
“Most state and local governments have balanced budget requirements. For decades elected officials have used accounting shenanigans to claim that they have met this requirement. As a result most state and local governments are millions, if not billions of dollars in debt, including enormous retirement promises.”Read More
Two newspapers in the past week editorialized on state budgets – the Chicago Tribune about Illinois’ and the Wall Street Journal about two states that are setting the standard for how to solve a budgetary problem.
The Chicago Tribune’s was a wordy work that would have been a lot more enjoyable to read had that paper not helped to bring us President Barack Obama. If you’re going to be credible on budgetary matters it’s probably not a good thing to have cheered on the career of the most fiscally irresponsible president in history.Read More
Are the candidates you’re supporting on February 2nd in agreement with our Founding Fathers when it comes to the subject of too much government debt and irresponsible spending?
Thanks to www.patriotpost.us and their email “Founders Quote Daily” for most of the following warnings that too many Republicans still ignore.Read More
“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.Read More
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 –Read More
In advance of the February 2nd Republican primary election, rank and file GOP voters might want to add a few things to their own candidate-vetting inventory. They might want to ask themselves – who…Read More
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.Read More
Part six of our review of the National Platform brings us to a topic that certainly has dominated the news for many months. Here is the chapter title and sections: Health Care Reform: Putting…Read More
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
Reducing Demand for Fossil Fuels
Increase Conservation through Greater Efficiency
New Technologies for Cars and Other VehiclesRead More
Last week I put forward the argument that economic and social policies are joined at the hip. The same premise that points at the desirability of limited government recognizes that traditional values must provide the foundation if Americans are going to enjoy a relatively stable society.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More