Political Arena

Improving talk radio and mustering an army (Part 2)

By John Biver

Last time I left off with a reference to the Obama political machine. That machine is outlined in several recent articles – here are examples:

“Retooling Obama’s campaign machine for the long haul”

“Obama’s Army of Lobbyists”

It’s evident that those who support President Barack Obama’s policies as stated on thewww.whitehouse.gov website are serious about advancing an agenda. It’s too bad our Republican leaders weren’t as committed when they held power during the Bush-Hastertyears.

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Improving talk radio and mustering an army (Part 1)

By John Biver

The threat of the re-imposition of what is called the “Fairness Doctrine” is real, and the Democrats running the federal government must be fought all the way on this issue. In addition to that important struggle, however, I’d like to suggest that the political right must not only fight to keep conservative talk radio but to improve it as well.

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Gov. Bobby Jindal on the Republican Party in 2009

Gov. Bobby Jindal on the Republican Party in 2009

By John Biver

Syndicated columnist Cal Thomas recently interviewed Louisiana GovernorBobby Jindal, a man that many people (including me) see as the future of the Republican Party. I like the idea of a then-41 year old Jindal taking on the then 51-year old Barack Obama in 2012. Jindal’s message – it’s time for change we can see, not just believe in.

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Blue state failures and the work ahead

By John Biver

If you haven’t yet read the piece by Matt Labash about the city of Detroit in the Weekly Standard you should – the link is here. The article is long but well worth the time. The title and subtitle are as follows:

“The City Where the Sirens Never Stop

Detroit is dying. But, it is not yet dead.”

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Obama rhetoric versus fiscal reality

By John Biver

Barack Obama and his team are on the verge once again of making him into a parody of himself. Last year it was his promise to stop the ocean levels from rising, and the rather humorous claim that “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”

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Eric Zorn, Deb Mell, and an issue more deserving of outrage

Eric Zorn, Deb Mell, and an issue more deserving of outrage

By John Biver

Occasionally I find myself reading something written by the Chicago Tribune’s Eric Zorn – today I was lured in by this headline:

“Deb Mell hits for the sleaze cycle on her first day in Springfield”

Zorn is a writer who exemplifies a generation that seems to get most of its news and information from liberal blogs and The Daily Show. There’s an “I’m so enlightened and cool” tone that comes through on Zorn’s pages – it often reminds me of junior high school.

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Education reform: The cultural tip of the iceberg

By John Biver

I want President Barack Obama to succeed. The problem is he won’t succeed unless he pursues the right policies. The Administration he’s putting together consists of a lot of veteran D.C. players – but they’re mostly veterans of the status quo muddle and not reform. While the country needs “real change,” it’s not going to see change except in the wrong direction.

What the country will see is an increase of what we already have – more excessive government spending, more debt, more government screwing up of the health care system, more governmental meddling into the energy markets, more destructive education policies.

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Suggested New Year’s resolution for “activists”: Start fighting

By John Biver

Conservative Republicans who want the future to be different from the past had better face some unpleasant facts. It’s logically inconsistent to think that the very same players who advance a massive expansion of gambling and the immature and foolish concept of “homosexual rights,” support abortion, and can’t evenadd and subtract are now going to miraculously transform into statesmen and stateswomen committed to limited government and traditional values.

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Suggested New Year’s resolution for “activists”: Stop enabling

By John Biver

My colleague Cathy Santos has said it over and over again: It is not our job to clean up the Democratic Party – it’s our job to clean up the Republican Party. As 2008 ends and 2009 begins there are too many Illinois Republican activists still not quite understanding that new behavior and new leaders will be needed if the future isn’t going to look exactly like the past.

Forget Rod Blagojevich. If you think his arrest changes anything you’re not paying attention. The people who continue to lead the Illinois Republican Party are so incompetent that they haven’t been able to take advantage of Rod’s actions before his arrest, so get it out of your head that they’re going to be able to do so now.

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The IL GOP 2010 Team, Rod Blagojevich, and “Hopey Changemas!”

By John Biver

Andy McKenna is still our state party chairman and he still does what state party pay-roller John McGovern tells him to do. The Republican Party’s State Central Committee hasn’t seen much turnover. Tom Cross still heads up the state house caucus. The Republicans in the Illinois state senate are pretty much the same group that has been there for the past several years.

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Why Republicans support limiting government

By John Biver

Why do conservatives support limiting government? Continuing with our excerpting of Congressman Jim Saxton’s Joint Economic Committee research report (see part one here), what follows below is the meat of Saxton’s argument.

I am not calling for boring economic speeches to be given every day by every Republican member of Congress. What I am calling for is that every Republican member of Congress reach out to serious communications professionals so what is explained below and in part one can be heard – and learned by – more Americans.

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