CHICAGO - All four GOP gubernatorial candidates participated in a debate hosted by ABC7, League of Women Voters and Univision. Part 1 below:
CHICAGO - All four GOP gubernatorial candidates participated in a debate hosted by ABC7, League of Women Voters and Univision. Part 1 below:
Oh here we go. We are only a few hours from another TelePrompTer tennis match from the Dear Reader. It's guaranteed to be the greatest speech since President Franklin Roosevelt spoke to the nation on television back in 1929. No, not really. That one was better because it happened only in Joe Biden's brain, which is an even scarier place than a Barbara Walters sexual fantasy.
As we discussed on last Sunday's show, that day's designated Obama administration stooge/mouthpiece Dan "The Law is Irrelevant" Pfeiffer was tasked with reminding everyone that Barack has not only a pen, but also a phone, and he's not afraid to use them, damn it! Then a series of other repellant Regime regulars like Jay "I'm tap dancing as fast as I can" Carney robotically repeated it, just in case we were too thick to understand what we were being told; specifically, Barack will work with anyone and listen to anyone's ideas, but if they deviate at all from what he knows is best for everyone, he will simply do as he pleases. Rule of law? What rule of law? Constitution? Ain't nobody got no time fo' that!
Lately pundits on the Left have been making a lot of noise about how they favor income equality and conservatives oppose it. Of all the dubious issues floating around American politics, this is one of the most bogus.
At no time in history has there ever been complete equality of income across the whole of a population except in the crazy fanasies of socialists. There is nothing immoral or wrong at all about some people working harder than others to make more money, nor is there anything wrong with some people having a greater share of material goods than othres if they are willing to earn it by their own honest efforts.
Month after month, the reports are announced: Job losses outpace job gains, every month. Hundreds of thousands leave the workforce, every month. The new jobs – what few there are – are more likely to be part-time than full-time, and to be lower-paying than the ones lost. Too often, the new jobs are the career-enders, not the career starters that new jobs need to be.
The story of the cooked books of the unemployment statistics is old news. For years now, the government reports have been leaving out the “non-participation” rate, so the unemployment percentage today bears no resemblance to the unemployment percentages reported a decade or two ago. Calculated the old way, today’s unemployment rate would fluctuate between twelve and fifteen percent, but that would horrify the low-information voter, so such a truth must never be reported.
But the key difference – the one that matters most to our nation’s legal voters (since the illegal votes are already determined) – is the difference between conservatives and liberals, in how they each respond to the persistent, desperate joblessness of the Obama economy.
Every New Year’s, we write personal lists of resolutions for ourselves. Lose the weight, advance the career, learn a skill, write that book. A good concept, especially if we really do accomplish some of them!
But the problems America faces today aren’t going to be resolved that way. We are being impoverished by a leviathan state, and problems caused by government action can only be solved by government action.
There’s no point in my proposing any resolutions to the Democratic Party; as a non-member, I have no right to expect them to listen to me.
But as a lifelong Republican, I hereby respectfully submit my recommendations to the candidates, officeholders, and party leaders of the Republican Party, here:
Many are complaining this week – mostly the typically anti-business leftists, who can never resist a chance, legitimate or not, to attack the private sector – because some presents weren’t delivered by Christmas. Some are even calling for class-action suits, perhaps because they think that this certain type of predatory lawyer needs a stimulus program.
Now, it should be obvious that there’s no conspiracy by the private sector to sadden spouses and children or to defraud businesses. A lot of orders were placed at the last minute, more than the transportation network could handle. We could leave it at that.
But as long as some leftists are indeed trying to make it a political issue, let’s consider the real, legitimate political facts behind some of the various components to this issue, shall we?
By Teri O'Brien -
I think we all know that liberals live in a constant state of outrage over all the invidious discrimination, social injustice, racism, sexism, homophobia, income inequality, climate change, and any other damn imaginary beef that they can think of to explain why America sucks. Recently, their favorite complaints arise from their desperate attempts to defend the indefensible; that is, Barack Obama's heinous, collapsing health care scheme, which he called "Obamacare" before he didn't and then did again.
So, when they aren't whining about the fact that every single person in America is not yet on food stamps, Democrats incessantly repeat the moronic talking point that we must have Obamacare because "health care is a right." It should be obvious, even to people with only a few more functioning brain cells than the average liberal, otherwise known as half wits, that if health care is a "right," then doctors and other health care providers are obligated to do their work for others, even involuntarily, a system that is commonly known as "slavery."
NORTHFIELD - After just two years in a newly-renovated 75 thousand square foot building in Northbrook, Nestle' Pizza division is moving to Ohio's Cleveland, taking 250 jobs and pizza brands Digiorno, Tombstone, California Pizza Kitchen, Jack’s and Delissio along.
The company's decision to move involved a stunning amount of secrecy, Ohio-based corporations working together to entice the Illinois-based operation, tax incentives and thousands of volunteer hours, Crain's Cleveland reports. The process began with dissatisfaction in Chicago's northern suburbs, developed into real estate and talent queries and ended with a big move to Ohio, where Republican Governor John Kasich is leading the state away from higher taxes, deeper debt and burdensome regulations.
Bottom line? Another well-respected source of employment and taxes is on its way out of Illinois to greener pastures, just two states east.
For the past three days, we have been subjected to the predictably lame, bed wetter coverage of the death of former South African president Nelson Mandela. It has been simplistic, celebrity-obsessed, superficial, agenda-driven, and of course, all about Barack Obama. Isn't everything? Still, there is actual news that you need to know, including about Nelson Mandela, that you aren't hearing from the legacy media. For example,
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Will the Obamacare debacle, a cynical purely political power grab enacted by using bribes, background deals, broken promises, and outright, pre-meditated lies, be the death knell of liberalism? Wouldn’t it be ironic if the election Barack Hussein Obama, the first genuine radical leftist to occupy the Oval Office, exposed once and for all the folly of big government redistributionist policies with his signature “achievement”? Some commentators are suggesting just that. What say you? Listeners to last week’s show heard a montage, over 3 minutes long, in which our Sham WOW (Walks on Water) Pitchman-in-Chief endlessly repeated one of the signature lies he used to con the gullible into accepting this socialist scheme; specifically, that “if you like your current plan, you can keep it.” Now American people are learning the ugly truth, not only about this lie, but others, told in the service of tricking them. In these days just after Halloween, it’s clear that the (Un)Affordable Care Act is all tricks, and for those other than the beneficiaries of “Barack’s stash,” no treats. We’ll hear another montage today, and ask “where’s my $2500?”
CHICAGO - In a city Michelle Obama has referred to as hosting an urban "food desert," it may soon get even more difficult to find fresh veggies, milk and fruit. Safeway, Inc. announced this week they're abandoning the Chicago grocery market, closing 72 stores throughout the area.
Not to panic, ABC News 7 says, four of those stores will be bought up by Jewel-Osco. As for the other 68, the news isn't so positive, because about 6000 soon-to-be-out-of work Dominick's employees work at the the stores yet to be sold.
It's all about corporate greed, area union reps say.
Gov. Pat Quinn is doing something he has been condemning his counterparts in other states for doing – poaching jobs from elsewhere – at the taxpayers’ expense. Earlier this month, he issued a press release boasting of taking jobs from Ohio by getting a German company to relocate its U.S. headquarters to the Chicago area. The company was lured here with the offer of tax credits.
According to gubernatorial spokesman Dave Blanchette the state anticipates giving Rittal Corp. $624,113 in tax credits over the next decade to move its U.S. headquarters from Ohio to Schaumburg, Ill. The move involves 40 employees and the subsidy is contingent on the jobs being created, he said.
“Most economists don’t like this type of approach,” said Fred Giertz, an economics professor at the University of Illinois. “If taxes are kept at a reasonable level, then the state should be able to attract businesses without offering these incentives.”
Unfortunately, Illinois has earned a reputation for not having a hospitable business climate, said Dean Stansel, an economics professor at Florida Gulf Coast University.
We might not know who used chemical weapons in Syria, but it’s not as if this latest international crisis hasn’t taught us here in America anything. Barack Obama knows there’s a Congress? Who knew? Just last week, the Regime unilaterally decided to restrict our 2nd amendment rights with a stroke of a pen.
I never thought I’d say it, but at this point, I’m starting to feel a little sorry for Sec. of State, John “Lurch” Kerry, who will today do the “full Ginsberg,” appearing on all five Sunday shows to present Barack Obama’s latest brilliant foreign policy move in the Middle East. Yesterday, after last week’s stunning rebuke of U.K.’s Prime Minister David Cameron, the first British PM to lose a war vote in over 200 years, now Barack Obama, without conceding that he does not have the authority to act against Bashar al-Assad without the consent of Congress, is seeking their approval. I think that all of my SL’s (Smart Listeners) know what’s going on here. Jackass Obama, off the PrompTer, shoots off his mouth, now wants Congress to bail him out by voting against any intervention in Syria. Like everything else he does, it’s cynical political calculation. If they vote no, they’ve gotten him off the hook, helping him avoid looking like a feckless fool for all his talk about “red lines,” which were crossed months ago. If they vote yes, he can pin the blame for another war on them, and have some great fodder for the 2014 election campaign. I know exactly what you’re thinking. I smell leadership!
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As Gallup is reported ten days ago, when it comes to his approval rating on the economy, Barry’s going through a rough patch, although with those endless vacations, rounds of golf and celebrity parties, not nearly one as rough as the peasants living his economy.
President Barack Obama’s approval ratings on handling the nation’s economy have plunged in the past two months, as he and Republicans in Congress prepare to enter a series of fall budget battles this fall.
According to a Gallup survey released Thursday morning, just 35% of survey respondents approve of how Obama is handling the economy, while 62% disapprove.
When things get tough, Barack’s approach isn’t to try to solve problems, or do any of that icky, challenging work stuff. Let’s face it, his previous experience as a street agitator and college lecturer leave him woefully unqualified to do that. So, he takes another approach, like these guys.
By Sam Pierce -
There are a plethora of complaints about our federal and state governments. I think we can ignore the complaints from those who believe government is too small or does not do enough, as those complaints are equivalent to lamenting that the level of damage is too low. On the other hand, reasonable complaints, those dealing with big spending and overreach, need to be addressed. The problem with addressing those complaints is that too often, those who complain don't really want to stop the actions they decry... or they seek to only limit those governmental oversteps that don't comport with their personal philosophies or desires.
Focusing on the federal government first, we must examine the means to a good government end. Perhaps we don't need to engage in root cause analysis, at least not initially, to stem the flow of waste, burden, and strangling regulation from those who enjoy the power and perks of federal elected office. I think the late Ronald Reagan was on the right track when he uttered the following:
Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.
RONALD REAGAN, New York Times, Nov. 14, 1965
There aren’t many things that this nation of immigrants agrees on, but there is one: that our immigration system is broken. Not just mildly in need of correction, but terribly, destructively and counterproductively errant.
Americans are horrified that there are tens of millions of noncitizens in the United States, without permission, while others are horrified that those millions aren’t granted the same full legal status that citizens enjoy.
The severity of the problem is such that an effort is afoot for what its supporters call “comprehensive immigration reform,” and its supporters have the mainstream media so deep in their pocket that even the naive conservative firebrand Marco Rubio has been convinced to risk his political career in support of the current proposal.
By John F. Di Leo -
Hundreds of hourly employees of fast food restaurants and clothing shops, radicalized by the Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago, walked off the job last week, to protest the fact that the minimum wage isn’t a “living wage,” to encourage further unionization, and especially, to do their day’s service to the Democratic Party that keeps them in bondage.
This periodic saber-rattling of the American Left – about the alleged “need” to force other people to pay employees more than they think a job is worth – masquerades as a show of solidarity with the underpaid denizens of America’s lower class. But it’s malicious and destructive, as it warps the public understanding of the market, and it undermines a desperately-needed understanding of the right paths needed to reach the American Dream.
By Teri O'Brien -
How perfect is this one? From the Chicago Tribune:
The daughter of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright — the controversial former pastor to President Barack Obama — was indicted today in an expanding federal probe of a state grant tied to a former suburban police chief.
Jeri Wright of Hazel Crest is accused of helping former Country Club Hills Police Chief Regina Evans convert fake paychecks from Evans’ nonprofit to Evans’ personal use, allegedly hiding money that was supposed to be used to train minority and female workers in the building trades.
Be it the budget, immigration, so-called “same sex marriage” or our 2nd amendment rights, we are surrounded by lies, hypocrisy and stupidity. We watch so you don’t have to, and we’ll unpack it all on today’s edition of The Teri O’Brien Show.
Today, the country waits breathlessly for an event that has been anticipated for months, and whose time has finally arrived. No, not the sixth season of “Mad Men,” which will premiere tonight on AMC. I refer, instead to the planned release of Barack Obama’s aka “Mr. Financial Responsibility” budget this coming Wednesday, two months late, no doubt repeating a pattern that the One learned as a coddled, affirmative-action assisted, mediocre student. If we were able to see any of Barry’s college writing, which we aren’t because that stuff is locked down tighter than the plot of tonight’s “Mad Men” episode, we’d no doubt see that these papers presented a vapid regurgitation of his Marxist professors clichè-ridden lectures, devoid of original ideas and designed so that he could just turn something in. This budget charade is similar. It’s not going anywhere, and he knows it. I hope you’re sitting down as I reveal a stunning truth. This budget is just more politics as usual from the Obama perpetual campaign.
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If you didn't understand this critical fact before, understand it now because Barack Obama and his PR flacks do understand it very very well. Their low-information supporters are so completely ignorant about serious public policy matters that they are incapable of understanding the destruction he is inflicting on this country.
How else to explain the ridiculous spectacle of a man who once derided his predecessor as "unpatriotic" for adding $4 trillion to the national debt over 8 years, and who then preceded to add $5 trillion in less than 39 months, a man who pledged to "cut the deficit in half by the end of [his] first term in office," issuing proclamations about financial responsibility? Anyone with the slightest grasp of the facts could have only one of three reactions to that charade; specifically, either open-mouthed shock, uncontrollable laughter, or both.
Today's job report makes painfully clear that Mr. Financial Responsibility's constant repetition of the fairy tale that our economy is "recovering" is another cruel joke, sort of like those "shovel ready jobs that weren't so shovel ready.
Say what you want about former Congressman Joe Walsh, but you can’t say that he pulls his punches. He will join us, and I’m sure that he won’t mince words as we talk about his new Freedom Movement, and his comments at Sunday’s townhall meeting. Once again, he’s in a center of a controversy of his own making, due to remarks he made at that event, in which he stated that Americans “have grown stupid,” and are “lazy,” and “easily manipulated.” Is he right? If so, what does he suggest that we do about it?
On a winter day in 2013, Barack Obama flew home to Chicago and tried to channel Jack Kemp.
As the Democratic Party and the Main Stream Media do his bidding, focusing their coverage on the “gun violence” of America’s cities, Obama attempts to ride this manufactured PR wave with a new political issue as his snowboard, the establishment of Promise Zones.
The idea is to take the worst neighborhoods – the cities most in need of help – and revive them with a public-private partnership of new businesses and more – much more – government assistance. The plan is to use government largesse to drive mini-recoveries in the cities, providing tax credits for new businesses to move in, and more federally funded pre-K schooling, mandated increases in the minimum wage, and focused job training for the jobs he dreams might someday appear in their midst. Surely such a program will save these troubled neighborhoods, right?
Surely these gang recruiters wouldn’t have been successful in attracting children to their gang lifestyle of drugs and luxury cars, gold jewelry and cool clothes, if only the kids had been introduced to “See Spot Run” and “Meet Dick and Jane” at four instead of at five. That year of pre-school simply must make all the difference…
With the Middle East in flames, al Qaeda on the march, and many unanswered questions about the murder of 4 Americans in Benghazi, liberal icon/practiced liar Hillary Rodham Clinton not only managed to avoid the inevitable vicious attacks from the vast right-wing conspiracy as she left office as Secretary of State. Her exit path was strewn with flowers, as even Republican senators slobbered all over her and praised her to the skies for the terrific job she has done. Apparently frequent flyer miles count for a lot, since many of us are having a hard time identifying any other achievement for the former New York senator and serial adultery victim.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration continues to entertain and disturb us with unintentional comedy, not only the pathetic performance of Sec. Of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel in his Senate hearing last week. They are also attempting to do anything to distract us from our limping economy. Sayeth the Dear Reader: Pay no attention to those anemic job numbers, Subjects. Behold what I am doing for the children with gun control and amnesty for illegals!
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Seriously? You guys can't even write something original about the monthly jobs numbers? Even we bloggers manage to scribble something different when commenting on different stories. But wait, this isn't a different story, is it? It's the same story of economic stagnation, month after month after miserable month in Obama's economy where this is--to use another annoying threadbare LSM clichè--the "new normal." From today's Washington Post, the Regime's comment on the anemic jobs report issued today:
“While more work remains to be done, today’s employment report provides further evidence that the U.S. economy is continuing to heal from the wounds inflicted by the worst downturn since the Great Depression,” said Alan Krueger, the chief White House economist, in a statement Friday morning.
Gee, that sounds familiar …Oh wait, I know why. From the White House, after the release of November, 2012 job numbers:
On Tuesday, Dec. 11, Teamster's president James Hoffa, Jr. blasted the state legislature of Michigan for passing a right-to-work law. Amazingly, Hoffa then told CNN reporter Brooke Baldwin. "If there's any question here, let's put it on the ballot and let the people of Michigan decide what's good for Michigan."
Say what? Only six weeks ago Hoffa just lost a vote of the people of Michigan on Nov. 8 when they rejected his state constitutional amendment to prevent the right-to-work law. The people rejected Proposal Two by a vote of 42 percent in favor to 58 percent against!
By Mark Rhoads -
Over the last century, there are many good things to say about the individual men and women who dedicated their lives to helping improve wages, benefits, and conditions for workers through the American trade union movement. But the culture of Union coercion and anti-worker freedom is not one of them. The real problem in recent years has never been about workers or unfair labor practices by greedy employers. The central problem is that too many older union leaders are trapped in supersitions from the year 1935 and the year now is almost 2013.
Ever the demagogue, Barack Obama crisscrosses the country, continuing to campaign, despite winning last month’s presidential election. Polls show that 60% of Americans support raising taxes on “the rich,” and he’s determined to keep stoking the fires of class envy to maintain the political advantage that he sees awaiting him after we “plunge” off the “fiscal cliff.” By doing so, he’s hoping to start off his second term making it clear that that’s “not going to play that game that I will play,” the “game” being abiding by the Constitution and allowing Congress to control the debt ceiling. Predictably, here we have the breathtaking arrogance and lawlessness that he demonstrated in his first term, now on steroids. Yet, one prominent, even legendary, member of the Jurassic media says that if there is a recession, Barack Obama will own it. Who is he, and is he right?
From Congressman Aaron Schock's Facebook Page on Thanksgiving Day -
Delivered meals to 17 households today working with South Side Mission in Peoria, IL. 2,500 total meals delivered because of the community support and volunteers. An awesome organization and proud to play a small effort in their impact today. Photos below are from friends I met today. I was glad they still wanted to see their Congressman...after a brutal election season! Wishing everyone a blessed Thanksgiving. Giving to others is the best way to be thankful for what we've got. Regardless of your views on the election - we still live in the best country on earth!
CHICAGO - While there are hopes the Hostess brand products will make their way back to stores shelves in the future, after the company goes to court Wednesday to file Chapter 11, it's clear another company will need to step in and buy up the recipes for Twinkies and Ding-Dongs to ever reappear.
The company's second union refused to take all the company would offer Tuesday, causing 1380 Illinoisans to lose their jobs of over 13,000 jobs lost nationwide. What caused the collapse of baby boomers' childhood favs? Associated Press writes:
SPRINGFIELD - For years, a Methodist-based group of Illinois churches has been fighting a courageous uphill battle against the expansion of gambling. Their last hope of this biggest expansion brining more casinos was Governor Pat Quinn. Now it seems the Governor is ready to give in to high dollar gaming interests and the strong Democratic leadership pushing for their campaign dollar interests in a state already wrought with corruption and deceit.
ILCAAAP released an alert Tuesday about the upcoming veto and lame duck sessions and yet another social issue upon which Illinois will be choosing the dark side:
Gambling interests and Legislative sponsors have been pressuring the governor to “flip flop” and cut a “backroom deal” on gambling during the upcoming legislative Veto Session. Rep. Lou Lang, House sponsor of the massive gambling expansion bill SB 1849, is hoping for an agreement with the governor. If not, he might attempt an override of the veto when legislators are in session on November 27-29 and December 4-6.
Twelve New Jersey nurses declared they would not participate in ending the lives of innocent babies, and faced job termination because of it. They won their case and stand for religious freedom in their university hospital today.
This video produced by the Alliance Defending Freedom shows a dramatic irony in our confused culture: How can it be so terrible to insist on protecting innocent human life and be so exemplary to resist the capital punishment of convicted criminals?
CHICAGO - Earlier this week, the Civic Committee wrote a letter to Commercial Club members about how disappointed they are that Illinois' voters chose to keep the same people in office that led to the state's $200 billion pension deficit. After sounding the alarm consistently about the coming financial disaster and being outright ignored by the voting public, the committee has determined the situation to be "unfixable."
Taking contributions from younger teachers amounts to "fraud," they told their members in the letter, because those contributors will never have their money returned to them in promised pension benefits.
The group offered three steps that needed to be taken when current lawmakers return to the post-election veto session:Civic Committee memo to members of the Commercial Club
The denizens of the 24/7 nuthouse, which I watch so you don't have to, MS-NBC, and other fellow travelers in the Lame Stream Media, are feigning outrage over Mitt Romney's recent post-election statements, in which he blamed his campaign's failure to rescue our country from the clutches of the Chicago Mafia on the "gifts" the One has bestowed on his supporters.
As I told you here, there certainly were answers to Obama's argument "Vote for me! I'm giving you free stuff!" Mitt failed to make them because he is not a conservative. Unlike Ronald Reagan, who spent decades reading, writing, analyzing and honing his conservative message, a message he understood in his bones, Mitt tried to speak conservatism as a second language, which is why the obvious answers weren't there, and why he is left throwing up his hands saying "What am I supposed to do? I can't compete with free stuff!"
Wrong, but you need to articulate a clear message about free people, free markets, and prosperity, and why government dependency starts out as a cozy, comfy little hideaway from cold, cruel reality, and ends up being an inescapable prison.
Environmentalist groups are organizing against Illinois initiating horizontal fracking to extract the state's plentiful natural gas resources. City by city, town by town, the radical Leftist groups that have also been successful in shutting down Illinois coal mines and other natural resource mining are now targeting to stop yet another economic boon in Illinois. A press release from Environment Illinois indicates the Carbondale City Council joined onto their anti-fracking efforts this week:
Carbondale, IL - In a unanimous decision, the Carbondale City Council passed a resolution calling on the Illinois General Assembly to “enact a moratorium on high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing until such time as the health and environmental concerns of the people of Illinois are addressed.: In this decision, Carbondale joins the Illinois towns of Carlyle, Anna and Alto Pass and Union and Jackson Counties in taking action supporting a moratorium, becoming the largest city yet to do so.
A short while ago, we showed you how Illinois Lottery Director Mike Jones stuck his nose in Indiana’s private lottery procurement process, unsuccessfully criticizing Illinois’ successes in that regard, potentially because he lost a bid for Illinois' lottery contract himself. During his anti-Illinois lottery campaign, Jones made two trips to Indianapolis - one in October 2011 and another in March 2012. We question the value of such trips for Illinois taxpayers. Indeed, upon close examination of roughly a year’s worth of Jones’ travel vouchers, we have even more questions.
It’s no secret that Illinois is broke. As lawmakers in Springfield do what they please, Illinois taxpayers are shouldering the burden. In just a few short years, our property taxes and income taxes have skyrocketed, and businesses (and people) have left the state in droves as doing business in Illinois becomes more expensive by the day. Although Illinois families struggle to put food on the table, Springfield bureaucrats and politicians wine and dine themselves. And Mike Jones appears to be no exception.
The Democratic Party has undergone many a migration over the centuries; it’s unrecognizable from the party originally started by Madison and Jefferson to oppose President Washington’s economic agenda.
From its inception, though, one thing has never changed: the Democratic Party has always been, in some way, the pro-slavery party.
Defender of slavery for the first century, then the opponent of reconstruction after the Civil War, the Democratic Party has always been a supporter of the elites, and in some way a supporter of the oppression of some group -sometimes the Blacks, sometimes the Asians, sometimes Catholics, sometimes Native Americans.
This much has never changed: the Democrats have never lacked for some group to blame for whatever was going wrong.
GENEVA, Ill. – Union teachers in the Geneva school district are expected to walk off the job next month after filing their intent to strike notice late last week.
School leaders contend Geneva Education Association officials are intent on walking out on students and were simply going through the motions when they attended a scheduled negotiation session last Friday. The union filed its 10-day strike notice at 4:30 p.m. Friday, but did not present the documents to district officials until five hours into the negotiation session, the Kane County Chronicle reports.
To the delight of militant union thugs, race-obsessed lily white limousine liberals, and earnest, but silly, juveniles trying to masquerade as serious people, Vice President Joe Biden took it to those evil right wingers who are trying to stop Barack Hussein Obama from completing his "remaking" of America. As long as a few people still have full-time private sector jobs, we know his work is not done.
The aforementioned 15-20% who share the One's ideology were thrilled by all of Joe's snarky, condescending boffo performance, but based on some polls and anecdotal evidence, for many voters, it laid a huge egg. That fact captures the box that Barack Obama is in, and will face during next week's debate. As previously noted in this post, what the left wing base has to confront is that the policies they find totally awesome, most of the country considers repellant. That's why he can't tell people what he really wants to do.
By Teri O'Brien -
Just about 36 hours after Barack Obama stunned his slobbering sycophant supporters by falling flat on his face in the first presidential debate, miraculously, he received extremely good news from his minions at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For the first time since he took office in 2009, America’s unemployment rate has fallen below 8%! How amazing is that! These numbers demonstrate that those of us who disputed the Lame Stream Media’s characterization of this man as preternatural were clearly wrong, since they are the economic equivalent of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes. And like that miracle, it is not explainable by reference to normal human experience. How does the economy create only 114,000 new jobs, yet 873,000 more Americans reported having jobs! He truly is “The One.” Even if this astonishing new unemployment number is true, is it really reasonable to be doing the Happy Dance over unemployment at 7.8%? What happened to that 5% unemployment rate we were promised when we shoveled nearly $1 trillion of cash from our Chinese bankers into Barack Obama’s “stimulus?”
WASHINGTON DC - Generation Opportunity, a non-profit, non-partisan organization engaged in mobilizing young Americans on the important economic issues facing the nation, announced non-seasonally adjusted (NSA) 18-29 unemployment rate data for September 2012:
As usual, Barack Obama's apologists are incapable of accepting the reality that their guy is an unqualified, affirmative-action assisted, thin-skinned empty suit, so they are blaming his pathetic performance in last night's debate on the moderator. From the Politico story entitled, "Colorado presidential debate: Media piles on moderator Jim Lehrer:"
The loser of Wednesday night’s debate, according to many pundits and political commentators?
Moderator Jim Lehrer.
Statistics are odd things. They can grab one’s attention; they can utterly fascinate, or they can make one’s eyes glaze over.
Election seasons are a great time for such examples – candidates, parties, and commentators all use statistics to make their points, but all too often, the important issues are lost in the shuffle of challenges or defenses to the statistics.
The modern welfare state presents such a problem. Consider the “rise of the Obamaphone” in recent years, as a three-decade-old policy of providing the most indigent with a subsidized landline has been translated by the current administration as a commitment to provide 12.5 million voters with the latest cellphones. Honestly, shouldn’t the recipients be offended that their party hopes their votes can be bought with a free phone?
First, the statistics: there were about 7.1 million federally-subsidized cellphones in 2008, and that number nearly doubled to 12.5 million during the Obama presidency. Politicians are sure that these statistics will affect the November elections, especially with the news that about a million of them are in Ohio, the battleground of all battlegrounds.
Barack Obama is a not only a serial liar, but one who apparently casts such a hypnotic spell on his devotees that they question what they can see with their own eyes if it conflicts with the words the One is reading from his PrompTer. It must be true.
This a a guy who asked another "unusually good liar" to vouch for him and give the American public the straight scoop about the economy, and if the media is to be believed, we are buying it. Why wouldn't we? If you can't count on the only elected president of the United States ever impeached for lying under oath for the truth, who can you trust?
WINFIELD - Jodi is the proud mother of triplets and a former ICU nurse. She is also a lifelong Democrat. In 2008, she not only voted for President Obama, but she also contributed to his campaign. In 2012, she's excited to change her vote to Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
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Not surprisingly, the former community organizer elevated in 2008 by the American Idol audience to his dress up role as Leader of the Free World is not running for re-election on his many notable achievements, including:
And talk about a series of amazing coincidences, 1979 was also the year that Jimmy “King of the Useful Idiots” Carter was president, and it happened on the anniversary of 9/11! What were the chances?
CHICAGO - Barack Obama's silence on the Chicago Teachers' Union strike frustrated teachers picketing in Chicago over the weekend. "His education policy sucks," one teacher said in EagNews.org's interview, saying his lack of attention could cost Obama votes in major swing states:
While watching this past week's Democrat convention in Charlotte, I learned that Barack Hussein Obama (MMM…MMM…MMM) wants the upcoming election to be about "choice," and not only the vaunted "choice" that is apparently the number one priority of all female voters, the right to exterminate her unborn child. He wants it to be a choice between two competing visions of the future, his, which is inclusive, generous and all about "values," and the stingy, mean future promised by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
The alternative to a "choice" election is exactly what he doesn't want, a "referendum" election, as in an evaluation of his performance and a determination of whether he deserves to have his contract renewed. Given the objective reality reflected by the economic numbers, I think we can see why he doesn't want us to decide based on his performance.
What is the problem of unemployment? It’s a political issue, in a way, the biggest one of them all. What is it that makes unemployment below 5% an achievement, and unemployment above 5% a crisis? And why do the left and the right have such different approaches to that crisis?
5% unemployment has long been considered “effectively full employment” in the United States. At this rate, Americans feel, everybody who wants a job right now either has that job or is in the process of a willing, patient search for the right one.
There are always couple percent who are unemployed because they just don’t want to work, so they go between jobs as long as they can, and a couple percent who are in an intentional gap between jobs, taking a couple weeks off after leaving one and starting the next, or after being graduated from school and starting the first job. In a normal economy, there are millions of people in this circumstance at any given time.