After slamming hapless residents with a retroactive income tax hike at the start of the year, legislators in famously indigent Illinois have come up with a plan to fund college for illegal immigrants. Co-sponsored by Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, the Illinois DREAM Act would use private money to send undocumented students to college.
2010 was a bad one, folks. At year’s end unemployment is barely changed. Small businesses are still struggling. We are so desperate for good economic news that favorable changes in indicators that would have gone unnoticed before the recession bring frenzied news flashes about a recovery.
Pointless hysteria culminated in a foregone conclusion as President Obama signed the contentious tax rate compromise on Friday. Harry Reid has made it clear that there is little time to waste, and quickly segued to the other bills he planned to fast track before party hopes dim in January, including the DREAM Act, which twitched and died on the Senate floor Saturday morning.
This has been a tough year. Unemployment was 9.7% in January. Ten months, billions of dollars, and heaps of undeserved Democratic self-congratulations later, unemployment is 9.6%. Nearly 15 million Americans are greeting the holiday season without a job and with little hope on the horizon for 2011.
1...GIVEAWAYS TO LABOR UNIONS
Organized labor has benefited hugely from Washington’s attentiveness. To Barack Obama’s credit, he has never tried to hide his preference for union labor:
And nearly 30 years later, Bob bought the company. Today, it is in its 70th year of operation, it is employee-owned, it continues to grow.