The Obama Executive Order list is growing. Proclaiming “We Can’t Wait,” the White House has become comfortable going around Congress with the excuse that gridlock is getting in the way of saving the economy. The new immunity program for illegals shows just how far this administration is willing to go to keep supporters happy.
Barack Obama’s Illinois roots are showing. How to foot the bill to pay cradle to the grave support to the state’s public sector workers is a dilemma without a political solution, even in the face of fiscal catastrophe. The president is haranguing Washington lawmakers to recreate Illinois’ problem at the federal level by doling out new state bailouts, telling us that “When states struggle, it’s up to Congress to step in and help out.”¹
Are Republicans willing to shed serious political blood in the battle over public school reform? Will they go to war over school funding? In education money has become everything, and as we heard from the Congressional Budget Office last week, extra money is not something we should count on for school funding or anything else.
There is a lot of angry whining rising from the streets of Chicago. Chicago Teachers Union members are showing themselves to be cut from the same cloth as the occupiers who infested the city during the NATO Summit.
Chicago teachers have swapped places with the occupiers.
Should Illinois residents be happy or nervous? Governor Quinn and Illinois Democrats are acting like they take pension reform seriously. The Illinois Senate just followed the House by passing a bill that finally asks state retirees, including judges and legislators, to contribute towards their health care costs.
Critics predicting the demise of the U.S. Postal Service are wrong. The Postal Service is already dead. Despite a flood of sentimental nods from politicians to the history of American mail delivery, Congress is attempting little more than an election year resuscitation of an agency that has served its purpose and should be helped to expire.
Instead of standing in the way of laws like SB 1070 that many Americans favor, a federal court has finally made a decision worthy of praise by temporarily blocking the National Labor Relations Board from forcing businesses to display a poster informing employees of their right to unionize.