Illinois Senate members have a drafted a new budget plan that relies on multibillion-dollar tax hikes, but little in structural spending reforms.
The plan punishes taxpayers with more than $5 billion in additional income and other taxes, borrows $7 billion from the bond market and adds casinos in Chicago – none of which provide relief to struggling Illinoisans. The plan also leaves pensions unreformed, does little to workers’ compensation costs and burdens job creators with a higher minimum wage cost.
There are limited, smaller reforms in the overall package, but nothing that slows the growth in government spending. It’s why the plan relies on massive tax hikes – even if those hikes accelerate out-migration of people and businesses. It’s a bad plan for Illinoisans.
Ronna Romney McDaniel has officially been named as the new chair of the Republican National Committee.
“I am a mom from Michigan,” McDaniel said in Tuesday’s RNC meeting. “I am an outsider. And I am here to make Donald Trump and Republicans everywhere successful.”
McDaniel also criticized the Democrat Party as an “elite, coastal, redistributionist Party of the status quo” and hailed the Republican Party as “the national, opportunity for everyone, party of change.”
Here are seven things you need to know about McDaniel.
1. She is the niece of Mitt Romney. This is interesting because Romney was particularly critical of President-elect Donald Trump during the campaign, although he was in consideration to become the secretary of state in the Trump administration. McDaniel, on the other hand, has been supportive of Trump and was a Michigan delegate for Trump at the RNC.
A recent phenomenon in American politics amid the conclaves of the media and academic elites is the stultifying debate over an outgoing president’s so-called “Legacy.” The nation now finds itself embroiled in this conversation as none other than Barack Obama, by his innumerable self-serving speeches, countless appearances on a multitude of media platforms and myriad gatherings with fawning supporters, has attempted to establish a positive spin on his legacy. He has far exceeded anything the previous occupants of the Oval Office have done to reinforce their image as they leave the White House behind. That he feels compelled to do so is indicative of the fact that Obama knows his presidency will go down in history as a monumental failure.
There is little doubt, except to his die-hard supporters (which includes a vast majority of the mainstream media), that his failures are legion. … Continue Reading
This is a great series by Dennis Prager outlining the basic information more Americans need to hear. Enjoy.
Many people – including those who keep up with politics – cannot articulate the differences between the Left and the Right in a way that is fair and objective. In this five-part video series, Dennis Prager does exactly that. In under 30 minutes, you’ll understand the essential differences between the two.
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How big should the government be? And what is its proper role in the daily lives of Americans? The Left and Right have opposite answers.
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When setting public policy, what’s more important: intentions or results? Feeling good or doing good? When it comes to being guided by the heart or by the mind, the Left and Right are very different.… Continue Reading
Barack Obama came into the White House in a cloud of glory and optimism.
He defined the problems that the nation faced in his first inaugural address. First, the nation was at war with a network of violence and hatred. Second, our economy was badly weakened. Homes were lost, and businesses shuttered. Health care was too expensive. Schools failed their students. And finally, “less measurable, but no less profound, is a sapping of confidence across our land; a nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable.” Obama promised that he and the country would meet these challenges head on.
Eight years later, as Obama prepares to depart the White House, he leaves the nation in a cloud of disappointment, recrimination, and even paranoia. None of the wars Obama inherited are truly over, and he has started or joined America to several more.… Continue Reading
The American presidency has historically been accorded a unique place in national and international politics. The office combines the head of state with the head of government, which no other major nation has done. Moreover, we have retained the “Lame Duck” period between national elections, again something that no other major nation has done. Finally, Congress has granted (I would argue beyond its power to grant) effective quasi-legislative powers to the president through a variety of means.
Americans today see, in the hands of an infantile and dumb man like Barack Obama, just how dangerous that can be. His recent designation of various areas as protected from exploration for energy and other mineral wealth after his party lost all power in Washington is evidence of the need for immediate change.… Continue Reading
As the calendar year ends, minds quickly turn to losing weight, eating healthy, saving money, and spending more time with family. But just as 2016 caused us to rethink politics, it’s time to rethink this year’s New Year’s resolutions.
The voice of the American voters has never been louder, and with unified Republican control of the House, Senate, and White House for the first time in 15 years, there promises to be a lot happening in 2017. It’s time to step up and get involved.
Here are some political resolutions to consider adopting in 2017:
1. Connect with your member of Congress: Members of Congress are responsible and accountable to their constituents. It’s important for the voter to stay up-to-date on congressional votes and issues. Sign up to get the most recent news and information from your member.… Continue Reading
Dear Reader (including all the dudes in this coffee shop with man-buns),
As Michael Moore’s proctologist says at every appointment, “I’d really rather not do this today, but it’s my job.”
I’m in Dallas, killing myself to “finish” my book. I put “finish” in air quotes (while I put actual Finnish people in a pit in my basement, “It puts the herring in the basket or it gets the hose again”) not just because there’s so much left to do and so little time to do it in, but because even after I’m “done” my editor is going to walk around this enormous pile of paper staring at it like a farmer slowly circling a meteorite that landed in his wheat field, incapable of processing why it looks like a smoking, irradiated replica of Dom DeLouise in a sailor suit.… Continue Reading
President-elect Donald Trump said he would get rid of political correctness (PC), and it couldn’t come too soon.
But the Trump Era has not quite begun, so we’re still saddled with some PC, big and small.
On the big side, we’re being told over and over that Mr. Trump did not actually win the election, but stole it with Russian help and — get this — media complicity. If you don’t go along with this PC view of the election, you are some sort of cave dweller.
The Russians are said to have been behind the hacking of emails from the Democratic National Committee that exposed the party leaders’ contempt for everyday Americans, especially Catholics and evangelical Christians, a majority of whom voted for Mr. Trump. The Obama administration has even imposed sanctions against Moscow, and one can only wonder if that would have happened if the emails had embarrassed Republicans instead.… Continue Reading
The left in America is having an emotional breakdown. They have always teetered on the mental edge, but the election of Donald Trump took some of them from mere neurosis to psychosis, from paranoia to full blown mental delusion. We’ve witnessed exams being cancelled, “cry-ins”, and even “puppy therapy.”
One woman wrote in the WashingtonPost that Trump’s election “stole” her desire to date: “I felt sick to my stomach. I wanted to gather my children in bed with me and cling to them like we would if thunder and lightning were raging outside…”
If you’ve seen MTV’s racist video, “2017 Resolutions for White Guys,” you know pop-culture has lost touch with reality. They slander the country: “America was never ‘great’ for anyone who wasn’t a white guy.” They denigrate the police: “Blue lives isn’t a ‘thing.’ Cops weren’t born with blue skin.”