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With the passing of ObamaCare on 3/21/10, a day of infamy, the United States departed from her foundational principles of individual freedom and liberty and lurched into the realm of Socialism. The Democrat motto of “the right of healthcare for all” comes at a price. With a federal deficit on the fast track to insolvency, the Democrats have only one option to realize this untenable utopia: tax increases for all. Hardest hit will be businesses–large and small. Big business will pass along the costs by increasing their prices as well as cut expenses (translation: decrease their workforce) and small businesses will be forced to close their doors.

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) sent a letter in December 2009 to Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell outlining the dangers of this legislation to small business. A local small business owner shares her fears about the tax increases from the healthcare legislation.

Howard Portnoy discusses the impact of ObamaCare on restaurants in the Green Room.

As oil is needed for an engine to run, entrepreneurs and businesses–both large and small–are necessary for  a vibrant economy. The Obama Administration and Democrat policies seem to think they will be a sufficient oasis for a desolate economy and discouraged public. In their egotism, they have overestimated their importance and ability to solve our economies problems. On the contrary, they are only exasperating the issues.

Gabriel at AoS has some troubling revelations.

Jim Calhoun defended himself against the interrogation of a political activist “journalist” in a post-game press conference last week. This presser was typical: it takes place following a basketball game in which sport’s journalists ask the Coach and certain players questions regarding the game.

So this jerk sneaks into the press-conference and then hijacks it with a non-basketball related question about Calhoun’s high salary in economic hard times, and he does so in an offensive and combative manner. Calhoun attempts to redirect the “journalist” by asking him, “What was your take tonight?” Psuedo-journalist: “I don’t know.” Then he continues with his scheme.

This guy clearly had an agenda. The other journalists reprimanded him on the spot, yet this “journalist” continued with his interrogation, until Calhoun gathered himself and basically told him off in G-rated language. 

Now, Connecticut lawmakers want to reprimand Calhoun!

Un. freaking. believable.

Here’s the confrontation. 

Are you serious? They want to reprimand Calhoun?!?

First, did the lawmakers request privately to Calhoun their concern over his behavior? There was no mention of it in the article, so I’m assuming “no.” Perhaps, they’re looking for “15 minutes” of face time and decided to reprimand Calhoun publicly? There are better ways to handle this situation than for these two lawmakers to air publicly their grievances over Calhoun’s response to the “reporter.”

Secondly, are there no pressing problems in Connecticut for these lawmakers other than to quip about Calhoun’s personal defense from this “reporter’s” sinister agenda? 

As a Duke fan, I do not like UConn nor will Calhoun ever be in my Top 5. I can put aside my allegiances and will defend Calhoun in this situation. This is just government gone mad.

Get out of our lives and stop telling us how to act, think, speak, spend, and live!

Do they wonder why? Here’s a hint: Try a different front page subject matter other than The One and tell your newspaper deliverers to avoid knocking over your patron’s pumpkins.  

Newsflash: Not everyone in the Chicago area voted for BO. You are a newspaper not a propaganda machine. I loved doing the daily crossword puzzle, but couldn’t stand another day of the “All Obama, All the Time” format and downgraded to Sunday only. Here’s their thanks:

Tribune Pumpkin Mess

 

Tribune Pumpkin Mess - 2

Self-restriction, self-denial, self-discipline, temperance, moderation, spending freezes, et.al., are so passé. Especially if you live in Chicago. 

Illinois has a “historic $4 billion backlog of state bills.

Mayor Daley prepares for mass layoffs in Chicago. (h/t Riehl World)

CTA board expected to voted today and approved an increase in transit fares, again

The agency blames higher costs and Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s decision in January to extend free rides to seniors.

Rob Peter to pay Paul. Some people call this “sharing our toys,” others call it “socialism.”

The CTA’s still got to raise fares even though there’s an increase in passengers?” Rome, 56, said in disbelief. “Is somebody stealing money from the CTA, or does the head of CTA not know what he’s doing?”

I think he’s onto something. Gov. Blagojevich confesses:

Blagojevich has countered criticisms of the senior free rides and his veto of the transit subsidy by saying the CTA has failed to manage it money well, despite a sales tax increase for transit that the legislature passed in January. Blagojevich begrudgingly accepted the tax hike, but he added the senior free rides.

Now, nine months after the tax increase, a statement Thursday from the governor said it is “unfortunate that the CTA is now asking riders to bail them out.”

Wonder how P.E. Obama will pay for those social programs? Look no further than the Windy City and get ready to empty your pocketbook. It’s part of the Chicago  Way.

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