Hubby and Joe Walsh at the Antioch, IL parade.
Here in Illinois there is a voice of reason in the House. He’s a Democrat from Marengo (which is a bit west from where I live in the northeast corner of the state). His name is Jack D. Franks.
He wrote an Op-Ed in today’s Chicago Tribune:
Why are we in such dire straits? Too much spending.
Illinois doesn’t have a revenue problem. It has a spending problem. State revenue this year is at the third-highest level in the history of Illinois. We have more money than we had in 2007.
We have a labyrinth of pork projects. We have more than 1,700 state programs. All those programs make it difficult to run the vital and necessary state services. All those programs cost billions of dollars. We need to take a step back and remember that government is not self-perpetuating.
he ends with:
Illinois can pull itself out of this mess. We have to shrink the size of government through better accounting and restrained spending.
I urge Gov. Quinn and my fellow legislators to be innovative. To show leadership.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair once said, “The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.”
We have to say no.
Read the rest.
It was an incredibly beautiful day! Here are some pictures:
A young lady:
possible infiltrators the middle sign has three glaring misspellings.
One sign, two sides
During testimony by Mr. Toyoda at the House Oversight and Government reform committee meeting today, Rep Paul Kanjorski (D-PA) said that Toyota would have to compensate people for their injuries and that this is the best argument for our present tort system. Chairman Town then yielded to Rep Dan Burton (R-IN) who said “Let me just preface my remarks by saying we need tort reform”, to which comment Rep Kanjorski retorted “We should just forgive these companies and let them kill our people.”
So, if you are for tort reform, you are for letting companies off the hook and killing people.
An interesting side note, when I went to the committee’s website to check on the names and states for the people in the video, I noticed that the member list of Democrats includes a link to each and every Democrat member. There are no links for Republican members.
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Our condolences and prayers go out to his family and friends.
I remember a story that one of our local DJ’s; Johnathan Brandmeier, told. He said when he was on the air in Arizona, he called up then Secretary of State Alexander Haig on Secretaries’ Day and wished him a Happy Secretaries’ Day. Mr. Haig had a good laugh on that one.
May he rest in peace.
I didn’t agree with his politics and I supported his opponent in the last election (although I couldn’t vote in that election as I live in Illinois) but that doesn’t make his death a sad event. My condolences go out to his family and friends and my prayers for him and his family as well.
He shared my birthday, June 17th, along with Barry Manilow, Joe Piscopo, Newt Gingrich, MC Escher, former IAEA Director General Mohamed El Baradei, former Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, and others.
He died of complications from gall bladder surgery.
Two for the price of one:
Our weather forecast for today calls for cloudy and snow. So I guess that means no shadow for the groundhog to be scared by and we’ll have spring right on schedule, just like every year, no matter if it’s sunny or not. There’s always about six weeks between February 2nd and the first day of Spring. Every year.
It’s also primary day here in Illinois. First in the Nation! Only in an off year. Here’s a pdf file that lists all the primaries this year (Iowa is in June and New Hampshire not until September!)
I am so sick of campaign commercials and robo calls on the phone. I hope that the winners will take a break, otherwise we’ve got a solid 9 months of campaigning for the November election.
After Scott Brown won in Massachusetts, people were rethinking whether or not to run for re-election or were thinking about throwing a hat into the ring. Here in Illinois, that wasn’t an option. Petitions were in and ballots were ready long before the election in Massachusetts. In fact, early voting for this primary started before the Mass election.
I don’t know if its better to have a shorter primary season or a shorter general election season. At least this way we won’t be assailed with commercials for so many candidates for such a long period, just for the few that win tomorrow.
But then again, perhaps those whose primaries are later in the year won’t have the commercials bombarding them until much closer to the primary.
From the ballots for the primary elections, next Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010. * = incumbent (my endorsements at the end, fwiw)
Federal: United States Senator (for the open seat that was Barack Obama’s, now Roland Burris’. Dick Durbin is up for re-election in 2012.)
Jacob J. Meister
Alexander “Alexi” Giannoulias
Donald (Don) Lowery
Mark Steven Kirk
Patrick J. Hughes
LeAlan M. Jones