Paying Off Obama’s Buddies: Another Way Illegal Aliens Are Wasting Your Tax Dollars

-By Warner Todd Huston

As Obama starts shipping tens of thousands of these illegal alien minors all across the nation to be housed in cities everywhere, your tax dollars follow them and some of this money is going to Obama’s pals in liberal organizations and unions to care for these children all paid for by you and me.

Obama is pumping billions of dollars into the feeding and care of hundreds of thousands of illegals who have swamped our southern border expecting–and getting–all sorts of freebies not to mention expecting to become instant citizens. But it isn’t just the billions he is spending at the border going on in this mounting crisis. Obama is also billions on these illegals in other parts of the country.

In Illinois, for instance, several left-wing groups, including the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)–all huge supporters of Obama–are getting hundreds of thousands of tax dollars to care for illegals shipped from Texas to the Windy City.

As Illinois Review reports “Heartland Alliance (an ACORN-esque organization) is currently under contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for nearly $13 million to fund shelter services at Heartland’s nine facilities, which house about 429 of Central American minors that crossed the southwest border without legal guardians.”

The group gets additional funding from the State of Illinois. The Comptroller’s office shows over $500,000 going to the group in the past five fiscal years.

Heartland Alliance also receives funding from corporate sponsorships, including from Harris Bank and Boeing.

In their 2012 financial report, Heartland Alliance says it raised and spent $86,793,110.

This Heartland Alliance is also teamed up with the Chicago Teachers Union, three SEIU locals and the Chicago Federation of Labor.

You can rest assured this isn’t happening only in Chicago. This is going on in every major city in the country.

So, even as Obama is wasting billions at the border he is handing billions more to his buddies in left-wing organizations and unions, billions more of your tax dollars going to waste on illegals and to fill the pockets of Obama’s buddies.

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If Chicago Would Vote for Commie Karen Lewis, They Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Vote at All

-By Warner Todd Huston

A new poll of likely Chicago voters seems to find that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is in bad shape for his re-election coming up next year. The poll shows that two other candidates are far and away more popular than the incumbent mayor. One of those two is Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, a woman who is nearly an out and proud communist. But, if Chicagoans would vote for Lewis, they don’t deserve the vote at all.

This new Chicago Sun-Times poll shows Emanuel losing–and badly–to two other possible mayoral candidates in next year’s election. The biggest disparity is that between the mayor and Current Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. She really slams Emanuel beating him 55 percent to 31 percent in the poll.

Preckwinkle has made no moves at all to run against Emanuel and insists she won’t. Still, rumors abound that she will throw her hat in the ring, anyway.

To be honest, it really is no surprise that Emanuel is finding low favorables in polling this far out from the election. Mayor Emanuel has failed in many respects as Chicago’s mayor. He has done nothing at all to address the mounting pension crisis, spending is still skyrocketing, he’s solved none of the mess that previous mayor Richie Daley left him, and worse of all violence in the city has soared to never before seen rates of blood shed.

It might not be surprising if a ham sandwich was leading him.

Now, the second unannounced candidate that beats the mayor is Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis. The poll shows that Lewis beats Emanuel 45 percent to 36 percent.

When the paper called Lewis to let her know of the results she reportedly replied, “Well, first of all, I’m sitting here stunned.”

The fact is, we should all be stunned that anyone at all would vote for this hate-filled, near communist who is at the very least an outright race baiter.

For instance, in 2012 Lewis mindlessly threw the race card and claimed that teachers are now looked down upon because they serve “lower class students” and “students of color.” It isn’t because they fail to teach, that they demand higher and higher pensions and healthcare benefits even as no one in the private sector get anything close to what they get. No it is because everyone is racist against them.

Even as the city has been drowning in debt, in 2012 Lewis led a teachers strike because her demands of a 30 percent raise in salary and benefits weren’t being met. 30 percent! Who in the private sector ever gets a 30 percent raise?

By 2013 Lewis was going around telling people that Chicago “belongs” to black people and that whites and Hispanics should have no say in what goes on there.

At another speaking engagement in 2014, Lewis said that math should not be taught as a straight subject. Instead math should be coupled with left-wing “social justice” propaganda to get kids’ minds right.

And Lewis’ socialist/communist styled ideas are fully embraced by her vassals in the union, too. In 2013 Chicago teacher Tim Meegan gave a speech rife with communist buzz words and insisted that a violent revolution ala the revolution that ushered communism into Russia in the last century was coming unless people adopted his left-wing ideas.

In 2012 the CTU was also a sponsor of a socialist program called the “Social Justice Curriculum Fair.”

Despite all this wholly un-American stuff, Chicagoans would vote for Karen Lewis? Seriously? If this is what Chicago would vote for, it seems clear they don’t deserve to vote.

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Illinois Worst in Midwest for Private Sector Job Creation

-By Warner Todd Huston

I have been chronicling all the major failures of the once great state of Illinois and this week we have yet another one. A new tabulation of private sector job creation finds that Illinois created a dismal 500 non-government jobs in 2013 making it the single worst state in the Midwest and almost the worst in the country (again).

The Illinois Policy Institute put out its jobs report card recently and found Illinois to be one of the worst of the worst. It was the worst of the Midwestern region and the second worst in the whole country.

The Ill. Policy Inst. had a disheartening statistic to illustrate this dismal job creation rate.

“For context,” the policy group wrote, “that’s one job for every 300 high school seniors in Illinois, another terrible stretch of job creation for a state that already ranks last in the Midwest for job recovery from the Great Recession.”

The next worst in the Midwest was South Dakota with 1,500 jobs created.

This doesn’t mean that Illinois is up 500 jobs, either. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says Illinois lost 26,300 jobs since January.

Here is the latest list of stories showing that Illinois is the worst of the worst in the country, all thanks to the Democrats, House Speaker Michael Madigan, and Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn:

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Pat Quinn’s Major Loss Over Forced Healthcare Worker Unionization

-By Warner Todd Huston

Several years ago the Governor of Illinois decided with a fiat decision to hand his union buddies millions of free taxpayer dollars by suddenly forcing all private in-home healthcare workers to be unionized without their knowledge or approval. Today the U.S. Supreme Court said that Illinois was not allowed to do this.

The year was 2003 and Democrat Rod Blagojevich–who later went to jail for corruption–was the governor who decided that all Illinois citizens who get a stipend from the state to help them take care of their mentally and/or physically disabled family member must be unionized.

So, Blago wrote an Executive Order that forced all in-home healthcare workers into a union. The Guv unilaterally declared that all these people who got such stipends are suddenly “state workers” and ruled that union dues will then be taken from the already small stipend they get from the state and those “dues” sent directly from the state to the union bank accounts.

Once he got into office, Gov. Pat Quinn also issued an EO that also claimed that such in-home healthcare workers are “state employees” and open to forced unionization.

The state legislature controlled by Democrats backed the Guv up and codified it into law.

This handy-dandy EO handed the Service International Employees Union (SEIU) up to $20 million of new state money right into their pockets. This move, of course, was nothing but a state payoff to unions. The new relationship had no benefit for the workers.

But a few parents of disabled children were not at all pleased to be forced into a union and have some of their already small stipend sent to a union. So, they got together and under the name of one parent, Pam Harris, sued the current Illinois Governor, Pat Quinn, to stop the bleeding of their stipend and the forced unionization.

The case became Harris v Pat Quinn, a case that the U.S. Supreme Court finally spoke to on Monday, June 30.

This new ruling is a more narrow than some anti-union activists had hoped. Some were hopeful that the SCOTUS would out law all forced dues payments from all public employees. But what this decision did was more narrow saying that only these type of workers should be free of union oppression.

Still, this is a victory for anti-union forces and serves to limit the states in whom they declare to be a “state worker” and therefore open to union meddling.

This ruling will affect more than just Illinois, too. Several other states have engaged in this union payoff scheme and they will all now have to revisit their practices.

The Illinois Policy Institute celebrated the decision. Paul Kersey, the Illinois Policy Institute’s Director of Labor Policy, said, “The attempts by Quinn and Blagojevich to unionize Medicaid recipients were motivated by greed and politics, not by an interest in helping Illinois families. Luckily, the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the families in Illinois and nationwide who are fighting to take care of their loved one.”

Finally, an important part of this case is that it might open the door to topple the Abood case. That case ruled that non-members of who have state jobs that are unionized were still liable to pay the union’s costs of representing employees (i.e. teachers could not stop paying dues but still expect to share in the benefits the union wins fir them).

Harris maintains that the state cannot forcibly unionize people and then force them to pay the unions fees and other costs—but it only ruled in the case of these particular types of employees, not all employees.

But the case Harris as ruled practically inviting a new suit to be brought in the case of the other sort of employees (such as teachers) forced to pay dues.

The McHenry County Blog also has some excerpts from the ruling.

Posted in Business, Constitution, Corruption, Courts, Democrats, Economy, Government, Health, Healthcare, Jobs, Judges, Law, Medicaid, Medicare, Pat Quinn, Rod Blagojevich, Supreme Court, Taxes | 1 Comment

Illinois One of the Worst GDP Growth in Entire Midwest

-By Warner Todd Huston

Illinois has earned its spot as the state with the worst GDP in the entire Midwest. So, once again we find that Illinois turns out to be one of the worst states in the country for nearly any and every metric that makes a successful state.

Michael Lucci of the Illinois Policy Institute pointed out in a recent blog post that Illinois ranks only above Missouri as the worst for GDP growth among the 12 Midwestern states in the survey.

“Illinois recorded the second-worst growth in gross domestic product of any state in the Midwest,” Lucci wrote, “according to this week’s release from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The Illinois economy grew by just 0.9 percent in 2013. Only Missouri grew slower, at a sluggish 0.8 percent.”

Bad growth isn’t just a number. New and better-paying jobs go hand in hand with a state’s GDP. Illinois has the region’s highest jobless rate, and is dead last in the Midwest for employment and job creation since 2009. Unemployed Illinoisans need real solutions from state leaders.

This is no news at all to those who frequent my writing on Illinois, of course.

Governor Pat Quinn and Majority Leader Michael Madigan and their democrat Party conspirators have destroyed this state with their greedy, criminal behavior as I’ve listed numerous times.

Here is the latest list of stories showing that Illinois is the worst of the worst in the country:

So, we have to hand it to the Illinois Democrats and their weak sisters in the feckless Illinois Republican Party. You folks have done a great job utterly destroying one of the greatest states in the union. Great job to the dictator Michael Madigan, the hapless and ignorant Governor Pat Quinn and the rest of the worthless set running the state into the ground.

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WIND Kicks Joe Walsh Off The Air, Station Refused to Allow Honest Discussion of Racism

-By Warner Todd Huston

Former Congressman Joe Walsh joined WIND AM 560 not long after he left Congress and has been doing a great, fearless job on the air. The station was even beginning to look into syndicating him. But now, because he tried to have an honest discussion about racism, the station got cold feet and suspended him until further notice.

Here is some of what the Chicago Sun-Times said today

According to posts on former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh’s Twitter account Thursday night, the conservative radio talk-show host was kicked off the air on WIND-AM (560) for using racial slurs while trying to have a discussion about racial slurs.

In a series of tweets posted about 7 p.m., Walsh says: “Just got kicked off the air until further notice. Tried to have honest discussion about racist terms and management censored my language.”

And: “I’m trying to have an honest, adult conversations about words without resorting to alphabet soup phrases (C-word, N-word, etc).”

The posts said the discussion involved the ethical debate about the name of the pro football team in Washington, D.C.: the Redskins.

Joe’s show is from 5PM to 8PM weekdays.

You can follow Joe on Twitter at https://@WalshFreedom.

This is what Joe sent out on Twitter today: “Want to hear what I ACTUALLY said last night? https://soundcloud.com/am560theanswer/the-joe-walsh-show-june-19-2014.

All Republicans and conservatives in the Chicagoland area need to call WIND and tell them to put Joe back on the air. Here is the WIND contact page.

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New York Middle School Assignment Shows Kids How to Kill a Baby

-By Warner Todd Huston

It appears that a middle school in New York is training kids in how to shake a baby so hard that it kills them with a hands on assignment where kids are forced to shake a mechanical baby until it stops crying–i.e. until they shake it to death–in a class unit on Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Lennie Jarrett of ChampionNews.net spoke to the parent of a middle schooler in Churchville-Chili Middle School in Churchville, NY, earlier this week and the parent said that his child was traumatized by having been forced to “kill” a baby in class.

The father noted that the kids were told that shaking a baby too hard could kill it and offered the example of a man who was in jail for shaking his own child to death. Then kids were ordered to symbolically kill a baby right there in class using a mechanical baby.

“The teacher demonstrated shaking and killing the baby. Once done, she told the students they were going to take turns killing the baby and then warned, “Just don’t go crazy, the doll is heavy”. They were instructed to shake it continuously as the ‘baby’ screamed and screamed until all the parts of the ‘brain’ had lit up indicating which part of the brain was being injured. They were instructed to shake the ‘baby’ until it was quiet. Until it was dead. My son was the first to refuse to participate. He said his teacher was shocked. Others followed his lead.”

The father also noted that his child told him that some of the kids thought it was funny to kill the baby and one even threw the baby against the wall while another slammed the baby on a desk.

The unit was taught in Mrs. Amory’s 7th grade Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS). Naturally this assignment is a Common Core aligned class.

The FACS class was described this way on the school website:

Career and Technical Education which includes Family and Consumer Sciences is a program designed to prepare students to meet their responsibilities as family members, consumers, home managers, wage earners, and parents. This course is designed to prepare you to become “Life Ready.”

The page was subsequently deleted from the school website.

It is nearly impossible to understand how a class that shows kids how to shake a baby to death–then forces kids to actually shake a mechanical baby to death, even symbolically–can teach children that babies are delicate and shouldn’t be shaken until they are dead!

Principal Giulio Bosco had vowed to investigate the class, but in a statement from Mr. Bosco and Superintendent Pamela Kissel the criticisms of the class were called “inaccurate.” The statement, though, didn’t answer to any specific allegations and only issued its blanket “inaccurate” denial.

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The University of Chicago Needs Some Occupy Wall Street

-By Warner Todd Huston

If you’ll recall, the brief but noisy Occupy Wall street movement was all about protesting the “One Percent,” those evil rich folks that apparently return nothing to the nation. Well a look at the compensation of those at the University of Chicago in President Obama’s home city shows that the Occupy folks were protesting the wrong people! It looks like the one percent reside at the UofC.

A very in depth article by David Francis Mihalyfy reveals what he calls a university mired in outsized compensation “hidden by a PR machine, funded by growing tuition and debt, and allocated despite questionable job performance”

Mihalyfy serves up this damning assessment of the university in Obama’s Chicago:

Over the last decade, profit motive has made significant inroads into the American ivory tower. At universities, money is meant to support a larger social mission, not profit presidents and provosts: ideally, these high-visibility support staff should believe enough in education and research to want any extra resources to go there rather than to themselves. At places like UChicago, however, the ideal of administrative public service has been gradually replaced with that of maximizing short-term self-interest, despite debatable benefits to the institutions and the populations that they claim to serve.

As it turns out, the president of Uof makes more money than the president of Harvard! Yeah, that Harvard.

UofC President Robert Zimmer has leapt to number one in his field… for some unexplainable reason. As Mihalyfy discovered, Zimmer recently got a “110%, $1.76 million pay spike that not only brought him from $1.6 to $3.4 million in total compensation, but also the top position in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual rankings of highest-paid private university presidents.”

Zimmer’s newest pay scale puts him at $1.9 million a year, double what he was making only five years ago.

Meanwhile, Harvard’s president made only $899,000 last year.

but it isn’t just Zimmer who is raking in the cash. Just about all the top administration figures have seen their pay double over past rates.

But, hey, maybe this isn’t a big deal? Maybe the UofC is raking in the cash so the wildly increased compensation is justifiable? Seems “no” is the answer to that. In fact, the school is going into debt at a quick clip.

Concurrently, UChicago has become an “outlier” and “put its credit rating at risk” by taking on debt equal to more than half of its endowment, according to Bloomberg News. A leaked financial plan from June 2013 had already indicated that UChicago was on the path to owe three times as much debt as peers like Northwestern. Accordingly, Crain’s Chicago Business predicted in August that due to high debt levels “ratings agencies could downgrade the university’s credit by as many as two notches.” Since then, Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s have shifted the outlook of its bond rating to negative on three separate occasions in anticipation of a likely credit downgrade. Fundraising operations cannot bring in enough money to keep the credit rating unquestioned, yet compensation of a single person like Zimmer makes up as much as half of projected major annual operating deficits. Nevertheless, UChicago’s financial adviser has vouched that “[t]he money is going to… programmatic strengths.”

Mihalyfy also notes that job performance doesn’t seem to justify the massive hike in pay, either.

So, what is going on, here? Well, for one thing this is a perfect mirror of how liberals are running government into the ground, isn’t it? High pay for no performance, to people with no accountability, all paid by other people’s money.

It is a house of cards that must, eventually collapse.

But it is Obama’s Chicago, isn’t it?

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Illinois Ranks as ‘Worst’ For Small Businesses

-By Warner Todd Huston

Once again Illinois and California are neck-and-neck in the calculations for the worst of the worst U.S. states, this time in a measure of how friendly the states are for the growth of small businesses.

Earlier this month thumbtack.com released its third annual survey of the climate for small businesses exploring such ratings as the overall friendliness of the state to small businesses, the ease of starting a business, regulations, ease of hiring new employees, taxes, and other criteria.

The poll was conducted among over 12,000 small business owners across the country.

The survey, held in conjunction with the Kauffman Foundation, found that the worst states for small businesses were California, Rhode Island and Illinois, all of which got a Thumbtack “F” rating. The next worst were Connecticut and New Jersey, both of which received a “D” grading.

Illinois has descended in its rating each of the three years that the survey has been conducted having earned a “D+” in 2012, a “D” in 2013, and an “F” in 2014.

“Creating a business climate that is welcoming to small, dynamic businesses is more important than ever, but rarely does anyone ask small business owners themselves about what makes for a pro-entrepreneur environment,” said Jon Lieber, Chief Economist of Thumbtack. “Thousands of small business owners across the country told us that the keys to a pro-growth environment are ease of compliance with tax and regulatory systems and helpful training programs.”

The best states are unsurprisingly Utah, Idaho and Texas. Also getting high ratings in the poll were Louisiana and Virginia–the latter undoubtedly because it is now inextricably linked to the largess of the federal government.

Texas, Utah, and Idaho have appeared at the top of the list in each of the three years the survey has been conducted.

“It is critical to the economic health of every city and state to create an entrepreneur-friendly environment,” said Dane Stangler, vice president of Research and Policy at the Kauffman Foundation. “Policymakers put themselves in the best position to encourage sustainable growth and long-term prosperity by listening to the voices of small business owners themselves.”

Thumbtack.com is a website launched in 2009 that helps people connect with local service providers such as painters, plumbers, small contractors, and the like.

For a little more context on how bad Illinois is, here are just a few more of the “low lights” of Illinois’ standing among the states:

So, we have to hand it to the Illinois Democrats and their weak sisters in the feckless Illinois Republican Party. You folks have done a great job utterly destroying one of the greatest states in the union. Great job to the dictator Michael Madigan, the hapless and ignorant Governor Pat Quinn and the rest of the worthless set running the state into the ground.

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In Memorial: Illinois’ Conservative Giant Jack Roeser

-By Warner Todd Huston

I have been made aware that the great Jack Roeser passed away last night. This is a great loss to conservatism in Illinois, but Jack was in his 90s and in delicate health, so it isn’t a surprise, sadly.

Mr. Roeser was very generous with the fortune he built from the ground up as owner of Otto Engineering, a high tech firm located in Carpentersville, Illinois.

Roser was a hard charging conservative and often made folks both left and right mad at him for his choices of causes and candidates, but he was also unapologetic and fearless. In this day and age when people are always mewling and apologizing for their actions, you have to admire a real adult like Roeser making his choices and sticking with them regardless of the “consequences.”

And rarely did he have to face any troublesome consequences, either. He made his decisions and that was that and despite this he was a much sought-after ally in Illinois politics.

Roser was one of the “greatest generation” having served in WWII, but when he came home he didn’t turn into one of those liberal pantywastes that gave us the Baby Boomers, or as I call them the worst generation. Roser built wealth, created jobs, and improved his community. He is the sort of man that we should all hold up as an example to our children.

As to his politics, Roeser was there with Reagan and helped fund most of the conservative activism in the state ever since.He was also a great enemy of the teachers unions that have helped destroy our system of education in Illinois.

Roeser was also the host of a weekend WND talk show as well as the host of ChampionNews.net.

So, rest in peace, Jack Roser. We thank you for you long service to the community. May others seek to emulate your example.

**UPDATE**

Here is a statement on Roeser’s passing from ChampionNews”

“Jack Roeser has passed away at the age of 90. While we are saddened by the loss of our leader, we are inspired by his convictions and the spirited battle he fought, seeking to bring change to Illinois. Jack believed in “little government and big people” and lived the American Dream. He will be missed but never forgotten.”

Here is a little bio film on Mr. Roeser made not long ago…

**UPDATE No. 2**

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) released the following statement on the passing of Jack Roeser.

Christy and I would like to offer our prayers to Jack’s family. Jack was an unsurpassed giant in the conservative movement. He was an expert at translating the principles of conservatism into everyday actions and set the bar high for all of us. His entrepreneurial spirit and business success is a model for those in pursuit of the American Dream. His passion for education reform and ensuring that every child has an equal chance at succeeding was well known. He fought hard for accountability in the school system to ensure that all students received the education they deserved. He never wavered in the cause to ensure that the vision for limited government by our Founding Fathers was observed and respected. Jack will be greatly missed.

**UPDATE No. 3**

ChampionNews posted a full bio and memorial message HERE. Funeral service plans are also posted.

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