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Er, as I was saying about Illinois

I posted this morning about rampant corruption in Illinois. Well, here’s the latest outrage:

Two Illinois congressmen have paid their wives hundreds of thousands of dollars out of their campaign funds in the last decade, according to records filed with the Federal Election Commission.

The campaign to re-elect Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has given wife Sandi Jackson’s company at least $315,000 for her work. Rep. Bobby Rush’s campaign has paid his wife, Carolyn Rush, more than $240,000 to serve as a consultant.

Two other Chicago-area congressmen, Danny Davis and Luis Gutierrez, have given their wives smaller amounts for doing campaign work. The four lawmakers, all Democrats, were re-elected last week.

As if you didn’t already know, all this Illinois corruption comes with a “D” after it.

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Rep. Foxx: Bachmann-Henserling battle won’t be divisive

North Carolina Republican Rep. Virginia Foxx tells National Review Online that the battle between Michele Bachmann and Jeb Henserling for the chairmanship of the GOP caucus will not be divisive. She tells NRO:

“We all like Michele and we all like Jeb, but Jeb’s paid his dues, as far as I’m concerned. I will support Michele for something in the future, she’s been fabulous. In the end, they’re very much alike, but I think that Jeb will win. … Jeb contacted me; I didn’t even know that Michele was running,” Foxx says. “I immediately thought that he was the right person for the job, so I said yes.”

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It really is US vs THEM

Many pundits have discussed the new cleavage in society: the Country Class and the Ruling Class. The Ruling Class is the gaggle of political elites who think they operate under rules that are different from the hoi poloi, the Country Class.

Likewise, the bureaucrats as well as the politicians who live off the government teat also have disdain for the Country Class. Meanwhile, the bureaucrats and the politicians protect each others’ privileges with ruthless determination.

Bribes in the form of outrageous pay increases are an essential tool:

While the rest of America has been dealing with high unemployment and stagnant wages, at least one sector of the economy can thank Barack Obama and Democrats for boom times, and no, it’s not the protest sign design industry. USA Today reports that federal employee wages have skyrocketed over the last five years, with the number of federal workers making $150,000 or more a year has increased fivefold during that time. The number has doubled in the 22 months since Obama took office.

The country can’t long survive with the only growth industry being intrusive government.

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Budget Showdown: Ag Comm. Troxler Won’t Suggest Budget Cuts

Well now, this is interesting. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler says his department is lean and mean and, thus, he won’t provide Gov. Perdue with the suggested budget cuts she has requested.

That’s OK, however. Gov. Perdue can garner plenty of solid budgeting recommendations in JLF’s alternative budget.

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Stossel: Our racist government

Many liberals think our government is racist, but not in the way John Stossel means:

I think affirmative action is racism — and therefore wrong. If a private school like Bucknell wants to have such policies to increase diversity, fine. But government-imposed affirmative action is offensive. Equality before the law means government should treat citizens equally.

But it doesn’t. Our racist government says that any school receiving federal tax dollars, even if only in the form of federal aid to students, must comply with affirmative action rules, and some states have enacted their own policies.

Advocates of affirmative action argue it is needed because of historic discrimination. Maybe that was true in 1970, but it’s no longer true. Affirmative action is now part of the minority special privilege machine, an indispensable component of which is perpetual victimhood.

Affirmative action, like environmentalism, is a liberal religion designed to aid liberals in their quest to control lives and accumulate power. Whatever original purpose it had, it’s served that. Now it only serves to perpetuate racial grievances and produce friction.

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I’d be embarrassed to be from Illinois

What is it with Illinois? Why do they put up with such rampant corruption in their politics? Are the hinterlands afraid to take on the Chicago thug political machine, or are they part of it? Here’s the latest outrage: While Delaware and West Virginia have found ways to seat their Democratic Senate replacement winners on the day the lame duck session opens, Illinois says it can’t seat Republican Mark Kirk until Nov. 29 because of “paperwork.” Give. Me. A. Break:

The seeming inability of unnamed Illinois officials to complete “paperwork” as required by law in a timely manner contrasts mightily with West Virginia and Delaware, where no such delays will delay seating Joe Manchin and Chris Coons, respectively, who will take office on the first day of the lame duck session. That both are Democrats replacing Democrats and thus won’t change the Senate’s partisan balance of power is probably not coincidental. Let’s not forget, either, that the Democratic political machine holding up Kirk’s appointment may be the most corrupt since Tammany Hall.

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Obama lied, jobs died

So much for hope, change, transparency and honesty. This White House, with Obama, Emanuel and Gibbs was as insular and dishonest as Nixon, Haldeman and Ehrlichman:

The White House rewrote crucial sections of an Interior Department report to suggest an independent group of scientists and engineers supported a six-month ban on offshore oil drilling, the Interior inspector general says in a new report.

In the wee hours of the morning of May 27, a staff member to White House energy adviser Carol Browner sent two edited versions of the department report’s executive summary back to Interior. The language had been changed to insinuate the seven-member panel of outside experts – who reviewed a draft of various safety recommendations – endorsed the moratorium, according to the IG report obtained by POLITICO.

Obama lied, jobs died.

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Help! Environmentalists are trying to poison us!

Isn’t it ironic that the environmental movement, which has for the last few decades screamed about big bad corporations putting poison in the air and in our homes via carpet fumes, insecticides, and cleaning fluids, is now responsible for a law that requires our homes to contain one of the worst poisons?

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NYT’s David Brooks to Duke Audience: Centrism is the Answer

New York Times columnist David Brooks — a favorite of the Left — took a slap at the tea party movement and discussed his disdain for ideological principles yesterday at Duke. His solution to the country’s problems: centrism. Translation: let’s all abandon our beliefs and move to the middle.

Brooks insists the solution lies with America’s third ideological tradition: centrism. He said centrists want “a limited but energetic government to enhance social mobility,” but find themselves hampered by an insufficient fund-raising apparatus and an inability to spread their message.

Still, Brooks remains hopeful that the system can change.

“I maintain my optimism against all sanity,” he said. “There has to be change in intellectual landscape, change in the institutional landscape and change in the political landscape.”

I couldn’t disagree more. The beauty of democracy is that we engage in a battle of ideas and principles upon which to govern. Centrism is for those who hold few, if any, guiding principles.

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Why Aren’t UNC-CH Feminists Protesting the Larry Summers Speech?

As far as I can tell, there’s not a peep from the UNC Chapel feminists about tomorrow’s speech by President Obama’s key economic adviser Larry Summers — the man Harvard’s feminist faculty and others drummed out of the Harvard president’s chair primarily over his comments about the low numbers of women in math, science, and engineering and differences between the sexes.

At the time there was outrage from feminists, but a check of the Carolina Women’s Center website home page shows zip, zero, nada about Mr. Summers coming to campus. There’s also nothing on the website home page of UNC-Chapel’s Feminist Students United group.

Let’s recall how Harvard feminists reacted to Mr. Summers in 2005 at a rally to protest his comments, which they found offensive. From the February 23, 2005 Harvard Crimson:

Marcel A. Q.. LaFlamme ’05, one of the primary organizers of the event, said that he wanted Summers to resign, but that regardless of the recent controversy, he felt Summers was obliged to address more women’s and minority issues on campus.

“Whether or not Summers steps down, these are demands that must be implemented to truly achieve an anti-sexist Harvard,” said LaFlamme. “Summers’ comments are reprehensible, but for our group, they are just the tip of the iceberg.”

“If the faculty wants to register a vote of ‘no confidence,’ we’re with them, in solidarity with them,” he added.

Summers will appear at UNC Chapel Hill tomorrow.

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