Foie Gras Idiocy
The sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical surmisings of a conservative living in one of the most liberal states in the Union.
Mayor Richard Daley, who has given strong indications that he will veto the ordinance, scoffed at any comparison between Chicago and the much smaller and more affluent western cities. "They should get back and help their own cities," Daley said of the out-of-town visitors. "I will compare my record to Santa Fe anytime, and San Francisco. You manage your city. We manage here."The Mayor then demonstrated that he has a basic grasp of the real fundamental issue:
"Why should we raise the wage of some people but not others and make it depend on the size of the stores in which they work?" he said.Well said, Mayor Daley. It's good to know that there are still a few adults left in the Illinois Democratic Party.
Enemies in Iran and North Korea, along with terrorist groups bent on doing the United States harm, are getting stronger while the U.S. is bogged down in Iraq, he said.
Obama also criticized Democrats who are always opposed to war, even when force is necessary. In cases like World War II and, more recently, removing the Taliban government of Afghanistan, war can be the only option.All this demonstrates is that progressive liberals can tolerate wars after the fact, especially those wars that are either vindicated by the history books (WWII) or were widely popular at the time (Afghanistan) and were seen as resulting in a quick victory. They unfortunately cannot be counted on to see a war through when times get tough. You can bet that the Democratic legislators who voted for the Iraq War and are now trying to distance themselves from their vote would do a sudden about-face if they believed the outcome in Iraq had taken a dramatic turn for the better.
"This effort reflects not merely an ignorance of the law, but complete and utter contempt for the law," wrote Zaldwaynaka "Z." Scott, who served as Blagojevich's first executive inspector general under an ethics law he signed. Scott, who left the post to join a private law firm last year, said she could not comment on her report.
But the inspector general's report contended the governor's patronage office, whose head, Joe Cini, is under federal scrutiny, worked with Department of Employment Security personnel officials to manipulate job titles, candidate credentials and job descriptions to place applicants sponsored by the governor's office "without following state law or normal state hiring protocol."Keep in mind that the Inspector General is the Administration's official watchdog on the issue of clean government.
"Evidence shows non-compliance with state hiring laws," the inspector general wrote. "In fact, it reveals a concerted effort to subvert the laws including veterans' preference and the hiring process" for jobs protected under a 1990 U.S. Supreme Court ruling known as the Rutan decision.