After his stinging defeat in ’10 to Bobby Schilling, Phil Hare said “I know the Republicans are looking at a repeal [of Obamacare]. I think it’s shameful if they ever talk about it.”
Unfortunately for the Philster, Democrats are now dismantling Obamacare right along with Republicans.
The Weekly Standard:
“The House of Representatives passed legislation Wednesday afternoon [March 5] to make the fine/”tax” for violating Obamacare’s individual mandate $0 for this year, and it did so by a wide margin of 90 votes (250 to 160)…Moreover 27 Democrats voted for today’s legislation…”
Among those 27 was Cheri Bustos (D-NARAL). The individual mandate was at the heart of Obamacare but now even Democrats are running scared and away from the central tenant of the law.
How will Schilling counter this? Bustos is out GOPing the GOP when it comes to Obamacare.
From Neil Anderson’s Facebook:
“Don’t you think employers deserve to know if they’re hiring convicted drug dealers? Apparently Mike Jacobs and Illinois Democrats don’t! Yesterday they voted to allow the court to seal certain convictions for dealing cannabis. The bill: http://bit.ly/1lzULDF The Vote: http://bit.ly/1cb4iOg“
As I’ve mentioned previously, I am going in the direction of decriminalizing marijuana possession—even my governor of the Red State of Texas, Rick Perry, is moving to do the same, but drug dealers?
Eh, not so much.
Good move Neil—make Jacobs pay for marching lockstep with leftwing Democrat leadership.
Tweetin’ The Woz:
Please be my guest at my meet and greet with Rich Morthland at the Morrison Happy Joe’s on March 17 eepurl.com/PJVjb
I won’t be attending but I did learn two things from this tweet:
1. Rich Morthland, who I believed had retired from party politics, is back from the grave and ready to party—and campaign.
2. Mark Archibald is The Woz’s campaign manager. Archie is a reader/commenter from way back and a favorite—Go Archie!
Sen. Matt Murphy:
“It would hurt the middle class suburban families, there’s no question about it.” Read full article on graduated income tax: www.dailyherald.com/article/20140304/news/140309420
OK, I’m not an economist, but some things are obvious about this push by the Democrats and their Big Labor allies for a progressive tax:
1. Since all benefit from government services, all should pay at least something, otherwise, with all the carve outs, the Illinois tax will end up like the federal tax where 47% pay none at all.
2. Taxing “the rich” more and expecting to get more, is a joke. Rich people know how to avoid taxes, so this “progressive tax” will end up being pushed down to the middle class as Sen. Murphy suggested.
3. Completely detached from reality, the Democrats and the union allies evidently truly believe they can tax their way out of the massive hole they have dug. Good luck with that!
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Woz evidently keeps later hours than the QCExaminer because these tweets were posted after I had retired for the night:
From The Woz:
Happy Casmir Pulaski Day! Yes, Wozniak is Polish and no I am not related to the guy who co-founded Apple Computer Inc.
Thanks for clearing that up Woz! And I got all nostalgic about Pulaski Day back when Examiner Jr. was in school and we would take these little field trips to exotic places like Iowa where we would be greeted with questions like “why aren’t you in school today—are you homeschooled?” and I would reply that this was Pulaski Day and the inevitable question was—”Who’s Pulaski?” Then I’d say “we’re from Illinois” and they would go “ahhh”.
Early voting began today. Get out there and vote #GOP and #wozniak71 @electneil @Bobby_Schilling
I can only think of one other time when I took out a GOP ballot rather than a Dem one, but I believe if I still lived in the QCs, this would be one of those GOP times, if for no other reason than to vote for reform and Rauner and vote for Truax rather than the Harold Stassen of Illinois, Jim Oberweis. Probably no GOPer will defeat The Dick Durbin, but Oberweis needs to be slapped down once and for all.
Are there any GOPers running in the primary for county office or will all those be determined after the primary, like the candidate for the 72nd? This is the reason I rarely voted GOP for the primary—no action, so no need.
According to Bruce Rauner’s flack, Rauner was sumoned to jury duty Tuesday [March 3] at Cook County’s Richard J. Daley Center Courthouse.
Gee, how convenient—tie Rauner up in a sequestered jury for a couple of weeks on some long, drawn-out trial.
Nah, not even Chicago Democrats are that brazen. Are they?
In further Rauner news, is this Rauner quote an exaggeration, or is it close to the truth?
“Probably a third, maybe more, or the Republicans in Springfield have sold out to the union bosses…”
I have no idea, but it does make sense that in a state like Illinois where the unions are so powerful and the Republicans are so weak, that they would curry favor—and $$$$ from Big Labor. Unfortunately, there were so few Republican legislators when I lived in the QCs, I don’t really have much background on this.
…have a beer.
According to National Journal, 40% of what you pay for beer goes to taxes, and while there is legislation floating around Congress attempting to lower the federal tax, it ain’t going no where, no how no way any time soon.
Which isn’t that shocking considering how likely it would be that Congress would lower ANY tax.
Of course in this case I’m happy to do my patriotic duty by drinking more beer, but I feel I am still screwing Big Government by drinking only local beer from small breweries, which aren’t taxed like the big guys are.
One of the many things I love about Texas is the many small breweries. It seems like every Hill Country podunk town has a brewery and some of it is quite good—which isn’t surprising considering this part of the state was settled by Germans back in the 1830s.
And Germans know beer.
According to Lynn Sweet, Michelle Obama, her daughters and her mom are going on vacation, er, I mean a goodwill, fact-finding mission to China later this month. What an impressive Spring Break vacation this will be for the Obama girls—and their granny!
I look for a lot more of this taxpayer-funded VIP vacationing from the entire Obama family—especially after the November elections, when President LightWorker will have all the “flexibility” and “free” tax money he needs for traveling. The Obama family has already racked up an impressive amount of taxpayer funded travel and for the Obamas, the fun is just beginning.