Back in April when I first got wind of Democrat rumblings about “Bobby Schilling had better be ready to explain why he’s brokering ‘green cards’ to Foreign Nationals” I just laughed it off after I did some research on EB-5 visas.
I predicted this would not be an issue in the coming campaign and would never reach beyond the fevered minds of hardcore Democrat partisans.
In a press release I found via Twitter, a banner headline below the smiling faces of the Bustos family screamed:
EX-CONGRESSMAN BOBBY SCHILLING CASHES IN, SELLING U.S. RESIDENCY TO WEALTHY FOREIGN NATIONALS
Is Schilling “ready to explain” this atrocity? He will be if he expects to win. We’ll also see how long the “Bustos owes taxpayers $$$$ for her failed promise” meme lasts on the media radar.
For years I’ve been mystified by the charge on the left and their media allies that the TEA Party is racist. What the hell is racist about wanting lower taxes, small government and adherence to the Constitution? I figured it was just leftists employing Alinsky’s Rule #12: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it” in order to marginalize and demonize those who do not march lockstep with their ideology.
These comments by Karen Lewis’s campaign treasurer caused the scales to fall from my eyes:
“When you talk about making government smaller, that is code…for eliminating black people from jobs…When we look at the overall scope of how the economic base within black communities have survived, it’s been public sector workers, public sector jobs that have made the middle class, and frankly upper middle class jobs possible for black families…This move to eliminate this entire class of people is not just an issue for the people who are impacted, but also for the world around us.”
Obviously I don’t agree with this twaddle, but good lord, how did an entire race of people within the United States become wards of the state and how can the GOP possibly turn that around?
From Kevin R. Williamson’s excellent essay Pat Quinn’s Illinois: Where The Sidewalk Ends:
“If this is the Land of Lincoln, then Pat Quinn is the gubernatorial John Wilkes Booth.”
Bruce Rauner took the Ice Bucket Challenge then tagged Mike Madigan and Karen Lewis.
Bill Bloom really, REALLY hates the local press:
“Recently, the local media have been portraying the Rock Island County (RICO) Democratic Party as some sort of leader in pushing downsizing the county board and demanding the county consider a paid administrator…I think a trip down memory lane would be useful not only for the readers but for members of the media who are perpetuating this myth.”.
Bloom then continues with the history of how the RICO GOP launched the “Clean Slate” initiative and how the RICO Dems fought them tooth and nail, including this telling comment from some of those who were approached to sign the petitions but declined, saying:
“I agree with the petition but I am afraid of retaliation”
Wouldn’t THAT be a juicy subject for investigative reporting?
Bloom then takes this final shot:
“As for members of the media who are attempting to hand the issue to the RICo Democrats, perhaps they should look at their own coverage of ballot measure in the fall of 2012.”
Normally it is a losing proposition to attack the press, but in this case I think Bloom is correct. The RICO GOP has been down and out for so long, they need to make sure that credit for these popular reforms go to them, not the obstructionist Dems, who only jumped on board after these measures met public approval.