Thursday, June 30, 2011

Ronald Reagan Trail: Chillicothe

You know the story: a small town boy playing high school football in northwestern Illinois dreams of becoming an actor. He succeeds. His name is Josh Taylor, who grew up in Chillicothe, our next stop on the Ronald Reagan Trail.

Wait...did you think I was talking about Ronald Reagan? No, Josh Taylor, a longtime staple--playing two roles--on the soap opera Days of Our Lives. He also played the patriarch on the 1980s TV sitcom The Hogan Family. This actor is the son of George Taylor, a fraternity brother and Eureka College football teammate of Dutch who was a longtime baseball, track, and football coach at Chillicothe High School. Taylor is a member of the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame and the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Downtown Chillicothe,
Town Theatre, center

Reagan, his brother Neil, and Taylor played football under Mac McKinzie at Eureka--the football field is named for him. After his retirement from coaching, Chillicothe High School, now called Illinois Valley, honored Taylor in the same manner.

Chillicothe's downtown is blessed with an old style movie theatre, The Town, which--get this--still shows movies. A couple of blocks from main street is the Illinois River.

Illinois River
Although my car's air conditioning failed early in this trip, luck was with me in Chillicothe that day, automotively speaking. I stopped to take a picture of the "Welcome to" sign pictured above. Had I not, I very well could have been the fourth car in a multiple vehicle accident that occurred while I was snapping away. No one seemed hurt--but one of the cars clearly wasn't drivable.

My good fortune allowed me to motor on to Henry, another Reagan Trail town on Illinois Route 29 and the subject of my next post.

And of course I will end with the Reagan Trail YouTube video for Chillicothe.

Earlier posts:

Peoria Heights
Washington, Illinois
The town of Eureka
Eureka College's Reagan Museum
Returning to Eureka College and the 1982 address
Eureka College
Carl Sandburg
Wyatt Earp

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Wichita mayor, union leader, slam Obama's anti-corporate jet comments

Western Holiday Motel, Wichita
It's not commonly known, but Wichita is a small-jet manufacturing hub. So it's not surprising that the mood its mayor, Carl Brwewer, has been grounded by President Obama's class warfare denigration of corporate jets.

From the Wichita Business Journal:

During a press conference earlier in the day, Obama called for an end to tax breaks that incentivize corporate jet purchases and usage as part of an overall strategy to cut into the national deficit.

In the press conference, which you can watch here, Obama also said he was in favor of repealing tax breaks to oil companies and hedge fund companies.

"I am deeply concerned about the president's comments about general aviation today," Brewer said in a statement. "Particularly during a time when many Americans are struggling to make ends meet, we cannot afford additional tax burdens and unnecessary mischaracterizations about the general aviation industry, which drives thousands of jobs, over $7 billion in economic impact here in Kansas alone, and over $1.2 billion in job payroll nationally. General aviation is a crucially important part of our national economy and an economic engine for thousands of communities across the nation, many of which would lose local manufacturing jobs or local business growth if faced with additional tax burdens."

Pete Bunce, president of the General Aviation Manufacturer's Association, and Tom Buffenbarger, president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, said in a joint statement that Obama's words and his plan put the entire industry at risk.
Related post:

Happy 150th, Kansas! With over 40 Sunflower State posts!

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McConnell calls balanced-budget amendment to Senate floor

Some unfinished business from yesterday: Using an obscure rule, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called down a joint resolution onto the floor of the upper chamber for a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution. Passing an amendment to the supreme law of the land is difficult--it needs to pass the House and the Senate by a two-thirds majority--and then three quarters of the states need to ratify it.

A balanced-budget amendment has been the dream of conservatives for decades. I learned last night on Andrea Shea King's BlogTalkRadio show, through Elizabeth Letchworth, that back in 1995 Mark Hatfield of Oregon was the only Republican in the Senate to vote against it. His vote was the deciding one and the amendment has remained ethereal since then.

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Obama does not know best about cars, health care....

Somehow the automotive industry and the field of medicine managed to stumble along before the federal government got involved in them.

But as the Washington Examiner tells us, whether it's health care or cars, Obama knows best. After all, he's done such a "bang-up" job fixing the economy...

Having already passed a law telling Americans what kind of health insurance they must buy, President Obama is preparing to dictate what type of cars everybody must drive.

In September, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are expected to release new Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards. As currently conceived, the regulations would effectively be a regulatory mandate for Americans to drive electric cars.

Obama already raised CAFE standards two years ago, but the new rules would go much further, bringing the average required mpg standard to as high as 62 mpg by 2025. Though over the weekend, word leaked that 56 mpg would be more likely. By comparison, Toyota's hybrid, the Prius, gets just 50 mpg.

If Obama opts for the higher goal, it could increase car prices by nearly $10,000, and cost 1.7 million jobs, according to a study by the Center for Automotive Research, as cited by Popular Mechanics.
More "hope and change."

I mean, does Obama expect us to take buses everywhere?

Suddenly, Michele Bachmann's "extreme" position of getting rid of the EPA makes sense.

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AP does a fact-check of Obama news conference

AP, yes, AP, performed a fact-check of yesterday's presidential news conference. Its findings won't be retweeted by the Obama campaign juggernaut.

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