Tuesday, December 31, 2013

ILSen: Top 10 Durbin blunders of 2013

Doug Truax, a Republican and successful small businessman, has compiled an unlucky--for Illinois--list of blunders committed by lifetime politician Dick Durbin.
DOWNERS GROVE — U.S. Senator Dick Durbin had a banner year in 2013 when it comes to blunders, according to U.S. Senate candidate Doug Truax. Because the news media usually gives the liberal Democrat attack dog the benefit of the doubt when it comes to ridiculous comments or actions, you may have missed some of these:
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Bruce Rauner ad: No Excuse

Illinois Republican gubernotorial candidate Bruce Rauner favors competition instead of a unionized monopoly for the Land of Lincoln's public schools.

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Monday, December 30, 2013

(NBC video) Michigan car dealer employees face higher costs because of ObamaCare

All is not great in the Great Lakes State because of ObamaCare.

NBC News takes a look at the higher deductible and out-of-pocket costs forced upon employees of a Michigan car dealership as a result of the so-called Affordable Care Act.

The Obama-Biden campaign slogan was "Forward." Now it's time for "Reverse."

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(Photo) 1993 Dodge Viper

The 1990s saw a new muscle car enter the market--the Dodge Viper. Here's a 1993 Viper, which I photographed in Cancun in a few years ago.

Of course it's a red one.

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Bloody Chicago: 2 dead, 19 wounded over the weekend

Chicago's tough gun laws didn't prevent another weekend carnage. Two Chicagoans were shot to death, another 19 were wounded.

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Employees of the federal government: You're not fired. Ever.

Not only do federal employees enjoy higher pay than private sector workers, are eligible for pensions, and don't really have toil that hard, they are impossible to fire.

From James Richardson in National Review Online:
Job security in America’s civil service is so remarkably strong that employees in more than a dozen federal agencies are statistically more likely to die in the course of their work than to lose their jobs for poor performance or misconduct.

These days, even advocating genocide doesn't immediately qualify you for a pink slip.

The current civil-service regime, installed in part in the late 19th century as a response to rampant political patronage, makes the process of removing underachievers from the government’s massive 2.1-million-person payroll so tedious that most federal managers rubber-stamp deadbeat employees rather than pursue a year-long termination process.

Even so, no period in the 35 years since Congress last augmented federal civil-service protections to provide for administrative tribunals has produced as many instances of gross employee misconduct, from lavish employee conferences to the targeting of political groups deemed hostile by tax officials, as the previous twelve months.
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