This should be on the front page of every newspaper.
… Charley Reese’s Final column!
A very interesting column. COMPLETELY NEUTRAL.
Be sure to read the Poem at the end..
Charley Reese’s final column for the Orlando Sentinel… He has been a journalist for 49 years. He is retiring and this is HIS LAST COLUMN.
Be sure to read the Tax List at the end.
This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be. The article below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican or democrat. Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day. It’s a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering!
545 vs. 300,000,000 People
-By Charlie Reese
Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.
Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?
Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?
You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The President does.
You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.
You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.
You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.
You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.
One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.
I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.
I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.
Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.
What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits.. ( The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.)
The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House?( John Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. ) If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to. [The House has passed a budget but the Senate has not approved a budget in over three years. The President's proposed budgets have gotten almost unanimous rejections in the Senate in that time.]
It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.
If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.
If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red.
If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it’s because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan ..
If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.
There are no insoluble government problems.
Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power.
Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.
Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible. They, and they alone, have the power.
They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses. Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees… We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!
Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.
What you do with this article now that you have read it… is up to you.
This might be funny if it weren’t so true.
Be sure to read all the way to the end:
Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table,
At which he’s fed.
Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes
Are the rule.
Tax his work,
Tax his pay,
He works for
Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.
Tax his ties,
Tax his shirt,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.
Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.
Tax his cigars,
Tax his beers,
If he cries
Tax his tears.
Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
To tax his ass.
Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won’t be done
Till he has no dough.
When he screams and hollers;
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till
He’s good and sore.
Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he’s laid…
Put these words
Upon his tomb,
‘Taxes drove me
to my doom…’
When he’s gone,
Do not relax,
Its time to apply
The inheritance tax.
Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
Gross Receipts Tax
Hunting License Tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Marriage License Tax
Personal Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge Tax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?
Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.
What in the heck happened? Can you spell ‘politicians?’
I hope this goes around THE USA at least 545 times!!! YOU can help it get there!!!
Yesterday a younger federal desk jockey e-mailed me saying the Tea Party
movement had collapsed and the GOP would cave on illegal immigration amnesty.
My response took the following form:
Instead of a nationally driven “Tea Party” state organizations and local
organizations with some out-of-state help will take out people like speaker
Some say this is wrong. I say all congressional elections are national because
we all have a stake at who is in Congress.
There are rival Tea Party organizations. Sooner or later some unity in
opposition to the Dems will have to emerge, and instead of a Tea Party moniker,
maybe they will have another label.
There will always be a Dem party because since Little Jimmy Polk, there have
always been people who dream of being career government office holders.
Zachary Taylor’s administration had a little trouble filling federal jobs because Polk
stole out of Washington with the Executive Journal, which was the book listing
of all federal jobs. The Dems have been all about patronage jobs to their party
freeloaders since before the Civil War.
And starting with Schoolmarm Woodrow Wilson, there has been a virulent group of
nanny-state traitors who can’t produce anything themselves but want to run the
peoples’ lives. They have taken over the Democrats. The last Dem presidential
candidate who wasn’t for a nanny state or soft fascism was the truly great and
very underappreciated Al Smith, the hero of the Triangle Fire tragedy. Smith,
like Teddy Roosevelt, was an advocate for laborers without being an enemy of
capital, and for a government that serves but does not dictate to the people.
(One man tried to stop the destructive secession of the South before a Civil War
could result. He was Zachary Taylor, war hero, Southern gentleman, and people’s
President. Taylor was an Indian fighter who took their side against the
politicians, a general who dressed and acted like a farmer, a victor over the
Mexicans who helped Hispanics join the Union as citizens, a slaveowner who
fought the extension of slavery, and a Southerner who called secession treason.
He died under suspicious circumstances because he opposed the Fugitive Slave
Act, and the bailout of wealthy bondholders who wanted him to redeem Texas
bonds. He had also reinforced troops in New Mexico to repel an invasion by
Texans seeking to force the Spanish of New Mexico into Texas, was entertaining
the idea to pay federal money to free the slaves, and was prepping to flatten a
secessionist conspiracy in the South. His death led directly to the slide into
the Civil War. US Grant was the officer who most admired Taylor, and he
inherited Old Rough and Ready’s military mission to smash secession. Abraham
Lincoln was the politician who best admired Taylor, and he inherited Old Zack’s
mission to hold the Union together. )
The political entity that opposes the Dems changed from Federalists (who are
the spiritual ancestors of Eastern RINOS) to Whigs (who are the spiritual ancestors
of nonentities like House Speaker John Flaccid and Lindsay Davenport, errr,
Lindsay Graham) to Republicans (who started out as patriots but have
degenerated into Dem Lite).
Only a valid alternative to degeneracy and organized government thievery and
racketeering as formally and enthusiastically represented by the Dems will gain
any traction. Checking out the current GOP’s talent level is like being single
and going to an affair and finding out the hottest gal available looks and acts
like Elena Kagan. (The Dem talent level, using the same simile, is Bawney Fwank
or the average available critter at a Corn Belt livestock auction.)
And the GOP may very well cave on immigration. Some of them want cheap domestic
The Dems want voters. And like Clinton, the least favorite Menendez Brother
(Sponge Bob the Joisy Democrat senator) wants underage Latin girls he can
sexually abuse instead of having to fly to Dom Rep on a taxpayer funded junket
to do so. So does Dem former AG Janet Nero. That scabrous creature oughta be
chained to a pier on the beach like a hideous living scarecrow to frighten
away boat people.
Your children and grandchildren will be living most of their
lives in a broke-dick country overloaded with foreign freeloaders if this
immigration amnesty thing goes thru. These people take more than they give. And
that’s not even counting the scum from Asia and the Middle East who actually
mean us harm — like that child molesting Hasidim who was put away the other
day in New York. Or the ragheads who are currently dry-running the country looking
for jihad targets. Or the Chinese techies who promise to work cheap so they can
gain access to our trade and defense secrets.
In the year 2525 -–
A couple of weeks ago I sent out a dossier about the election and election fraud
and how to prove it and how to bust the guilty (Obama operatives at the county level) in states
where GOPers are govs and AGs to 15 members of Congress and a senator from
states where the numbers imply election fraud occurred. I sent the packages to
their homes in their home states instead of to their DC offices where their
aides can shortstop and quash the info. Hopefully I won’t get prosecuted for
stalking. One of the reps sent me a letter that I got today. No mention
of election fraud, but he wrote a quick thanks for the Ellis Island book I sent
him. Hopefully whoever he assigns to speed-read it for him will get him the
ideas he needs to fight unassimilable immigrants.
Also contacted a senator’s staffer on bouncing Richard Cordray because he as AG
of Ohio protected the serial child molester in our county because his sow’s
boss the county atty is a Dem. The puke (Cordray) looks like a relative of McQueery,
the PSU coach who heard Sandusky molesting but did nothing to stop the
monster. Staffer was interested and pulled up my www.crushchildmolesters.com
website, but we’ll see how things go.
We will have to jam the phone lines to threaten these Senatorial and
Congressional jellyfish and traitors with political extinction like we did in 2007 if they vote for amnesty and
flooding our borders..
PS. Then there’s Obama, who is unmasking as a Third World dictator. He’s also
the first prez whose mom did porn shots for pay.
BO the Phay-ro threatens to apply the whip. Where did he learn this tactic?
Many say Chicago.
Or maybe it was that seminal moment many years ago in Hawaii, when Curious BO
got into Mommy’s closet and checked out Stanley Ann Dunham’s professional
portfolio of porn pix and saw a picture of a booted woman applying stripes to the pert upturned bottom of Mommy.
Did Stanley Ann use this as a teaching moment for a confused little Barry, to
teach him tolerance for whores and dykes?
Or maybe she went into rock-ribbed disciplinary mode and said, “Barry, I can
beat your little butt like that lady beat Mommy’s.”
Character formation doesn’t occur in a vacuum. Behind most horribly flawed men
stand horribly flawed women. In BO’s case, she was leather clad and lezzy glaad.
New research into Adolf Hitler’s use of firearms registration lists to confiscate guns and the execution of their owners teaches a forceful lesson — one that reveals why the American people and Congress have rejected registering honest firearm owners.
I am writing a book on Nazi policies and practices which sought to repress civilian gun ownership and to eradicate gun owners in Germany and in occupied Europe. The following sampling of my findings should give pause to the suggestion that draconian punishment of citizens for keeping firearms necessarily is a social good.
At the time of the Nazi attack on Jews known as Night of the Broken Glass, Heinrich Himmler, head of the Nazi SS and Police, ordered Jews disarmed (click for closeup). People’s Observor (Völkische Beobachter), Nov. 10, 1938.
The Berlin Police President, Count Wolf Heinrich von Helldorf, announced that as a result of a police activity in the last few weeks the entire Jewish population of Berlin had been “disarmed” with the confiscation of 2,569 hand weapons, 1,702 firearms and 20,000 rounds of ammunition. Any Jews still found in possession of weapons without valid licenses are threatened with the severest punishment.1
On the evening of Nov. 9, Adolf Hitler, Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels, and other Nazi chiefs planned the attack. Orders went out to Nazi security forces: “All Jewish stores are to be destroyed immediately . . . . Jewish synagogues are to be set on fire . . . . The Führer wishes that the police does not intervene. . . . All Jews are to be disarmed. In the event of resistance they are to be shot immediately.”2
Searches of Jewish homes were calculated to seize firearms and assets and to arrest adult males. The American Consulate in Stuttgart was flooded with Jews begging for visas: “Men in whose homes old, rusty revolvers had been found during the last few days cried aloud that they did not dare ever again return to their places of residence or business. In fact, it was a mass of seething, panic-stricken humanity.”4
The Holland Poster banning guns (click for closeup). Citizens had 24 hours to surrender all firearms to the Nazis or face the death penalty. Printed in German on the left and Flemish on the right. For translation, see below. From Die Deutsche Wochenschau, May 15, 1940.
Imagine that you are sitting in a movie house in Germany in May 1940. The German Weekly Newsreel comes on to show you the attack on Holland, Belgium, and France.5 The minute Wehrmacht troops and tanks cross the Dutch border, the film shows German soldiers nailing up a poster about 2½ by 3 feet in size. It is entitled “Regulations on Arms Possession in the Occupied Zone” (“Verordnung über Waffenbesitz im besetzen Gebiet”). The camera scans the top of the double-columned poster, written in German on the left and Flemish on the right, with an eagle and swatiska in the middle. It commands that all firearms be surrendered to the German commander within 24 hours. The full text is not in view, but similar posters threatened the death penalty for violation.
German poster from occupied France imposing the death penalty for not turning in all firearms and radio transmitters within 24 hours (click for closeup). For translation, see below. From Musée de l’Ordre de la Libération, Paris.
France soon fell, and the same posters threatening the death penalty for possession of a firearm went up everywhere. You can see one today in Paris at the Museum of the Order of the Liberation (Musée de l’Ordre de la Libération). A photograph of the poster is reproduced here, including a translation in the sidebar.
Should you be so trusting and turn over your weapons you will be put on a “black list” in spite of everything. The enemy will always need hostages or forced laborers later on (read: “work slaves”) and will gladly make use of the “black lists.” You see once again that you cannot escape his net and had better die fighting. After the deadline, raids coupled with house searches and street checks will be conducted.6
Military orders now forbid the French to do things which the German people have not been allowed to do since Hitler came to power. To own radio senders or to listen to foreign broadcasts, to organize public meetings and distribute pamphlets, to disseminate anti-German news in any form, to retain possession of firearms–all these things are prohibited for the subjugated people of France . . . .7
Nothing contained in this Act shall be construed–(1) to authorize the requisitioning or require the registration of any firearms possessed by any individual for his personal protection or sport (and the possession of which is not prohibited or the registration of which is not required by existing law), [or](2) to impair or infringe in any manner the right of any individual to keep and bear arms . . . .11
From Berlin on January 6th the German official radio broadcast–”The German military commander for Belgium and Northern France announced yesterday that the population would be given a last opportunity to surrender firearms without penalty up to January 20th and after that date anyone found in possession of arms would be executed.”So the Nazi invaders set a deadline similar to that announced months ago in Czecho-Slovakia, in Poland, in Norway, in Romania, in Yugo-Slavia, in Greece.How often have we read the familiar dispatches “Gestapo agents accompanied by Nazi troopers swooped down on shops and homes and confiscated all privately-owned firearms!”What an aid and comfort to the invaders and to their Fifth Column cohorts have been the convenient registration lists of privately owned firearms–lists readily available for the copying or stealing at the Town Hall in most European cities.What a constant worry and danger to the Hun and his Quislings have been the privately owned firearms in the homes of those few citizens who have “neglected” to register their guns!16
Out of all the acts of armed citizen resisters in the war, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943 is difficult to surpass in its heroism. Beginning with just a few handguns, armed Jews put a temporary stop to the deportations to extermination camps, frightened the Nazis out of the ghetto, stood off assaults for days on end, and escaped to the forests to continue the struggle. What if there had been two, three, many Warsaw Ghetto Uprisings?
Long time Anti-Gun Advocate State Senator R.C. Soles, 74, shot one of two intruders at his home just outside Tabor City , N.C. about 5 p.m. Sunday, the prosecutor for the politician’s home county said.
The intruder, Kyle Blackburn, was taken to a South Carolina hospital, but the injuries were not reported to be life-threatening, according to Rex Gore, district attorney for Columbus, Bladen and Brunswick counties..
The State Bureau of Investigation and Columbus County Sheriff’s Department are investigating the shooting, Gore said. Soles, who was not arrested,declined to discuss the incident Sunday evening.
“I am not in a position to talk to you,” Soles said by telephone. “I’m right in the middle of an investigation.”
The Senator, who has made a career of being against gun ownership for the general public, didn’t hesitate to defend himself with his own gun when he believed he was in immediate danger and he was the victim.
In typical hypocritical liberal fashion, the “Do as i say and not as i do” Anti-Gun Activist Lawmaker picked up his gun and took action in what apparently was a self-defense shooting. Why hypocritical you may ask? It is because his long legislative record shows that the actions that he took to protect his family, his own response to a dangerous life threatening situation, are actions that he feels ordinary citizens should not have if they were faced with an identical situation.
It has prompted some to ask if the Senator believes his life and personal safety is more valuable than yours or mine.
But, this is to be expected from those who believe they can run our lives, raise our kids, and protect our families better than we can.
He should have just quietly dialed 911 and waited for the County Sheriff to come and investigate the incident, after all the poor intruders were probably just looking for something to eat.
With rates scheduled to rise in January, the study describes the six reasons why capital gains tax rates should be kept as low as possible.
The piece also notes that the new top U.S. capital gains tax rate in January of 28% will be much higher than the 16% average in the OECD.
Here is the study:
And here is a related IBD op-ed.
Director, Tax Policy Studies
With apologies to Perry Como, Connie Smith,
Candy Pruett, Jason Bolt, Lottie, Clancy,
Biddie Cloom, and Bobby Sherman,
I reworked one of America’s finest TV songs
to reflect reality in Year 5 of the reign of the Magic Kenyan:
The lavender skies you’ll ever see are in Seattle
Dope smoke rises above the trees in Seattle
Like soul-damaged kids
Free to scramble their ids
Full of laughter full of tears
As the sadists whip the queers
Dykes puff reefers and belch their beers
The lavender skies you’ll ever see are in Seattle
Misfits stampede the women and rape the cattle
Adam is atop Steve
And Ellen’s doing Eve
Beavers are free as the breeze
To gnaw each other not the trees
Kennedy spawn hit trees on skis
PS. RIP, Stormin’ Norman. You were the anti-Betrayus and the anti-
Newtown, Connecticut is the second Dunblane Primary-School Massacre
from the Colt Arms Factory, is just another one in the long line of
government psyops designed to persuade the public to allow the government to
take away their guns, and their means to defend themselves against the
government and the banksters that the politicians really serve.
The small children murders are designed to create hysterical emotions in
women to get them to demand that guns are banned. If that doesn’t work they
will continue with their evil agenda with worse and worse atrocities on
younger children, until they get their way and disarm the people, so that
they cannot fight back against government tyranny.
Newtown is the U.S.A.’s Dunblane, which was orchestrated in Scotland in 1996
by the British establishment, to whip up hysteria in order to ban all
handguns from the U.K. It was a follow-up to the Hungerford Massacre in
England in 1987, which was carried out by mind-controlled Michael Ryan, who
then shot himself so he could not be questioned, and it was used to ban
semi-automatic rifles and shotguns.
It’s always the same people behind it – the gun-grabbers who want the people
to be defenceless against the gun-grabbers’ employers – the banksters who
own all of the politicians. They get their politicians to pass legislation
for them, in order to remove the people’s freedoms and means of defending
themselves, and enslave them in a draconian police-state, under a mountain
of debt, and then exterminate the useless-eaters.
The Dunblane massacre was supposedly carried out by Thomas Hamilton, who
was a paedophile and procurer of children, for a high level paedophile ring
involving senior members of the Tony Blair Labour-Party shadow-cabinet and
others. The massacre served two purposes, it achieved their desired
handgun-ban and killed the abused children, so they could not be witnesses
against the elite-paedophiles. They then had the findings of the inquiry
sealed for 100 years, which is proof of the above.
Like Newtown there were two shooters, Hamilton and a hit-man who shot
Hamilton and made it look like Hamilton committed suicide after shooting 16
children, so that he couldn’t be questioned. Hamilton was found in the
school gymnasium slumped against a wall and still gurgling, when an off-duty
policeman PC Grant McCutcheon entered the gym and saw two semi-automatic
pistols, one on either side of Hamilton’s body.
The autopsy revealed that Hamilton was killed with a .38 revolver. These
people always slip-up with their crimes. There was no .38 revolver for him
to have shot himself with. Thus, there was a second shooter who killed
Similarly, the first reports from Newtown were of two shooters, just like
mind-controlled James Holmes in the Denver Batman Cinema massacre, the story
then quickly changes to just one.
Columbine was similar, in that a team of shooters in black outfits were seen
there and the two accused were on mind-altering prescription-drugs.
Wake up and see the pattern and their modus operandi and don’t fall for it.
Never let them take your guns, except from your cold dead hands.
All of these are staged events to whip-up hysterical public support for
banning the people from having guns. It works the same in every country -
Hungerford in England, Dunblane in Scotland, Port Arthur in Australia and
the list in America is endless, because of the Second Amendment and the
people having a pro-gun culture. That makes it much more difficult to break
the Americans’ love of guns and the Second Amendment, which was put in place
to protect the people from the government.
Gun bans work well for tyrants. They worked well for Hitler, Stalin and
Chairman Mao, to name just three.
If you want to stop these massacres, wake-up and get rid of the banksters,
their puppet-politicians and all gun-grabbers; arm teachers and ban gun-free
>From one who can see the pattern and hopes to enable you to see it too.
Body count: In the last six months 292 killed (murdered) in Chicago; 221 killed in Iraq, and Chicago has one of the strictest gun laws in the entire United States. Thank you for the combat zone in Chicago!
Chicago politicians of late:
President of the United States of America:
Barack Hussein Obama (Democrat)
Senator: Dick Durbin (Democrat)
House Representative: Jesse Jackson Jr. (Democrat)
Governor: Pat Quinn (Democrat)
House leader: Mike Madigan (Democrat)
Atty. Gen.: Lisa Madigan (Democrat) [daughter of Mike]
Mayor: Rahm Emanuel (Democrat)
Past Mayors: The notorious Richard Daleys (Democrats); father and son who both served as Chicago mayors for a combined period of 43 years. They were considered to have run the most corrupt political machine in the nation’s history.
Deputy Chief of Staff for Mayor Richard Daley: Valerie Jarrett (Democrat); born in Shiraz, Iran, is presently serving as Senior Advisor to President Obama.
Past Illinois Governor from Chicago: Rod Blagojevich (Democrat) [presently in prison for extortion and racketeering]
Past Illinois Governor from Chicago: Daniel Walker (Democrat) [sentenced to four years imprisonment for bank fraud, three years for perjury, and probation for false financial statements]
Past Illinois Governor from Chicago: Otto Kerner (Democrat) [convicted on 17 counts of mail fraud, conspiracy, perjury, and related charges]
Past U.S. Congressman from Chicago: Mel Reynolds (Democrat) [convicted and was imprisoned on 12 counts of sexual assault, obstruction of justice and solicitation of child pornography… also was convicted and imprisoned for 15 counts of bank fraud and lying to SEC investigators. Bill Clinton commuted the sentence for bank fraud and released Reynolds early]
Past U.S. Congressman from Chicago: Dan Rostenkowski (Democrat) [convicted and imprisoned for corruption and mail fraud]
The leadership in Illinois; House and Senate: all Democrats.
The Chicago school system is rated as one of the worst in the country, but the teachers are the highest paid with a very strong union. (Arne Duncan served as Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer from June 2001 to Dec. 2008, when Barack Obama appointed him to the post of U.S. Secretary of Education… a post that he still holds).
State pension fund $78 Billion in debt, worst in country.
Cook County (Chicago) sales tax 10.25% highest in country.
There is more; much more, but I think that you get the picture!
And they can’t blame Republicans; there aren’t any!
This is the political culture that Obama comes from in Illinois; this is his background.
And he is going to fix Washington politics for us?
WHAT A MESS!
The founders would have been done by now!