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    The Obamacare Big City Bailout

    Bloomberg reports this week on the latest Obamacare trend sweeping across the country: Cities and states may soon attempt to unload unsustainable health costs on the federal government by dumping employees and retirees onto exchanges. Both Chicago and Detroit have explored using the exchanges to reduce massive budget shortfalls, and … More

    Union Strong-Arming Rewarded in Chicago

    The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) has ended its seven-day strike, agreeing to a contract negotiated by the union and the school district. At the expense of 350,000 children and taxpayers throughout the state, the union has won big. The union secured a 3 percent salary increase in the first year, … More

    Chicago Teachers' Strike Contradicts Principle of Public Service

    Students at Chicago schools are spending another day at home today, after a 700-page court filing against the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) was sidelined for later consideration. Teachers walked off the job soon after the school year began, frustrating Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) and thousands of Chicago parents. “This continued … More

    Chicago Teachers' Strike: Unthinkable and Intolerable

    “Unthinkable and intolerable.” So President Franklin Delano Roosevelt considered strikes by government employees. Karen Lewis, the president of the Chicago Teachers’ Union (CTU), has a different view. She called a strike to block Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s (D) education reforms. Chicago Public Schools have a 40 percent dropout rate. Emanuel considers … More

    Morning Bell: 25,000 Chicago Teachers Walk Off the Job

    This morning, about 350,000 students in Chicago Public Schools will be without teachers. While the 25,000-plus unionized teachers take to the picket lines in a strike over benefits and teacher evaluations, working parents are scrambling to figure out what to do. “We know a strike is really going to be … More

    FACT CHECK: Have 4.5 Million New Jobs Been Created Under Obama?

    It’s no secret that employment is the top concern for Americans. It stands to reason, then, that politicians will be hyping their proposals for job creation, and touting their respective records on that front. This week in Charlotte, NC, a number of speakers — including the keynote, San Antonio Mayor … More

    Arizona Immigration Ruling Prompts Push for Lax Immigration Policies

    In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision that upheld a section of Arizona’s immigration law, several U.S. cities and at least one state have taken jabs at the measure by proposing their own immigration policies. The Supreme Court’s unanimous 8-0 ruling (Justice Elena Kagan did not vote) upholding the … More

    Can You Find Nancy Pelosi in this Picture?

    Back in July 2006, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA) appeared at a gas station in Washington, D.C., to draw attention to the high price of gas under President George W. Bush. Back then, gas at that station was $3.19 per gallon, yet today gas prices in the very same location … More

    We’re All Capitalists Now?

    Probably not permanently, but the economic policy excerpts from Rahm Emanuel’s stump speech last Saturday could lead one to believe that: . . . we cannot ask taxpayers for more when families are struggling to stay afloat in this economy.  We cannot price Chicagoans out of their homes, their schools … More

    Fun in the Sun at Biden’s Beach Party

    What does Vice President Joe Biden do on a hot summer day in Washington, DC, while a major environmental disaster has left the Gulf of Mexico in ruin? Host a beach party for journalists at his house, of course! And go ahead and get the Democratic National Committee to pay … More