Posted: 12 Dec 2008 08:15 AM PST
Rasmussen has found that by a 2 to 1 margin, Illinois politicians are seen as more corrupt than corporate CEO'S.
A Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Illinois voters found that 48% say the politicians are more corrupt while just 22% hold the opposite view. Thirty percent (30%) are not sure.
No huge surprise here considering the trouble being seen now with Rod Blagojevich and remember, people do not refer to "Chicago politics" that way for no reason.
Posted: 12 Dec 2008 08:03 AM PST
Move America Forward is at it again folks, preparing a cross-country caravan that is holding events around the country to send cookies, coffee and jelly beans to troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan during the holiday season.
You can help online to send the troops overseas some goodies at The Campaign Store here and the press release with the routes for this caravan will be listed below.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Again, if you cannot make it to their scheduled stops, you can help online at the Campaign Store.
Posted: 12 Dec 2008 07:29 AM PST
The Auto Industry Financing and Restructuring Act that passed the U.S. House of Representatives on December 10, 2008, with a vote of 237 ayes, 170 noes, 1 voting present and 26 not voting, has hit a few snags in the Senate and is being pronounced dead. (Final roll call from the House vote here)
Via Wall Street Journal:
WASHINGTON -- A frantic, last-ditch attempt to forge a relief package for the auto industry collapsed in the U.S. Senate, dealing a giant blow to the immediate hopes of the Big Three.
WASHINGTON – A bailout-weary Congress killed a $14 billion package to aid struggling U.S. automakers Thursday night after a partisan dispute over union wage cuts derailed a last-ditch effort to revive the emergency aid before year's end.
Friday morning the world stock markets "plunged" with the news.
The Senate vote for cloture on the Motion to Proceed failed with a vote of 52 to 35 with 12 not voting, effectively killing the bill for the time being.
In the meantime, Bush may ok using part of the Wall Street Bailout to help the auto industry.
Ten hours after the Senate rejected a separate lifeline for the automakers, White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said in a statement it would be "irresponsible" to let the companies crash. So she said Bush will "consider other options," including the $700 billion Troubled Assets Relief Program that Congress created for the Treasury Department in October.
Big mistake, private firms shoud not be bailed out using taxpayer's money. let the file for bankruptcy, restructure and have the Government guarantee the warranties for buyers.
The whole point of capitalism is to fly or die on your own, not to have privately owned companies fall back and be handed money from the taxes Americans pay.
Posted: 11 Dec 2008 01:41 PM PST
Why lie? Why downplay the meetings? Why get Axelrod to retract his statement saying Obama and Governor Rod Blagojevich met to discuss the Senate seat which would be left open after Obama stepped down?
Hot Air points us to definite proof, via photos directly from the Illinois Governor's website, in a PDF that makes it very Obama and Blagojevich had contact, spoke... nothing unethical about it, in fact it would be natural for them to do so.
Pdf titled "GOVERNOR BLAGOJEVICH CONGRATULATES PRESIDENT-ELECT
OBAMA AND STARTS SELECTION PROCESS FOR REPLACEMENT".
That newsletter was dated November 12, 2008.
Yesterday we showed that David Axelrod had said, via TV, that Obama had met with Blagojevich to discuss the Senate seat.
But on November 23, 2008, his senior adviser David Axelrod appeared on Fox News Chicago and said something quite different.
After Blagojevich was charged on a variety of crimes, one of which included criminal behavior regarding that Senate seat, Axelrod retracted his earlier statement, saying "I was mistaken when I told an interviewer last month that the President-elect has spoken directly to Governor Blagojevich about the Senate vacancy. They did not then or at any time discuss the subject."
The Obama compounds this mistake with yet another denial:
"I had no contact with the governor or his office and so we were not, I was not aware of what was happening."
Truthfully, it would have been irresponsible to not have discussed, even in passing, the replacement, so why the attempt, pitiful attempt with everything being so readily available, to deny having "any contact?"
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