The Illinois Policy Institute held a Policy Solutions 2010 Forum on Saturday, June 16, at the Holiday Inn in Willowbrook.  A Continental Breakfast and Lunch were served.

The forum highlighted specific policy solutions that focused on empowering individuals, families, businesses, and taxpayers, solutions that have been proven to win.  

Policy experts and politicians took part in the following four panel discussions:

  1. Health Care Reform After Obamacare:  What States Can Do.
  2. Spending Limits:  A Common-Sense Solution for the Budget.
  3. Spotlight on Springfield: Transparency and Government Reform in Illinois.
  4. 30,000 Kids:  The Fight for Education Reform.

Prior to the introduction of the Keynote Speaker, Dennis Byrne, Chicago Tribune columnist, CEO John Tillman informed the attendees of the growth which has taken place since he came to the Illinois Policy Institute three years ago – July 2, 2007.  At that time the Illinois Policy Institute was a very small organization with only two employees.  Now it has grown to fifteen, plus interns.   Besides its Chicago office, another Illinois Policy Institute office is located in Springfield a few blocks from the Capitol.  Executive Vice President Kristina Rasmussen heads the Springfield office.

Tillman described the Illinois Policy Institute as an organization that markets liberty-based public policy.  He believes liberty-based policies are the best way to turn Illinois around, although it does take courage to remain firm.  Of importance is to advocate why you feel as you do and why you feel your way is the better way. 

In keeping with this spirit John Tillman introduced Dennis Byrne, indicating that he was the right Keynote Speaker for the Saturday Forum as he writes so well about freedom-based issues. 

Dennis Byrne began by telling the gathering that all of us were in search of liberty and how it is found at the Illinois Policy Institute. Byrne told of the determination that publicly exists to change things, and that not only can things be changed, but they MUST be changed!  In speaking about the massive debt, Byrne reminded all how a few years ago a trillion was never mentioned.  Now it’s a trillion here and a trillion there.

Byrne indicated that Public Sector Unions are the biggest in obstacle in obtaining liberty.  Opposition to the Chicago Walmart was given as an example of union opposition. 

Byrne then went on to tell how a job in the public sector union used to pay less, but after the person retired the rewards compensated for the underpayment while employed.  A similar job in the private sector now pays 1/3 more, along with very generous pension benefits.  Illinois has seven state pension funds with $80 billion in unfunded pensions.

How did all this come about?  Denns Byrne attributed it to the ability of unions to strike for higher pensions and higher wages.  Directing his remarks to the powerful Chicago Teachers’ Union (CTU). Byrne first told about the union’s opposition to vouchers.  Presently the CTU is demanding a reduction of class size and that 200 of the lowest performing teachers not be fired first.  Firing, according to the union, must be in line with its approved tenure policy.  And even though the Education Board has the legal right to raise class size, the CTU is standing firmly against any increase in class size.

The president of the CTU has called it audacious to treat teachers in such a shabby way, but what is more reprehensible than the current $800 million education deficit?   Does the union have a way to find the $800 million?

Although children are often cited as the beneficiaries of union demands, Byrne indicated how a closer look at motivation tells another story.  There is fear that younger, better, and more enthusiastic teachers would be hired at lower pay.  In times past teachers used to look out for one another.  They were willing to sacrifice for the common good.  This behavior has been replaced with statements such as “I’ve earned it” and “don’t you dare touch my pension.”

In closing, Byrne offered political candidates in attendance this advise:  “Your election or reelection is not as important as doing what is right.”

Further, in regards to the healthcare monstrosity, candidates must indicate what they like and don’t like about the bill — what should go and what should stay — followed by improved and workable healthcare ideas..  Byrne cautioned that if candidates don’t act in this manner, the Republican Party will be pegged as the party of “No.”

Closing remarks were given by Kristina Rasmussen.  Two salient points:  1) Remember that policy changes lives and,  2) It is important to learn how to sell ideas to the political middle.

John Tillman called the Saturday, June 26th  Illinois Policy Institute Forum just the beginning.  According to Tillman, “We can and we must put forward positive solutions to our state’s issues — solutions that empower families, foster entrepreneurship and job creation and get Illinois back on the path to prosperity.”  

This summer the Illinois Policy Institute will be launching the Illinois Turnaround Campaign to build momentum for a full-fledged rebirth of the state of Illinois.  You can be a part of getting Illinois back on the path to prosperity.  Contact: www.illinoispolicy.org  
 
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When walking into my local Lake Forest Bank and Trust Company this past Saturday morning, I was greeted by a large poster board sign which read:  LAKE BLUFF POOL SLATED FOR CLOSURE AT THE END OF 2011!  SHOULD WE CLOSE, REPAIR OR REPLACE?

Upon being told that a printout version of the announcement wasn’t available at the bank, I drove to the Lake Bluff Park District and picked up a printout and  comment form.

According to recent audits by the Lake Bluff Park District, it has been determined that significant repairs would be needed to meet the recently established Federal pool standards of the aging main pool (37 years old) and the wading pool (19 years

The Board is considering several options.  The options include short-term repairs to the existing pools or the construction of a new facility. 

Under the construction of a new facility, Concept Drawings A, B, and C — all subject to revision — are pictured in color, along with a description detailing how each of the three plans differ from one other.

In studying my printout, I found there was little difference in cost among the proposed Concept A, B, C plans. The budgeted costs of Concept A and B were identical at  $8.25 – $8.75 million, while the Concept C plan came in at $7.0 – $7.5 million, roughly a million less.

It was surprising to learn that the Repair Existing Poll option budget of $6.75 – $7 million closely matched the proposed cost of the Concept C plan.

A Task Force has already agreed that the best option is to redesign and replace the existing pools. 

I have come to the conclusion that the proposed Concept B plan gives more bang for the buck.  A new and improved feature of Concept B would include a separate lap and leisure pool with a depth of 0 to 4ft, to keep younger kids away from deep water. A separate water circulation systems would also allow different water temperatures for each pool.

There is an important drawback in these challenging economical times.   A Capital Replacement/Improvement Plan must be funded.  The Park District Board has not yet determined how much the plan would cost each Lake Bluff household.

If Lake Bluff residents, however, indicate a lack of support for either repairing the existing pools or replacing the pools, the Park District will need to permanently close the pool facility most likely at the end of the 2011 season.

As a Lake Bluffer, your input is needed at a Lake Bluff Park District Community Meeting scheduled for June 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Recreation Center, 355 W. Washington Ave.  You can also provide feedback at www.lakebluffparks.org or fill out a comment form available at the Recreation Center. 

One final comment, given the cost of building a new pool facility and the short time the facility is used, it would seem logical to think about a dome over the pool, or an enclosed pool, so that it could be used year around?

It was shocking to learn that over this past weekend (June 18 – 20) 54 were shot in Chicago’s latest spate of gun violence, leaving 10 dead.

According to a remark heard the same day on the WLS-AM Don and Roma show, the individual speaking claimed that gun violence has become the norm for people raised in a culture of violence.

Chicago is in deep trouble if culture is responsible for all its shooting incidences and deaths.

Doesn’t Illinois have the most stringent gun laws in the nation?

And what was the response of Mayor Daley to this weekend’s bloody gun violence? “Guns don’t produce. They produce the evils of society.”

Mayor Daley just doesn’t get it! Guns in the hands of responsible individuals can fight and discourage crime.

Those who wish to use guns to kill won’t be stopped just because a gun ban is in place.

A recent report in the Chicago Tribune, Zion plant powers up for teardown, touches on an issue that has been quietly simmering in Illinois since the 2,100 MW dual reactor Zion Nuclear Plant (located about 40 miles north of Chicago on Lake Michigan) was shuttered prematurely in 1998, after operating for approximately 25 years. The plant is owned by the Exelon Corporation of Chicago, which presently owns and operates six other nuclear facilities in Illinois. Exelon’s CEO is John W. Rowe.

The Zion plant is part of the Midwest power grid.  It’s 2,100 MW of power would provide electricity to consumers in northern Illinois and in adjoining Mid-western states.

According to a Chicago Tribune article published on Friday, June 11, 2010, Exelon has until November to cancel its contract for decommissioning the Zion plant. If the contract is not canceled, the licenses for the reactors will then transfer to Energy Solutions in Iowa, which will begin a seven year process of dismantling the two units. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/northnorthwest/ct-met-zion-nuke-plant-0610-20100610,0,2106142.story

In 1997, when the decision was made to shutter the Zion plant, the Chicago Tribune informed the public that Zion was closed not because of safety, but because of economics. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1997-04-18/news/9704180116_1_nuclear-plants-new-steam-generators-edison-announcement

Exelon has never been required to explain and provide supporting economic and market analysis for its decision to withhold — and now eliminate forever — this significant source of electrical energy from the market, with its potential impact on electric rates.

If Exelon believes that it cannot run Zion’s units at a profit, then why hasn’t Exelon at least offered the Zion Nuclear Plant for sale to third parties?  Presumably the return from a sale would be better than the cost of decommissioning.

In 2001, at the beginning of his very brief stint as head of Exelon’s nuclear unit, Corbin McNeil publicly asked why the Zion plant was not being reopened. In response, Exelon issued a public statement, saying, “It would not make economic sense” to do so. McNeil’s departure from Exelon followed soon after, with less than a year on the job (2001 – 2002).

In 2007, David Hollein, a senior Westinghouse nuclear engineer, asked John Rowe why Exelon didn’t restart Zion, presumably in order to supply its low-cost power to the citizens of Illinois at a time when prices were going sky-high?  The response was a carefully crafted letter containing the statement: “Based on a variety of criteria, we continue to believe that restart of the Zion plant is not a business priority of the Company”. Hollein has intimate knowledge of every Exelon nuclear plant in Illinois and is a current resident of northern Illinois.

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Last week, Rod Adams, who runs a sophisticated blog on nuclear energy, called Atomic Insights, provided informed opinion supporting a formal evaluation of the restart of Zion. The quotes cited here are excerpted from a posting Adams made on Monday, June 14:

Restoring Zion would not be terribly difficult from a technical point of view. It would not be “cheap”, but for something in the general neighborhood of $1-5 billion dollars, the plant could become a fully licensed (both Zion licenses are not due to expire until next year) and operable greenhouse gas emission-free nuclear plant with perhaps 20-40 more years of operational life remaining.

In other words, the plant is still intact and is still being patrolled and monitored. No one has been selling off components for scrap. NRC standards have changed a good deal since Zion was first constructed, and there is probably a need to do some component replacement (steam generators, for example) and system upgrading, but there is apparently no technical issue that is too large to overcome.  http://atomicinsights.blogspot.com/ (Public Versus Private Power – It is time to Reopen The Discussion)

Rod Adams’ other excellent blog postings which feature Zion can be found at the following sites: http://atomicinsights.blogspot.com/2008/06/could-zion-nuclear-power-station-be-html and http://atomicinsights.blogspot.com/search?=exlon+and+zion

A thoughtful consideration of the facts surrounding the Zion/Exelon controversy, suggests that a restart of Zion by Exelon would lower electric rates in its service area and reduce the profits from Exelon’s other units. To withhold this source of electrical power for such a purpose would be equivalent to intentionally manipulating the market to maintain high prices, and if done for that purpose would be illegal

According to the same article by Rod Adams, a current or former Exelon insider has apparently confirmed that the main reason Zion has been kept closed is because withholding the supply intentionally keeps prices higher for Exelon’s other supply.

he article states:

My sources tell me that the issue {regarding the reopening of Zion} is not technical, but financial.  The financial issue is not whether or not the project cost is too much for the amount of capacity that can be delivered, but the effect that the additional capacity will have on the market price for electricity in the service territory.  These people were classical trained business.  They think is is perfectly legitimate to make the determination that if adding capacity lowers customer prices to the point where the total company revenue would be less than it was before, the investment in restoration would be wasted and should be avoided.

See  http://atomicinsightsblogspot.com/ (Public Versus Private Power – It is time to Reopen The Discussion).

Illinoisans deserve a complete investigation.  Is Exelon simply wasting or destroying a valuable asset that could be used to ease prices in midwest electric power markets?  Customers have already mostly paid for Zion in stranded cost charges and have pre-funded the decommissioning.  Restarting Zion could materially reduce customer prices, besides adding “new” capacity to the grid.

Is our government taking sides against consumers?  Collusion between state legislators and power companies to keep electricity rates high cannot be tolerated. Legislators won’t be tempted to cheat their constituents unless there’s something in it for them. One such ‘sweetheart’ deal was attempted by Exelon and reported by Steve Daniels of Crain’s Chicago Business: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/cgi-bin/news.pl?id=38114

In the larger energy debate, all sides agree that nuclear power is a desirable source of electricity. Restarting Zion appears to make good sense. Locally and even regionally restarting Zion promises to bring down electricity costs.  Nationally, restarting Zion is in line with federal energy policy to increase the use of nuclear power. Restarting Zion is a better investment than building another new facility somewhere else.  http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2010/02obama_wants_to_invest_in_nucle.html (“Obama wants to invest in nuclear energy” – Transcript by Lynn Sweet, Chicago Sun-Times, Feb. 16)

There is an active grassroots effort in Illinois to have Zion restarted and not simply wasted. It is an important battle that must be won. The window of opportunity is still open, but will close forever in a few short months. The time is now to raise the issue, to demand our government serve us by exercising its power.

If you live in the mid-west—where your electric rates may be affected—contact your state legislators and your state utility board.  By standing together we will present a strong and united voice for truth, accountability, and transparency

There is  a potential “smoking gun” in the Zion/Exelon debacle which has  been going on since the mothballing of Zion in 1998.

Presently  there are many individuals who believe Exelon shuttered Zion in 1998 to keep its 2,100MG supply of power from the market so as to keep its profits high along with the rates paid by energy consumers.   I am leading a grassroots movement to reopen Zion.  Decommissioning must not be allowed to happen. 

Although long suspected, nuclear expert Rod Adams revealed on Monday, June 14, 2010, that there is an Exelon source who appears to confirm that the main reason for Zion’s closure was to withhold its huge 2,100 MG supply of power from the market to keep prices higher for Exelon’s other generation units.  In so doing the shuttering of Zion allowed Exelon to keep its overall prices and profits high and the rates paid by consumers for electricity.    The smoking gun is found in the 10th paragraph of Rod Adams’ Atomic Insights posting:  http://atomicinsights.blogspot.com/     Public Versus Private Power – It Is Time To Reopen The Discussion    It is as follows:    “My sources tell me that the issue (Zion’s closing) is not technical, but financial. The financial issue is not whether or not the project cost is too much for the amount of capacity that can be delivered, but the effect that the additional capacity will have on the market price for electricity in the service territory. These people were classically trained businessmen, they think it is perfectly legitimate to make the determination that if adding capacity lowers customer prices to the point where the total company revenue would be less than it was before, the investment in restoration would be wasted and should be avoided.”  

The people of Illinois paid for Zion and deserve a complete investigation and explanation of why the plant cannot be economically run by a supplier to inject cheap power into the Illinois power market to reduce the market clearing price for power.  Exelon must demonstrate that is has not and is not killing this source of generation in order to keep market clearing prices high for its other numerous generation units.   The people of Illinios have a right to know:

  • Whether Exelon is simply wasting or destroying an asset rather than letting it fall into the hands of a competitor who would drive the price down for Exelon’s other generation units?  Has Exelon ever tried to sell Zion (or give it) to another supplier or at least offer it to the market to see if any responsible party will take it over and run it to produce its cheap power for the people of Illinois and the region?
  • Whether Exelon is pushing ahead to remove Zion’s power source forever from the market place, in whole or in part, to limit supply to keep market-clearing prices high for their other generation units (Withholding supply is a well-known tactic used by generators to increase the price for their remaining supply in the market place.). 

Rod Adams runs a sophisticated blog on nuclear energy called Atomic Insights.  His articles talk about the success of the Brown’s Ferry restart and give good insight into why the start of Zion should be evaluated and its decommissioning delayed:    http://atomicinsights.blogspot.com/2008/06/could-zion-nuclear-power-station-be-html    and     http://atomicinsights.blogspot.com/search?q=exlon+and+zion

The Republican Assembly of Lake County, Raymond True, Chairman, met on Thursday, June 10, at the Comfort Inn in Mundelein.   
Following opening remarks, the introduction of guests, new member acknowledgments, and one minute speeches on any topic by RALC members, guest speaker, Steve Tucker, was introduced by Chairman Raymond True.  Steve Tucker is a Health Insurance Industry Expert.

Steve Tucker and Dr. Arie Friedman, a 10th Congressional District, have spoken at many venues, without pay, to alert the public about the pit falls of Obamacare.  Contrast this with the national campaign by the Obama administration that will be headed by Tom Daschel and Victoria Kennedy.  $125 million of taxpayer’s money has been allotted for Daschel and Kennedy to educate the public about Obamacare through TV, radio and the print media.

The question first asked of RALC members was how we got to Obamacare?  Steve Tucker’s answer was short and to the point — “Obama turned lying into an art form.”

One lie repeated time and again is that coverage can’t be gotten if there is a pre-existing condition.  This is untrue.  The only time insurance can be canceled is if insurance fraud has been committed on the application.

Another lie is that your insurance will be lost if moving from one employer to another.  According to  Hippo, a law passed and signed 14 years ago by President Clinton, if changing employers, it’s possible to get new health insurance, even with an preexisting condition, within 63 days of leaving the former employer.  This covers 90% of policy holders.  Under Hippo privacy concerns were guarded.  Hippo privacy laws will be dead under Obamacare.

Of great concern to insurance companies is that by 2014 every policy written must follow strict guidelines set down by Obamacare, except those companies selling discount and schedule plans.  Companies selling these policies were described as “predatory” companies by Mr. Tucker.  They offer cheaper prices, but their benefits reflect very poor coverage as to what the policy holder needs.

Steve Tucker explained the margin on which insurance companies operate.  It is a 65 – 35 per cent margin.  Meaning that for every dollar taken in insurance companies are required to pay out sixty five cents in benefits.  Once the margin goes up to 85 – 15 under Obamacare, company survival will be impossible.

Come January 1, 2011 the American people are in for a big shock when millions of letters will be going out informing policy holders that premiums are going up.  Some health insurance companies will opt out of health insurance in favor of other types of insurance.  Other will be forced to close.  Individuals looking at paying higher premiums will undoubtedly be hoodwinked into buying from predatory companies where premiums are lower but coverage is slim and might not even cover most health needs.

After Obamacare passed in March people were asking where their health cards were; many Americans will be surprised to find out that enrollment in Obamacare isn’t even possible until 2013

In the minds of many of the RALC audience was why insurance companies didn’t fight the Obamacare bill before it was passed?  Originally it was said that the punishment would be prison time and a “sizable” fine if health insurance wasn’t purchased.  Obamacare does set the beginning fine at $95, and it goes up every year that insurance isn’t purchased.  The catch!  There is no teeth in the enforcement of the fine.  Strongly worded letters will go out, and the letters will keep coming, but no action will follow. Even so, 159 agencies are to be set up to manage Obamacare and 16,500 new IRS agents hired at a cost of $10 billion. 

Romneycare in Massachusetts was criticized by Steven Tucker as a big failure.  Yet Obamacare was based on Romneycare in Massachusetts. President Obama has taken Obamacare and spread it across the nation. People are buying and dumping their policies in Massachusetts.  When sick they buy, when well they dump. 

When first initiated in Massachusetts, Romneycare was slated to cost $88 million.  Now the cost has mushroomed to $4.2 billion even when fines, although small, are being collected for not buying health insurance.

As a preview of what Obamacare will bring, Mr. Tucker read off a list of eighty three companies who have already stepped up with estimates of what their 1st quarter losses will be starting in 2013.

Some of the companies on Tucker’s list included:   Walgreens ($44 million); R.R. Donnelly ($3.3 million); Bristol Meyer ($3 million); ITT ($10 million); Grainger ($11 million); Catepiller ($90 million); ATT ($1 billion); and IL Tool Works ($22 million). The result:  People will have to be laid off.

New to me is that under federal law, within 500 feet of an Emergency Room facility, people must be treated.  It will be the same under Obamacare.

“Kids Care” received blame from Steve Tucker for some of the $13 billion deficit facing Illinois.  According to Tucker, 75% of the kids enrolled in “Kids Care” are children of illegal immigrants.

A much quoted figure is that there are forty four millions Americans without health insurance (figure comes from the U.S. census bureau).  There are many reasons people don’t have health insurance, such as they are between jobs or they are young and don’t wish to use their money to purchase insurance.  But when push comes to shove, there are only fourteen million who are chronically in need of help.  If subtracting the illegals from this fourteen million figure, that leaves eight million people who really need government help. 

Why is a new health care system needed that will bankrupt this nation?  Surely fourteen million individuals could be treated within this nation’s present system and at a mere fraction of the cost!

Legislators who voted for Obamacare — like 8th District Melissa Bean — are sending letters to senior citizens telling them that Medicare payments will not be reduced, neither will there be co-payment.   Most likely Bean and others believe that senior citizens can be appeased through a $250 check scheduled to be sent out by the federal government to Medicare “D” clients.

Here are several facts which expose his fantasy to senior citizens:

  • There will be a 21% reduction in Medicare payments to physicians.
  • Cuts will be made in Medicare to hospitals.
  • There will no longer be home health care.
  • Income above $85,000 a year is considered wealthy, resulting in higher premiums.
  • There will be a 3.8% federal tax on real estate transfers for Obamacare.
Rationing is a given.  How could this not happen when 33 million people are being added to the health insurance rolls?  Even so, under Obamacare there will still be 23 million uncovered individuals.  What a deal Obamacare is!

Check out Steve Tucker’s blog for some interesting insights:  http://www.Truthaboutobamacare.com   Mr. Tucker also writes for the Illinois Conservative Magazine.


The Republican Assembly of Lake County, Raymond True, Chairman, met on Thursday, June 10, at the Comfort Inn in Mundelein.

Following opening remarks, the introduction of guests, new member acknowledgments, and one minute speeches on any topic by RALC members, guest speaker, Steve Tucker, was introduced by Chairman Raymond True.  Steve Tucker is a Health Insurance Industry Expert.

Steve Tucker and Dr. Arie Friedman, a 10th Congressional District candidate, have spoken at many venues, without pay, to alert the public about the pit falls of Obamacare.  Contrast this with the national campaign by the Obama administration that will be headed by Tom Daschel and Victoria Kennedy.  $125 million of taxpayer’s money has been allotted for Daschel and Kennedy to educate the public about Obamacare through TV, radio and the print media.

The question first asked of RALC members was how we got to Obamacare?  Steve Tucker’s answer was short and to the point — “Obama turned lying into an art form.”

One lie repeated time and again is that coverage can’t be gotten if there is a pre-existing condition.  This is untrue.  The only time insurance can be canceled is if insurance fraud has been committed on the application.

Another lie is that your insurance will be lost if moving from one employer to another.  According to  Hippo, a law passed and signed 14 years ago by President Clinton, if changing employers, it’s possible to get new health insurance, even with an preexisting condition, within 63 days of leaving the former employer.  This covers 90% of policy holders.  Under Hippo privacy concerns were guarded.  Hippo privacy laws will be dead under Obamacare.

Of great concern to insurance companies is that by 2014 every policy written must follow strict guidelines set down by Obamacare, except those companies selling discount and schedule plans.  Companies selling these policies were described as “predatory” companies by Mr. Tucker.  They offer cheaper prices, but their benefits reflect very poor coverage as to what the policy holder needs.

Steve Tucker explained the margin on which insurance companies operate.  It is a 65 – 35 per cent margin.  Meaning that for every dollar taken in insurance companies are required to pay out sixty five cents in benefits.  Once the margin goes up to 85 – 15 under Obamacare, company survival will be impossible.

Come January 1, 2011 the American people are in for a big shock when millions of letters will be going out informing policy holders that premiums are going up.  Some health insurance companies will opt out of health insurance in favor of other types of insurance.  Other will be forced to close.  Individuals looking at paying higher premiums will undoubtedly be hoodwinked into buying from predatory companies where premiums are lower but coverage is slim and might not even cover most health needs.

After Obamacare passed in March people were asking where their health cards were; many Americans will be surprised to find out that enrollment in Obamacare isn’t even possible until 2013

In the minds of many of the RALC audience was why insurance companies didn’t fight the Obamacare bill before it was passed?  Originally it was said that the punishment would be prison time and a “sizable” fine if health insurance wasn’t purchased.  Obamacare does set the beginning fine at $95, and it goes up every year that insurance isn’t purchased.  The catch!  There is no teeth in the enforcement of the fine.  Strongly worded letters will go out, and the letters will keep coming, but no action will follow. Even so, 159 agencies are to be set up to manage Obamacare and 16,500 new IRS agents hired at a cost of $10 billion.

Romneycare in Massachusetts was criticized by Steven Tucker as a big failure.  Yet Obamacare was based on Romneycare in Massachusetts. President Obama has taken Obamacare and spread it across the nation. People are buying and dumping their policies in Massachusetts.  When sick they buy, when well they dump.

When first initiated in Massachusetts, Romneycare was slated to cost $88 million.  Now the cost has mushroomed to $4.2 billion even when fines, although small, are being collected for not buying health insurance.

As a preview of what Obamacare will bring, Mr. Tucker read off a list of eighty three companies who have already stepped up with estimates of what their 1st quarter losses will be starting in 2013.

Some of the companies on Tucker’s list included:   Walgreens ($44 million); R.R. Donnelly ($3.3 million); Bristol Meyer ($3 million); ITT ($10 million); Grainger ($11 million); Catepiller ($90 million); ATT ($1 billion); and IL Tool Works ($22 million). The result:  People will have to be laid off.

New to me is that under federal law, within 500 feet of an Emergency Room facility, people must be treated.  It will be the same under Obamacare.

“Kids Care” received blame from Steve Tucker for some of the $13 billion deficit facing Illinois.  According to Tucker, 75% of the kids enrolled in “Kids Care” are children of illegal immigrants.

A much quoted figure is that there are forty four millions Americans without health insurance (figure comes from the U.S. census bureau).  There are many reasons people don’t have health insurance, such as they are between jobs or they are young and don’t wish to use their money to purchase insurance.  But when push comes to shove, there are only fourteen million who are chronically in need of help.  If subtracting the illegals from this fourteen million figure, that leaves eight million people who really need government help.

Why is a new health care system needed that will bankrupt this nation?  Surely fourteen million individuals could be treated within this nation’s present system and at a mere fraction of the cost!

Legislators who voted for Obamacare — like 8th District Melissa Bean — are sending letters to senior citizens telling them that Medicare payments will not be reduced, neither will there be co-payment.   Most likely Bean and others believe that senior citizens can be appeased through a $250 check scheduled to be sent out by the federal government to Medicare “D” clients.

Here are several facts which expose his fantasy to senior citizens:

  • There will be a 21% reduction in Medicare payments to physicians.
  • Cuts will be made in Medicare to hospitals.
  • There will no longer be home health care.
  • Income above $85,000 a year is considered wealthy, resulting in higher premiums.
  • There will be a 3.8% federal tax on real estate transfers for Obamacare.

Rationing is a given.  How could this not happen when 33 million people are being added to the health insurance rolls?  Even so, under Obamacare there will still be 23 million uncovered individuals.  What a deal Obamacare is!

Check out Steve Tucker’s blog for some interesting insights:  www.Truthaboutobamacare.com Mr. Tucker also writes for the Illinois Conservative Magazine.

Nancy J. Thorner   331 E. Blodgett Ave., Lake Bluff, IL   60044  (847) 295-1035

Lauren Turelli, a Lake Forest resident, is the Republican candidate on the November ballot who is challenging Representative Karen May in the 58th District.

I’ve been a supporter of Lauren Turelli since the time she decided to enter the Illinois 58th District representative race in 2009.  On Monday, June 7th I attended a “Meet and Greet” for Lauren in the home of a Lake Forest supporter.  Mark Shaw, committeeman in West Deerfield Township, was on hand and spoke highly of Turelli as her campaign manager.  Also at the gathering  was Ant Simonian, former head of the Lake County Republican Federation, who is actively working on Lauren’s behalf.   She cautioned those who were present:   “You no longer can say that you don’t wish to be part of the political process or you will be part of the problem.”

Lauren has always impressed me with her intelligence and her ability to zero in on the issues the day.   She certainly has the qualifications to be a state rep as a former high school teacher and coach, a small business owner and a mom.

There is, however, a smell of political “dirty tricks” being employed to undermine Lauren’s campaign.  Ms.Turelli ran unopposed in the Feb. Primary Elections.

According to a report in the Lake Forester on Thursday, June 3, Lake Bluff’s Mike Clark came forth after the primaries to run as an Independent.  When it was revealed that the form Clark filed in March to organize his political committee listed his political affiliation as Democratic and his county residence as Cook, Clark blamed his attorney for the incorrect information.  Federal records do show that Clark donated money to Republican candidates during the 2008 primary and election seasons.

Turelli’s campaign manager, Mark Shaw, is calling for an investigation of Mike Clark, claiming that Clark’s campaign workers have been telling voters that Karen May has no Republican challenger in November.  It has been reported that those petitioning for names receive $1.50 per signature.

An issue of great concern is whether Independent Mark Clark is a Democratic plant whose candidacy will siphon off conservative voters so Karen May triumphs in November.  It is well established that the Cook County Democrat Machine is well and alive in Lake County.  There has been a concerted effort for several years by Democrats to turn Lake County from a traditionally red county into a blue one.  And they are being successful. The upscale communities of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff are now represented by two Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly, Representative Karen May and Senator Susan Garrett.

If Lauren Turelli should be defeated in November because of a split vote, voters of Illinois District 58 and the state of Illinois will be the losers.  Rep. Karen May will continue to vote in Springfield with the Democrat establishment, while telling voters here at home a different version of her Springfield voting record.

What beliefs does Lauren Turelli bring to the table?

  • That education is the key to greater opportunities and brighter futures for our children.
  • That Illinois can once again be a magnet for businesses and job creation.
  • That our agenda should be brought to Springfield, not Springfield’s agenda to us.

Illinois needs more candidates like Lauren Turelli who will work for greater public transparency and accountability, as well as for ethics reform to rein in public corruption, so Illinoisans can once again feel pride instead of shame for their state.   Dan Sugrue is another Republican candidate in the mold of Lauren Turelli.  He is running for state rep in Illinois District 59.   www.electdansugrue.com

Lauren Turelli’s campaign website is www.Turelli4Tomorrow.com Lauren is the type of person you will be proud to have as your representative in Springfield.

The Deepwater Horizon explosion and fire on April 20, approximately 50 miles offshore Louisiana, is still a daily news item, as it should be. 

In tandem with the efforts to stop the flow of oil by BP, there is the usual blame game.  The Obama White House continues to insist that the President was on the case from Day One and is blaming BP. The media’s wrath is against BP and MMS (Minerals Management Service), which is working with the U.S. Coast Guard and the operator of the drilling rig to secure the well and protect the environment.  http://www.mms.gov/DeepwaterHorizon.htm   

Why is the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) under the direction of Janet Jackson escaping critical coverage over its lack of oversight?  According to the “National Oil and Hazardous Substances Contingency Plan Act” signed into law in 1994 by President Bill Clinton, which superseded previous legislation going back to the Torrey Canyon oil spill in 1969, the EPA has legal responsibility for maintaining readiness for such an emergency.

The “National Contingency Plan” as described in the EPA manual:

“WHEN A MAJOR oil spill occurs in the United States, coordinated teams of local, state, and national personnel are called upon to help contain the spill, clean it up, and ensure that damage to human health and the environment is minimized.  Without careful planning and clear organization, efforts to deal with large oil spills could be slow, ineffective and potentially harmful to response personnel and the environment .  In the United States, the system for organizing responses to major oil spills is called the National Response System.”    http://climateaudit.org/2010/06/02/epa-and-the-national-contingency-plan/ 

Also designated in the EPA manual is that the chair and vice-chair of the National Response Team are to come from the EPA and the Coast Guard.  Some might argue that the BP incident was a blow out and unlike other catastrophic oil spills; nevertheless, the National Contingency Plan does assign a prominent role to the EPA.  Minerals Management Service, however, is given only a relatively minor role and yet it has taken on the role to assist the Coast Guard.   

Might the EPA be far too busy dealing with “real emergencies” like carbon dioxide emissions to worry about a “minor” oil spill?  It’s incredible that Lisa Jackson had time to regulate C02 as a pollutant, but she can’t be found when there is a serious oil spill at the bottom of the sea. 

As was predicted early on in the Obama Administration when Rahm Emanuel set the tone of things to come by remarking that a crisis should never be wasted, the BP oil spill is being used as a reason to pass the Left’s radical agenda including  a version of “Cap and Trade.”   

With this in mind, Americans United, an ultra-liberal group, is running a TV ad saying the oil spill is why senators have to oppose the Murkowski resolution, Senate Joint Resolution 26 (SJ Res 26), which is long overdue, and which would rein in Obama’s out-of-control EPA and its power grab

This vote takes place this Thursday (June 10).  According to the the “Americans For Prosperity” website, “This resolution will stop the EPA’s astonishing effort to regulate the whole U.S. economy by shoehorning global warming regulations into the 1970 Clean Air Act.  http://www.americansforprosperity.org/060810-senate-vote-thursday-stoping-epa-power-g

The American people elect their legislators and leaders to do the peoples business.  When unelected officials are able to act on their own to advance a political agenda unchecked by Congress and against the wishes of the American people, it results in a form of tyranny through freedom-crushing regulations which are harmful to the American people and to the future of this nation. 

The commonsense Murkowski resolution would put Congress back in charge instead of the unelected EPA bureaucrats.  Since the resolution is not subject to a filibuster, it will clear the Senate with 51 votes.  Americans for Prosperity is asking that we call and email our senators to request that they vote for SJ Res 26.  In so doing a message will be sent to the Obama administration that it is being watched, as are those who are pushing costly and destructive policies not supported by the American people,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rock star personage can take a president only so far. If truth be told, President Obama is just as ordinary and helpless at times as are the rest of us.

When will President Obama understand that he bought the cow and now has to milk it?

The Obama administration is already into its sixteenth month, yet Obama continues to tell voters, “Remember Bush”, as when he spoke on June 3rd at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh about the economy: “And now we have a choice as a nation. We can return to the failed economic policies of the past, or we can keep building a stronger future.”

Despite sinking poll numbers and a questioning of his leadership skills, Obama’s charade and his uplifting on-the-trail pep rallies continue. Because it has been said so often, perhaps Obama actually believes that he possesses mystical powers.

What about the Bush administration blunders of the past? :President Bush spent far too much and was roundly criticized for doing so over eight years, but Obama has outspent Bush in less than 1-1/2 years.

The Treasury Department reported on Wed., June 2nd, that the federal government is now $13 trillion in the red, making this the first time the government has sunk so far into debt.

Over the 500 days since Obama took office, he has raised the debt level by $2.4 trillion or an average of $4.9 billion a day. Even so a White House official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, claimed the administration was “committed to restoring fiscal responsibility.”

Heard almost daily is how the American economy is turning around thanks to President Obama’s $862 billion stimulus bill and other measures. But how could this be when nearly 10% of the American people are still out of work?

Consider the month of May when of the 431,000 jobs added, 411,000 of them were temporary government census jobs, leaving an unacceptable 41,000 jobs created in the private sector.

Even more dismal is how the U.S. economy has lost a net total of 2.2 million jobs since President Obama signed his stimulus bill. The Obama administration is now 7.2 million jobs short of what Obama promised the American economy would support by 2010. Private sector employers have gone on strike!

Is an emergency really a good time to spend? Early on in the Obama Administration Rahm Emanuel set the tone of things to come when he remarked that a crisis should never be wasted.

Contrary to what the President’s economic wizards and others claim, massive government deficit spending does not stimulate job creation or economic growth.

The Obama administration, in its attempt to shift a leadership deficit and failed economic policies back to the Bush years, is trying to make lemonade out of lemons.

It is to the credit of the American people that more and more are beginning to realize that the Bush years were not so bad after all.

 

 

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