Friday, July 06, 2007

Shabbat Shalom 20 Tamuz 5767

Blagojevich vs. Madigan
House Speaker plan for daughter on schedule

In 2002 the future of Illinois politics began taking shape when the daughter of House Speaker Michael Madigan (D), was elected Attorney General. Lisa Madigan came to office with little court room experience, but to her credit has made a respectable name for herself and was given a second term by the voters in a landslide victory last year.

Anyone with half a brain knew that daddy was setting up his legacy, placing his daughter in position to be Governor. Since being elected Governor in 2002, Rod Blagojevich (D) has feuded on many occasions with his House Speaker. Most recently, Blagojevich refused Madigan's invitation to appear before the full House to answer questions regarding the ongoing budget battle between him and the General Assembly. Blagojevich favors an enormous budget and is supported by Senate President Emil Jones (D). Madigan, many Democrats and the Republicans desire spending restraints.

Madigan has always been the smartest politician in state politics since I can remember. Even with re-election last year, which was mostly due to GOP incompetence, Blagojevich is unpopular and under investigation by the Feds. Madigan knows that an indictment is coming or Blagojevich will be vulnerable in a primary come 2010. Lisa enters the scene.

With strong approval ratings and no Republicans viewed to be competitive against a respected Democrat, Madigan could defeat Blagojevich in a primary and easily be elected the first woman Governor in Illinois history. Madigan will be able to retire having placed daddy's little girl in the Governors mansion.

Stay tuned, this one will be fun to watch.


Why don't we just surrender
Democrats calling for impeachment should be ashamed

Don't like the war in Iraq? Fine. Think Islamic extremism is a made up enemy? That's your perogative. Believe the war on terror is just a bumper sticker? Go run for President. Still believe the Bush administration blew up the World Trade Center and lied about intelligence information to go to war with Iraq? Get your head out of your ass.

A new poll claims that 45% of American believe congress should go ahead with impeachment proceedings against President Bush. A higher number feels the same applies to V.P. Dick Cheney.

Do I believe the poll results...no. Do I think that maybe 30-35% of Americans hate Bush to the point they want him impeached? Definitely! Nothing clouds judgement or destroys rational thought more than hate. What makes this poll and the threat of impeachment hearings dangerous is it sends a terrible message to the Islamic fundamentalists who want to kill us.

Freedom to disagree and express our views is what we are fighting for. Public disdain for the President is one of the reasons this is the greatest country in the world. However, freedom and free speech come with responsibility. Telling the world you believe the President should be removed from office is playing right into the hands of those who want to take away our right to be free. Keep that in mind next time you call the President a terrorist or demand he be charged with war crimes.

Why don't you just give Osama Bin Laden the keys to the White House.

Paulie

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