The [Thursday] Papers
Dick Durbin, the second-highest ranking Democrat in the Democratically-controlled United States Senate, tells WBEZ that the president's tax cut bill "doesn't help the economy. It adds to the deficit, and it basically says the people who are the most well-off in America don't have to share any kind of sacrifice in these tough times."
So naturally, he's voting for it.
On the re-election trail in 2015:
REPORTER: Senator Durbin, have you ever voted for a bill that you thought was just plain wrong?
DURBIN: Because it was the right thing to do.
REPORTER: But you thought the bill was wrong.
REPORTER: So you thought the right thing to do was to vote for a bill that was wrong.
REPORTER: But you could've voted against it or at least tried to improve it.
DURBIN: That would've been wrong.
DURBIN: Because sometimes voting for a bill that is wrong is right.
REPORTER: Like when?
DURBIN: Like when you forget that there's a deadline coming up and you haven't acted in two years despite impassioned campaign pledges and you want to get home for Christmas and you're scared and your friend is the president and you're a Democrat.
REPORTER: And then you vote for a bill that you think doesn't help the economy, adds to the deficit and tells our nation's richest people that they didn't have to sacrifice during tough times the way everybody else does.
REPORTER: Terrific. Now is it true you've changed your mind and you will seat Roland Burris as Mark Kirk's replacement in the Senate?
Here's my favorite part:
"Gery Chico drew boos when was asked about food deserts and started talking about Walmart. He and Meeks left early."
"In his opening statement, Del Valle drew the clearest line between his campaign and Emanuel's, telling the audience, 'You understand the need for a neighborhood agenda, not a downtown agenda, not a big business agenda, but a neighborhood agenda.'"
Chicago Election Board Now Regulating The Media
New Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle decried the political culture left behind by Todd Stroger and promised a brand new day before scooting off to meet Joe Berrios for lunch.
Coming To Theaters Soon
Meeks' Minority Report
"'I think that the word 'minority,' from our standpoint, should mean African-American,' Meeks said. 'I don't think women, Asians and Hispanics should be able to use that title. That's why our numbers cannot improve, because we use women, Asians and Hispanics, who are not people of color, who are not people who have been discriminated against. We fought for these laws based on discrimination. Now, groups that have not been discriminated against are the chief beneficiaries.'"
Well, he's got a point: Women are not minorities. That's why set-aside programs are called "Women and Minority Business Enterprise" programs.
But Flannery oddly focuses on the women part of Meeks' statement instead of the even more egregious and warped notion that Asians and Hispanics are not minorities and have not been discriminated against.
So add women, Asians and Hispanics to non-Christians, gays and liberals comprising those Meeks has offended.
The Spirit of Randy Michaels Lives
Obama Buys CEOs Lunch
Mend fences? Cutting their taxes wasn't enough?
"They skipped a planned break and, at Obama's urging, decided to work through a buffet lunch of chicken, fish, pasta and salad."
Which I'm sure they persuaded Obama to put on his taxpayer-reimbursed expense report.
To Be Worn By Next Mayor
"Cedar Rapids television station KCRG says 29-year-old Jamal Baylis called the station Wednesday to explain that he thought he was supposed to be back by next Monday after being freed on Friday for the funeral."
Bears Actually Have Momentum
We're All Gonna Die
The Beachwood Tip Line: Like your favorite crawl space.
Posted on December 16, 2010
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