Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is getting hit with a nationwide backlash over his suggestion that the federal government bail out the state employees’ pension program. Critics have in the past several days pounced on the suggestion, made last year when Quinn, in announcing the state’s fiscal 2012, said part of Illinois' long-term effort to reduce the estimate $167 billion in under-funded liabilities would be to seek “a federal guarantee of the debt.”
Comments: Sorry no bailouts for state employee pension plans with Federal Taxpayer money. Let the states deal with the mess they and the unions created.
The ''President of Chicago'' might be for it but the House would never pass it - and if they did the Senate would filibuster. Too many states have kept their houses in order - and would not agree to bailing out the stupid and corrupt states.
Let Illinois, California and all the other stupid states bail themselves out. They made the mess, now they can live with it. Let them raise the taxes on their own citizens, not the rest of us, who had nothing to do with it.
Those governors are leeches and need to face the music, just like the stupid voters who put them in office. Democraps want to have their cake and eat it too.
A bailout of the state pensions would be worse than the bailout of the auto companies and make about as much economic sense.
I suggest Quinn file a lawsuit against the Fed and their policy of keeping interest rates low. Other than the fact that the working public has no say in union benefits (union contributions to political campaigns drives benefits), Bernake's policy of zero interest is one of the main causes pensions are underfunded.
The problem is that people are starting to flee the states with the large deficits because they don't want to pay the high taxes necessary to fund the liabilities. But these are the same people that allowed these deficits to happen so now they will be spreading the liberal thinking to responsible states (look at Colorado).
With the current system and current players, they will be 'bailed' out, one way or another. Every one of them, and somehow the largest banks will end up making money from incredible debt.
The designers of global financial ruin are like waiters who become $20 million actors. THEY will be on top of whatever is left when millions are crushed. That's all they care about and they think no matter how bad it gets, they will survive and even thrive.
Col. Bud Day, an Air Force fighter pilot who was shot down in the Vietnam War, imprisoned with John McCain in the notorious “Hanoi Hilton,” and defiantly endured more than five years of brutality without divulging sensitive information to his captors, earning him the Medal of Honor, died on Saturday in Shalimar, Fla. He was 88. His death was announced by his wife, Doris. Colonel Day was among America’s most highly decorated servicemen, having received nearly 70 medals and awards,
The 22 children who became ill Thursday after eating lunch at a San Diego school cafeteria made themselves sick on purpose as part of a game, school officials confirmed on Friday. According to San Diego Unified School District spokesman Jack Brandais, a group of students at Audubon Elementary School in the Lomita area were playing a game of “dare” in the cafeteria, urging one another to put different ingredients into their milk to see who could keep the milk down without vomiting. Brandais said the ingredients included hot sauce, salt, pepper, carrots and other vegetables being served at lunch.
Reuters reports Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will resign today: The Los Angeles Times has more: Janet Napolitano, the U.S. secretary of Homeland Security and former governor of Arizona, is being named as the next president of the University of California system, in an unusual choice that brings a national-level politician to a position usually held by an academic. Her appointment also means the 10-campus system will be headed by a woman for the first time in its 145-year history.
HGTV viewers are expressing outrage after the network suggested they use American flags as table cloths for Fourth of July celebrations, calling offensive, un-American and an insult to the American military. “Using an American flag as a table cloth dishonors all Americans who love Old Glory – especially those who gave their lives defending it,” one viewer wrote. “No one dies for a table cloth.”
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Facing a surging homicide rate and several headline-grabbing murders, Chicago’s top cop is taking aim at lobbyists who he says prevent politicians from implementing more gun control measures. Appearing on a local Windy City Sunday morning talk show on the radio station WLSAM, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said special interests that lobby politicians to influence their opinion on gun control are the real problem. “If there was a special interest influencing police work, I believe that would be called corruption,” McCarthy said.
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday lashed out over the claim that the administration misled Americans about the nature of the Libya terror attack by asserting that it was the result of a protest, raising her voice during a Senate hearing and asking: "What difference, at this point, does it make?" Clinton, in what may be her final set of testimony as secretary, pointedly challenged Republican Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson when he claimed the department could have "easily" determined what happened that night by interviewing staffers who were evacuated.
Street vendors and souvenir stores across Washington, D.C. are selling posters depicting President Obama as Jesus Christ — and one national news publication called him the “Second Coming.” The poster, which does not have the official endorsement of the White House, features an image of the president in prayer with the headline, “Prophecy Fulfilled.”
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Less than two months after being acquitted on charges of endangering his 2-day-old son and harassing nurses who attempted to stop him from taking the baby outside Northern Westchester Hospital, Douglas Kennedy is suing the hospital, two nurses and one of their husbands. The 44-page lawsuit, filed Friday in state Supreme Court in Westchester County, names maternity ward nurses Cari Luciano and Anna Lane as defendants, along with Cari Luciano´s husband, Steve Luciano. It alleges assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress, defamation, malicious prosecution and breach of confidentiality and seeks unspecified damages. Source corrected by staff.
WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered a worldwide review Tuesday of hiring practices at all U.S. military day care centers after the Army revealed that it discovered problems with security background checks of workers at a Washington-area center. Shortly after the Army said it was launching an investigation of hiring practices at its 283 day care centers worldwide, Panetta´s press secretary, George Little, issued a statement saying Panetta supports the review. Little said Panetta has directed each of the military services to conduct similar reviews. The actions stem from the Sept. 26 arrests of two Army employees Source name must be spelled out according to site style
President Barack Obama is launching an administration-wide effort to curb gun violence, underscoring the growing political consensus over tightening gun restrictions following the horrific elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Obama is tasking Vice President Joe Biden, a longtime gun control advocate, with spearheading the effort. In remarks from the White House on Wednesday, Obama will outline a process for pursuing policy changes following the school shooting, though he is not expected to call for specific measures. Source name must be spelled out
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