Give us health tax deductions

Thinking Right’s weekend free-for-all. Pick a topic:

U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell) drafts the national health care plan that Congress should consider. Tax credits and deductions give consumers money to purchase medical coverage in the private sector, shopping across state lines. State high-risk pools would cover those with existing medical problems. One vital feature, missing from the Democrats’ plans, are provisions to curtail excessive medical malpractice awards. It is a national policy calamity that a more open and honest congressional debate didn’t occur.

Don’t know Glenn Thomas, a candidate for mayor of Atlanta, but he offers a profound insight into taxes collected by one government and handed over to another to spend, specifically Atlanta’s spending of federal largesse. Said Thomas: “It’s not that we don’t have the money. We don’t know how to spend it.” He was speaking of the wasted $100 million Empowerment Zone money that the Clinton administration shoveled to Atlanta.

Same topic, different point. The Empowerment, now called Renewal Community, has about $37 million remaining and may have to return about $30 million to the feds at year’s end if it’s not spent. “The goal of the [Renewal Community] board is not to send any money back,” said Peggy Harper, board chairman. “We’re going to look for the most expedient way to spend the money.” In two sentences, Harper has just explained the failure of 99 percent of federal social programs – and how people end up in jail, though far less often than they should if federal programs were properly monitored.

You be the judge: The honesty of John Thompson, a 29-year state employee is so startling – “I do nothing” – that a) Diogenes works for Georgia or b) he’s really angry with superiors and wants somebody fired. You gotta admit, though, that moving him to a “do-nothing” job from “chief of operations” and giving him a 22 percent pay increase is the way that large corporations and big governments with too much money deal with their personnel problems.

East Point officials appear to be doing a commendable job of managing the city out of its recurring financial troubles, prompting the question of why City Council would now invite future financial trouble by recognizing a union, East Point Professional Firefighters Local 4717, to represent its fire department.

Other than newspapers, the single company I’d like most to see succeed is Ford Motor Co., which just posted second-quarter profits of $2.3 million. Executives there took the risk to borrow $23.5 billion in 2006 and 2007, putting the entire corporation on the line, to prepare for the downturn. No government bailout. That kind of free-enterprise risk-taking should be rewarded in the marketplace.

Fulton County’s new elections chief, Barry Garner, makes an outlandish promise. “We are not going to be the laughingstock of the election community anymore” by always being the last to get ballots counted,” said the brash young newcomer. He’d just as soon promise to end traffic congestion.

Oh, car hijackee and Atlanta City Councilman Ceasar Mitchell, was not the victim of crime; he was the victim of perception of crime. According to the mayor, the city’s “safer now than it has been in decades.” But people like Mitchell and Council President Lisa Borders seem to be noticing crime more.

The whole world knew when the shakedown of Big Tobacco succeeded that they’d be coming for the soft-drink and snack-food industries at the earliest opportunity. Answer the door, Maggie. They’ve come. The liberals at the Urban Institute, allegedly alarmed by increases in obesity, think a 10 percent tax on “fattening food” would “reduce consumption while raising more than $500 billion over 10 years.”

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Michael H. Smith

August 2nd, 2009
12:01 pm

Why doesn’t Congress now controlled by the Democrats – which are mostly socialist liberals – simply do the following?

Pass a Federal law that prohibits the health insurance practice of what is called and known as “Cherry Picking”?

Pass a Federal law removing all barriers to the selling and buying of health insurance across state lines?

Pass a Federal law that prohibits health insurance companies from denying coverage or payments for medical treatment based on pre-existing conditions and that prohibits policy cancellations for any reason other than non-payment of premiums?

Pass a Federal law that empowers the individual to join with other individuals to form group pools: a) To purchase group health insurance at lower affordable rates. b) To form managed healthcare Co –Op groups independent of existing private sector HMOs, PPOs, etc.

Jeez did this comment, which would correct about 90% of what is said to be wrong with the current healthcare system in this country, require 1,017 pages? Does it take two days and two lawyers to explain? Would it create a huge Federal deficit?

And to think these elite socialist liberal tyrants are demanding that the only way to correct what is wrong with the current healthcare system in this country is through a government ran health insurance entity, while this same government has failed so miserably in fixing Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare and other federal health programs that were promised by previous presidents and previous Congresses?

Stomp the republitards--they make it easy. We won elections.

August 2nd, 2009
12:10 pm

It doesn’t matter what Michael Smith stated since no one on the planet listens to his rambling. What I reported happened–about 5PM the most powerful healthcare committee in the House–Waxman’s voted down decisively a stupid amendment supported by former OBGYN Phil Gingrey whose political ideas would no longer make him a safe OBGYN. The amendment was to require all people regardless of condition presenting to the ER. And part of the reason we have to take care of and 2-teir 3-teir patients who come to the ER for elective primary care minor ailments is because their insurance has climbed exponentially to cost 2-3 times what it used to. We are also going to correct the stupid Bill Frist bill that forbid Medicare from competitive pharmaceutical bidding–an insipidly stupid idea.

And the Republitards should quit praying on older patients who are poorly informed by telling the government will interfere with their medicare. Contrary to idiot Repulibcans, Medicare is a successful single payer government program that Reagan said stupidly would fail. What failed was Reagan.

Michael H. Smith

August 2nd, 2009
12:26 pm

No one is listening? It sure caught your eyes and ears brucie wilcox. If you are scared just say you are scared of losing big government control over healthcare and everything else, you government bosom-feeding baby that can’t be winged off the government teat.

Stomp the republitards--they make it easy. We won elections.

August 2nd, 2009
12:49 pm

McCain says Americans are very concerned about their children’s futures. That’s because they aren’t married to Cindy who gives her children unlimited plastic so they can all be 100 pounds overweight and carry 50 grand balances, while she lives far from her legal husband in California with her boytoys 40 years younger than the plastic surgery booberizedplasty Cindy.

Congress is passing a law to prevent insurance exclusion due to pre-existing conditions. It is also mandating in that law that they can’t practice recission whereby they cut 20,000 people who were paying customers either personally or through employers because they made claims on procedures like mastectomy for infiltrating ductal Ca. Congress is also going to correct the pharm donut where middle Americans and older people have to pick and choose among crucial meds Rx’d for seriousl illnesses either in private ins. plans, medicare medigap plans. Congress is going to alter the patent that the pharms have so that they can’t stop competition claiming they need their ginormous profits for R&D when they use it to put on Cialis commercials with a soundtrack of a 60’s hit.

But the one of the most important insurance reforms that will be part of a viable health care reform will be to provide vibrant competition for insurance companies in the form not of nebulous sketchy unrproven “groups” that would cause many gaps and be able to exclude people just as insurance companies are now, but a government option that the insurance companies are deathly afraid of and Republitards which always champion the very rich which is strange because I know tons of them that aren’t very rich are opposed to.

The problem with non-payment of premiums is that 15% of the people in this country can’t pay their premiums or between 45-50 million Americans. We are about 37th in medical efficacy in the world now, and costs have risen about 320% under almost all republican administrations but one since 1980 while the economy rose 1/3 that much under Republitard administrations since 1980.

The Dems inherited a huge federal deficit–it’s called the Republitared clusterfook and the Iraq war. As a nobel prize winner documented in his book, the Iraq war cost 3 trillion dollars and it’s pushing to 4 trillion.

Friday, the GDP report cited the Bush administration for wrecking the economy into depressionesque paradigms, while Obama has steadily raised the GDP and pulled us back from the brink of Bush depression.

Any immigration problem has next to zero to do with health care delivery. Immigrants aren’t cutting the insurance from other catladies who have infiltrating duct carcinomas and need mastectomy and chemo.
Insurance companies that are not well regulated are.

Clyde, you keep us posted on all the white cultural events. We wish we were educated enough and prescient enough to find them but we get all confused when it comes to building computers and working with Redmond to make Windows 7 and Windows 8 better for Clyde. You must find them on the world wide web right? You must bing or google “white cultural events.”

Is a tea party a white cultural event? Is it cultural when you put a white whackjob on the radio or have it speak at the Raegan library? Whoops I done forgot. The whacko cancelled her appearance at the Raegan lib at the last minute–she’s a quitter, and white wingnut radio won’t enhance their cultural significance because they told her to get lost–they ain’t hiring her. Does Cheetah 3 need a white bigot to dance for Tranny Night?

Closing the border to immigrants is a spacy statement like Saray Palin would make Catlady. It has next to nothing to do with health care insurance domination that we have now. It has nothing to do with pharmaceutical prices. In fact, Americans have been crossing the border into Mexico and Canada to try to get meds at a reasonable price, and some American governors have sponsered buses to take them there for free in rebellion to Frist’s and former Blue Dog Dem Chairman of Waxman’s committee unabashed whoring for Big pharma.

But the most important aspect of

Stomp the republitards--they make it easy. We won elections.

August 2nd, 2009
12:53 pm

The most important aspect ofthis health care plan is competititon for the insurance companies, and closing the drug cost gap where patients have to choose among meds they need for serious illnesses. AJC has the worst IT web designers in the world. You have to refress this thing a dozen times to see what’s been posted unlike any blog on the planet. Republitards run the paper.

Michael H. Smith

August 2nd, 2009
12:54 pm

Something of a prediction from Charles Krauthammer found in his column ~ Obama’s tactical health-care retreat

Whatever structural reforms dribble out of Congress before the August recess will likely not survive the year. In the end, Obama will have to settle for something very modest. And indeed it will be health-insurance reform.

To win back the vast constituency that has insurance, is happy with it, and is mightily resisting the fatal lures of Obamacare, the president will in the end simply impose heavy regulations on the insurance companies that will make what you already have secure, portable and imperishable: no policy cancellations, no pre-existing condition requirements, perhaps even a cap on out-of-pocket expenses.
ahem ;)

Nirvana. But wouldn’t this bankrupt the insurance companies? Of course it would. There will be only one way to make this work: Impose an individual mandate. Force the 18 million Americans between 18 and 34 who (often quite rationally) forgo health insurance to buy it. This will create a huge new pool of customers who rarely get sick but will be paying premiums every month. And those premiums will subsidize nirvana health insurance for older folks.

Net result? Another huge transfer of wealth from the young to the old, the now-routine specialty of the baby boomers; an end to the dream of imposing European-style health care on the U.S.; and a president who before Christmas will wave his pen, proclaim victory and watch as the newest conventional wisdom reaffirms his divinity.


August 2nd, 2009
12:57 pm

So let’s make sure we have this right: Geitner, the tax cheat Democrat (naturally) who’s running the US Treasury says that the key to a successful economic recovery is lowering the deficit. Now I’ll leave it to the no-life braniac liberal DemonRAT scum on this blog to figure that out. Obamania has done more damage to the deficit in 6 months than Bush did in 6 YEARS. And now these bozos are going to use this as an excuse to raise taxes on those who pay them – a killer for an economic recovery. Who elected these fascist DemonRAT pinheads again? Oh yeah, the idiotic dumbmAsses.

WASHINGTON – Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says the U.S. must cut the annual federal budget deficit, now more than $1 trillion, for the economy to have a sustained recovery and he’s not ruling out new taxes. He said the country needs to understand the Obama administration will do what’s necessary. He did not detail how the government plans to shrink the deficit, though he said overhauling the health care system and lowering costs are essential.

Reconciliation & Republican Defeat is a Comin' Baby.

August 2nd, 2009
12:59 pm

You can’t- force 18-34 year olds to buy insurance. They’d rather spend their money on Blahnicks, Jimmy Choos, blackberrys and games. Is Charlie Krauthammer the male equivalant of the ignorant Michelle Malkin the same Charlie Krauthammer that predicted VP Palin by a landslide along with Wooten last September and the republitards on this comment section?

Reconciliation & Republican Defeat is a Comin' Baby.

August 2nd, 2009
1:03 pm

If you don’t want Geithner as Sec Treas why aren’t you petitioning to remove him through your tea parties or your congressmen (you have no women in Georgia). Oh that’s right–they have no power. I watched them get defeated Fri. night on House Energy and Commerce votes.

And Geithner and Summers have engineered the economy back from the Bush brink of depression toward the highest Dow since 1989 when Dems had the White House.

Gotta go but Smith is good at jerking himself off so he can have a conversation and a tea party yammering fiction to himself.


August 2nd, 2009
1:11 pm


Does that scum actually think it’s helping liberalism?


Outnumbered, eh scum? But of course you scum on the modern caring liberal DemonRAT left are the epitome of what this nation should be about. Right. Scum.

Here’s the majority, SCUM:

Yeah, you scumbags on the DemonRAT left continue to shift left. PLEASE.


August 2nd, 2009
1:12 pm

You ever notice that a DemonRAT will never answer why their heroes FAIL TO PAY TAXES???????

Michael H. Smith

August 2nd, 2009
1:14 pm

You gotta love a dimwit….

The most important aspect ofthis health care plan is competititon for the insurance companies

The questions I asked earlier if they were enacted into law would absolutely put more competition in the healthcare market than the present private sector insurance companies could stand and still have a thin sliver of a hope to remain in business – that’s without the existence of any ObumerCare Public Option too. Also that is before answering the other 10% of the solution of funding and subsidies, which could decimate private insurance companies, if not totally end what is now known as the private sector insurance market because of what Private Public Co Ops given exclusive government authorized privileges in the market could ultimately do – without ObumerCare’s Public government ran Option.


August 2nd, 2009
2:25 pm

It seems to me that if any of us has EVER been audited by the IRS, with most of us being in that position because of the complexity/duplicity of the IRS rules, we are considered by the IRS to be tax cheats.

Anyone ever been there?

Reconciliation & Republican Defeat is a Comin' Baby.

August 2nd, 2009
4:27 pm

Coops are not at all the same thing as a public option and you’re getting the public option no matter how many childish 3 year old names you sputter on some sh_tferbrains comments. You can yammer until you die, but there’s going to be a public option and coops aren’t it. If you’re panties are in a wad, and apparently some of the Palin nitwits have those panties in a wad, try winning the white house. You’ll die before that happens because your whackjobs who are liars have been discovered by the majority of the electorate and you’re out of touch. We the voters don’t want your arrogant scum bags in control, and they haven’t been, and won’t be.

Reconciliation & Republican Defeat is a Comin' Baby.

August 2nd, 2009
4:38 pm

Coops are around. They’re not licensed, and they haven’t worked. They’ll probably be included in a final bill that comes out of conference committee, but watch people flock to the public option.

And LOL you an cuss me all you want. I’ve devoted my entire adult life to getting patients well, and been battling the insurance companies to do it. I’m talking about reimbursement that wants to cut routine lab and procedures to less reimbursement than it costs you to do it. I didn’t make this problem, but my time has been wasted by it and now we’re going to change it. And you’ll wake up in October to learn that the same tired old platitutdes espoused for status quo flew you into the ground. We’re going to fix this, and we can plough right through ignorant republitards to do it.

BTW, I notice the imbecile Michelle Malkin could not answer the question posed by Cynthia Tucker on ABC as to precisely why Skip Gates was arrested? I can answer that. He was arrested for the reason that thousands of people are arrested. He mouthed off to the cop. He was already ID’d as the homeowner, and he didn’t break any law. He mouthed off to the cop. Had he been someone obscure out of the news, the solicitor or ADA or whatever the f_ck they have in Cambridge would have prosecuted him to the hilt. But given the fact that he broke no laws except for mouthing off to the cop when the cop continued to f_ck with him after it had been established he was the homeowner, back from China, tired, and just wanted to get into his own home, and could have cost Cambridge a pretty penny in the time alone to lititgate and defend a law suit, the chsiarges were dropped. The charges were dropped because Cambridge’s attorney would have looked like a moron trying to press them and Malkin does one thing consistently like Rush–she looks like a moron–she’s a symbol for republitards writ large, and she loses you elections and we pass the Health Care Reform bill.

Welcome to your life in 2009. Deal with it or ignore it. We don’t care.


August 2nd, 2009
4:42 pm

Been there.Got into a row with the IRS over an expense account.I did not realize that if you worked on a job away from home for 365 days you could not claim expenses.364 days was all right but the 365th day and beyond was a no-no for declaring.Nothing changed.You were working on the same job,still maintaining a permanent residence elsewhere,still incurring the same expenses,you just couldn’t claim them,and that was for the whole year,mind,not just for day 365 and beyond.

The moral of the story was to only work 364 days and quit.


August 2nd, 2009
4:43 pm

“We the voters don’t want your arrogant scum bags in control, and they haven’t been, and won’t be.”

That’s not what I’ve been reading, you moronic, wretched, hate filled left wing kookocrat. Your precious Obama ran as a moderate and won as a moderate and is anything but a moderate. And now he and his ilk are paying the price for attempting to project liberal policies:

“PRINCETON, NJ — As the 111th Congress nears its August recess, Americans continue to view Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi more unfavorably than favorably, 48% vs. 32%. Pelosi’s image in the latest July Gallup Poll is little different from her image in May, when 34% of Americans viewed her favorably and 50% unfavorably.”

Arrogance and hate will get you aholes on the modern left nowhere long term. Mark those words, libtrash.


August 2nd, 2009
4:47 pm

“And LOL you an cuss me all you want. I’ve devoted my entire adult life to getting patients well, and been battling the insurance companies to do it.”

Does anyone else here share concern that this hate filled wretched entity who seems to be overly infatuated with this blog and members is involved in the health care industry? Well, we can only hope the poor thing gets itself taken out of its misery with an awful karma accident. That would be a real shame.


August 2nd, 2009
5:03 pm

“We don’t care.”

Obviously, libtrash, you do care. In fact, you care enough to waste your wretched life on this blog telling the rest of us how much you hate us. And I find that more than mildly amusing. I find that psychotic. You are one sad, pathetic human being.


August 3rd, 2009
10:43 am

To “Tray” who said:Let us list what the government RUNS SUCCESSFULLY:

Social Security-NOPE
(recently)Cash for Clunkers-NOPE

Just a couple of opinions from here. Could it be the reason schools don’t run well is because PARENT don’t give a damn these days? How many parents out there even ASK if the child has any homework? If my mother asked of I had homework and I said no, in 5 minutes she would have called 6 teacheers and I’d better not be lying or my butt would get red!

Medicare: My mother was on Medicare for 20 years. She saw any doctor she wanted and never had a problem. That, of course, was before the Republicans screwed up the program by making heathcare companies the middleman and prescription benifits.

Social Security: I don’t know ANYONE who has not received a check on time. My mother was on SS for 20 years. It was in the bank EVERY MONTH, ON TIME!

Cash for clunkers: It has worked so well it’s already out of money.

Now for Wooten: “U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell) drafts the national health care plan that Congress should consider. Tax credits and deductions give consumers money to purchase medical coverage”

That’s a crock! If I need an MRI today, how does a tax credit on next year’s tax filing help me NOW? It’s doesn’t pay the bill. How are people who CAN’T afford insurance going to be helped? A tax credit or deduction doesn’t give them the money to pay the doctor’s bill today.
It doesn’t surprise me that Price’s plan was thought up by an insurance company. How does a tax credit give me money to purchase medical coverage?

A typical Republican “Let’s subsidize the insurance market” CROCK!


August 3rd, 2009
10:52 am

Yes, Jackie, I was audited by the IRS. I had all my papers together in my bedroom when an outlet shortcircuited and the bedroom caught fire and literally burned the entire package. I had photos of it and took it on my interview. The reason I was audited? I had a considerable jump in my income that year due to the sale of 2 houses. The woman looked at the photos and gave them back to me. No problem. I was in and out in 5 minutes.


August 3rd, 2009
12:30 pm

Many have protested about some of the current cabinet members having to pay/repay taxes. I say to those who protest loudly, they are either trying to persuade those that will listen that only those folks pointed out are considered tax cheats. I say, anytime the IRS chooses to make your life difficult, you too will be a tax cheat that will be beat until they get tired, which is usually never.


August 3rd, 2009
12:34 pm


The one government agency that those who complain about the government not working well, the US military, works well enough for those who complain that they swear by what is accomplished by their protection of this country. On the other hand, they complain because the government offers those veterans retirement, medical and education benefits. Go figure?

Victory Through Superior Information

August 3rd, 2009
1:00 pm

When one of the great bastions of liberalism, LA, starts making Joker posters about PrezBo, it’s time to start paying attention on what’s going on in America that the Dem-loving media is failing to report.

And then there’s the news that the Dems won’t rule out raising taxes on the middle class. Well DUH, any high school economics whiz could have told you that just 1% of this nation’s population who earn the most would be able to cover all of those wonderful socialist fantasyland Dem policies. Heck not even the top 10% would be able to cover it.

“WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s treasury secretary said Sunday he cannot rule out higher taxes to help tame an exploding budget deficit, and his chief economic adviser would not dismiss raising them on middle-class Americans as part of a health care overhaul.

As the White House sought to balance campaign rhetoric with governing, officials appeared willing to extend unemployment benefits. With former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan saying he is “pretty sure we’ve already seen the bottom” of the recession, Obama aides sought to defend the economic stimulus and calm a jittery public. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and National Economic Council Director Larry Summers both sidestepped questions on Obama’s intentions about taxes. Geithner said the White House was not ready to rule out a tax hike to lower the federal deficit; Summers said Obama’s proposed health care overhaul needs funding from somewhere.”

These people are setting themselves up for a massive voter revolt in 2010 and 2012 and they don’t even know it yet. Most of them of course are Chicago politicians, so they don’t really care. They’re used to thug arrogance. After all, what administration in the history of the United States has ever appointed nearly 50 government oversight CZARs that have been given power takken from appointed cabinet politicians as a payback favor for supporting Obama? Once again, the media fails to report that. And for eight years we listened to the Dems whine about Bush usurping power. Bud, he had nothing on this current administration. All we can do is sit back and watch these people self destruct and hopefully not cause too much damage to America as we know it before the voter revolt. Keep in mind these are the same people who whined and accused Bush of cronyism. But we already knew these people on the left are biggest hypocrites ever, and make a southern preacher cheating on his wife look saintly.

July 26, 2009
BY LYNN SWEET Sun-Times Columnist

WASHINGTON — It’s a Tuesday in June, and I am in one of the high-ceiling big rooms of the old office building next to the White House.

As I look around the room at the players assembled here — including this scribe — I’m thinking that with a few twists of fate, this all-Chicago gang could be huddling in Mayor Daley’s City Hall. With so many prominent Chicagoans playing key roles in the Obama administration, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has become the 51st ward. “Everyone misses Chicago,” said Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.

Chicagoans in D.C.

In front of me is Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to President Obama who today is chairing a roundtable marking the 37th anniversary of Title IX, the sports equity law. Across the room is Arne Duncan, the education secretary.

Seated in the first row is Tina Tchen, director of the White House public engagement office. Leaning against a wall is Susan Sher, chief of staff for Michelle Obama. In back of me in the vestibule is Daniel Hornung, a graduate of the University of Chicago Lab School who is working this summer for Jarrett. He is a friend of the daughter of Desiree Rogers, the White House social secretary. Marilyn Katz, a public affairs consultant visiting from Chicago, is also at the Title IX event.

Jarrett, Sher, Duncan and Tchen were all Daley appointees on boards or in top posts at City Hall, as was Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. David Axelrod was Daley’s political adviser. First lady Michelle Obama worked a stint at City Hall.

In Washington, the relationships among the key players in government are subject to speculation and fascination over whether there is a “Chicago way” in the six-month-old Obama White House. There is a romanticized notion of Machine politics in the air here, though only remnants of it still exist in Chicago.

I’ve wisecracked that there are so many Chicagoans in the Obama administration, it’s like covering the 51st Ward. Obama has swept into office with him dozens of Chicagoans, in all kinds of jobs.

Evanston’s Jon Samuels is in the White House legislative affairs office and Ben LaBolt, a LaGrange native, is a White House spokesman. Ellie Schaefer, from Lincolnwood, runs the White House visitors office. They worked on the Obama presidential campaign.

The late, great Chicago political scientist Milton Rakove titled one of his books We Don’t Want Nobody Nobody Sent, and that’s what I see so far: concentric circles of interlocking social, personal and political relationships that go back years. The University of Chicago is one focal point; City Hall is another.

Think Muckety, not machine. ( is a Web site that pulls together a person’s interlocking relationships.)

Jarrett disagrees with my 51st Ward metaphor. The Chicagoans, after all, are now operating on a national and international stage.

But I brought up the analogy because I wanted to figure out if there is a Chicago sensibility in the Obama White House.

What was exported from Chicago to Washington, Jarrett said, was “personal relationships that we have that creates a foundation of trust. . . . Some of my closest friends today are people who have been at City Hall,” she said, referring to Sher, Mrs. Obama and Axelrod.

The Chicagoans at the top tier of the Obama White House have actually known each other longer than they have known the Obamas.

“We shared a common history in that so many of us did have ties back to City Hall and had relationships that grew out of that experience, and we have grown up in a sense together,” Jarrett told me. “And then to come here together, it would have been much harder without each other.”

Duncan, the former Chicago Public Schools chief, also brought a contingent with him to Washington.

“There is a Chicago crowd of people here, and a lot of us learned our politics from some pros,” said Peter Cunningham, who worked for Duncan at CPS. Cunningham, a former speechwriter in Daley’s City Hall, is now assistant secretary for communications and outreach in the Education Department.

Obama named three Chicagoans — all major fund-raisers — to be ambassadors: Lou Susman to Great Britain, David Jacobson to Canada and Fay Hartog-Levin to the Netherlands. Hartog-Levin’s husband, Daniel Levin, is the chairman of the Habitat Co. Jarrett is the former president and CEO of Habitat.

Chicago lawyer Ertharin Cousin — who worked on the Obama campaign and is a veteran of city, state and national politics — was nominated last month to be U.S. ambassador to the Rome-based United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture.

Cindy Moelis was tapped by Obama last April to be the director of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. Moelis is a friend of Mrs. Obama and worked with her at City Hall. Moelis later became the executive director of the Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation.

That’s Pritzker as in Penny Pritzker — the Obama presidential campaign finance chairwoman. Obama headlined a Democratic National Committee fund-raiser at her Lincoln Park home Thursday. Moelis’ husband is Robert Rivkin, who wound up in the Obama administration as general counsel to the Transportation Department. Rivkin is a former CTA general counsel. Jarrett formerly chaired the CTA Board.

Rivkin’s boss is Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the former Illinois congressman who worked closely with Emanuel while they were both in the House. (Chicago author Carol Felsenthal, writing for the Huffington Post, noted that Rivkin’s brother Charles, also an Obama fund-raiser, was picked to be ambassador to France.)

Last month, Obama named Bryan Traubert, Pritzker’s husband, as a member of the commission Moelis now runs. The president also named to the commission Eleanor Kaye Wilson, a former DePaul University official and a friend of Marian Robinson, Mrs. Obama’s mother. Wilson is godmother to Obama daughters Malia and Sasha.


August 3rd, 2009
1:02 pm


Stomp the republitards--they make it easy. We won elections.

August 3rd, 2009
4:17 pm

Keep the birther movement going. A vibrant bunch of whackjobs like the Orley “Dr.” who supposedly represents the birthers–she ain’t an MD that’s for sure is as good as Palin for winning us elections.

Keep that whackjob on the air by all means.

Where’s the Wooten and Kyle Wingnut Birther article movement? Where’s the Right Wingnut AJC Julia Wallace Birther crusade? Bring it the f_ck on–it’s one more way for us to crush you.

Stomp the republitards--they make it easy. We won elections.

August 3rd, 2009
4:20 pm

Suxby turned in a fake and nebulous knee ailment. It hasn’t stopped him from scamperin’ around and playin’ a blue million holes of golf. Like all Republicans, Suxby wants lower economically situationed black, Hispanics and whites to be the fish in a barrel in Iraq and Afghanistan. Suxby would piss in his pants if anyone mentioned the word VietNam. Cheney got six deferements–he’s a pants pisser and of course the ultimate chickens_it Bush.

Stomp the republitards--they make it easy. We won elections.

August 3rd, 2009
4:23 pm

Lynn Sweet is a right wing moron working for a right wing newspaper. Both major papers in Chicago are unabashedly right wingnut papers. Boy, I’m sure glad there were no Texans in the White House during the previous Bush 8 years. That would have been real scarry. No nepotism there at all. They did such a f_ckin’ good job. If only we could have Bush back.

When you wanna shine, paste a Lynn Sweet article in here–that’s the epitome of intellect. LOL

Stomp the republitards--they make it easy. We won elections.

August 3rd, 2009
4:26 pm

Marian Robinson for the next Supreme Court Justice right? Or is it Stanford’s Pam Karlan or Kathleen Sullivan author of one of the top constitutional law books used by law schools? How about Michelle Obama for Supreme Court?–sounds fine to me.

Stomp the republitards--they make it easy. We won elections.

August 3rd, 2009
4:28 pm

Damn it’s hard to duke it out with these right whackjob wingnuts. They’re so articulate and well educated. If only I could have afforded school. Particularly their medical prowess and knowledge of the law. It’s just friggin’ awesome! They’re almost as bright as “ah kin see russha whackjob unemployed Palin.” LOL Palin can’t get hired by right wingnut radio that takes some of the most intense scum on the planet–Colter, Rush, but they won’t touch Palin.

Keep that birther movement goin’. Keep Joe the Whackjob out there. They’re the leaders of your crushed party.

Stomp the republitards--they make it easy. We won elections.

August 3rd, 2009
5:11 pm

Since the Republitards had the House, Senate and Westwing until 2006 and never again, why didn’t they push health care reformthen?

Stomp the republitards--they make it easy. We won elections.

August 3rd, 2009
5:19 pm

I don’t understand why Obama is naming people he knows and trusts to positions. Why doesn’t he commute the sentences of the 200 plus Republitard whackjobs, get them out of the BOP, and put them in key positions? Why doesn’t he make Brownie Chief of frigin’ staff?

Why not commute Senor Jack Abramoff’s sentence immediately, and put Abramoff and Rove in charge of all appointments by Obama? Ah mean it done make great sense tuh me.

Reconciliation & Republican Defeat is a Comin' Baby.

August 3rd, 2009
8:05 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of Guantanamo Bay detainee cases have been referred to federal prosecutors for possible criminal trials in the nation’s capital, Virginia and New York City, officials told The Associated Press on Monday as a second strategy for trying the detainees emerged within the Obama administration.

The Justice Department’s strategy of holding trials in East Coast cities could be a sharp departure from a Pentagon plan to hold all Guantanamo-related civilian and military trials in the Midwest.

The politically volatile decisions about where and how to try Guantanamo Bay detainees ultimately will rest with President Barack Obama as he tries to meet his self-imposed January deadline for closing the island prison.

Obama administration officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss internal deliberations, said Attorney General Eric Holder met privately last week with the chief federal prosecutor in each of the East Coast areas to discuss the preparations for possible indictments and trials in those districts.

Pharmacy Guide

July 8th, 2010
5:07 pm

Special areas in the pancreas gland, the Islets of Langerhans, produce a hormone called insulin. This hormone is a protein of small size.

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July 8th, 2010
5:09 pm

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