Tuesday, February 26, 2008


Here are a few short quotes with my comments about each one.
“All policy interventions in social problems produce the intended effect IF the research is carried out by those implementing the policy or their friends.”
~James Q. Wilson

A couple of programs come to mind. First is the Illinois New Americans initiative. It was researched by a Latino activist group called Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. The study was paid for by the Illinois taxpayers. It is already a huge success and will continue to be so in the eyes of Gov. Blagojevich.

Now, Elgin has a Gang Intervention Task Force studying the problem of all the gang shootings last summer. So far they say they need after-school programs and an initiative to teach the neighbors how to speak Spanish so they can communicate with the Latino families in town.

I’m sure the program will be a huge success. The most recent after-school program was a great success too, until the city employee running the program was fired after being arrested for dealing cocaine. They shut down the gym and fired his boss. But even that program is fine now. They changed the name of it. Really. Don’t worry. It’ll be different with a new name. Promise.

“Once the erosion of power begins, it has a momentum all its own.” ~John Adams

Well, Gov Blagojevich has finally been named as the elected official who was wheeling and dealing with Tony Rezko. Of course, the Gov is not accused of any wrongdoing at this point.

Then there is the slide Hillary is taking. If she doesn’t stop the Mo it’ll be a three way race in November – Obama – Nader – McCain. Now just watch as Bloomberg or Paul or Hunter or someone else from the right decides to be a spoiler as well. Let’s hope not; McCain will be bad enough.

“An infallible method of conciliating a tiger is to allow oneself to be devoured.” ~ Dr. Konrad Adenauer.

When I see politicians at all levels finding ways to attract more illegal aliens, I think of the tiger quote. And that brings up a quote by historian Henry Adams when he says, “Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.” And our “leaders” are certainly good at that.

And finally, an explanation as to why government can’t keep up with society. There are new laws and ordinances being considered every day about the darnedest things, from baseball players to t-shirt messages. Here’s why it is so, and why it is a battle that cannot be won under our form of government.

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.” ~John Adams

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