Figure of the Day-4 Days a Week (New Beatles song?)

Amazing. This is what you get with unions. Teachers unions won’t cut their costs. Employee unions won’t cut their costs. The kids suffer. When have you ever heard a teachers union official talk about the kids? The Obama administration walks …

Over The Counter Clearing

CME Group’s Clearing House head, Kim Taylor, wrote a short blog post here. I am glad that she was able to get away from the day to day operations of running the clearing house to get a little sun down …

Figure of the Day-20 Ways Your Freedom is Taken Away

Here is a succinct non-emotional list of ways you have lost your freedom due to the vote last night. It’s from IBD. What is extremely interesting to me is that the writers of the Constitution were aware of how the …

What do you do now?

It doesn’t matter what political party you are from. You should be outraged by last night’s socialized medicine vote. Why? First, look at all the special deals that were done to pass the bill. It wasn’t just the Cornhusker Kickback …

Figure of the Day

216. The amount of votes the socialists needed to turn America into a European style socialist system. King George finally defeated the revolutionaries. Alexis de Tocqueville isn’t required reading anymore. He examined this new America and liked what he saw. …

My Sad Healthcare Story

Obama likes to tell a lot of stories about how people are decimated by evil insurance companies and health care costs. If you fact check most of his stories, they are pure fallacy. But as I know from the 2008 …

Hey, who threw that pie in my face?!!

Living in the city of Chicago, you run into a lot of different ideas, views, people and see what can only be described as weird stuff from time to time. I had always heard of vegetarians, but had never heard …

Tea Party at Congressman Lipinski's office yesterday

Tea party yesterday at Congressman Lipinski’s office. They had great weather for it. The last tea party there was bitter cold! Here is a link to a few photos. Hopefully, Congressman Lipinski will vote NO on the socialization of health …

Figure of the Day-fluid

Pelosi needs more votes to pass socialized medicine. You can follow different whip counts here and here. It’s close, but the fat lady is warming up her vocal cords. Amazingly, all the lives that America has lost to preserve and …

Expected Outcome years after Obamacare is enacted

What would conceivably happen if Obamacare is enacted? I think it’s useful to think about. I agree that today’s health care system is unsustainable. But, Obama and the Democratic view of health care is abominable. First, the health care bill …

Figure of the Day 53% Increase in taxes under Obamacare

Looks like we are headed down the road to socialism. The Democratic party is leading us there. Just so you know what socialism brings, it’s really high taxes. High taxes are not just for the rich. They don’t have enough …

Weak Dollars and the Yuan

It’s funny to listen to government officials talk about their currency value. The US hasn’t had a true strong dollar policy for years. Even though officials have publicly stated they were for a strong dollar, their policy hasn’t followed suit …

Hot Dogs

My friends that visit Chicago always ask about the steaks. Of course, we have great steaks. We have great other stuff too. Charlie Trotter’s, Aruns, Spiaggia, Frontera Grille, are top restaurants in their categories. World famous. Chefs on TV. But …

Figure of the Day

1% That’s the total amount of beer consumption today when compared to annual consumption! Or, 1% of all beer drank in a year is consumed today. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Capital Gains, the truth that no one talks about

Today’s Wall Street Journal has an op-ed about the coming capital gains tax increase under the abomination called Obamacare. The pending bill will raise capital gains taxes 2.9%, on all investment income. That money will be transferred into Medicare. In …

FOMC Meeting

Today the FOMC meets. They are having lunch and smoking cigars while I type. Fed policy has been on hold since the financial crisis started. The only dramatic day has been the day they announced a quantitative ease last year. …

New Basic Training

The military basic training experience is designed to acquaint you with the differences between military protocol and civilian life. It is not a pleasant experience. Anyone that has been through it can attest to that. To me it wasn’t the …