Barack Obama is a Democrat ward hack and a complete fraud

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Barack Obama is a Democrat ward hack and a complete fraud

illinois signBy John Ruberry

You can once and for all drop any lin­ger­ing belief you may pos­sess that Barack Obama is a bi-​partisan uni­fier. A Chicago Demo­c­rat in the Illi­nois House who believed in com­pro­mis­ing is now a lame duck because of our left­ist president.

Illi­nois has been locked in a bud­get bat­tle for nine months. The pri­mary com­bat­ants are Repub­li­can polit­i­cal new­comer Bruce Rauner, the first Land of Lin­coln gov­er­nor to win a major­ity of vot­ers since 2002, and House Speaker Michael Madi­gan, who has led the lower cham­ber in Spring­field for 30 of the last 32 years. He’s also chair­man of the Illi­nois Demo­c­ra­tic Party. His daugh­ter, Lisa, has been the state’s attor­ney gen­eral since 2003.

If there is a poster child for the prob­lems of America’s fifth-​largest state – a declin­ing pop­u­la­tion, deficit spend­ing, woe­fully under­funded pub­lic pen­sions – it’s Michael Madi­gan, who has been a mem­ber of the Illi­nois House since 1971.

Last month Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, whose first pub­lic office was as an Illi­nois state sen­a­tor, spoke to the Gen­eral Assem­bly where he hailed the graces of com­pro­mise and work­ing across the aisle with the opposition.

Where I’ve got an oppor­tu­nity to find some com­mon ground, that doesn’t make me a sell­out to my own party,” Obama said that day, after which Rep. Ken Dunkin (D-​Chicago) stood and cheered.

We’ll talk later, Dunkin,” Obama quickly replied and then con­tin­ued his speech.

And so Obama talked.

Dunkin is the type of politi­cian Obama who was able to “find some com­mon ground” with Gov­er­nor Rauner. Madigan’s ger­ry­man­der­ing tal­ents cre­ated super-​majorities in both cham­bers of the Gen­eral Assem­bly – with not a vote to spare. But Dunkin defied Boss Madi­gan sev­eral times by pre­vent­ing sev­eral over­rides of sev­eral Rauner vetoes.

Madi­gan responded pre­dictably by direct­ing fund­ing to the cam­paign of his pri­mary oppo­nent, Juliana Strat­ton. She also received Obama’s endorse­ment and the pres­i­dent – and here’s the“We’ll talk later” part – appeared in a Strat­ton radio spot and nar­rated a TV ad for her.

Shouldn’t Obama be focused on defeat­ing ISIS, tack­ling the fed­eral deficit, and cre­at­ing jobs? No, he has bet­ter things to do, it seems, such as stick­ing his nose in a state leg­is­la­ture race that means noth­ing to a fam­ily of four in, let’s say Ohio, that is strug­gling to get by.

Tele­vi­sion adver­tise­ments in the expen­sive Chicago TV mar­ket are unheard of in state rep­re­sen­ta­tive races.

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Repub­li­can inter­ests con­tributed heav­ily to Dunkin’s campaign.

Last Tues­day was pri­mary day in Illi­nois – and Strat­ton eas­ily bested Dunkin. The Demo­c­ra­tic Machine defeated the compromiser.

Obama is a fraud. He should be ashamed of him­self but of course he isn’t.

John Ruberry reg­u­larly blogs and Marathon Pun­dit. He’s a life long res­i­dent of ILL-​inois.

illinois signBy John Ruberry

You can once and for all drop any lingering belief you may possess that Barack Obama is a bi-partisan unifier. A Chicago Democrat in the Illinois House who believed in compromising is now a lame duck because of our leftist president.

Illinois has been locked in a budget battle for nine months. The primary combatants are Republican political newcomer Bruce Rauner, the first Land of Lincoln governor to win a majority of voters since 2002, and House Speaker Michael Madigan, who has led the lower chamber in Springfield for 30 of the last 32 years. He’s also chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party. His daughter, Lisa, has been the state’s attorney general since 2003.

If there is a poster child for the problems of America’s fifth-largest state–a declining population, deficit spending, woefully underfunded public pensions–it’s Michael Madigan, who has been a member of the Illinois House since 1971.

Last month President Barack Obama, whose first public office was as an Illinois state senator, spoke to the General Assembly where he hailed the graces of compromise and working across the aisle with the opposition.

“Where I’ve got an opportunity to find some common ground, that doesn’t make me a sellout to my own party,” Obama said that day, after which Rep. Ken Dunkin (D-Chicago) stood and cheered.

“We’ll talk later, Dunkin,” Obama quickly replied and then continued his speech.

And so Obama talked.

Dunkin is the type of politician Obama who was able to “find some common ground” with Governor Rauner. Madigan’s gerrymandering talents created super-majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly–with not a vote to spare. But Dunkin defied Boss Madigan several times by preventing several overrides of several Rauner vetoes.

Madigan responded predictably by directing funding to the campaign of his primary opponent, Juliana Stratton. She also received Obama’s endorsement and the president–and here’s  the”We’ll talk later” part–appeared in a Stratton radio spot and narrated a TV ad for her.

Shouldn’t Obama be focused on defeating ISIS, tackling the federal deficit, and creating jobs? No, he has better things to do, it seems, such as sticking his nose in a state legislature race that means nothing to a family of four in, let’s say Ohio, that is struggling to get by.

Television advertisements in the expensive Chicago TV market are unheard of in state representative races.

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John “Lee” Ruberry

Republican interests contributed heavily to Dunkin’s campaign.

Last Tuesday was primary day in Illinois–and Stratton easily bested Dunkin. The Democratic Machine defeated the compromiser.

Obama is a fraud. He should be ashamed of himself but of course he isn’t.

John Ruberry regularly blogs and Marathon Pundit. He’s a life long resident of ILL-inois.