The West Coast’s war on energy and prosperity

By John Ruberry While I'm watching snow fall outdoors at Marathon Pundit world headquarters in Morton Grove, Illinois, the rest of my family is vacationing in southern California. When they drove into California at Needles, just as the Joads did in The Grapes of Wrath, they were also greeted by more desert, as well as … Continue reading The West Coast’s war on energy and prosperity

High Tax Blue States Meet the Trump Free Market

Russ DeKuyper: You know how much I gotta make to keep $300 cash in our tax bracket? I gotta make 800, maybe $1000. That's why I want that check. Now, you give me that $1000. Archie Bunker: Why, you copper-plated phony, you. You're money nuts. When this was just a raggy fur, you couldn't care … Continue reading High Tax Blue States Meet the Trump Free Market

I want to Bring Back Illinois, which is why I support Jeanne Ives for governor

By John Ruberry At my own blog and here at Da Tech Guy, I enthusiastically backed the candidacy of Bruce Rauner, the current Republican governor of Illinois. Count me as an ex-supporter. I'll be voting for state Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) in next spring's primary. Rauner was a political newcomer when he narrowly defeated unpopular … Continue reading I want to Bring Back Illinois, which is why I support Jeanne Ives for governor

Chicago’s ruling class thrives amid city’s decline

By John Ruberry Of America's largest cities only Chicago has a declining population. So far this year--as it was for all 2016--more people were murdered in Chicago than in New York City and Los Angeles. Combined. On the surface it seems that Chicago has the best government that money can buy. The Watchdogs of the … Continue reading Chicago’s ruling class thrives amid city’s decline

The Bright Side of One Party States

On Conservatively Speaking and to a lesser degree on DaTechGuy on DaRadio we speak about the one party rule in Massachusetts and all the trouble it causes us. Massachusetts and California may be one side of the coin but the NYT talks a bit about the other side of the equation: Come January, more than … Continue reading The Bright Side of One Party States