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The Chicago Mayoral Election is Tuesday….

How much does Rahm Emanuel win by?

Can he top 50% for no run-off?

Rahm Emanuel , Amy Rule,  Zacharias, Ilans, Leah

Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel walks with his wife Amy Rule, center left, and his children Zacharias, right, Ilans, top left, and Leah, bottom left, after his speech at Salem Baptist Church in Chicago, Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011.

In the final weekend before Tuesday’s election, the city’s mayoral hopefuls criss-crossed Chicago’s neighborhoods to encourage voter turnout and make their case for the job.

Rahm Emanuel worked at getting out the vote on the South Side and at Plumbers Local 130, the first union to back his candidacy.

At the union hall, the former White House chief of staff talked about education and again said tough choices will need to be made in the city budget “by all us residents; that’s a big word for me,” referring to the residency challenge he faced.

Later, he stopped by his Hyde Park campaign office, where reporters asked him about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and GOP state lawmakers who have triggered mass protests over a move to strip union protections from government workers.

“I think what the governor there is doing is not just fiscal but a political agenda. . . . I would totally reject the approach the governor of Wisconsin has taken,” he said, while cautioning the city would have to “live within our means.”…..


This from Politicaldog101…..

February 21, 2011 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , | Leave a comment

FactCheck on the GOP and Democrats hype on the Healthcare Law….

Both sides are turning things against each other….

If you are interested…..

You might want to take the time to read thru this linked piece which tries to answer the major statements by the politician’s for and against the

the Healthcare Law which is now in effect……

A lot of the numbers thrown around aren’t correct…

Not even close….

Quite a few of the numbers no-one will be able to figure out until the future….

And  quite a lot bullshit is going on……

From both sides….


The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office states that repealing the health care law would worsen the federal deficit over the next 10 years — by $230 billion.

So how does the House Republican Leadership support its claim that the law itself is “budget-busting” and would add $701 billion to the deficit? And how does Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi justify claiming it will “save taxpayers $1.3 trillion”? Both sides are spinning shamelessly.

We judge that CBO’s projection, which is both official and nonpartisan, is the best available. But even that estimate is uncertain, as the agency itself concedes. For one thing, there is doubt about whether all of the Medicare savings in the law will actually materialize. Those reductions are supposed to offset part of the law’s new spending, but they could put too great a burden on hospitals.

Pelosi’s $1.3 trillion claim is deceptive. She’s projecting CBO’s estimate 20 years into the future, something the agency says is an imprecise and uncertain calculation. Furthermore the law raises taxes to pay for much of its new spending, so saying it “saves taxpayers” anything is misleading. Her figure is actually a reduction in the projected federal deficit.

As for the GOP’s claim that “the bill would add over $700 billion in red ink over the next decade,” we judge it to be mostly bogus.

  • It rests largely on a claim that hundreds of billions of dollars in projected Medicare savings are being “double-counted.” But CBO is simply not doing that.
  • The GOP’s $700 billion figure also includes more than $200 billion for a permanent “doctor fix” to prevent a cut in Medicare payments to doctors. But that is not even a part of the new law, and many Republicans endorse the “doctor fix” anyway.
  • The GOP claims the law will cost $115 billion to administer, but that isn’t true. CBO actually puts those costs at roughly $10 billion to $20 billion over the next 10 years….

More…From FactCheck……


This from Politicaldog101….

February 21, 2011 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , | Leave a comment