Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Thanks for fracking — and chocolate ]]> Lead story image

Typically on this holiday we give thanks for family, friends and the good things in our lives. Perhaps this year it might be appropriate to expand our gratitude to those things in our society that contribute so much to the good things in our lives. The Constitution. Yes, our governing document is under stress from a president who believes his ends justify his means. But our Constitution is bigger than Barack Obama. It survived Richard Nixon, it will survive Obama, his immigration diktat, his rewriting of the Affordable Care Act for political gain and the IRS harassment of his political … ]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:22:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Evil Palestinian propaganda deters peace ]]> Lead story image

The pounding of nails or the buzz of a saw to build a home in an Israeli community in the disputed lands of the West Bank never fails to spark outrage against Israel from the State Department or European capitals. Virtually unnoticed by them is the sewer of hate against Israel and Jews that spews through Palestinian society. Only a revolting crime like last week’s massacre in a Jerusalem synagogue can rouse from Washington an acknowledgment of the evil of Palestinian propaganda, such as was voiced by Secretary of State John Kerry: “To have this kind of act, which is … ]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 02:34:15 -0600 <![CDATA[ Obama’s immigration power grab ]]> Lead story image

It looks as if President Barack Obama’s diktat revising immigration law is only hours away. But Americans will have to live with the consequences of this presidential power grab for years to come. Obama will announce Thursday night what sources call a “comprehensive” executive order to protect from deportation and give work permits to 5 million illegal immigrants. Like millions of citizens, I believe the immigration system needs to be fixed. But, under our Constitution, that’s the job of Congress. Obama himself is on record saying many times that executive action “would be ignoring the law in a way that … ]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:12:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Belittling the voters — now that’s stupid ]]> Lead story image

An obscure, self-promoting economist at an elite East Coast university is having his 15 minutes in the spotlight — and finding that, outside the oh-so-smart and sophisticated left-wing precincts, mocking American voters as stupid is, well, just plain stupid. You might not have heard of Jonathan Gruber of MIT, but you’re going to. Several videos have surfaced with him saying the concept behind Obamacare was so unpopular that “a lack of transparency” in writing the law was a “huge political advantage” in getting it passed. As was, he said, “the stupidity of the American voter.” Gruber is an acknowledged expert … ]]> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 02:30:49 -0600 <![CDATA[ Beware of regulation of the Internet ]]> Lead story image

The folks who gave you the rollout, a fiasco perhaps unprecedented in the history of the Internet, have decided they’re smart and savvy enough to regulate . . . Internet service. You can’t make this stuff up. President Barack Obama is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to declare that broadband Internet service is a public utility. In other words, he wants to regulate Internet service providers under laws mostly written in the Great Depression or earlier to govern railroads, land-line telephones and the telegraph — remember that? Obama is pushing a concept that certainly sounds nice: net neutrality. … ]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:34:59 -0600 <![CDATA[ Reid leaves a legacy of wreckage ]]> Lead story image

The first order of business for the U.S. Senate under Republican Mitch McConnell will be getting the Senate back in business. For most of the last four years, Democrat Harry Reid manipulated what was once the world’s greatest deliberative body for political purposes, not for the hard task of governing. The House passed more than 300 bills but they mostly died from neglect in the Senate. What little legislation that made it to the floor crashed as Reid manipulated Senate rules to ban amendments and debate. When Republicans refused to bow to his tin-pot dictatorial rule, he accused them of … ]]> Sun, 09 Nov 2014 10:57:03 -0600 <![CDATA[ 11 lessons from Tuesday’s elections ]]> Lead story image

Some thoughts about the election results:  Americans remain leery of big government. Just as President Barack Obama had said, his policies advocating an expansive Washington agenda were on the ballot. But voters hadn’t forgotten the health care website meltdown, VA incompetency in caring for vets, the White House’s badly off-the-mark assessment of the Islamic State as the jayvees of terrorism, the initial fumbling on Ebola, and the IRS abuse of conservatives. Obama fatigue was the issue. In the days leading up to the election, the White House argued that Democrat candidates were making a mistake keeping the president at arm’s … ]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 09:19:09 -0600 <![CDATA[ Insulting Netanyahu was a bad idea ]]> Lead story image

At a time when Islamist fanaticism is roiling the Middle East and the Islamic State is on the march in Syria and Iraq, the Obama administration insults Israel, our only reliable ally in the region, by mocking Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a barnyard epithet for coward. Disrespecting a friend is no way to conduct foreign policy or impress allies in these troubled times. The outburst by unnamed officials is only the latest sour exchange in what has seemed for some time like a deteriorating relationship. Even the best of allies have disagreements. The White House and State Department have … ]]> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 16:05:34 -0600 <![CDATA[ Democrats already pointing fingers ]]> Lead story image

I voted early the other day. But I didn’t slap on my shirt one of those “I voted” stickers they were handing out at the polling place. I didn’t want someone on the street asking me if I voted for Barack Obama. The president, of course, is not on the ballot. But in the hotly contested U.S. Senate races, Democrat incumbents have found themselves squirming under the question — asked time and again — of whether they voted for Obama in presidential elections. While candidates have adopted a don’t ask, don’t tell policy, Obama is having none of it. He … ]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 09:29:07 -0600 <![CDATA[ Ebola shows how government bumbles ]]> Lead story image

These are tough days for liberals. Their central dogma — that government is the answer to our problems — is taking a beating. Voters are learning what conservatives have always known, big government can fail in big ways. Consider what has Americans scratching their heads now: How could a doctor who spent a month treating Ebola patients in Africa return to densely populated New York City and not be told by public health officials to stay close to home during the disease’s incubation period? Dr. Craig Spencer rode New York’s subways and went bowling in Brooklyn the night before he … ]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:08:37 -0600 <![CDATA[ Politicians say the darnedest things ]]> Lead story image

In a long campaign season filled with super heavy issues like the weak economy, the Islamic State and Ebola, let’s pause to savor a few of the lighter moments. In Kentucky, Democrat senatorial candidate Alison Lundergan “I’m not Barack Obama” Grimes — the quote is from one of her campaign commercials — is refusing to say whom she voted for in the last two presidential elections. Her rationale at a one debate ­­— “I’m not going to compromise a constitutional right.” Ms. Not-Obama-Grimes may be on to something. The secret ballot protects us from retribution for our political choices. Obama’s … ]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:05:55 -0600 <![CDATA[ Enjoy the cheaper oil while we can ]]> Lead story image

Falling oil prices have us smiling when we fill ’er up. But economics is not known as the dismal science for no reason — good news often is accompanied by a downside, and economists are raining on our parade. But first the silver lining in the 20 percent drop in oil prices: Cheaper gas puts dollars in the pockets of consumers to spend on other things, giving the economy a boost. Lower fuel costs in manufacturing and transporting products may also show up in lower, or at least more slowly rising prices, for goods. Each penny decline in the cost … ]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:25:06 -0600 <![CDATA[ Hard to trust ‘experts’ on Ebola ]]> Lead story image

It seems like only days ago the experts were assuring us that there was no cause for worry after Ebola had arrived in our country. Now in a span of just four days, two nurses in Dallas who treated that first Ebola patient have themselves come down with the deadly disease. There’s still no reason to expect an epidemic, no cause for panic. But once again the experts have proved to be far from infallible in asserting that the nation’s medical facilities were well-prepared to cope with Ebola. The most visible authority figure offering assurances was Dr. Thomas Frieden, director … ]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:34:08 -0600 <![CDATA[ Israel simply is not equally at fault ]]> Lead story image

Western donor nations that have given so much money to Palestinian causes are expressing hesitancy about funding the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip because they fear another war may be, if not just around the corner, then certainly not that far off. It’s a reasonable worry, but given the hostility in the international community toward Israel, the concerns are, as usual, being voiced in the wrong context. These nations ponied up huge sums for rebuilding after Hamas terrorism from Gaza provoked Israeli military operations in 2009 and 2012. That money evaporated in explosions this year when Hamas launched another conflict … ]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:35:02 -0600 <![CDATA[ Hedge your bets on Senate races ]]> Lead story image

The election for control of the U.S. Senate in just under four weeks is, somewhat surprisingly, shaping up as a bit of a nail- biter. A volatile mix of President Barack Obama’s unpopularity, voter discontent with things as they are threatening all incumbents, historic trends favoring Republicans, a Democratic money advantage and uncertainty about turnout is inspiring a wide variety of predictions: Democrats barely hold on to their majority! A GOP triumph of eight seats won! The smart money is on the Republicans getting the net gain of six wins needed to give them 51 seats. Still, so much turmoil … ]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 20:06:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Obama loose with the facts at NU ]]> Lead story image

Good news has been hard to find for President Barack Obama. The international situation is a little frightening with a terrorist army in Iraq chopping off heads and Russia gobbling up parts of Ukraine. Ebola is no longer a distant problem in Africa, it’s in Texas. So it’s no wonder that he’s turned to talking up the economy. The problem is that millions of Americans see more talk than actual improvement in their lives. Obama had, as he put it, “a lot of good statistics” to cite in his speech to a friendly crowd at Northwestern University the other day: … ]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 06:22:08 -0600 <![CDATA[ Expert assurances provide little relief ]]> Lead story image

As one old enough to recall the national trauma of the murder of John F. Kennedy and the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan, I saw nothing funny in the jokes by late-night comedians ridiculing the Secret Service over the recent intrusion of an armed man into the White House. And given the scandal about Veterans Administration health care, the disastrous rollout of the Obamacare website and the summer’s breach of the border by Central American children, I’m not exactly reassured by the experts declaring Ebola can be controlled now that we have the first case of a sick traveler in … ]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 10:40:51 -0600 <![CDATA[ A credible stand against terrorism ]]> Lead story image

In a bid to reassert U.S. leadership globally, President Barack Obama has succeeded in enlisting Arab Sunni states to bomb Sunni terrorists while launching a much-needed modernization of America’s nuclear arsenal. These endeavors are remarkable in themselves but especially so coming from a president who rose to the White House promising to withdraw from Mideast conflicts and to work toward a world free of nuclear weapons. The realities of international threats intruded on those lofty goals. ]]> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 07:38:18 -0600