The longest night of the year.


Good morning.

We have just finished the longest night of the year.

There is a story on the Better Government Association site about how the CPS board of education is blocking the Inspector General’s investigation into kickbacks involving Forest Claypool, CPS attorney  Ronald Marmer and the high-powered law firm of Jenner & Block.

This problem is pervasive, and it needs to be addressed.

In 2013, members of the City Council’s Progressive Caucus and other aldermen attempted to do just that. The caucus introduced a series of municipal code revisions attempting to clarify and strengthen the OIG’s role. Some were ultimately adopted, but many were left to wither and die in the Council’s Rules Committee. Among them was a proposal that would permit independent subpoena enforcement, as well as an ordinance that would address attorney-client privilege as it relates to the OIG’s work.


Charter shill Peter Cunningham was not happy with my post yesterday.

The truth is I didn’t notice, but it was no fault of my hearing loss.

It was because it didn’t happen. As Cunningham himself admits in a followup tweet.

As someone who worked in a senior position at Arne Duncan’s Department of Education for years Cunningham knows full well that what he calls a defense of unions  (Look Peter, it’s either a “union shop” or it’s not) is a Right to Work position.

If union membership is “not required” either the teacher is receiving the benefits of a bargained contract without paying their share for representation, or they  are working outside the collective bargaining agreement, which undermines the union.


Forbes reports that seniors are finding their Social Security checks garnished for unpaid student loans, leaving those over 65 in poverty.

As of September 2015, 114,000 Americans who were 50 and older had their Social Security benefits reduced to offset defaulted student loans, according to the report. Since 2002, that figure has increased by 440%.

 Typically, a borrower 50 and older had about $140 in Social Security income taken out each month. However, it is important to note that those whose checks were garnished are in default—meaning they haven’t made a payment on their student loans in at least a year, according to the GAO.

Although the government has the ability to garnish Social Security checks (up to 15% of an individual’s benefits—a figure that hasn’t been adjusted for current living costs), some congressional Democrats—like Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts—believe the government’s tactics to do so have become too aggressive, setting its sites on those who will never be able to repay

3 thoughts on “The longest night of the year.

  1. Fred,
    Your point being that an old deadbeat shoudl be let off the hook because they are older. Just another way to suck the public teat. You automatically assume that the deadbeat is in poverty. You should be curious as to whether or not the individual ever had the means to repay, or does now. In other woprds take the time to look into it on a case by case basis.

  2. I’m going to guess that most of those garnishments are for PLUS (Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students) loans. Loans that are routinely included in the “financial aid” package by colleges after acceptance. If you were to go out and shop for a new car and the dealer offered “financial aid” in the form of a loan with the terms similar to PLUS loans,you’d leave the dealer immediately and find a dealer who wasn’t trying to fleece you and get a better terms on the loan from a bank. Parents whose child has achieved the dream and been accepted by a college aren’t offered that option and they are blinded by the dream that will later turn to nightmare. Once upon a time government loan programs were a way to encourage college attendance for those unable to afford it. Now, like so many other government revenue streams, it’s another means of taking from the poor and giving to the rich.

  3. For the first time in its 85-year history, the California Public Employees Retirement System, CalPERS, is drastically cutting benefits for public retirees. Starting January 1st, four retired City of Loyalton public employees will have their pensions cut 60 percent. For 71-year-old Patsy Jardin, that means her pension will drop from about $49,000 a year to a little more than $19,000.

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