Obama Library Starts Off With $100 Million in Corruption in Chicago

Why is it not a surprise that the first moves to make Chicago the home of the Barack Hussein Obama Presidential Library are born in corruption? But I suppose it is a fitting way to start a library for one of the biggest failure and most corrupt politicians ever to sit in the White House.

In the most bankrupt state in the union the Illinois Democrat Party floated the idea of using $100 million in taxpayer dollars to set up the BO Library and the way they went about it all was 100 percent corruption.

Illinois Democrats are desperate to have Chicago named as the site of the Obama Presidential Library, so desperate they pulled a sneaky “off-site” vote to spend $100 million in tax dollars on its construction. But the underhanded vote and the unfunded expenditure of millions the state doesn’t have had Democrats running for cover after politicians, the media, and the voters erupted in criticism of the move.

The snap decision to throw $100 million tax dollars at a project that isn’t even assured came in for heavy criticism in a state that has one of the worst budget overruns in the country. But the way the decision was made and the many conflicts of interest involved in the campaigning for the library also raised eyebrows all across the state.

One such conflict is that the woman who heads the Illinois Arts Council Agency is the wife of the Speaker of the Illinois House, Democrat Michael Madigan. Shirley Madigan expects to have a big role in the planning and construction of an Obama Presidential Library, a project of which her politician husband is a big booster.

But the essentially secret vote gave stark evidence of the shady way Illinois Democrats do business, critics said.

The committee responsible for voting on the expenditure of the $100 million tax dollars convened in Chicago instead of the state capital, Springfield. On top of that, the Democrats on the committee didn’t invite any of their Republican members to attend nor did they inform them that the meeting was even taking place.

But even worse, they claimed that they could use previous committee votes as proxy votes for the Republican members and in practice cast the Republican’s votes without asking them for their actual opinion on the matter.

It may not be surprising, then, that the whole committee approved the allocation of $100 million for a new Obama library.

Of course, after this move was made public, the Republicans became a bit unhappy over the proceedings.

“What they did last week was under-handed and sneaky and offers further proof that they no longer can be trusted with taxpayer money,” said House Republican Leader Jim Durkin.

“This is typical Chicago politics at work” Durkin added. “The Chicago Democrats knew I wouldn’t support spending $100 million that we don’t have on a presidential library, so they decided to violate their own rules and cast my vote anyway.”

But even as Republicans–and many members of the media–began to criticize the $100 million expenditure, House Speaker Madigan’s spokesman accused anyone who opposed the move of being a “Tea Party” racist.

“The tea party gene has blossomed in full bloom in Springfield in 2014. You attach Obama’s name to anything and this rabid group jumps up,” Madigan spokesman Steve Brown said.

Republican state Rep. Ed Sullivan, though excoriated Madigan’s office for “polarizing” the debate.

“(Madigan’s office) is trying to polarize the political culture down in Springfield,” Rep. Sullivan told Illinois Watchdog. “We had the wrong … procedure on a vote on a somewhat controversial agenda item of the presidential library. But this has taken a turn.”

Sullivan pointed out that “Tea Party” politics are beside the point. The state just can’t afford to throw $100 million on the project. With $7 billion owed to state vendors and a $100 billion shortfall in its employee pension programs, Illinois is broke.

Illinois is in such bad shape that it preternaturally falls among the bottom five states of the nation in nearly every metric that makes a successful state. It is so bad that Illinois ranks 49th out of 50 for the best states in which to live. Only Rhode Island residents disliked their state more than Illinoisans did.

There is a final question about all this, though. Why exactly does one need $100 million for a library that only has three books in it? All you need to do is get a copy of Marx’ “Das Kapital,” Hitler’s “Mein Kampf,” and Saul Alinsky’s “Rules For Radicals” and you have Obama’s whole library ready to go.

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  • cirby

    It’s funny – the Democrats get caught doing something stupid, and immediately scream that “it’s those Tea Party people who are against it!”

    Sooner or later, people start to notice that the “only” people who are against the stupid and corrupt policies in government are… the Tea Party people.

  • jim_m

    Don’t worry. If Speaker Michael Madigan or his wife Shirley Madigan have done anything illegal I am sure that Illinois Atty General, Lisa Madigan (their daughter) will get right on with an investigation a cover up.

    I sincerely doubt that Das Kapital, Mein Kampf or Rules for Radicals would ever be in the BO Library(appropriately named because the whole project stinks!). Seriously, where would they find any room for any books other than Dreams from my Father, and The Audacity of Hope? I am sure that some hagiography will laud these books as a landmark in human history and the pinnacle of cultural achievement

  • 914

    Obamas legacy isn’t worth one red cent.

  • I’m sick and tired of Chicago Politics.

    • jim_m

      Get used to it. It is the official governing policy of the dems and has been since Clinton.

      • I shall not. I am a citizen, not a subject.

        • They’d love to change that.

          I really don’t know what it is about the ‘progressive left’ and their seeming love of an aristocracy. Look at how the Clintons are venerated, and Chelsea’s possible new baby was a 7-day wonder.

          Maybe, deep down, they really desire ‘betters’ they can kneel before…

        • jim_m

          Yeah, you can keep on thinking that if it gives you comfort. Lot’s of people like to deny reality.

  • SteveCrickmore075

    All you need to do is get a copy of Marx’ “Das Kapital,” Hitler’s “Mein Kampf,” and Saul Alinsky’s “Rules For Radicals” and you have Obama’s whole library ready to go
    I’m sure Huston is proud of written that last statement. Is Kevin still reading his own blog? It is getting past ugly. Are any thoughtful conservatives going to defend the indefensible? Or have all the other posters abandonded the ship as they appear to? If so, missión accomplished, Huston!

    • DaveTheLoveable

      On one hand; get a sense of humor man, that line was funny (if over the top…) On the other hand; I completely agree, where have all the other posers gone? I initially came to this blog for the witty and insightful posts, now all I see are WTH posts; while I do still read them, I miss the others…

      • jim_m

        It has come up several times that frequently, Wizbang is a one man band.with 90%+ of articles being written by just one contributor. I think that Wizbang is a much more interesting blog when there are 3-4 different authors making consistent contributions.

        • warnertoddhuston

          Unbelievable. I’m here trying to keep this place alive and all I get is dissed? How about you guys lend a damn hand!

          • jim_m

            I’m not dissing you. I have publicly expressed my concerns to Kevin. It’s not my blog.

          • Hank_M

            How can we help? Let me know.

          • jim_m

            apparently, the solution is to never disagree with the author.

          • Brucehenry

            I’m a full-time Huston-disser and I want you to know you are doing a good job. Hours and hours of entertainment!

            Seriously, you should have some help. But you’re doing fine.

          • jim_m

            Looks like Warner has taken his ball and gone home because there hasn’t been a new article on Wizbang of over 48 hours. I don’t think that there has been such a hiatus in new posts at any time since Wizbang began and that includes website and server conversions.

            This is exactly why I said that Wizbang is a better blog when it has more writers. Not only do you get more variety but you get more reliability.

          • Like I said in the post I just left – we can’t do all that much. We can’t make main posts, and the few times I’ve sent tips they were ignored. Should we be sending in tips?

            Or maybe we should just do it here. How
            about this one?

            EPA Concedes: We Can’t Produce All the Data
            Justifying Clean Air Rules


            To be a bit more clear – they can’t justify their newer, more stringent rules. Seems the dog ate their homework – I mean, the data in the studies they relied on isn’t available.

            “We’re at a point where EPA has conceded that they don’t have in their possession the data necessary to fully comply, and in some cases, never did possess the data,” he added.

            The subpoena was issued as the EPA moves to finalize strict new regulations that could place 90 percent of the U.S. population in non-attainment areas and impose an additional $90 billion annual burden on the U.S. economy.

            Well, ain’t THAT joyful – another $90 billion out of the economy. Which isn’t doing so hot in the first place.

            However, two newer studies cast doubts on the original research.

            Stanley Young and Jessie Xia of the National Institute of Statistical Sciences published a paper last year questioning the EPA’s reliance on the Harvard and Cancer Society studies, both of which found that breathing fine particulate matter (PM2.5) resulted in increased mortality.

            “There is no significant association of PM2.5 with longevity in the west of the United States,”Young and Xia noted, adding that “our findings call into question the claim made by the original researchers.” (See young080113.pdf)

            Before the usual hyperbole “You want to roll back things, and people will DIEEEE! from choking!” – what I’m thinking is that imposing rules (especially $90 billion worth) because they MIGHT help, and the dog ate your homework so you can’t really prove it, isn’t the thing to do.

            And it doesn’t inspire much trust in the system when the EPA even says that they can’t justify their rules. We have to be able to trust that the folks in Washington are looking out for us – and that trust is getting a bit on the shaky side any more.

          • jim_m

            Yep. You could mate that with EPA Delayed Climate Change Regulation Until After Midterms and EPA Chief Gina McCarthy Intervened to Halt Internal Inquiry

            There is endless scandal to discuss with this Admin.

          • And it doesn’t have to be all scandal, all the time. There’s more than politics to the world, after all. Take a look over at NextBigFuture.com – interesting science and speculation about what’s coming.

            Or IO9.Com, Gizmodo.com or Lifehacker.com – there’s quite a bit of material to expound upon.

            The question is whether we can do it. (Shrug.) I’ve got the time, at present, to contribute.

          • warnertoddhuston

            Why should I keep posting if all I get is attacks even from the conservatives here? I mean, come on. Here I am trying to keep the place going and what do I get?

          • And as they say on Mythbusters – “Well, there’s your problem”. You don’t have to carry the load all by yourself.

            Or maybe you do. I don’t know what goes on backstage there, but isn’t there anyone else you can rope in to help? Because I don’t know what’s inside your head, but it seems to me like you’re getting close to being burned out and this isn’t fun for you any more… And it hasn’t been for a while.

            is there anything we can do to help?

          • Brucehenry

            I doubt Jim meant you were personally unreliable. I think he means that if the blog has more than one writer the poor overworked slob can take a day off here and there and the blog will keep going.

          • jim_m

            Bruce lurches into the truth.

          • jim_m

            No. You are not unreliable as your track record shows. However, relying upon one person for all its content makes the blog inherently unreliable as if you were stuck y a bus crossing the street then what? This was supposed to be a group blog was it not?

          • jim_m

            Also, you post daily for an extended time and eventually, you are bound to be wrong. I have had comment threads here where I have been excoriated by conservatives and found myself in agreement with Chico of all people.

            Coming from a family that is half full of journalists I know that you cannot survive in that profession if you are really all that thin skinned.

          • Well – we would, but how?
            I mean, geez – you want us to spam the boards or something? Without posting rights we’re kinda dead in the water as far as new stuff goes.

          • jim_m

            Well, Kevin could simply post the logon info so anyone could put up an article. I’ll bet if you make that public you would get all sorts of posts being put up.

          • Brucehenry

            Or he could email selected commenters — you for example — with that info, to avoid every Tom Dick and Harry knowing that stuff. You’d be willing, wouldn’t you? I bet Lawson would, too.

            And I’ve already let everyone know where to find Jay Tea.

          • Vagabond661

            Actually I would like to read something you or Chico wrote. I probably won’t agree with it, but contrary thinking helps me to sharpen my thoughts.

          • Brucehenry

            Thanks but I’m not equal to the task. I confess I like to criticize better than to create. Too lazy.

            Chico might be good though. Kevin should ask him.

            What ever happened to Becker? Michael Laprarie was pretty good, not completely crazy. Shawn Mallow could probably be persuaded to contribute. The Baron, what about him? He’s that rare bird — a funny conservative. David Robertson still comments occasionally, if he is asked by the readers maybe he’ll put something up. He may not be that popular here with most of y’all though since he’s not insane.

          • jim_m

            The problem isn’t lack of prospective authors, since every page lists at the bottom a full dozen authors that are supposedly actively providing content. This is obviously not true. I seem to recall that Kevin was saying that he would like to get some more authors but apparently nothing came of that.

          • Walter_Cronanty

            C’mon Bruce – You could be the “Supercilious Twit Pundit.” I really do think you could more than do justice to a few posts a week. Jim M, all sorts of people comment here, and when I read it I say: “Hmmm, hadn’t thought of that.”
            I really am missing some new posts.

          • It’s not that hard, Bruce. Just find something you find interesting – and it doesn’t need to be political – and link it with some thoughts about it. There’s a hell of a lot of neat shit out there, after all.

            What are you interested in outside of politics? Ancient aerospace hardware? (Like this page on the Saturn F-1 engine injector plate. – http://heroicrelics.org/info/f-1/f-1-injector.html) – Isn’t there something that you’ve seen at some point that makes you go “Hot damn – so THAT’S how they did that!”?

          • jim_m

            I think that there are a number of commenters that could add a post occasionally. Myself, Lawson, Walter, RM could all contribute something. If you wanted a lefty slant you could invite Crickmore and Chico to contribute. I don’t imagine that any of us would able to deliver the volume of content that Warner has but there could be something.

            Frankly it wouldn’t do the blog harm just to post an occasional open thread like Althouse does. That would allow for many people to drag in topics of interest and would give authors ideas of what the audience was interested in hearing more about.

          • Brucehenry

            Yes RM and Walter would both be worthy writers I’ll bet. And open threads are a good idea too.

          • Walter_Cronanty

            Sorry you make you repeat yourself, but I missed it – where do I find Jay Tea?

          • Brucehenry

            Well you can’t “find” him exactly but he comments — well, trolls — the comment section at Outside the Beltway. He uses the handle “Jenos Idanian #13.”


    • jim_m

      OK, Steve. Let’s here you defend how obama’s policies are not socialist and how he has not been a follower of Alinsky. I especially want to hear you defend the idea that he is not an Alinsky follower given that he taught a U of C course that was little more than Alinsky political theory and he and Michelle have been caught quoting Alinsky.

      Come on Steve. Let’s hear your Oh so thoughtful defense of Dear Leader.

      And what is the defense that he is not a follower of Marx? That his best friends (Ayers and Klonski) are Maoists?

      • SteveCrickmore075

        There was a time once, long ago when wizbang used to adhere to Godwin’s Law.
        I presume why no else posts here any longer-It’s been weeks- is that they too got a trifle weary of writing around the Obama=Stalin=Hitler megaphone analogy. You might ask them, if they can be found? But that is normally what extremists too, in the race to the bottom, they push away the more moderate elements. There is not much oxygen left for them.

        • jim_m

          I don’t think that Godwin’s law is criminally enforceable.

          There is also a difference between mentioning Mein Kampf and making a comparison to the Nazis. Godwin’s law was originally meant to apply to comparisons and not merely the mention of Nazi’s, otherwise there would be no discussing today’s left at all.

          • SteveCrickmore075

            Mein Kampf is worse. https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/kampf.html
            ” With satanic joy in his face, the black-haired Jewish youth lurks in wait for the unsuspecting girl whom he defiles with his blood, thus stealing her from her people. With every means he tries to destroy the racial foundations of the people he has set out to subjugate. Just as he himself systematically ruins women and girls, he does not shrink back from pulling down the blood barriers for others, even on a large scale. It was and it is Jews who bring the Negroes into the Rhineland, always with the same secret thought and clear aim of ruining the hated white race by the necessarily resulting bastardization, throwing it down from its cultural and political height, and himself rising to be its master.

            For a racially pure people which is conscious of its blood can never be enslaved by the Jew. In this world he will forever be master over bastards and bastards alone”

          • jim_m

            The left endorses the Palestinians and their platform is not much different nor have they expressed any willingness to change it.

          • SteveCrickmore075

            Holocaust ‘most heinous crime’ in the modern era, says Palestinian Authority president. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/palestinian-president-calls-holocaust-most-heinous-crime-in-the-modern-era/2014/04/27/4a1a09c4-ce33-11e3-937f-d3026234b51c_story.html Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas took the unusual step Sunday of publicly denouncing the Holocaust as “the most heinous crime to have occurred against humanity in the modern era.”

            In a strongly worded statement released to the news media, Abbas said he “expressed his sympathy with families of the victims and many other innocent people who were killed by the Nazis.” Not quite” we are all Jews” but close.

          • jim_m

            In the past what the Palestinians have told the western press and what they have said internally and to islamic press are two vastly different things. The PLO and Hamas still have in their charters to eliminate the state of Israel. To the extent that the left endorses the Palestinian movement they endorse the elimination of Israel as well.

          • Commander_Chico

            This seems to be your big issue, Jim. Are you an Israeli citizen or an American?

          • jim_m

            Just not an anti-semite

          • Commander_Chico

            Palestinian Arabs are not Nazis, they are a powerless people, but that is an Israeli propaganda theme.

          • jim_m

            Powerless? I guess they should stop lobbing missiles into Israel then.

          • A powerless people, hated by everyone around them (including pretty much Arabic country in the area) and used as willing cannon fodder.

            The Palestinian people have well and truly screwed themselves over for the last 40+ years. I don’t see that changing just because Fatah and Hamas have a quickie and agree to get coffee later…

          • Back before Arafat finally passed away, he was rather noteworthy for his diametrically opposite speeches. For the West, he’d be all lovey-dovey and profess wanting peace, and for the home team he’d be advocating more and more war.

            This used to be noteworthy on LGF back in the day, fairly well documented.

          • jim_m

            Wow. LGF before Charles went all wacky left winger.

          • reverted, reverted…

          • Yeah, he used to be pretty Anti-Islam, anti-Palestinian, even though left-wing. Then something went … off, and he started wholesale banning, and suddenly the West could do no right and fundamentalist Islam/Palestinians could do no wrong.

            One too many headers off his bike, perhaps?

            I just looked in over there… it hasn’t changed. (shrug)

          • jim_m

            I think the thing that disturbs me most is that you are sooooo familiar with Mien Kampf.

          • SteveCrickmore075

            I have read more on the Holocaust and the Third Reich than you imagine. I finished a large book on the Second War recently by British historian Ian Kershaw showing how shocked the Allies and the rest of the world including the Germans were, that Hitler was bent on fulfilling what he clearly presaged in Mein Kampf. Most Germans thought Mein Kampf were the lunatic ravings of a mad man until it was too late.

          • jim_m

            No. Most Germans thought that Mein Kampf was a hyperbolic piece of demagoguery until afterwards when they saw that it was the ravings of a mad man. But as in many cases they saw what they wanted to see.

    • pork chop

      If your little bitty feelings are hurt then go away. From what I read nobody here likes you anyway and you still come back for more. There are so many online lefty propaganda playgrounds where the discussion is much more sensitive, considerate and far less shrill. Don’t you think?

  • Par4Course

    Our President is no reader; he’s a writer. I’ll bet he can’t wait to start writing his third autobiography as soon as his time in the White House is up.

    The taxpayers of Illinois don’t have $100 million for a Presidential Library. The state is broke and owes huge amounts in unfunded public pensions that it has no way to pay for. Unfortunately, this is a result of poor governance by both parties in the Prairie State.

  • GarandFan

    I’m sure that King Barack the Magnificent will want to take part once he’s out of office. That $100 million will go a long way in maintaining the life style to which he’s become accustomed.

    • jim_m

      Yeah, that will pay for a year or two of vacations for Michelle and the kids.

  • Hank_M

    Why do I get the feeling that once the library is built, everything in it will be sealed and unavailable to the public.

    • It wouldn’t surprise me at all.
      And if someone DID get in, they’d find an empty shell of a building.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    Think they’ll be a Benghazi wing to that library?


    Or will the Candy Crowley Memorial MSM Ass-Covering wing simply take over the whole place?

    Ben Rhodes authored the e-mail. David Rhodes, Ben’s brother, is the president of CBS news which marginalized Sharyl Attkisson into resigning at least in part because of her digging into Benghazi.

    Our MSM is a disgrace to the First Amendment.

    • Hank_M

      To call them a disgrace is being kind.
      But think of it. During the debate with Romney, Obama sat there smiling when Crowley “corrected” Romney and all the while he knew it was a lie.
      Look for the MSM to cover this as they usually do, by reporting some non-existant Republican angle to the story.
      I’m also left wondering what how the obama supporters continue to stand by their “man”. He lied about Obamacare, and this proves that he really lied about Benghazi. At what point do they admit that their President is a serial liar?

  • Walter_Cronanty

    A few more items for the Benghazi wing:

    Newly-released documents reveal direct White House involvement in steering the public narrative about the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, toward that of a spontaneous protest that never happened

    Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) told me today that the government apparently tried to keep the Rhodes email out of Congress and the public’s hands by classifying it after-the-fact.

    “They retroactively changed the classification,” Chaffetz says. “That was an unclassified document and they changed it to classified.”

  • joules48084

    I would offer that any library built as a tribute to Obama would simply have to be located near a golf course.

    So that would preclude such a library being built in the downtown of a major city like Chicago, New York or Honolulu — there simply isn’t enough space.

    IMHO, sites that would have the “open landscape” so appropriate to such an undertaking would include:

    1) The South Side of Chicago

    2) Detroit, Michigan

    3) Benghazi, Libya

    4) Nairobi or Mombasa, Kenya

    5) Jakarta, Indonesia

    6) South Central Los Angeles

    7) Newark, New Jersey

    8) Mecca, Saudi Arabia

    9) Moscow, Russia

    10) The Castro District in San Francisco

    11) P and 17th Streets in Washington, DC’s Dupont Circle

    12) Next door to the home of any of the following:
    > Joe Biden
    > Tom Steyer
    > George Soros
    > Oprah Winfrey
    > Nancy Pelosi
    > Harry reid