What is Bloomington hiding?

by:  Diane Benjamin Last Monday the Bloomington City Council held another executive session.  An Addendum to the stated purpose of the meeting, evaluating David Hales, appeared on the City website: The code session listed is the section of the Open Meetings Act Law that permits them to discuss the item in a closed session:     (11) […]

Plan to Restore America, it will drive the elitists nuts!

by:  Diane Benjamin Calling a Constitutional Convention of the states is already being attacked by both the right and the left.  Congress has a 9% approval rating, the President’s approval rating is sinking, and 67% of the population think we are on the wrong track (Rasmussen poll: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/mood_of_america/right_direction_or_wrong_track). The country is more than $17,000,000,000,000 in […]

Bloomington: What you get for $74,670

by: Diane Benjamin At the November 25th City Council Meeting, the rubber stamp 7 approved a contract with Farnsworth Group to complete a Downtown Street Lighting master plan.  I obtained the contract under the Freedom of Information Act.  Remember, this is just a study, no actual work. Here’s what taxpayers are getting: Here is how […]

Think the IRS isn’t still attacking Obama critics?

I wrote previously about C Steven Tucker and the IRS:  https://blnnews.com/2013/11/29/irs-auditing-2-men-who-spoke-against-obamacare/ IRS Goes After Obamacare Whistleblowers:  An Interview with C. Steven Tucker By Arlen Williams This is an update published today in American Thinker:  http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/12/irs_goes_after_obamacare_whistleblowers_an_interview_with_c_steven_tucker.html Excerpts: By now, the news has spread online of the IRS audit notices sent to two Obamacare whistleblowers. On November 25th, cancer victim […]

Another example of the State wasting YOUR money – UPDATE

by:  Diane Benjamin The Illinois Department of Transportation is funding a study conducted by the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, specifically The Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development. The survey questions the access rural people have to public transportation (non-existent!) and the effects it has on healthcare. Evidently rural Illinois residents: don’t […]

Bloomington: You are getting your own Jay Carney!

by:  Diane Benjamin David Hales wants a communication director.  He is not going to contract one, he wants one on the payroll, complete with another pension. The population of Bloomington is listed as 77,733.  The capacity of Soldier Field in Chicago is 61,500.  Obviously Bloomington is NOT a large City!   79% of  all the citizens […]

Bloomington: Spending Maniacs are running the Town

On the Agenda for Monday’s City Council meeting: http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=6055 C. Downtown Bloomington Strategy (That the Downtown Bloomington Strategy be accepted and the Resolution adopted.) (30 minutes) D. Downtown Hotel Feasibility Study. (Recommend that the Agreement with HVS for a hotel feasibility study in the amount of $30,000 be approved, and the Mayor and City Clerk […]

The End of Tyranny is in Sight

by:  Diane Benjamin Saturday, at least 101 elected officials from at least 34 states are meeting at Mt.Vernon to discuss a Constitutional Convention called by the states under Article 5 of the Constitution.  Radio host and Constitutional lawyer Mark Levin sparked this debate with his book The Liberty Amendments.  Two-thirds of the states can propose […]

Rules for Citizens to Understand Government

Anytime the government passes a law to decrease taxes or remove regulations, they have your best interests in mind and are doing their job as enumerated in the Constitution: Protecting your Liberty. When they do ANYTHING else they are doing one or more of the following: Assuming they are smarter than you and can therefore […]

House subcommittee: Obamacare’s $300 billion Medicare Advantage raid will hurt seniors next year

Obamacare “raided” $300 billion for Medicare Advantage and seniors will begin feeling the cuts next year, according to an analysis Tuesday by the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee. Obamacare took $700 billion from Medicare and $300 billion from Medicare Advantage alone for its own funding, according to the subcommittee. The cuts to Medicare Advantage […]

Mayor Tansparency Renner wants subsidies ended

by:  Diane Benjamin According to the Pantagraph, Mayor Renner wants garbage rates raised to bring them closer to the actual costs.  I guess Renner doesn’t realize that virtually everything Bloomington does is a subsidy, the ole Quality of Life crap the Council has been pushing for decades.  If he was serious, the management contract for […]

Views from the left, because I have to

by:  Diane Benjamin It’s completely ridiculous that people from all political persuasions can’t sit down and reach common ground.  It doesn’t help that both sides are prone to LIE and EXAGGERATE the truth for their uniformed minions.  I read leftist emails and sites because I need to know what they are saying.  Sometimes it is […]

Illinois adds to Medicaid roles, good luck finding a Doc

Op-Ed: Why Do We Have a Medicaid Program? Illinois Review: http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2013/12/why-do-we-have-a-medicaid-program-.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+typepad%2FbYHz+%28Illinois+Review%29&utm_content=Yahoo!+Mail By Alieta Eck, M.D. – A Star Ledger headline reads: “ObamaCare fuels applicant boom for NJ Medicaid—Advocate hails 35% increase in October.” Almost 22,000 new applications were filed in October, up from 16,000 in September. Is this a triumph? Was a 990-page law needed to […]

5 Minutes of testimony YOU need to hear

  Expert Testifies to Congress that Obama’s ‘Ignoring Laws’ Could Lead to Overthrow of Government   by Noah Rothman See the video here:  http://nation.foxnews.com/2013/12/03/expert-testifies-congress-obama%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98ignoring-laws%E2%80%99-could-lead-overthrow-government During a congressional committee hearing about the constitutional limits imposed on the presidency and the implications of President Barack Obama’s disregard for implementing the Affordable Care Act as written, one expert […]

Thank the Parking Violators!

by:  Diane Benjamin A few years ago I looked at Parking in the City of Bloomington and found in 2010 they lost over $350,000 due mainly to salaries and benefits.  Times have changed!  Now the City makes almost as much writing parking tickets as renting parking spaces.  Parking is now profitable to the City!  You […]

What Iowa Teachers think of Common Core

Survey Shows Common Core Opposition Among Iowa Educators (Des Moines, IA) Professional Educators of Iowa late last week released the results of their survey of members on Iowa’s adoption of the Common Core State Standards.  This wasn’t a scientific poll, but it does raise questions about how many teachers on the front lines really do […]