Normal’s budget finds:

By: Diane Benjamin At tonight’s meeting a budget hearing is being held. Likely no one will show up to speak. Nice. Below are a couple things I found while not looking very hard. PDF page 95: That 10.00 is the percentage increase from this year. What is the Town planning to spend $55,000 on? […]

Did you know I can tracks clicks?

By: Diane Benjamin This story was important for you to read: Lots of people read it. I hope it shocked you like it shocked me that anyone could write a story claiming capitalism must be destroyed when capitalism is America. Capitalism is merely producing something people want and getting paid for it. The opposite […]

Your WHITE kids don’t have a chance at Unit 5

By: Diane Benjamin What makes student successful? Commons sense tells you it’s parents who prioritize education. They tell their kids education is the path to success. They make sure their kids go to bed at a reasonable hour and get up ready for school. They make sure homework is done and they meet with teachers […]

Bloomington Tonight – Connect Transit and more

By:  Diane Benjamin Tonight a representative from the McLean County Regional Planning Commission will talk about local transit. She will be followed by the Connect Transit’s General Manager. Prediction:  Neither speaker will mention the buses are too big to serve the people with no other means of transportation.  Neither speaker will recognize the huge […]

More proof capitalism is dead in Bloomington

By:  Diane Benjamin Remember the property Bloomington bought on N Main in 2016 for $1.4 million?  Tari’s buddies, Kirk Holdings, leveled the old Mennonite Hospital buildings.  Then the City bought it so nobody else could.  It has been sitting vacant and generating no tax revenue ever since. Tuesday night the City is teaming up with […]

How it’s done in Texas vrs Normal

By:  Diane Benjamin Normal decided they had to spend tax dollars for a bike share program: Instead of allowing Zagster to set up their own program, if there is even a demand for bike sharing, the Town once again usurped capitalism. How is bike sharing done in the most liberal city in Texas – […]

Normal: Say NO to hotel subsidies

By:  Diane Benjamin Town of Normal agenda for Monday: This item is listed: Discussions about subsidies is not on the agenda. According to this document, plans for Constitution Trail Centre PUD go back to 2005: A hotel was always part of the plan.  Evidently Normal doesn’t know when you pass plans specifying what […]

Why Bloomington-Normal is doomed

By:  Diane Benjamin We live in a capitalist country.  It’s called individual freedom to succeed or fail.  The individual is the most important factor in success, the “collective” has no part in capitalism.  Individuals must be free to make their own decisions.  Capitalism doesn’t see genders, race, sexual orientation or any other tags used to […]

ISU usurps capitalism

By:  Diane Benjamin Everybody should already know that capitalism isn’t taught to most of the students at ISU.  The kids flocked to the last Democratic primary to vote for a socialist. ISU now has an Adventure Center! The Center just opened this month.  Click on Equipment Rental A long list of items for rent […]

Downtown isn’t the City Core!

By:  Diane Benjamin Downtown businesses didn’t even support the Downtown Bloomington Association.  Now the DBA employees are happy City employees complete with higher salaries, benefits and pensions! The Coliseum and the Bloomington Center for Performing Arts (BCPA) were supposed to brings hoards of people downtown. The Visitor’s Center in the McLean County History Museum was […]

It’s Official: Tari hates Capitalism

By:  Diane Benjamin Capitalism has lifted millions of people around the globe out of poverty.  It’s the perfect formula for success:  I have a widget that you want.  You give me something of value for the widget.  Both of us are happy.  With the Internet, exchanging things of value is possible across the globe. If […]

More on “Councils Don’t Listen”

By:  Diane Benjamin See this story from yesterday:  Why City Councils Don’t Listen After writing more than 4000 stories, I had forgotten I wrote about the Julie Crowe case when she won the lawsuit:  Julie Crowe Defeats the City of Bloomington That story contains a link to the original Council vote denying her the Vehicle-For-Hire […]

Tari admits subverting capitalism

By:  Diane Benjamin Tari Renner believes in the top down approach to government.  He wants total control of local economic development.  Think about his hotel plans in downtown Bloomington that will steal business from existing hotels.  HE wants to decide who succeeds and who fails.   Understand now why he didn’t sign the loyalty oath […]

Common Sense vrs Government

By:  Diane Benjamin Connect Transit held another Board meeting today.  Revenue for the month of May was $136,587. Expenses were $806,208 Your tax dollars subsidized empty buses! Ridership was down again – off 9.4%. The following Facebook post was used with permission: . A Private Sector business owner is intelligent enough to stop when […]

Government picking losers UPDATE

By:  Diane Benjamin Tonight the Bloomington City Council will approve an Enterprise Zone.  The majority will vote yes because they believe government creates economic activity. From the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Activity website: The Illinois Enterprise Zone Program is designed to stimulate economic growth and neighborhood revitalization in economically depressed areas of the […]

7 Reasons Socialism Will Make You Poorer Than Capitalism

By John Hawkins Given what we know in 2012, saying that capitalism will make a society richer than socialism should be about as controversial as saying the earth is round, not flat. Yet, a recent Gallup poll shows that more liberals have a positive view of socialism than capitalism. This is only possible because there are so […]

Venezuela versus Us

Hugo Chavez won another election, even though the economy in Venezuela under the self declared socialist, Chavez,  is a disaster.  Inflation is at 21% and food shortages exist due to price controls.  Crime is rampant, the murder rate is the highest in the world.  The national debt has tripled and class warfare is encouraged by […]

The Rich Get Richer? – Blame Regulations

In  just ONE year: 41,662 pages of new regulations. The Affordable Care Act, which nobody read before voting on it, was only 2000 pages.  Kathleen Sebelius has written 13,000 pages so far to implement the law, and she isn’t half done. How can this many pages of Federal regulations be complied with?  How many State […]