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Bankrupt Illinois Madness: House Committee Wants Taxpayers to Spend $100 M. on Barack Obama Library
Townhall ^ | 04/20/2014 | Mike Shedlock

Posted on 04/20/2014 7:13:11 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Illinois is broke. Its public pension plans are the most troubled in the nation.

Illinois passed massive "temporary" tax hikes to fix the pension problem, but that did not make a dent in the problem.

Nonetheless, ideas to waste more taxpayer money are always on the table. Here's a recent example.

$100 Million for Barack Obama Library

Today, the Illinois Policy Institute reports by email ...

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An Illinois House Committee wants taxpayers to pay $100 million for a Barack Obama library. Somehow, House Speaker Michael Madigan thinks this is an appropriate use of funds despite the state’s more than $100 billion pension crisis and $6.6 billion in unpaid bills.

In accepting hefty taxpayer dollars for this venture, President Barack Obama is setting himself apart from his recent predecessors, former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Clinton’s library, located in Little Rock, Ark., was funded solely through private donations, according to the Clinton Foundation. Clinton’s “$165 million facility was built entirely through private funds. It’s just a fact,” said Jordan Johnson, a spokeswoman for the Clinton Foundation.

Likewise, Bush’s library, located at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, was also funded through private donations.

The Barack Obama Foundation, tasked with planning the development of Obama’s presidential library, has yet to determine the site of the future library. In fact, the foundation’s board of directors is receiving proposals through June 16 and does not intend to announce its final decision until 2015. The Illinois House Committee's $100 million proposal will now go to the full House.

On its website, the Barack Obama Foundation defines its mission as developing a presidential library that “reflects President Obama’s values and priorities throughout his career in public service.” Interestingly enough, the first value listed is “expanding economic opportunity.” But more than 600,000 Illinoisans woke up today and didn’t have a job to go to, and thousands more face underemployment. To them and many others, it’s clear the president has fallen short on accomplishing his goal of “expanding economic opportunity” to the Land of Lincoln, where he launched his political career as a state senator 18 years ago.

Obama’s staff expects the library to cost $500 million or more. And the costs won’t stop there. The day-to-day operations and maintenance of the United States’ 13 presidential libraries cost taxpayers $75 million in fiscal year 2013 alone.

This figure strikes an interesting contrast. Illinois politicians, who are demanding that we extend the 2011 tax hike so that “draconian” spending cuts in public and human services do not go into effect – are attempting to subsidize a monument in dedication to the legacy of the most prolific fundraiser in history – on the backs of poor and middle-class families in Illinois.

Jane McEnaney Manager of Government Affairs Illinois Madness Never Stops

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In March, House Speaker Michael Madigan proposed 3% surcharge on income over $1 million

Also this year, progressive argued for a blank check proposal for more tax hikes. For details, please see Picking-Your-Pocket Numbers: How Much More Will You Pay?

Now the legislature wants to waste $100 million for a Barack Obama Library.

In Illinois, the madness never stops.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: barackobama; illinois; library

1 posted on 04/20/2014 7:13:11 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

If it weren’t for Chicago, Illinois would be a nice state.


2 posted on 04/20/2014 7:16:15 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: SeekAndFind

I suggest they ask obamatollah’s mooslimb puppetmasters for the money...


3 posted on 04/20/2014 7:17:06 AM PDT by newfreep
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To: SeekAndFind

Why don’t they just put a pamphlet rack in a Planned Parenthood butcher shop?


4 posted on 04/20/2014 7:19:17 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Just stick a book of islam in some outhouse and be done with it. His image can float around under it.


5 posted on 04/20/2014 7:25:07 AM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: SeekAndFind

It belongs in the village of Nyang’oma Kogelo, Obama’s hometown and where his father is buried & his grandmother still lives. There exists an Obama museum, and the Kenyan government is planning to build a library & cultural center. Perfect. Cost to U.S. taxpayers: $0.


6 posted on 04/20/2014 7:25:08 AM PDT by twister881
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To: SeekAndFind

He is demanding state funding because he knows he can get it through the state government. He doesn’t want to depend on donations because nobody is gonna give him crap once he has no more power. He’s about as useless as teats on a bull.


7 posted on 04/20/2014 7:25:23 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: SeekAndFind

There better not be anything written in cursive in the library.

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8 posted on 04/20/2014 7:28:06 AM PDT by Mears
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To: SeekAndFind

One cost savings.....youf won’t have to furnish it because he did’t do anything. It will be completely empty, like his head.


9 posted on 04/20/2014 7:28:52 AM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: Gaffer

RE: once he has no more power. He’s about as useless as teats on a bull.

Well, once he has no more power, what power does he have on Illinois taxpayers?


10 posted on 04/20/2014 7:29:23 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: SeekAndFind

One cost savings.....you won’t have to furnish it because he didn’t do anything. It will be completely empty, like his head.

Sorry for the typos. But if Jayne Pritzker wanted to buy him a house in Hawai’i why do they want to have his library in Chicago? Get it off the mainland!


11 posted on 04/20/2014 7:35:02 AM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: SeekAndFind
“reflects President Obama’s values and priorities throughout his career in public service.”


12 posted on 04/20/2014 7:36:03 AM PDT by Libloather (Embrace the suck)
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To: Mouton

Yeah. Let them pay for it with a tax on abortions. Filthy pigs.


13 posted on 04/20/2014 7:40:24 AM PDT by virgil (The evil that men do lives after them)
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To: SeekAndFind

Give him his own wing in Joliet.


14 posted on 04/20/2014 7:41:13 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: SeekAndFind
Well, once he has no more power, what power does he have on Illinois taxpayers?

Oh, Obama is not that stupid. He'll do like all politicians - feather their nest before they leave office. Of course, he won't try to tack this on any legislation that specifically stipulates a library for the Muslim because it would be a sitting duck target (especially in the runup to the November elections and as a prelude to 2016 elections), but he has other means.

IOW, he will make damned sure that it passes before he leaves office, even if he has to give Illinois a billion dollars of federal money under comically strained reasoning to do it.

Count on it.

15 posted on 04/20/2014 7:42:18 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: SeekAndFind
The Obamas have about as much interest in the state of Illinois and the city of Chicago as I have interest in Outer Mongolia.

Leni

16 posted on 04/20/2014 7:49:34 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: SeekAndFind

In Kenya.


17 posted on 04/20/2014 7:55:30 AM PDT by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Build it where they will, but I’ll bet most documents will be classified as top secret, just like all his other documents. The only way anyone will get to see anything important, like the White House visitors list will be by court order.


18 posted on 04/20/2014 7:59:29 AM PDT by The Public Eye
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To: SeekAndFind
Clinton’s library, located in Little Rock, Ark., was funded solely through private donations, according to the Clinton Foundation. Clinton’s “$165 million facility was built entirely through private funds. It’s just a fact,” said Jordan Johnson, a spokeswoman for the Clinton Foundation.

Likewise, Bush’s library, located at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, was also funded through private donations.

In accepting hefty taxpayer dollars for this venture, President Barack Obama is setting himself apart from his recent predecessors, former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

What a freakin' grifter.

19 posted on 04/20/2014 8:13:26 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Gaffer
He’s about as useless as teats on a bull.

I used to work in an office which had a secretary with the last name Bull. Let's just say that nature had been very kind to her when it came to certain aspects of her physique. Ever since "useless as teats on a bull" is an expression that I am unable to use.

20 posted on 04/20/2014 8:16:48 AM PDT by KevinB (Barack Hussein Obama: Proof-positive that affirmative action does not work.)
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To: KevinB

I can understand that, certainly! But in my lexicon of the colloquial vernacular, it is entirely appropriate. :o)


21 posted on 04/20/2014 8:35:39 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Libloather

Nice.....or as I’m thinking.....a Persian Prayer Rug in a storage unit outside of Chicago just off the interstate....

Hell.....I’d even say we put an arrow in it that points to Mecca!


22 posted on 04/20/2014 8:37:14 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: SeekAndFind
What the F is the library going to display. All his golf, lavishes vacations? He has done nothing else except destroy everything America one had and was working great.
23 posted on 04/20/2014 8:57:07 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: SeekAndFind

Forgot to add that just one small outhouse would be an appropriate library.


24 posted on 04/20/2014 8:58:14 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: SeekAndFind

If they built a Lie-Barry, I’d be all behind the expenditure.


25 posted on 04/20/2014 9:02:30 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SeekAndFind

When the ISS mission is complete, move it there.


26 posted on 04/20/2014 9:20:59 AM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: SeekAndFind

They shouldn’t call it a “library” since most of King Barry’s acolytes can’t read.

“Temple” would be more appropriate.


27 posted on 04/20/2014 9:29:47 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Build it out of wood please


28 posted on 04/20/2014 9:32:03 AM PDT by daku
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To: SeekAndFind

........as broke as this country is, I would say to these libraries thirty minutes after being elected President that you should start lining up your donors cuz in two years I will veto any bill that includes ANY funds for ANY Presidential Library. If you can’t find enough money to keep the doors open you will have to close.

Then, I would learn from Palin and sell ALL jets of the federal government used to haul govt. executives (an oxymoron) around including both Air Force Ones.

Then NPR would be closed one hour after the inauguration. I would put an Obama Executive Order on them.

I would defund, defund, defund all this bullshit until the income the gov’t took in (after massive tax cuts) matched what it spent.

Then, I would go all out for the Constitutional Convention which would re-organize congress similar to The Texas Congress (limited to every 2 years, $6,000 salary, 6 months limit on each Congress).

Term limits and for the Feds Lobbying becomes a federal felony.

Finally, the Feds would be prohibited from borrowing money except for war or natural disaster type emergencies and even then a 3/4 vote of both houses would be required.

Ok, enough dreaming for today but our problems are fixable if we can muster the political will.


29 posted on 04/20/2014 10:31:36 AM PDT by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m surprised they’re considering an obama library.
I thought, fer shure, it would be an obama golf course.


30 posted on 04/20/2014 10:56:22 AM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: SeekAndFind; All
"Bankrupt Illinois Madness:
House Committee Wants Taxpayers
to Spend $100 M. on
Barack Obama Library"




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31 posted on 04/20/2014 10:59:41 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: SeekAndFind

The Obama Presidential Library should be a hut in Kenya.


32 posted on 04/20/2014 12:54:55 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: SeekAndFind
Here's an idea so bad it's excellent:

Obama's Chicago mansion could be the presidential library! Some nice information in the entryway about the corrupt real estate deal that got the Obama's that mansion. Maybe a walking tour through the neighborhoods where Obama was a community organizer. Bring your own gun for self-protection, maybe even get the thrill of a Chicago gang shoot out.

Forget books. How about walls lined with teleprompters to read about Obama's illustrious presidency? And geegosh, the grounds could have a garden, complete with a fox or two to eat it. The cafeteria could serve Michelle-inspired school lunches.

They really should put me in charge. I'd plan a real appropriate presidential library. <^..^>

33 posted on 04/20/2014 1:05:49 PM PDT by grania
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