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It should be no surprise to anyone that Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich still dominates the news. It appears that several members of the Illinois House of Representatives are testing the waters to see if an article of impeachment would pass the House. I would hope that the Illinois legislature would move quickly to impeach the governor, removing him from office and not allowing him to taint any appointment to the Senate.
From the Illinois Constitution:

The House of Representatives has the sole power to conduct legislative investigations to determine the existence of cause for impeachment and, by the vote of a majority of the members elected, to impeach Executive and Judicial officers. Impeachments shall be tried by the Senate. When sitting for that purpose, Senators shall be upon oath, or affirmation, to do justice according to law. If the Governor is tried, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court shall preside. No person shall be convicted without the concurrence of two-thirds of the Senators elected. Judgment shall not extend beyond removal from office and disqualification to hold any public office of this State. An impeached officer, whether convicted or acquitted, shall be liable to prosecution, trial, judgment and punishment according to law.

The bailout for Detroit is being held up by several Republican senators.  Senator Bob Coker (Republican from Tennessee) has proposed a plan that would reduce wages and benefits of union workers. US auto workers must have a big target on their backs. Republicans have been after them for years and this is their opportunity. Perhaps auto workers need to give in to concessions now and renegotiate once we have the new Obama administration. Seems GM and Chrysler need this money desperately…now. (Basically, this is union-busting by the United States Senate.)

There is ongoing violence in Greece. For the last six days there have been fiery protests over a 15-year-old boy’s shooting by the police. Youthful demonstrators have forced schools and universities to close. There has been looting of banks and other public buildings and raw anarchy seems to reign.

Glenn Beck, conservative CNN talk show host, gave an interview to Time Magazine recently. The interview focused on his move from CNN to Fox News. Mysteriously, Glenn Beck states, “I was the most well researched show on CNN.” If that is true, CNN needs to close its doors now. Here’s just a short list of falsehoods that could have easily been looked up by anyone who is actually doing “research.”

From Think Progress:

On Taxes: Falsely claimed the U.S. is the “number two” highest taxed country in the world.

On Energy: Falsely claimed “drilling in ANWR alone would yield 100 million barrels a day.”

On Global Warming: Falsely claimed that “the globe was the hottest” and “America’s temperature peaked” in 1934.

On Sub-prime Crisis: Falsely claimed that the sub-prime lenders were “blackmailed” into lending to the poor and minorities by community organizers.

On The Iraq War: Falsely claimed that the U.S. “went into Iraq…to prevent World War III.”

On the Middle East: Falsely claimed that Palestine is “being run now by Hezbollah,” President Abbas is an extremist.

On Obama: Falsely claimed that Fidel Castro endorsed Obama’s candidacy.

A bipartisan Senate report released today clearly states that former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and other top Bush officials are completely responsible for the abuse of detainees at Guantánamo Bay. Okay, the obvious report has been released…now whatWho goes to jail?

Just a little more about the auto industry bailout. A 22-year-old tax law has been reversed so that the auto industry can write off their losses. I feel pretty confident that this is a huge mistake by our lawmakers.

Pakistan made some arrests in the Mumbai attacks today, which is reassuring news since it shows that Pakistan is taking the attack seriously. With any luck at all, this will defuse some of the tensions between India and Pakistan.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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