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Politically Speaking – July 3, 2023


Our wonderful Illinois Governor is at it again. As of July 1, life got more expensive for all Illinoisans, with increased taxes, not to mention the aggravation of new laws going into effect.

To start with, the grocery tax suspension ended, there was an increase on gas, and the doubling of certain fees will hit hard in an already depressed economy.

But not to worry, the governor is still in a generous mood, giving away money earned by hard working people trying to keep a roof over their heads and feed their families, by giving $26 million in low income credits for more affordable housing. This money will fund 18 more affordable housing developments in 12 counties throughout Illinois.

Pritzker says, “Here in the Land of Lincoln, housing isn’t a privilege — it’s a right. And my administration is committed to making sure that every Illinoisan has access to affordable housing, so they can build better lives for themselves and their families.

As to Pritzker’s statement, I agree. Everyone does have a right to affordable housing. They have the right to do what I have done and what those I work with daily do: Get out and find a job and work for it! Because those of us working hard every day to make ends meet are fed up with those living off us! And yes, I realize some need help. That’s totally different than most of what’s happening across the U.S. today.

In my opinion, Pritzker’s long-range plan is to make a run for the White House. I admit he’ll fit in perfectly with the White House crowd today.

Keep voting the same way and you‘ll keep getting the same thing. For those of us working, that means higher taxes. It also means an unstable economy, corruption, wide open borders and always on the brink of war.

Moving on and looking at the 2024 elections, there is no question the GOP field is getting crowded. They have three categories, in my mind: Favorites, contenders, and long shots. Whoever wins will take on Joe Biden!

The most likely nominees falling in the favorites category have already established major campaign infrastructure — plenty of money, staff in key states, outside groups ready to bombard with advertising, broad coalitions built in polling, and endorsements in place from party leaders. Drum roll, please. They are: Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump.

The contenders: On the top of the list is Nikki Haley, a popular governor and a great alternative to Trump and Desantis (as someone put it). Food fight. Next would be Mike Pence, Tim Scott, and Ted Cruz.

The long shots: Ryan Binkley, Doug Burgum, Chris Christie, Larry Elder, Will Hurd, Asa Hutchinson, Perry Johnson, Vivek Ramaswamy, Greg Abbott, Marco Rubio, and Tom Cotton, plus a few more.

In any case, it’s too early to predict. However, there is not one of them that can’t take Biden hands down. Time will tell.

Now for a look at Joe Biden’s serious contenders. I would say Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the late Bobby Kennedy’s son, has the White House squirming, and justifiably so. So far, the oh-so-corrupt ones (the Bidenites) are relying on their media allies to maul RFK as they have so many others. These media allies go after anyone the Bidenites tell them to destroy!

The problem is Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. has a reasonable track record as did his father before him. But Biden has an atrocious record, and at 80 he’s showing serious decline, and the Democrats know it. As per the latest polls, Biden has a stunningly low performance as a sitting President. According to the Gallup Poll, just 18% of Americans are satisfied with the country’s condition.

Other Democrats that have thrown their hats in the ring are Bill De Blasio, Steve Bullock, Beto O’Rourke, Jay Inslee, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Julián Castro, and Tulsi Gabbard, among others. As I’ve said before, time will tell.

With all that said, in closing, who voted for this guy (Biden)? I certainly wouldn’t admit to it! Recently Biden said, “Vladimir Putin is clearly losing the war in Iraq.”

Oh, my gosh. How could anyone vote for him again? And then there’s Kamala Harris, that every time she opens her mouth, nothing comes out. As a nation I feel we’ve been punked.

Until next week.

The Shoppers Weekly

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