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Bryan Preston

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April 23, 2013 - 8:36 am

The Chicago Tribune leads its editorial on Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s job poaching campaign in their state with this appalling paragraph.

Laugh all you want about Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s campaign to recruit businesses from Illinois to the Lone Star State. We don’t know whether Perry will succeed in prompting a commercial exodus from the Land of Lincoln to the land of droughts, fire ants and deadly fertilizer-plant explosions. Yet Perry’s stunt is another serious wake-up call for Illinois politicians and the inhospitable business climate they’ve created.

Emphasis added. How insensitive and frankly stupid a line that is. The disaster in West killed 14, which includes 12 first responders who gave their lives trying to save their town. The stricken community will recover, with help from fellow Texans. The Lone Star State has a very large heart.

As some commenters have pointed out on the editorial’s page, Chicago’s gangs kill more people in a given week than the West, TX fertilizer plant explosion killed. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has no idea how to stop that. He asked them to play nice. Chicago’s disarmed citizens are sitting ducks.

Illinois’ businesses are sitting ducks to the greedy, grabby politicians in Springfield. The state has a habit of electing functionaries and hacks who end up being sent to prison on federal corruption charges. While the gangs inside and outside politics run unchecked, Chicago tried banning a legal business for not being politically correct. The Land of Lincoln is at the mercy of policies that align with Marx and has the high unemployment to show for it.  Illinois is close to being incapable of governing itself.

Why doesn’t the Tribune call Illinois the land of jailbird governors, insane tax policies, and murderous drug gangs? Probably because all three are true, and say a lot more about the state and its people than any weather, wildlife or accidents say about Texas.

After West and Boston, I wrote about the different reactions seen between first responders, who acted heroically, and first reactors, who jumped on one or both disasters just to score political points. But at least the first reactors had the excuse of living in the heat of the moment. The Tribune’s editorial comes half a week after West. We’re no longer in the heat of the moment. What’s their excuse for kicking the good people of West when they’re down?

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Really stupid people now run the dying newspapers. It's not an excuse for what they wrote, just an explanation.
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Ha! Just read today that none other than the Koch Bros. have what is currently the best offer in to purchase Chi Trib and sister publications i.e. LA Times. If the sale occurs, we'll get to hear Prog heads poppin off their knuckle draggin torsos.
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Saul Alinsky said that attacks upon opponents should be so unprincipled that one "should apologize if one lands above the belt." So, frankly, this clowns remarks should come as no surprise to anyone.
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This is the second of 2 Chicago attacks on The Governor's visit ... both inflammatory. Isn't this standard Alinsky/Chicago/Lawyer strategy? If you have no case on the substance of the issue ... you launch personal and technical attacks. As a former Chicagoan, they make the top of my list of places/governance/safety/political corruption that laudatory (like Texas) States would not emulate. Second the comment "f the Texans were laying flat down on the ground the low-lifes in Chicago would have to kick UP to reach them." Rahm and Quinn have a lot to fear when their businesses get to see the truths of the matters asserted!
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Texas, Michigan, and California are all running tourism ads on cable.
Texas ads win, hands down.

I read this Trib editorial earlier, and, yes, that was inappropriate about the tragedy in West. But, the Trib DID highlight the dismal comparison with the Texas business-friendly economy.

one Plus: Perry got Rahm to look silly. heh.

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Who the heck said that the good people of West, Texas are down? They stood up right after the first explosion, and are still standing, starting the clean up and rebuilding.
And honestly, even if the Texans were laying flat down on the ground the low-lifes in Chicago would have to kick UP to reach them.
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"While the gangs inside and outside politics run unchecked..."

Poke around a little and you'll find they're the same gangs. Chicago pols run and are supported by the street thugs responsible for the carnage on their streets. Why do you think their first instinct is to come to the defense of the thugs over the general population and the police?
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Really stupid people now run the dying newspapers. It's not an excuse for what they wrote, just an explanation.
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This is more proof of the moral failure of the old century liberal media elite.

Nice job Bryan, in bringing greater context to the comparison between Chicago, Illinois, its paper, and those they malign.
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Chicago will have the last laugh by selling the remainder of their bureaucracy to some sheik for 10 cents on the dollar for the next 75 years like they did their parking meters. Why not 750 years? Chicagy could fool them by ceasing to exist well before then.

Corrupt commie commune who pushed a corrupt commie out of a racist southside church and into the Presidency is exactly like "Father Knows Best," except they don't.
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