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09-22-16 Blame non-Voters for Illinois’ troubles

Ray Hanania's column commentary podcast of his weekly column in the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News, the Reporter Newspapers and IllinoisNewsNetwork.com. Topic: Who is to blame for Illinois' financial problems, the elected officials or the  Illinois residents  who can vote but don't?

Blame non-voters for state’s problems

9-22-2016 Des Plaines Valley News, SW News-Herald, The Regional News, The Reporter Newspapers, Illinois News Network

By Ray Hanania

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Last week’s column hammering the stupid idea of term limits brought on a lot of emails from readers.

And I thank them for sharing their views.

Most said they understand my logic that imposing “term limits” on elected officials strips voters of their right to decide who should represent them.

One person argued district “gerrymandering” is the problem. I disagree. The districts are drawn by the elected officials in power. If you want to change who has power, vote. If not, don’t vote.

And apparently, most people in Illinois really don’t blame the elected officials for the state’s problems. Because the majority of people who can vote, don’t. ...

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09-15-16 Biggest Challenge is Credit Card Debt

09-15-16 Biggest Challenge is Credit Card Debt

Ray Hanania's Column Commentary Podcast, Sept. 15, 2016.

Ray Hanania's columns are available in print, online and audio podcast format.

The nation’s biggest challenge, credit card debt

Sept. 15, 2016

By Ray Hanania

I remember the JFK assassination. I remember the 9/11 terrorism. And, I remember the very first time I used a credit card. How many people remember that?

The Vietnam War ended and I had been transferred to an Air National Guard base in Peoria. 

When I got home to Burbank, I borrowed my mom’s car to drive to Peoria. She gave me a plastic card and she explained I could use it to get gasoline from Shell.

Wow, how the world changed since I left to join the fight against the Commie-bastards!

The tank was filled and I jumped in without thinking, pretty much the same way we got into the Vietnam War, and later the Iraq War. I drove to Peoria. On the way back, I passed a Shell Station outside of Pontiac. ...

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09-08-16 Laboring through Labor Day Podcast

09-08-16 Laboring through Labor Day Podcast

Ray Hanania's column & commentary audio podcast, www.RayHanania.com Sept. 8, 2016. 

Laboring through Labor Day

Sept.8, 2016

ByRay Hanania

TheLabor Day weekend usually marks a special point in our lives when children go back to school, the weather shifts from swelter to soothing, and we’re reminded politics really has no season and is here with us every day.

It’s supposed to be the start of something new, but honestly, it’s become a familiar blur.

Things may not change in politics but they have changed in how we act. These days, the kids start going back to school in the middle of August and it continues pastLabor Day, depending on where you live.

I don’t know why but I figure it has to do with money. Sadly, that’s what most educators really care about. It ain’t the kids (my illiterate protest). ...

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09-02-16 Mohammed Dajani Daoudi on the Holocaust, Normalization & Palestinian peace

09-02-16 Mohammed Dajani Daoudi on the Holocaust, Normalization & Palestinian peace

Ray Hanania's column & commentary audio podcast, www.RayHanania.com Sept. 2, 2016. 

Ray Hanania interviews former Al-Quds Professor Mohammed Dajani Daoudi who was forced out of his position in June 2014 after taking 27 of his students to an educational visit to the Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Poland. Professor Dajani is a leading advocate of normalization with Israel as a means of achieving peace and establishing a Palestinian state. We talk about the Holocaust and why some Palestinians reject it, the extremist movement that rejects normalization with Israel and how we can achieve peace through reconciliation in this 50 minute interview.

To read the accompanying Commentary column, click here.


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09-01-16 Opinion: Term Limits limit voters’ rights

Ray Hanania's column & commentary audio podcast, www.RayHanania.com Sept. 1 2016 


Columnist and Op-Ed writer Ray Hanania discusses the proposal by by Illinois' failed Governor, Bruce Rauner, to impose term limits so he can unseat his political opponents. Term Limits are for losers and no one is a bigge rloser in Illinois than Gov. Rauner


Term Limits limit the rights of voters. The column appeared in the Southwest News Newspaper Group (Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News, The Reporter Newspapers.

Term limitsdeny voters their rights

By Ray Hanania 

Every time a failedpolitician or a failed group of activists don’t get their way, they stamp theirfeet and whine like little babies that they want to impose “term limits.”

“Term limits”basically takes away the right of each individual voter to choose theirgovernment representatives at the ballot box through voting.

Why wouldanyone do that? Because many times, voters really like some politicians andreturn them to office over, and over and over again. That upsets the losers whoget so frustrated because they can’t seem to get enough votes to win anything.

If they justhad “term limits,” losers might be elected to office. In our system ofDemocracy where voters decide their destiny and representation, “term limits”is a strategy for losers. ...

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