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Archive for June 25th, 2017

The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda

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1967: The Beatles and “All you need is love” go global

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Two weeks after “Sgt Pepper’s” release, The Beatles went global and presented “All you need is love” to the world.    

They performed the new song in an international telecast seen by millions.     “All you need is love” became a # 1 song in July and was included in the “Magical Mystery Tour” album released Christmas.    

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June 25, 2017 at 5:30 pm

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June 25 1950: The Korean War

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On this day in 1950, North Korean forces invaded the South and The Korean War was on:     

On June 25, 1950, North Korean forces surprised the South Korean army (and the small U.S. force stationed in the country), and quickly headed toward the capital city of Seoul. The United States responded by pushing a resolution through the U.N.’s Security Council calling for military assistance to South Korea. (Russia was not present to veto the action as it was boycotting the Security Council at the time.)

With this resolution in hand, President Harry S. Truman rapidly dispatched U.S. land, air, and sea forces to Korea to engage in what he termed a “police action.” The American intervention turned the tide, and U.S. and South Korean forces marched into North Korea. This action, however, prompted the massive intervention of communist Chinese forces in late 1950. The war in Korea subsequently bogged down into a bloody stalemate.

In 1953, the United States and North Korea signed a cease-fire that ended the conflict. The cease-fire agreement also resulted in the continued division of North and South Korea at just about the same geographical point as before the conflict.

The Korean War was the first “hot” war of the Cold War. Over 55,000 American troops were killed in the conflict. Korea was the first “limited war,” one in which the U.S. aim was not the complete and total defeat of the enemy, but rather the “limited” goal of protecting South Korea. 

The war became very unpopular and President Truman left office with very low approval rates.  

In retrospect, President Truman never went to the US Congress for a war resolution and that was a big mistake.      

In 1953, President Eisenhower kept a military presence in South Korea after the ceasefire.     It allowed South Korea to grow into a prosperous nation and a huge contrast to the poor North.

 

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June 25, 2017 at 7:30 am

Dissolve Illinois and federalize the Cubs

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As we speak, Illinois is facing a self-inflicted financial crisis that may require some very drastic measures.

Who would have believed that Illinois may be on the verge of bankruptcy the year that Cubs’ fans are chanting repeat in 2017? 

John Kass has a neat idea that should be listened to:

Dissolve Illinois. 

Decommission the state, tear up the charter, whatever the legal mumbo-jumbo, just end the whole dang thing.

 

We just disappear. With no pain. That’s right. You heard me.

The best thing to do is to break Illinois into pieces right now. Just wipe us off the map. Cut us out of America’s heartland and let neighboring states carve us up and take the best chunks for themselves.

The group that will scream the loudest is the state’s political class, who did this to us, and the big bond creditors, who are whispering talk of bankruptcy and asset forfeiture to save their own skins.

Kass is frustrated, as must be everyone who lives between Cook County and the Missouri border.  They’ve seen their state soaked to death by politicians who just care about getting re-elected and promise what they can’t deliver.  Then they call you a racist or inhumane if you inquire how they plan to pay for it.

Beyond that, the Illinois way, not too different from the crony capitalism that we’ve written about in Brazil, has benefited the political class, the public-sector unions and the businesspeople who are shaken down to make campaign contributions.  The Illinois way is on the wrong side of history, to borrow the liberals’ favorite phrase.

So I understand Kass’s frustration.  He has a good idea.  Let’s break up Illinois and let the surrounding states pick up the pieces. 

I would only add one amendment to the idea.  I hate the idea of the Milwaukee or Des Moines Cubs.  So let’s federalize the Cubs and turn them into a national treasure and keep them in Wrigley Field.  They can still be a private company but with the understanding that they belong to all of us.  We all need the Chicago Cubs, even if it means dissolving Illinois!

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June 25, 2017 at 6:46 am