Local Commentaries

Bill Knight - September 6
11:51 am
Wed September 5, 2012

The Roots of the Illinois Pension Crisis

Bill Knight

Most Illinoisans seem torn between anger about state pensioners supposedly getting rich off taxpayers, and concern about state-worker neighbors caught between incompetent lawmakers and greedy credit agencies in cahoots with big banks. The real debate should be one timid types in Springfield (or Washington) avoid: What do citizens want government to do and how will it be funded?

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Bill Knight - August 30
3:18 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

The Often Overlooked History of Labor

Bill Knight

Education doesn’t tell students what to think but how to think. However, too many textbooks and legislators seem to see education as indoctrination, a troubling trend, especially as the nation celebrates Labor Day.

Generally, some textbooks ignore or marginalize labor. Specifically, some lawmakers in states including Kentucky, Louisiana and Texas oppose instruction in critical thinking and impose fanciful notions as fact – if it pleases their extremist base.

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Bill Knight - August 23
9:54 am
Wed August 22, 2012

The Very Expensive LIBOR Scandal

Bill Knight

All summer, the press has occasionally covered the “LIBOR Scandal,” but many stories have been a lot of “inside-baseball”-style financial confusion. Actually, the situation affects working people much more than has been noted.

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Bill Knight - August 16
10:59 am
Wed August 15, 2012

The Wide-Ranging Impact of the US Farm Bill

Bill Knight

There’s more than one drought choking the country. On Capitol Hill, there’s a drought of ideas – and compassion – about farmers, rural America and the needy.

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Bill Knight - August 9
11:25 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Plenty of Blame to Go Around for the Jobless Rate

Bill Knight

As tempting as it is to blame a U.S. President for insufficient job growth – whether Barack Obama or George W. Bush – jobs come from employers, not politicians. Sure, White House leadership is important, ideas from the executive branch should spur government action to help businesses hire, and a president sets an administration’s tone. But presidents can’t exclusively take the blame – or the credit – for jobs.

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