Yesterday, President Obama�s former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was declared the victor of Chicago�s Mayoral race against former school board chief Gery Chico, former Senator Carol Moseley Braun, and City Clerk Miguel del Valle. Emanuel will be succeeding Mayor Richard Daley, who announced his retirement last fall after serving as Chicago�s mayor for more than 20 years.

Newly elected Republican Congressman Allen West of Florida is not one to pander to his audience, nor does he adhere to doctrines of political correctness. At a Monday town hall meeting held in Pompano Beach, Florida, he exhibited these very qualities during the Question & Answer segment.

Following the lead of their comrades in Wisconsin, leftist Democrats in Indiana's legislature, beholden to the state's powerful unions, have fled the state to stop consideration of budget cuts and right-to-work legislation they don't like.

Video footage of the AFL-CIO�s Richard Trumka boasting about his close ties to the Obama administration is going viral. In the video, Trumka leans back, drapes his arms over the chairs, and reports that he is a weekly visitor of the White House, sometimes as often as a couple of times a week. �I have conversations every day with someone in the White House or in the administration,� he proclaims. �Every day.�

Government debt � the amount of money borrowed by the federal government, state governments, and subdivisions of those two levels of government � is now greater than the entire economy. This obligation or debt of the government is now a dizzying 122 percent of the Gross Domestic Product of the nation. The only other time that debt has been this high in America's history was at the end of the Second World War, when wartime spending included a huge slice of the entire economy. The post-war boom and the explosion of pent-up consumer demand quickly generated revenues, however, which reduced that public debt substantially.