Sunday, June 10, 2007

Berkowitz joins Sen. Lauzen on Roeser tonight

Jeff Berkowitz will join State Senator Chris Lauzen [R-Aurora] as a guest tonight on Tom Roeser’s weekly, call-in radio show, Political Shoot-out, WLS 890 AM Radio, from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm. See here for Tom’s Blog which has Tom's thoughts on a great many matters, political and otherwise.

Upset with something Berkowitz said on his show [] or something he wrote on this blog? Tom Roeser’s show on Sunday night is your chance to fire back. A free fire zone, so to speak. Also, you can help shape the show and its topics by calling in with your questions and comments—312-591-8900. Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Communists [no collect calls, please] and others are, of course, all welcome.

I am thinking we may be talking taxes, maybe even about the dead Gross Receipts Tax and "supply side," economcs. [See here for a March 25, 2007, TV interview with Illinois Chief Operating Officer John Filan about Gov. Blagojevich's proposed Gross Receipts Tax, as well as shows with State Reps. Mary Flowers [D-Chicago] and Jim Durkin [R-Western Springs] discussing State Budget and Tax issues ]. Who knows, we may even discuss "demand side," economics. And, maybe even jobs, free lunches and education.

I don’t know the topics for tonight—they are determined by Mr. Roeser, with some incisive suggestions, no doubt, by his lovely, charismatic and intelligent wife Lillian. However, an educated guess is that the questions will consist of various Statewide, including downstate, issues, possibly selected from the following questions, some of which are holdovers from prior episodes of "Political Shootout," or "Public Affairs."

Of course, you can call and ask any of the below questions or whatever you like. As with University of Chicago Ph. D. prelim questions in economics over the years, many of the questions on Political Shoot-out stay the same each week, only the answers change. And you are Free to Choose, so to speak, as this is the land of Milton Friedman, the late, great Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics from the University of Chicago [WWMFS, i.e., what would Milton Friedman say?:

-What is the core of the dispute in America about immigration and illegal immigration? Go here to watch October 30, 2006 and July 22, 2006 "Public Affairs," TV shows featuring, in part, Senator John McCain discussing immigration, illegal immigration and the Republican Party.

-How will the immigration issue affect the 2008 Presidential election?

-How will the immigration issue play out? And what will be its impact on American politics by 2024?

-Is Cook County Assessor Houlihan's proposed tax reform legislation an amalgam of the Gov's Gross Receipts Tax and HB 750?

-Could Houlihan's proposal emerge as the consensus choice among state legislators?

-Will the Illinois Senate and House Republicans be united in their opposition to any increase in state taxes?

-Will the presidential choice in November, 2008 be U. S. Senator Barack Obama[D-IL] or former U. S. Senator and Law and Order star Fred Thompson [R-TN}? [Go here to watch a July 22, 2006 "Public Affairs," show featuring, in part, Presidential Candidate Barack Obama].

-Has it only taken 20 weeks for the Democratic Congressional majority to lose its way-- way besting the prior Republican Congressional majority, which took 12 years to do so?

-Will 2006 10th CD Democratic nominee Dan Seals come back to beat Cong. Kirk in 2008? Will Seals first face a contested primary from Jay Footlik.

-Will Cong. Kirk face a challenge in the 2008 Republican primary?

-Will 36 year old, fairly wealthy Steve Greenberg take on Cong. Melissa Bean [D-Barrington] in the 8th CD? Is Bean still vulnerable?

-Is WTTW's Chicago Tonight in need of some ideological balance? Which TV personality in the Chicago Metro area could provide it?

-Will the State GOP find a credible candidate to take on Senator Durbin in 2008?

-Is it time for a change in leadership in the State GOP

-Will Cong. Hastert not seek re-election in 2008

-Is Senator Lauzen running for Cong. Hastert's seat, on the assumption that Hastert will not seek another term.

Jeff Berkowitz, Show Host/Producer of "Public Affairs," and Executive Legal Recruiter doing legal search can be reached at You may watch "Public Affairs," shows with Presidential Candidates Obama, McCain, Giuliani and Cox and many other pols at