Sunday, November 23, 2008

Better than the Super Bowl: Berkowitz to join Powers on Roeser's WLS Radio program tonight at 8:00 pm

Jeff Berkowitz will join John Powers, entrepreneur and Publisher of the Chicago Daily Observer, as a guest tonight on Tom Roeser’s weekly, Sunday, call-in radio show, Political Shoot-out, WLS 890 AM Radio, from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
You say you don't live within the WLS broadcast area? Not to worry. You can go here to listen to the program, live, on the web.[You may encounter some technical problems in signing on-- allow five minutes, or so, for following the prompts for technical difficulties, and you should be able to hear WLS live on the web] 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 the [Public Affairs page], something he wrote on this blog or just the way he looks? 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. Obama mamas (Bean), Jindahl reformers (Palin), Trial Lawyer CEO bashers (Roskam)Democrats, Republicans, 700 Billion dollar Bailout promoters (Kirk, Bean and Fred Barnes), Libertarians, Independents, Communists [no collect calls, please], Palin critics, Palin groupies, Biden mistake defenders, gun grabbers, backstabbers, gun clingers, gun slingers, outside agitators and others are, of course, all welcome.

Tonight's show may touch on:

--Are Gov. Pat Quinn's constitutional officer colleagues a "team of rivals," despite this past Friday's unity theme among top Illinois Democrats

--Has Joe Birkett's time for leadership in the Illinois Republican Party come and gone?

--Did the Republicans in Illinois have anyone who can win the race for Governor in 2010? Senator?

-- Is Lisa Madigan a credible candidate for Governor? What Philosophy, if any, does she have about government? tax cuts? education?

--Will there be an income tax or sales tax increase in Illinois in 2009?

--What will it take for the Illinois Republican Party to become the party of ideas?

--Who would be next in line among the Republicans to run for Governor if that's how that decision were made?

--Will Illinois Republicans be able to unite around the new Senate Republican Leader Christine Rodogno, and the continued leadership of House Republican Leader Tom Cross, both of whom are moderates.

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

--Will State GOP Chairman Andy McKenna, Jr. be kicked upstairs soon? After two State general election disasters under the "Leadership of McKenna," are the money guys getting restless?

-Is WTTW's Chicago Tonight in need of an aggressive political interviewer to boost its sagging ratings and its lack of balance? Which cable TV personality in the Chicago Metro area could meet that need?

--Does the field of 14 candidates in the 5th CD special election Democratic primary narrow involve five credible candidates?

--Was putting Palin on the ticket a major mistake by McCain?

--Did Sarah Palin demonstrate she has insuffient knowledge of domestic and foreign policy issues to be the Republican front-runner for 2012

This reporter doesn't know the topics for tonight—they are determined by Mr. Roeser, with some incisive suggestions, no doubt, by his lovely, energetic and intelligent wife Lillian. However, an educated guess is that the questions will consist of various Illinois, national and Obama transition issues, possibly selected from the above, or below, 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 [or do they?]. 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? is the question we classically ask, followed with:

--Could Paul Vallas win as an Republican candidate for Cook County Board?

--Does the Chicago Public School system spend more than $16,000 per kid per year to try to educate kids? Does Arne Duncan tell the truth about this? If not, why not?

--Is Obama's cautious nature both his strength and his weakness?
Jeff Berkowitz, Show Host/Producer of "Public Affairs," and Executive Legal Recruiter doing legal search can be reached at *************************************************************
"Public Affairs," is a weekly political interview show airing in Chicago on CANTV, in the Chicago metro area, Aurora and Rockford on Comcast and also often on the Illinois Channel. You can watch the shows, including archived shows going back to 2005, here.