Where best to start with everything happening in Illinois? Do we begin with more credit downgrades,1 two Republican ex-governors turning on Governor Bruce Rauner,2 or Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to scrape up $250,000 to fund a Chicago gun buyback program?3 Let’s set these aside for the moment and focus on something that perfectly defines the budget insanity in Illinois and proves Rauner is right about the urgency of a turnaround, no matter what the consequences are.
Hopeless legislative stalemate happens when lawmakers don’t do their jobs. When they are too indebted to their big money backers or too obsessed with personal agendas and vendettas to perform their task of managing government, government fails. That’s when the courts step in.
Failed government means orders and outrage
Frustration from failed government causes the kind of outrage that Obama committed last November when he decided to throw the gates open wide for illegal immigrants.
Liberal politics in Illinois did not prevent Obama’s hometown from becoming a slaughterhouse. Spending for neighborhood projects and community initiatives has not stopped Chicago shootings. After the city celebrated Independence Day weekend with over 80 shootings, the summer has settled into a comfortable pattern of daily news of more shootings to the accompaniment of tiresome calls to end gun violence and take back the city’s worst neighborhoods.