Should Illinois residents be happy or nervous? Governor Quinn and Illinois Democrats are acting like they take pension reform seriously. The Illinois Senate just followed the House by passing a bill that finally asks state retirees, including judges and legislators, to contribute towards their health care costs.
That makes two governors in a row for Illinois, folks. Say what you want about our budget woes, underfunded public pensions, and business hating tax rates. When it comes to corruption, no one can touch us. Illinois is king. With Rod Blagojevich making that long, teary journey from the governor’s mansion to the slammer, we can even stake a claim for bipartisanship.
If the story of the old woman and the snake was not written by a politician, it should have been. Anyone who has ever muttered a dejected “lesser of two evils” while shuffling out of a voting booth knows the sting of fangs and the burn of venom that follows an election.
You know times are tough when state officials looking for ways to bridge budget gaps put senior citizens in their sights. Most politicians would rather have their teeth pulled without the benefit of Novocain than defend a record of taxing the elderly.
Fresh from his announcement of Illinois’ plan to fleece residents with an income tax hike necessary because state lawmakers are bereft of the slightest understanding of the term “fiscal restraint,” Governor Pat Quinn laughed in the faces of taxpayers by following up the tax increase with his signing of the “Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act.”
Illinois is an embarrassment. Those of us who live here are so familiar with corruption, graft, bribe-taking, fraud, and every conceivable variation of illegal, unethical behavior that the deplorable conduct of our public officials is largely taken for granted. We accept that our governors will go to prison, our bureaucrats will be convicted of bribe-taking, and that our precious tax dollars will be misspent, overspent, and forever insufficient to slake the thirst of greedy, irresponsible state and local politicians.