It hit me while Illinois politicians were slapping each other’s backs over their new gay marriage win. Perhaps it was naïve not to have realized what was happening before now. Lawmakers must sense that their house of cards is about to come crashing down as debt consumes our state. What better way to protect yourself for the bad times than by seeking forgiveness in advance?
Emulating their wrecked role model California, Illinois Democrats have been preparing for the end for a long time. They have sought forgiveness with medical marijuana (see: Illinois Medical Marijuana, Gambling Plans Don’t Go Far Enough), by pandering to illegals, and now to same sex couples with a gay marriage bill. Their strategy is profoundly simple. Make enough friends and someone will be there to watch your back when the time comes to hurt people.
Politicians in Illinois play it safe with tried and true bad ideas.
Illinois might bear less shame if it was more of a doer than a follower. Most of the things politicians in Illinois are handing out are ideas recycled from giddy Democrats in other states striving to live up to Obama’s reckless vision for America, handing out the easy wins while the real problems go unsolved.
Driver’s licenses for illegals couldn’t wait, so we get that for Christmas. A medical marijuana program comes with the New Year. Gay marriage arrives in time to kick off the summer of 2014. Civil unions? Old business. DREAM Act? Illinois has that, too. Retroactive income tax hike? Passed in 2011 but not talked about much, just in case someone remembers that the word “temporary” was used in the PR campaign to get taxpayers to buy in.
Illinois government endorses seven deadly sins.
When it comes to wanton permissiveness for the sake of votes, politicians in Illinois are running out of stones to turn over. They have struck each of the seven deadly sins off their list.
Lust: gay marriage and civil unions.
Gluttony: politicians gorging themselves at the taxpayer’s table.
Greed: how much do illegals expect Illinois politicians to do for them?
Sloth: how’s that pension reform bill coming?
Wrath: watch state legislators duke it out when it comes to dealing with spending cuts, debt, and pension reform. So much staged anger, so little progress.
Envy: do we have to be like California?
Pride: it’s hard to be proud of an evolving catastrophe, but Democratic politicians in Illinois are beaming.
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