Illinois and California share a lot of bad ideas. One is allowing their illegal residents to drive so they can easily get to work or school. Passing the Illinois driver’s license legislation was an enormous violation of the public trust even considering that the trust of taxpaying citizens is already a lost cause.
Millions in campaign spending for the Illinois governor’s race is the reason this state is failing. Not that the money could bail us out of the state’s financial crisis even if we spent every penny. It won’t. At best, this money will buy high office in our debt-plagued, 200 year-old Land of Lincoln. Then it will be gone. We could have put the funds to much better use by spending on almost anything but political campaigns. Instead, state politics demands this entrance fee.
Preparing for the Illinois 200 Bicentennial, Governor Rauner cited our economic, academic, and political achievements. I’m sure if we look hard enough we can scrape up something to be proud of, but Illinois at 200 is a debt-ridden embarrassment that forces kids to compete with public worker retirements. Our political contributions are inertia, reckless spending, abusive government, and forcing taxpayers to support our politicians even after they are out of office and sit in prison. None of this is anything to be proud of, but we might feel some sense of pride when we finally summon the courage to leave this state.
On Tuesday Illinois decided to pit two rich white guys against each other for governor. Their values are confusing. Democrat Pritzker embodies many of the things liberals bitterly resent, but they still made an exception for this member of the 1%. Bruce Rauner’s efforts to get along with an unyielding opposition in Springfield have alienated conservatives. If you really believe in the values your party tells you to hold dear, then how can you support either candidate? Fortunately, this isn’t a problem because you don’t matter and neither does voting in this state.
Jeanne Ives' campaign is going to head-to-head with Governor Bruce Rauner in a typical Republican display of angry disunity over party values. We aren’t hearing much about either candidate’s plans to fix our destitute, devastated state. Instead, the big issue is who panders the hardest to Mike Madigan.