Problems with driver’s licenses helped send a former Illinois governor to prison. Illinoisans tend to be pretty jaded about this sort of thing. A governor going to prison scarcely raises an eyebrow. Neither do bad decisions from public officials. When they whip themselves up to do something foolish, it has to be really over the top to merit attention, like giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.
Author’s note: a lot has happened since this post was published. The Trump Administration is backing off from mandatory school lunch regulations Michelle Obama insisted would give us healthy, hunger-free kids. There is one thing that hasn’t changed, though. Too much money for school breakfasts and lunches still slips through the Federal Government’s fingers.
Childhood arrivals are threatening to take center stage in permissive states where politicians are falling over themselves to ensure that temporarily amnestied residents know who is on their side (see: Jobless? Illegals Are Laughing In Your Face Over Deferred Action.).
On Wednesday night the president talked about budgets and choices. Mr. Obama should know all about the synergy between politics, budgets, and education. He brought his model for investment in our public school system from Illinois (see: Blighted Fiscal Policy Travels From Illinois to the Oval Office), where Obama style investing in education has forced taxpayers to spend so much on government employee pension benefits that within three years the state will be spending more on public pensions than schooling children.
Arne Duncan’s insistence on collaborating with teachers’ unions paid off big with a teachers strike in Chicago that made national headlines (see: Union Stance Ridicules Duncan’s Collaboration Efforts). Teachers postured for the press, shuffled through the streets, and appeared to enjoy the party atmosphere as classrooms stood empty and children stayed home.