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.
Fearing a conservative backlash after November’s midterm defeats, President Obama signed the order for a two-year pay freeze for federal government jobs as part of his new Republican appeasement policy. The GOP had beat him to the punch when they included their own minimalist hiring freeze in the Pledge to America.
There has been too much agenda-laden discussion lately over whether the threat of spillover violence from Mexico to our border states is real, or a right-wing fabrication. The Obama administration’s curious strategy supports Mexico’s efforts to quash cartels while providing minimalist funding for our own border security, and abuses the legal arena to prevent states from protecting themselves.