posted on May, 30 2012 @ 03:41 PM
Great speech! However, we are talking about Illinois here. He is singing to the choir. I can understand his frustration, but the tomfoolery has gone
on for ever, and the crooks are so entrenched that it would take massive action by some external body to clean it up. He was referring to the
iron-fisted control of Illinois House Speaker, Michael Madigan
. That guy has been at his post
for decades, and even got his daughter elected as Attorney General in one of the most blatant acts nepotism I have ever seen.
The bosses have an apparatus of political insulation that is absolutely mind boggling. Look no further than former Mayor Richard Daley, and he got off
from the notorious Hired Truck Program
. A bunch of his underlings took the hit for the
boss, and they all went to prison without implicating the mayor. That case alone was a smorgasbord of corruption which involved mob ties, bribes,
theft of taxpayer funding, and an epidemic of government waste. Personally, I think the guy is engaging in theatrics, and he knows the state is in
dire straits with the massively unfunded pension crisis.
He is out to save his own skin, and get re-elected next cycle. Furthermore, the political machine will be on a mission to run him out of town. I would
not be surprised if we hear something about a scandal or an indictment to get this guy in bracelets and silenced. The people he was ranting against
have done things like that to rivals and perceived threats in past. You don't get lifetime appointments to government positions without getting hands
dirty and greasing the wheels.
I got one simple question? Where were guys like him years and years ago when something could have been done avert the crisis befalling Illinois? Oh
yeah, they were playing cards, sipping martinis, and sending their kids to private school at the expense of the taxpayer. So little Johnnie and Suzie
can take over for Poppa as they enjoy their gold-plated pensions. I am sorry for the skepticism, but the problems in Illinois did not happen over
night. This guy is a day late and a dollar short.
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