Wednesday, February 17, 2016

EXTRA: Going nowhere fast!?!

“Rather than introduce a complete and balanced budget as required by the Illinois Constitution, Gov. Bruce Rauner today punted. Instead, he presented for the 1,547th time his discredited Turnaround Agenda and he renewed his budget hostage pledge for a second year.”

State Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, in response to the proposed state government budget put forth by Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday


I’ll be the first to admit that Rauner’s budget address seemed more like an attempt to make Democrats feel guilty about the inaction of the past year, rather than any effort to put together a serious spending plan for state government’s 2017 fiscal year.

But Lang’s response, which popped into my e-mail box at 12:46 p.m. just as the speech was ending, comes off as so canned. I doubt there’s anything that the governor could have said that would have resulted in a different response.

THIS IS THE overall stance of the Democrats, since the legislator from the North Shore is the one used whenever Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, wants to criticize something publicly without having the harsh words come from his own lips.

Kind of like that old 1970s program “Soap,” where Chuck would always tell his ventriloquist dummy Bob how badly he was behaving for all the mean-spirited things Bob would tell everyone else to their faces. Should we start calling Lang "Bob?"

In short, the only light at the end of this political tunnel is the freight train of excess debt that’s going to run us over and pulverize all of us – regardless of our political partisanship.


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