Wednesday, February 15, 2017

EXTRA: Capitol Quips? Or pure nonsense emanating from the guv!

Term limits get job creators excited.”

LINCOLN: Shuddering in disgust?

Yeah, maybe in some bizarro-world where Donald Trump is considered a compassionate ruler completely lacking in self-interest. Or where Pauly Shore was ever considered to have talent as an actor.

But in our own world, all we can do is laugh at the thought that Gov. Bruce Rauner really said that line, towards the end of the budget address he gave during the noon hour Wednesday in making it clear he’s not backing away from the ideologue nature of the first two years of his gubernatorial term.

WHAT MADE THE Rauner speech – which I must confess the Rauner camp was gracious enough to send me a copy of by e-mail about a half-hour prior to his actually delivering it on the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives – particularly off was the fact that the governor began it with an Abraham Lincoln quotation:

The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise to the occasion… we must think anew and act anew.” Which isn't as bad as the recent Trump misquote of Lincoln that made "Honest Abe" sound like a sympathy card saying.

What's odd about the Lincoln quote is that it apparently applies to everyone except the governor, whose strategy seems to be to tell his critics to “Shut up and do what I say!” Because he intends to say the same things, rather than "act anew."

It makes me wonder what Lincoln himself would say at the thought of having his name dragged into Wednesday’s budget address. Maybe he’d give the guv a “Three Stooges” type smack upside the head” and tell him to “Do the job!”


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