SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
“Whatever it is, you look good”

Friday, Apr 11, 2014

* Here’s something you won’t see every day, particularly from me.

I came up with what I thought was a pretty good column idea for Crain’s Chicago Business. My editor, Tom Corfman, liked it and gave it a green light.

But then I wrote myself into a hopeless corner. That happens sometimes. It’s never pleasant. I worked on it and worked on it and thought I fixed it, but Corfman didn’t think I had. I read it again and realized he was right.

Uh-oh.

I labored over some revisions, but unbeknownst to me, Corfman also put some effort into it. His revision was far better than mine so we went with his changes.

* I usually hate it when somebody else touches what I write, unless it’s a typo or something like that. But I gotta give props to Corfman here. He made this column work

For the past few years, whenever I’d get a haircut I could always count on people asking, “Have you lost weight?”

In reality, I’d probably gained weight and I would sometimes say that. “Well, whatever it is, you look good,” I’d hear.

For the past couple of months, though, folks have been telling me they loved my new haircut.

But I’ve been telling them, I’ve only had one haircut in three months. “Well, whatever it is, you look good,” they’ve been replying.

I couldn’t figure out why so many people loved my nonexistent haircut until it finally dawned on me that I’d…

Go read the whole thing.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


17 Comments
  1. - Anon99 - Friday, Apr 11, 14 @ 9:06 am:

    So you can’t read the article unless you buy a digital subscription.


  2. - PublicServant - Friday, Apr 11, 14 @ 9:06 am:

    I give Quinn props for actually making the pension payment, but the problem is that its the state employees and pensioners that got the haircut. Heck, they got scalped, and whatever the outcome in the courts, I won’t forget that…ever.


  3. - Rich Miller - Friday, Apr 11, 14 @ 9:17 am:

    Anon99, it’s a pretty inexpensive subscription.


  4. - Out Here In The Middle - Friday, Apr 11, 14 @ 9:19 am:

    99 - I just read it without a subscription.

    BTW - great column.


  5. - Montrose - Friday, Apr 11, 14 @ 9:23 am:

    Great analogy. Quinn has many flaws, but he has actually made some tough decisions. He has no control over the narrative right now, so he will have a very hard time changing the current perception.


  6. - wordslinger - Friday, Apr 11, 14 @ 9:24 am:

    Skipping pension payments was the golden goose. Once the rating agencies got religion after the subprime mbs scandal, wasn’t really an option any longer.


  7. - A. Nonymous - Friday, Apr 11, 14 @ 9:52 am:

    Rich - Salient points in your column. Good team effort w/ your new editor.

    And it clearly hit some nerves. The boobirds are hanging out in Crains comments this morning - questioning your facts and asking if you think Quinn’s doing a good job.

    Perception indeed. Doesn’t help when the minority party has nothing to lose by talking out of both sides of their mouth - “cuts are bad”… “taxes are bad”…

    No such thing as Pixie Dust.

    Anon99 - All I got was a pop-up ad that I closed (sorry Rich). Otherwise, the article is available to the public.


  8. - In the Middle - Friday, Apr 11, 14 @ 10:20 am:

    I’m not a fan of Quinn, but have to hand it to him for making good on pension payments. Very tough to do.

    I don’t benefit from it; I just believe the State has an obligation here.


  9. - Walker - Friday, Apr 11, 14 @ 10:33 am:

    I registered for free and read the article.

    Selective perception abounds in politics. I occasionally call it partisan blindness.

    Almost no one but the ratings agencies, will see and report that the operating budget has been producing a significant surplus for the past two years due to serious cuts in spending.

    Much of that annual operating surplus has gone to fully paying the pension ramp up. And the overdue bills have been partly paid down, by the rest of the surplus.

    I would have much more respect for PQ’s critics if they would openly admit this reality, and then explain why our current budget surplus is not good enough for fiscal health.

    I agree it’s not good enough for the long range. More must be done — but immediately reducing revenues will harm, not help the situation.


  10. - Perry Noya - Friday, Apr 11, 14 @ 10:56 am:

    Rich, an excellent column, but I don’t think the attacks on Quinn have to do with the “psychology of perception.” It’s politics, pure and simple. If the parties were reversed, the attacks on the governor would be just the same.


  11. - shore - Friday, Apr 11, 14 @ 11:22 am:

    Crains gives you 10 views or something a month. I’m stunned people who read this blog who are most likely in the 1% of most avid news consumers- I hate the term “junkie” by 2014 haven’t figured out ways around news paywalls.


  12. - Jake From Elwood - Friday, Apr 11, 14 @ 11:37 am:

    Your article brings to mind George Ryan’s “Illinois First” program where the politicians all received grant monies to dole out to local constituencies. The legislators all received great photo ops and press releases. However, these grants were paid for with monies that were reassigned from the pension payments. Only a few legislators noticed that pension haircut.


  13. - A guy... - Friday, Apr 11, 14 @ 12:06 pm:

    You may have “empowered” editors everywhere. LOL. But everyone ain’t Corfman, that’s for sure. Good column. Looks like you lost weight.


  14. - 47th Ward - Friday, Apr 11, 14 @ 12:33 pm:

    Did anybody else peruse the comments over at Crain’s? Yikes.


  15. - Anonymous - Friday, Apr 11, 14 @ 3:26 pm:

    Kudos for the weight loss. 5 years ago I quit drinking and started exercising, and lost 60 lbs….and, oh, smoking weed is out because All Food is soooooo good.


  16. - Anony - Friday, Apr 11, 14 @ 4:15 pm:

    OK, as far as it goes. I’d agree that Quinn is doing a reasonable job — aside from his rampant cronyism — despite the fact that the two leaders of his party are primarily interested in their own agendas.

    However, there’s a saying on Wall Street: Don’t confuse brains with a bull market. The more than 100% rise in the stock market since 2009 has certainly enhanced the appearance of Quinn’s performance. The same glow still adheres to Jim Edgar, who governed during the epic bull market of the ’90s and is a respected elder statesman, despite approving many of the wild excesses that currently weigh on the budget.

    For bear-market governors George Ryan and Blago, the unfortunate timing of their terms likely added to their public punishments. In fact, Blago had it both ways, riding the wave to an easy re-election, then getting caught in the channel when it crashed.

    So it’s subject to revision. If the market tanks 50% — as it has twice in the past 15 years — the rewrites will be voluminous.


  17. - DuPage - Friday, Apr 11, 14 @ 4:54 pm:

    A lot of us would like to lose 30 pounds. What diet worked the best?


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed for the holiday weekend
* Can't anybody play this game?
* Radogno: Pass the grand bargain by the end of this month or forget it
* Question of the day
* CMS warns comptroller over draining special funds
* *** UPDATED x3 *** ISBE to vote on settling Urban League school funding lawsuit
* *** UPDATED x1 - FY18 bills filed *** Get out your checkbook, Mr. Mayor
* Midway contract criticized
* Bob Michel passes away
* Another day, another Rauner campaign ad
* Clearing up a little confusion
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Madigan orders committee to take up Thompson Center sale issue
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............
<


Search This Blog...

  
* Free App 'Reverb' Brings Amazon's Alexa to Mac Desktops, iPhones and iPads
* Children's Organic Storybook 'Green Riding Hood' is Apple's Free App of the Week
* ZTE Hawkeye officially getting retooled, fund on Kickstarter canceled
* Reuters: Softbank wants Sprint and T-Mobile to merge, would give up control to Deutsche Telekom
* Should you take benchmarks seriously?
* Android 7.0 Nougat hits the T-Mobile Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge
* Linc is a Moto Mod that turns your phone into a walkie talkie

* Renteria establishes rapport with White Sox
* Energized Lawrie stepping in right direction
* Moncada ignores hype, focuses on Sox roster
* Let's watch Yoan Moncada's adorable son flip his bat
* Fantasy Player Preview: Dominate your draft
* White Sox Top 30 Prospects list
* Spring Training has arrived! Get tickets, schedule and gear

...............


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress

Loading


* Voice of The Southern: Carbondale, SIU taking r.....
* Jim Dey: Budget, contract fights threaten state.....
* Battling Illinois’ budget blues..
* Battling Illinois' budget blues - Champaign/Urb.....
* John Foreman: I just don't understand - Champai.....
* Jim Dey: Budget, contract fights threaten state.....
* Walter Jacobson's Perspective 2/19/2107: Boomin.....
* State law requires Will County schools, daycare.....
* Statehouse Insider: This is what’s meant by bal.....
* Bernard Schoenburg: Dems eye Rodney Davis, who .....


* Off-duty sheriff shot in the leg
* Syrian woman previously denied entry arrives in Chicago
* Police find nearly 130 explosives at Normal man's home
* Tentative settlement reached in 2008 Illinois education suit
* U of Illinois police issue letter about sexual assaults
* Maine utility regulators to consider $1.5B FairPoint sale
* Amputee prosthetic legs with Boston bombing survivor's help
* Illinois summer police camp for teens taking applications
* Tentative settlement reached on 2008 education lawsuit
* Michel, GOP leader skilled at deal-making, dies at age 93

* Effort to privatize economic development questioned
* State budget impasse still hurting schools
* DHS moving into former Barney's Furniture store
* Madigan says House will consider sale of Thompson Center
* Bustos, other Dems demand Rauner pay domestic violence money
* State budget gap could be more than $7 billion
* Rauner administration says Mendoza decision on payroll could jeopardize services
* Legislation to change date on state seal passes House
* Lisa Madigan to appeal denial of motion to stop state worker pay
* Illinois attorney general to appeal denial of motion to stop state worker pay

* Like our roundup? Share it around.
* The 50 priciest​ home sales of 2016 are here
* Rauner finally weighs in on budget to Capitol laughter and groans
* Springfield's incapacity a threat to all small businesses, including mine
* Is Bruce Rauner the only grown-up in Springfield?


* Beat the Champs: Half the field, Section 4/Will Cty & Fox Valley
* 6 injured when car crashes into South Loop building
* Man shot during argument in Pilsen
* Joliet man dies at work, trapped between heavy machinery
* Four hospitalized due to carbon monoxide in Naperville
* Man suspected in 5 bank robberies strikes again in Alsip
* Man shot while driving on Dan Ryan
* Dear Abby: Late to bed, late to rise makes mom, kids tardy
* Georgia Nicols horoscopes for Feb. 19, 2017
* 2 women wounded in Park Manor shooting


* Revived by rally, Trump turns back to governing
* Off-duty Cook County correctional officer shot in Englewood
* 1 dead, 10 wounded, including Cook County officer, in Chicago shootings
* Swedes scratch heads after Trump says 'look what's happening last night in Sweden'
* Malaysia searches for 4 suspects who left country the day Kim Jong Nam was poisoned
* 6 hospitalized after South Loop crash involving city tow truck
* Des Plaines council turns to polygraphs in leak investigation
* McCain criticizes Trump for calling media 'the enemy': 'That's how dictators get started'
* Little Village streets, restaurants quiet as deportation fears rise
* LINDA C. BLACK HOROSCOPES for 2/19/17


» Syrian Family Reunites Three Weeks After Travel Ban
» Man Charged In Shooting Death Of Chicago Toddler
» State Week: 'Balanced' Is In The Eye Of The Beholder
» State Settles Suit Over Discriminatory School Funding
» Professor Says Department Will Still Consider Students Affected By Travel Ban
» Man Charged With Shooting 11-Year-Old Assaulted
» Indiana Governor Pledges State Aid For East Chicago Lead Problems
» City Council Advances Plan To Bring New Stores To Midway
» Ex-Obama Aide Fined $90,000 For Chicago Lobbying Violation
» WWII Pilot's Family To Honor O'Hare At Namesake Airport


* Bernard Schoenburg: Dems eye Rodney Davis, who expects the challenge
* Effort to privatize economic development questioned
* Bernard Schoenburg: Dems eye Davis, who expects the challenge
* Statehouse Insider: This is what's meant by balanced?
* State budget impasse still hurting schools
* Our View: Springfield aldermen need to look long term on budget
* DHS moving into former Barney's Furniture store
* Dalia Anguiano Henry: The path toward being a compassionate, faith-motivated activist
* United Way: Addressing basic needs in our community
* Addressing basic needs in our community


* No complaints: Surprise heat wave breaks records, lures many outside
* St. Louis officers involved in shooting late Saturday
* Kiosk designed to raise awareness about earthquake threat
* George Will: An adult voice amid pandemic childishness
* Guest Commentary: Celebrating National Engineers Week
* C-U haiku, Feb. 19, 2017
* John Roska: Wage assignments can be revoked at any time
* Guest Commentary: Requiem for the American Century
* Letter from Birdland: Wonderful experiences in nation's capital
* Business listings, Feb. 19, 2017


* Malaysia looks for 4 North Korean suspects who left country
* Wanderers end Sydney FC's unbeaten run in A-League
* Devils edge Islanders 3-2 behind Schneider's 40 saves
* Roussel has hat trick, Benn lifts Stars over Lightning in OT
* The Latest: Water levels at lake keep falling despite rain

* Group upset with Trump wants Town Hall mee...
* US Rep. Randy Hultgren talks veterans' iss...
* US Rep. Randy Hultgren reflects on busines...
* Hultgren co-sponsors bill to assist Americ...
* Rep. Randy Hultgren appears to distance hi...
* US Representative Randy Hultgren visits ne...
* US Congressman tours new Aurora Specialty ...
* Hultgren criticizes immigration ban, Roska...
* Bernard Schoenburg: Dems eye Rodney Davis,...
* Hultgren updates work on heroin, opioid ab...

* Sen. Hirono, Other Democrats Introduce Bil......
* Sen. Hirono, Other Democrats Introduce Bil......

* Dem Sen Duckworth: 'This Is Not the Presid......

* “We oppose the expansion of Speer Charter High School.”
* Resistance Sunday.
* Day Of Remembrance Programs At History Museum Sunday
* Take the Trump survey and rate the perfidious media
* The horrors—real and imagined—of a weekend in Trump’s southern Illinois
* New York quartet Hush Point deftly modernize west-coast jazz fundamentals
* Andersonville Restaurant Week, Ballet de Lorraine, and more things to do in Chicago this weekend
* Activate:Chi aims to bring the music and nightlife biz into the resistance
* Former Obama adviser David Plouffe fined for illegally lobbying Rahm on behalf of Uber, and other Chicago news
* Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya is the dependably good bowl Wicker Park doesn’t need


* Governor Takes Bill Action
* 2017 Budget Address
* Rauner, Lawmakers Move to Protect Taxpayers from Inmate Legal Bills
* Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Announcednew pilot program titled Tiny Boots
* Governor Rauner Attends Illinois National Guard Deployment Ceremony




Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller