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* We’re going to try something new this holiday season. Rather than post them in comments, our ever-valuable commenter VanillaMan will be sending me Christmas songs to post on the front page. If you’re unfamiliar with the tune this is built on (”We Need a Little Christmas”), click here

Haul out those wish lists
Count up taxes before my spirit falls again
Fill up the pensions
I may be rushing things, but make requests again now
For we need a little budget
Right this very minute
Compromise among parties
Something for everyone in it!
Yes, we need a little budget
Right this very minute
The Speaker may be in a fury
But Governor, constitutionally, it’s your DUTY!

So climb down from ideology
Put on the brightest smiles that citizens have ever seen
Slice up appropriations
It’s time we stopped with - vetoing everything down!
For we’ve grown a little leaner
Grown a little colder
Grown a little sadder
Grown a little older
And we need a little budget
Sitting on our printers
We need a little budget now

Haul out that backlog!
Tell Mendoza we’re gonna live each living day
Fill up all the funds
Especially the one you from which you expect to get pay
But we need a little budget
Right this very minute
We know you can do it
Just hold your breath – get to it!
And we need a little budget
Right this very minute
It’s been two years, for crying-out-loud
Time to step up and be proud!

So climb down from deadlock
Stop listening to all those hacks on talk radio
Slice up the differences
It’s time you did the job you were sent to do now!
For we need a little budget
Right this very minute
If the Cubs can do it
You’re out of excuses – screw it!
And we need a little budget
Right this very minute
We need a little budget now
We need a little budget now
We need a little budget now!

posted by Rich Miller
Thursday, Dec 8, 16 @ 4:01 pm


  1. Great idea!

    Comment by wordslinger Thursday, Dec 8, 16 @ 4:02 pm

  2. Always love Vanillaman’s twist on things.

    Comment by RNUG Thursday, Dec 8, 16 @ 4:09 pm

  3. Thank you!

    Comment by Henry Francis Thursday, Dec 8, 16 @ 4:17 pm

  4. VMan is a talented guy. Thanks for this.

    Comment by 47th Ward Thursday, Dec 8, 16 @ 4:18 pm

  5. Marvelous as always, if only a local band/choir would record some of this I think it could be released under CapitolFax Records!!!!

    Comment by Kevin Highland Thursday, Dec 8, 16 @ 4:28 pm

  6. Hopefully not for a long while, but VM needs to donate his head to science.

    Comment by A guy Thursday, Dec 8, 16 @ 4:31 pm

  7. oh, VM is so not vanilla! this is completely awesome. peppermint schnapps for you, Vanilla Man!

    Comment by Amalia Thursday, Dec 8, 16 @ 4:37 pm

  8. God bless you VanillaMan, and God bless Illinois!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Earnest Thursday, Dec 8, 16 @ 4:38 pm

  9. I just wish that I had 10% of the talent, imagination and creativity of VanillaMan.

    Great work - very timely and appropriate.

    Comment by illini Thursday, Dec 8, 16 @ 4:47 pm

  10. Genius! A big boost to Christmas cheer. Thank you! Maybe it’ll inspire a ” Christmas Carol”-style “turnaround.” …

    Comment by Crispy Thursday, Dec 8, 16 @ 4:50 pm

  11. Auntie Mame digs VM.

    Comment by A guy Thursday, Dec 8, 16 @ 5:01 pm

  12. The VMan rocks!

    Comment by Illinoised Thursday, Dec 8, 16 @ 5:05 pm

  13. We have hoped, prayed, voiced and voted, and nothing has been accomplished. Maybe V-Man can get the point across this way. If not, at least we have music to watch the burning down of the State.

    Comment by FormerParatrooper Thursday, Dec 8, 16 @ 6:00 pm

  14. - VanillaMan - is the gold standard. This is restaurant-quality, then again when aren’t these songs restaurant-quality.

    Thanks to - VanillaMan - and to Rich. This is really special. Can’t wait for more.

    Comment by Oswego Willy Thursday, Dec 8, 16 @ 7:09 pm

  15. VM multidimensional heartist.

    Comment by walker Thursday, Dec 8, 16 @ 7:40 pm

  16. But we live in an alternative reality now. Rauner doesn’t care and neither do his supporters.

    Comment by Anonymous Thursday, Dec 8, 16 @ 9:02 pm

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