“Once again, it looks like Speaker (Mike) Madigan is going to preside over another round of long overtime summer sessions under his third or fourth governor now. What’s the common denominator in all of this? Madigan.”
Madigan is an effective leader of the Democrats who successfully advances their agenda and wins all the time. Until the GOP finds people who understand that reality and are capable of more than just whining, they will remain a super-minority.
It’s pretty clear that Madigan has no interest in solving this state’s problems. His only concern appears to be how to keep ever increasing cash flowing to get into the pockets of his campaign worker and contributor pockets, and of course keeping the Cook county Assessors office incompetently assessing commercial property to line his law firms pockets to correct these “mistakes”. What an Banshee!
I’d love to see a book written on how Illinois got into this sorry state, and who made the decisions that drove it there. Of course Speaker Madigan would need to figure prominently in that tale.
walker - I agree. As a former legislative staffer, I always thought that if they worked as hard all session as they seem to be capable of doing in the last few days of session (when push comes to shove), so much more could be accomplished each session.
“Once again, it looks like [Chapin Rose] is going to [be a part of] another round of long overtime summer sessions under his third or fourth governor now. What’s the common denominator in all of this? [Chapin Rose].”
Anyone who has been around as long as you have, can be foisted on that same petard, sir.
His only concern appears to be how to keep ever increasing cash flowing to get into the pockets of his campaign worker and contributor pockets, and of course keeping the Cook county Assessors office incompetently assessing commercial property to line his law firms pockets to correct these “mistakes”.
Sounds like someone didn’t get their morning Margarita, eh?
Yep ChumpyChapin has a points
Overtime with BlinkyJim over a huge corporate tax
Overtime with Blagoof over too many issues to count
Overtime with GovPeace over crushin’ middle class families.
Guessin’ ole Chumpy does have a point.
AB: It’s clear you haven’t the first clue about Madigan’s interests in helping Illinois, or his personal values. You’re right, though, that any book on the last fifty years of Illinois government, good and bad, would feature Madigan in a big way.
@walker, feel free to defend the way Madigan has used his political muscle to avoid the sad state of Illinois today, where he did the right thing for the people of Illinois when it would result in a loss of some of his political power.
Ars, seriously…you think they honored his request? That would be the first, last and only time. If they truly thought this was in the best interest, why didn’t these heroes act heroically? Because it wasn’t in their political interest. All those unions, state workers and everyone else be darned…that’s all they ever thought about. Disingenuous at best.
Even if they passed it; I’ll willing to guess, we’d still be in a similar position to where we are. If you don’t think so, say why.
The governor got something he asked for (no one gets everything) and you still play the victim. If he had been turned down, I imagine you’d do the same thing. At least you’re consistent in that one area.
During the campaign, Madigan and Cullerton were on record that the tax should be extended. That’s basically where they are today.
Rauner campaigned on rolling back taxes. He won. He’s getting the chance to make it work with current revenue, but has yet to say how we would do that, as his proposal is about $3 billion short, as is Madigan’s plan.
That’s the situation on this planet, I guess it’s different on yours.
I think you nailed it, but maybe with another step.
Madigan/Cullerton pass a budget. Rauner vetos it. Madigan/Cullerton override the veto.
Rauner simply funds the items that he wants to within the budget.
- Filmmaker Professor - Thursday, May 28, 15 @ 2:42 pm:
*Who, other than those whose summer schedules are directly impacted, is supposed to care whether or not the GA is in overtime session?
Does not change my summer fun one little bit.*
I am guessing this is an oversight on your part, but the who that is suppose to care are the hundreds of organizations that do the state’s work through grants and contracts that don’t know if they have to lay off staff, if they have to shut a program down, if they can keep their doors open. They care a lot about whether there is a settled budget as they try to manage their business and cashflow and, for many, serve the needs of the most vulnerable folks in Illinois.
Ars, keep telling yourself whatever makes sense to you. This Governor will never be in your wheel house. He’s there because more people think something different than what you think. He knows it. And deep down inside, you know it. Everyone misses the old days, but soon enough, few want to relive them.
The burden is where it belongs. The shifting (much of it by your faves) is how we got here.
AB: To answer your question top of mind, without even trying to think of more: Madigan pushed pension reform directly in the face of political support from unions, and he pushed thru a tax increase which is never popular with voters. Both cost him politically, though his opponents have mostly blown their chances to capitalize on the latter.
Not defending him or these choices, but he is simply not the two-dimensional icon some love to curse.
==Ars, keep telling yourself whatever makes sense to you.==
What have I said that doesn’t make sense to you? I can explain if it’ll help.
== This Governor will never be in your wheel house.==
==He’s there because more people think something different than what you think.==
Yes, and that something they thought was, “Nothing can be worse than Pat Quinn.”
They were wrong.
==And deep down inside, you know it.==
It’s not deep down inside. I just said it. But it’s flattering that you spend any amount of time trying to figure out what I “know” “deep down inside”.
==Everyone misses the old days==
==The burden is where it belongs. The shifting (much of it by your faves) is how we got here.==
That’s not what I was talking about with “burden shifting” at all. “Burden shifting” refers to how you didn’t explain your assertion (”The increases income tax wouldn’t help”) but insisted that anyone who disagreed with it had to explain why.
==(much of it by your faves) ==
Who do you think “my faves” are? What else do you think “I know” “deep down inside”? I know it’s easier arguing if you can just assign positions to me rather than respond to my actual ones, but fiction is more compelling when it’s specific.
Preach, Chapin, preach! It seems to me the common denominator is a jealous wife, disruptor, and all-around angry leprechaun. Governor Rauner, remain above the fray. Your average Illinoisian needs your leadership.
===(”The increases income tax wouldn’t help”) but insisted that anyone who disagreed with it had to explain why.===
Ars, you’re a good egg, but the only portion of the most recent blather I’m going to respond to is above. I never said the tax increase “wouldn’t help”. Naturally more money would lessen some pain. What I said was that we’d still be in the situation we’re in with an overtime session and gulf between two ideologies. Rauner wants structural reform. The temporary tax extension would not have dealt with any of that. So, we’d still be largely where we are.
Your thesis on “anybody but Quinn” may be comforting, but it’s not accurate. Surely some people voted that way, but I can assure you I didn’t. Rauner’s election was as much a repudiation of the Majority as it was Quinn. I can’t vote to dis-elect Madigan or Cullerton. Only the people in their own districts can. And they won’t. So, we’re all stuck with them until we can change the balance.
I know the GOP didn’t pick up a single seat in the House and only 1 in the Senate, but there were alot of uncomfortable races that could foreshadow a change at the next crack, with better strategy and management on the GOP side. And money. That’s been taken care of.
Rauner’s not there solely because people were sick of Pat Quinn. They’re sick of a lot more than that. I hope you continue to believe that’s all it was. It will make life easier on precinct captains like me.