I second what Illini said Rich. Have two glasses of wine. You’ll still have a cold, but you will no longer care that you have a cold.
- First Time Caller - Thursday, Oct 29, 15 @ 3:47 pm:
Just started following this blog and am impressed with all the words of wisdom. Really curious how this (budget impasse) ends. My guess is that Rauner at some point very loudly drops the most onerous anti-union stuff and calls it a “moral victory.” Tax hike occurs with a few Republican votes and a few cuts are made and no one is very happy. What do you all think?
Hope you feel better Rich. I’m going to take my cue from the Governor on how you should feel better. When you stop at Wal-greens to pick up cold medicine, treat the worker really poorly. That will help turn your cold around.
- Gruntled University Employee - Thursday, Oct 29, 15 @ 4:00 pm:
++Here’s a question. How many of you are posting from an IL state office? I feel at least 2/3 of commentators are state employees or retirees… am I close?++ My guess is most are news people, politicians & others are retirees, but not all of them are state retirees. I doubt very much that State workers have time to post on here during work hours (maybe lunch hour). However, what difference does it make?
- Robert the 1st - Thursday, Oct 29, 15 @ 4:09 pm:
=Mainly government IP addresses. No private businesses.
=== Here’s a question. How many of you are posting from an IL state office? I feel at least 2/3 of commentators are state employees or retirees… am I close? ===
What a perceptive observation. Who’d a thunk that a blog dealing with State government and the politics that affect state government would be attract the interest of folks who work(ed) in state government. Of course your rhetorical question can’t be answered, but your unimportant inference is understood by all.
As with most things in life you get a better quality of information/services from people with experience. If you don’t care for experience, I’d be willing to help you repair your car really cheap.
Here’s something to discuss. Eric Zorn’s column: “Why it’s time to pick a side in the budget battle” for those not directly connected to the conflict, but whom represent those negatively affected by the standoff.
== Just started following this blog and am impressed with all the words of wisdom. Really curious how this (budget impasse) ends. My guess is that Rauner at some point very loudly drops the most onerous anti-union stuff and calls it a “moral victory.” Tax hike occurs with a few Republican votes and a few cuts are made and no one is very happy. What do you all think? ==
The General Assembly does not need a budget because they don’t have to spend money; the Executive Branch does need a budget to spend money (OK, the 10% of the budget that is not under court order of one kind or another). It’s going to have to be most of not all of the GOP votes on the tax hike with a few Dem votes to make up the difference.
The realization that you were duped and manipulated by a predator generates strong feelings of shame, guilt, and confusion. You wonder how you could have made such a terrible mistake, and you probably feel so, so stupid! You may tend to beat yourself up and sometimes become your own worst enemy. It is important, first, to acknowledge that all of these emotions are normal and okay. It takes much time to feel them fully and work through them, and the process is far from neat and tidy. Try to be patient with yourself and with life in general. It is impossible to rush through recovery. It is also so critical to be very gentle with yourself and become your own best friend. You can give yourself positive affirmations and make a deliberate effort to stop the negative thoughts that might creep in. This is the challenging path toward self-forgiveness and self-love. You trusted the wrong person because you did not know such monsters existed. The abuse was never your fault! When you internalize these truths, and when you begin to listen more carefully to your heart, you will discover something deep within you that is extremely valuable… your intuition.
Rich. Look behind your washer/dryer. Find that rogue sock that missed the basket. Place it as a face mask. Inhale deeply. You will feel much better once you burn the sock and breath good air. (The cold will stay for awhile)
I wish I lived closer; I would bring you over some soup. Get some rest and drink plenty of fluids. I hope you get better soon. I agree with some of the commenters, see a doctor if you aren’t better tomorrow.
Here’s a serious question: why couldn’t the Democrats own a tax hike? I realize that a lot of us are programmed to think that a tax increase is bad, but if there’s enough pain dished out, then the Dems could become heroes and more or less use a tax hike as more leverage against Rauner. If it goes south, then go back to “governor’s own.”
Governors sign tax increases, otherwise you don’t pass them.
Further, Rauner needs revenue, so the toll, is all 67 GOP green lights… with Rauner’s signature.
That’s why governors own, they always have. It’s not a new concept, but Rauner refuses to see the dynamic and is willing to pay ($) anything to own nothing at the other cost, the other shoe… of the ILGOP and the GOP GA.
I think my greater point is that by holding out this long, Madigan and Co. have already pushed themselves into an advantageous position regardless of what they do. It’s what happens when one party at the negotiating table plays chess and the others play checkers. You can probably guess, without too much trouble, which is which.
What you seem to be counting on is that Rauner is willing to do that when I think he’d rather sink himself rather than pass a tax hike. He’d rather cut. If he’s going to own anything, it’s going to be the ownership he and the people who bought him want.
Dems would most certainly be fixing the state’s issues with a tax hike…though to be fair I’d be wanting to see Dems reward the people who supported them and punish the Raunerite crowd.
In Febuary the Dems had Rauner with Rauner’s own budget needing revenue. There is no greater point. It’s the Math. Nothing has changed since that letdown. Rauner is holding out, thinking hurting people is leverage, knowing in February, hurting people was the game plan.
The deficit is going to be $10 billion soon.
How do you think Rauner can cut $10 billion? He can’t.
The reason Dems aren’t forcing the revenue increase is because Rauner can’t make his own numbers now work without one.
If only we could get Rauner and his shills to read this blog and all the comments so they could benefit from all the wisdom expressed.
- Robert the 1st - Thursday, Oct 29, 15 @ 7:30 pm:
I assume Rich is smart enough to avoid alcohol when experiencing cold symptoms. I know many of you were joking but booze can neutralize your immune system, dehydrate you, and give you pseudo-wellness, which can drain you even more. Plenty of water and rest, that’s the ticket.
== There’s also 3 more years left on the contract, HBO has been very generous ==
-OW-, you won’t need to work that hard. For the next 3 years, just re-shoot the same scripts with minor editing for the changing dollar amounts and the 2016 election possibly changing some of the players.
Hoopdee, the fact is that neither party will ever be in an advantageous position to vote for a tax increase. People don’t like taxes. Government needs taxes to operate so people don’t like government. That’s why people seeking office will rail against taxes and government and promise things people like. That is human nature and fact of political life.
Both parties recognize the need for a tax hike given the current state fiscal condition. One is being more honest about it than the other. Both want political cover to help protect members at risk for electoral defeat due to a pro-tax vote. The Raunerites want the turnaround agenda for cover, while the Dems want Raunerite votes and Rauner’s support for cover. Rauner wants the turnaround agenda for his crusade against unions and for political cover of his support for tax increases.
If it really was an issue of Rauner ONLY supporting taxes that Dems want in exchange for union curbs, than it would logically fit that the Dem rejection of Rauner’s agenda would result in a Rauner rejection of tax increases. Simple negotiation tactics - you don’t give me what I want, I won’t give you what you want. You would think that Rauner would then push for a balanced budget through cuts and probably special fund raids. That’s not happening because Rauner doesn’t want to wear the jacket for the types of cuts needed to balance the budget. Remember Willy’s admonition that Governor’s own! So we sit in a horrendous budgetary impasse waiting for Rauner to get his political cover - the political cover he insists on: union restrictions. As Rich has so brilliantly pointed out, the Dems don’t need to vote for a tax increase.
Late to the thread… Robert, I dare say that most state govt employees are extremely well aware of the prohibition against using state property (such as computers) for non state purposes. And most have so much to do they don’t have time during the work day to follow this blog on their mobile devices.