Rauner is finally trying to sell a politically-feasible deal. This is good news. The things Rauner now wants are the most politically popular and bipartisan items - property tax freeze, term limits, paying down the debt etc. Democrats shouldn’t overthink this. His new “demands” actually make the package more politically palatable for them too.
This demonstrates a large part of what is wrong with this governor. He has never stopped campaigning. He knows quite well how to run for office, he just doesn’t have the slightest idea how to govern now that he is in.
When Rauner stops IPI and the ignorance that is the ILGOP railing on Democrats… and… Proft decides that silence is golden…
Then I’ll believe Rauner has an aim at wanting a budgetary success
BossMadigan.Com, #TaxHikike, IPI, Proft… They all, funded by Rauner, magically seem to be on the same page of derailing anything and everything by attacking Democrats, Republicans, “Madigan”, even Process.
Let’s do what we were sent to do? The governor was sent to bring competence and accomplishment to state government. Instead he brought hostage-taking and destruction. The state is far worse off today, and that says a lot, for this broken state.
Since Rauner is campaignin’, we should ask the Reagan question: Is Illinois better off today than it was when the governor took office? The answer is very clear.
Interesting Ad ; Rauner is playing the medium and long game here. If the grand bargain works he gets partial credit - if it doesn’t he can say he tried and then it is full speed ahead to 2018. This ad might best resonate with the vast majority of Illinoisans that are not employed by government or affiliated with a union. That permanent property tax freeze is very attractive to homeowners !
What does a property tax freeze actually mean? So, if some IL residents are not in a fire protection district (or park, library, water conservation, etc.), they cannot then create one? Because revenue for the new district would come from property taxes which are frozen, am I right?
A commercial within 48 hours of his budget address, UGH. It is mind boggling that the Governor and his advisors can ignore daily consequences of their actions on state agencies, employees, program recipients, vendors and creditors. No matter how hard I try to understand their brazen disregard for all of us citizens I just get more livid. This destructive cost for ideology is immoral. Perhaps only the Faith/Religious community calling him out can have an impact.
Nice ad. If I lived in Billings, Montana I might for a second think that Rauner is a great unifier. I could unify Lions and Hyenas faster than Rauner can unify our Government. It’s not all his fault of course but he sure drew a line in the sand from jump street.
After 2+ years, the population of those who are lightly or uninformed is shrinking. If the action groups I follow are any indication, people know exactly what the governor is up to (shirking, blaming) and not up to (negotiating to produce a fair budget).
Nothing new here, Rauner is still inserting unrelated non-budget Turnaround Agenda items as a precondition to a budget. Still holding and starving hostages. His term limit demand is an attempt to force a situation where new Democrats would run against new Republicans. Rauner would then buy nonstop ads against the new Democratic candidate in order to get complete control of the house and senate. Very deceptive governor.
I have been informed by a highly regarded and reliable source that Yuengling can be purchased in Indiana, a mere 1 hour and 8 minutes from Oswego.
Your idea of sending a trailer ala Smokey and the Bandit is worth exploring further! OW.
To the Post, further,
Is this also a left-handed way to deflect from Proft and IPI, putting them on notice, or is it a continuation of allowing Rauner’s own narrative to over-shadow the under-current of looking for ways to keep this agreement at arms length until Rauner gets his required wins?
Lots to unpack.
Or… it’s Rauner just claiming others possible triumphs.
I guess we all can see that in the last couple of years he’s really learned that he needs to focus on or pay attention to messaging above all else.
This is good messaging. It’s not representative of reality or good governing, but it’s a good message and reflective of when flying the W is more important than any other outcome for the millions of people in this state.
We’ve elected Crassus — but our Crassus didn’t have an ounce of public service before buying his way into office and unlike other politicians it’s not really clear what his end goal is. What does he want his legacy to be?
In other states where Governors have driven things into the ground, like Kansas, it’s at least evident what they were trying to do and they at least fulfilled their constitutional obligations.