Then here is a little news flash- the current status quo includes Rauner and his intransigence in moving away from an agenda that, by his own math, does not solve any of the states real issues and only makes them worse.
And worse is the single most apt adjective to describe the effects of his leadership.
The current “status quo” is “worse”, worse due to Rauner.
“We won’t back down to the status quo. Instead, we’ll buy it and drag it away in broad daylight and jack it up on steroids and energy drinks and exploit the daylights out of it, to our own benefit, all the while whining that we’re powerless.”
Plenty of blame to go around but Madigan was able to strike budget deals with Republican governors for years. They may not have been perfect but they could always find some solid ground to make a deal. Rauner, a guy from the private sector without political experience, can’t seem to make a deal to save the state. Speaks loudly to where most of the fault lies.
I realize this site is dominated by Democratic Party hacks and unionized government workers, but outside of your personal bubbles everyone can see that our current crisis is nearly 100% Democrat-created, having dominated both houses for all but 2 of the last 35 years.
But yeah, try to blame it on Rauner when he tries to stop the bleeding while the Democrats push for more of what got us here.
On of Reagan’s greatest accomplishments was the defeat of the Communist Soviet Union. One tactic that The Gipper used was to clearly define ones enemy. the Dems had a relatively long history of benign neglect or worse in regards the Soviets. Look at Teddy Kennedy cozying up to Andropov. Reagan’s genius was to define the Soviets as what they were, our enemies he used clear language like ” The Evil Empire”. Thus Reagan’s priorities resonated with the voters in a way that was clear and simple. Rauner needs to continue the fight against MJM and hone the message that he is the enemy of the people.
Rauner using Reagan just reminds me that he is nothing like Reagan. Reagan worked with democrats. Reagan took the best deal he could get. Reagan would actually work to get his deal. Reagan could work on finding solutions with people he disagreed with, not demonizing them to the point where negotiation became impossible. Ronald Reagan was a decent man who wanted the best for everyone. Nothing like Bruce Rauner. Nothing.
= I realize this site is dominated by Democratic Party hacks and unionized government workers, but outside of your personal bubbles everyone can see that our current crisis is nearly 100% Democrat-created, having dominated both houses for all but 2 of the last 35 years. =
So 5-term Senate President Pate Philip was a Democrat? That’s got to be news to him.
=But yeah, try to blame it on Rauner when he tries to stop the bleeding=
Rauner hasn’t tried to “stop the bleeding”. He’s made it profoundly worse. By all measures Rauner has taken the status quo and made it intentionally and demonstrably worse. Presumably he did this with the intention that the ends would justify the means. But two plus years in there’s no evidence of that.
==== I realize this site is dominated by Democratic Party hacks and unionized government workers, but outside of your personal bubbles everyone can see that our current crisis is nearly 100% Democrat-created, having dominated both houses for all but 2 of the last 35 years. ===
President Reagan had no trouble negotiating very difficult issues with the Democrats in control of Congress, tax and immigration reform among them. Why does Rauner seem incapable of reaching agreement with Democrats who control the General Assembly?
The comparison to President Reagan is laughable on one hand, and insulting to Reagan’s legacy on the other.
I knew Bruce Rauner before he began claiming he’s a virginal governor.
- Out Here In The Middle - Friday, May 19, 17 @ 11:24 am:
Jerry - I think it’s pretty much a question of how you define “bleeding”. Starving higher ed, shutting down addiction treatment centers & homeless shelters, failing to pay vendors and healthcare providers. Those all sound like “bleeding” to me. Much more so than adding 1% or 2% to your income tax.
@JS Mill - those 3 GOP governors did exactly what you want Rauner to do - cave in to Mike Madigan and the Democrats. Keep doing that and we become insolvent.
@Blue Bayou - nice try at pigeonholing me, but no I don’t watch any of those. Do you have anything to say on which party’s policies got Illinois to where it is today? Do you enjoy being the “Mississippi of the North”? Although Mississippi actually is in far better fiscal shape than Illinois.
@AlfondoGonz - So you’re upset that he was unable to get any reforms through the Democrat-dominated legislature? Do Madigan and Cullerton have anything to do with that?
Go ahead Democratic Party hacks, do tell what the Illinois Democratic Party has proposed to get us out of the mess we’re in. Maybe my internet is defective, I’m unable to find any proposals from Illinois Democrats on how to turn our state around. Instead all I see is wanting to do the same things that created the crisis in the first place.
Not that I actually expect any of you to do anything except attack me personally, because you have nothing else right?
“those 3 GOP governors did exactly what you want Rauner to do” Michael Madigan and the Republican Governors he controls…
So Ryan’s “Build Illinois” (with its tax and fee hikes) was all Madigan’s idea? Do tell.
There are a lot of Raunerite sock puppets out today.
How anyone who lives in Illinois could take this tweet seriously is beyond me.
If this mess is the Democrats’ fault, explain why the state backlog of bills has tripled since Rauner took office.
Sure, maybe the Democrats are the status quo in Illinois. They got there by running a disciplined operation and delivering for their people. But the way things are looking in my home stat these days, I’ll take the status quo over this joker 200% of the time.
The big difference between Reagan create debt and Rauner created debt is that Reagan increased the debt by building up the military which served the useful purpose of bankruptcy our enemies.
Meanwhile Rauner is creating pointless debt with the which is only bankrupting ourselves. Well there may be a point since he is saving himself taxes. But the largest employers of the state don’t see his point.
Mike and John need to fix the problem they and Republican and Democratic Governors created before Bruce became Governor. That is we need reforms to get a balanced budget and end these unbalance budgets and pension problems. Otherwise we accomplish nothing.
I remember a time where Republicans were considered to be the party of reason and sure-footedness. Might not have liked their candidate, but one could be reasonably assured they had a toe-hold on reality.
@Oswego Willy - “You lack a full grasp of history, blaming Dems, now lumping the Repubs you magically missed as complicit.”
Here you admit that the GOP governors were complicit with the Dems in creating this mess, and yet you are demanding that Rauner do the same? Why are you criticizing Rauner for refusing to be a “go along to get along” Governor like the other GOP governors you blame for helping create this mess with the Democrats? Shouldn’t you be cheering Rauner? You aren’t being very consistent.
@Skeptic - “So Ryan’s “Build Illinois” (with its tax and fee hikes) was all Madigan’s idea?”
Without Madigan’s full support none of it would have made it out of committee.
@Pundent - ” Mike Madigan caused this problem. Bruce Rauner made it worse. Bruce Rauner needs to stop making things worse.”
And here we have another person who blames Madigan for creating the problem but then blames Rauner for making it worse. And how has Rauner “made it worse”? By not caving in to Madigan! I can’t even comprehend the mental gymnastics you must go through to have this make any sense.
See, here’s the thing. If you want to evoke a much respected, almost legendary member of your party you better be ready for the sarcastic comparisons.
No different than a Democrat evoking Kennedy.
Be very careful.
Fifteen months after the wealthy Republican private equity investor was sworn in to his first elected office, the state he was elected to lead is in worse shape by nearly every measure than the state he inherited from his Democratic predecessor.”—Eric Zorn Chicago Tribune 4/12/16