The ease with which he lies is disturbing. Do you think he believes this stuff? Does he think anyone believes this stuff? What is it about the truth that is so unattractive to him that he has to make up lies about himself?
2. These are “prosperity gospel” churches. Wealth is a sign of Gods’ blessing. Rauner is wealthy ergo. I’m sure it also helped that he put a check in the plate.
3 what Trump did for disaffected white voters, Rauner is doing for disaffected black voters. He is harnessing the legitimate gripes and neglect. People want to be listened too. They want someone to show up. Rauner has been working this angle for a while.
4 I wouldn’t mock his statement. It concerns me. Perfidy is Rauners true craft. For those predisposed to adore the wealthy, he has a receptive audience.
47, you nailed it. Maybe it’s just me, but he seems to be doing that with greater and greater ease. It’s very similar to Trump, who’s given license to this kind of bad behavior by elected officials. No consequence to this kind of deception breeds more deception.
It’s very disheartening, however, to hear how often the Governor invokes personal encounters (”the people I personally meet in stage-managed situations love me!”)as a rebuttal to his upside-down poll numbers.
- Your Name Here - Tuesday, Jun 27, 17 @ 12:31 pm:
- Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Jun 27, 17 @ 12:39 pm:
I wonder if Rauner pushed the IPI position of extortion and exploitation, that in order for jobs to come, African-Americans have to give up labor rights and make brutal concessions so that super-rich white men can permanently have political and economic power over them.
You can tell why he did so well as a salesman. He has no problems telling lies with sincerity. The next thing you know, he’ll be telling us he has vivid and painful memories of black churches being burned in Arkansas when he was growing up.
- Undiscovered country - Tuesday, Jun 27, 17 @ 12:49 pm:
It is not laziness to observe two persons who publicly bolster their policy positions by citing anecdotal examples of support and stating (or implying in Rauner’s case) a dramatically greater level than is verifiable. Compare Rauner’s statement in essence to the President’s statements about his polling numbers, the size of his inauguration crowd or the magnitude of his electoral college victory. In all cases, there is an express (in the President’s case) or implied (with the Governor) assertion of support that has no basis in fact. That is not laziness, it is observation. Laziness is refusing to make valid comparisons when one dislikes the comparison.
- Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Jun 27, 17 @ 1:10 pm:
“The Obama Administration did nothing for this community in Chicago.”
Many thousands of African-Americans got Medicaid expansion and vital healthcare, as well as private health insurance with the help of subsidies.
By the way I helped family members shop for health insurance on the federal marketplace and was able to help one get a good deal on a silver plan as late as last year.
Now Rauner grandstands like Trump but won’t dare take a stand for or against Trumpcare.
“except stir up discontent”
Obama was responsible for white officers shooting blacks and deeply-entrenched and old problems that can’t be solved by one president alone? That “discontent” was latent white racism that rose to the surface easily. Obama could barely speak of racism and black suffering without some calling him a divider. That’s another form of racism, where you can’t dare speak about your pain.
A couple days ago I had proposed “perplexing” as a one-word descriptor of what’s going on in Springfield between the governor and basically everybody. This goes beyond “perplexing” to enter the land of “worrying.”
It seems to me that perhaps he really does not understand that of the state’s 13 million residents, around 12 million or so are profoundly concerned, and have every right to be.