During Governor Rauner’s State of the State address, Mike Madigan’s corruption was on full display.
As Governor Rauner was explaining the need for term limits, supported by 80% of Illinoisans, he quipped that the remaining 20% must be in the chamber. The remark was not only met with laughter from elected officials in the audience, but also a telling nod from the Speaker of the House.
Madigan’s nod shows he is more interested in maintaining his hold on power than in doing what’s right for the people of Illinois. He knows that a vast majority of Illinoisans want term limits, but he doesn’t care — because term limits would put an end to his 47-year political career.
The Madigan Machine is not hiding in the background, it’s out in the open for the people to see.
What was Madigan reading? Unless he was following along with the speech (did he have a transcript) it seems more like he wasn’t paying attention to the Guv. Or Madigan could have just been thinking it was a good quip. Seems like a weird idea for him to agree to, especially since if you take it way too literally, the guv just said there are 2.5 million people (going by population, not voters, but close enough for me) in the GA/Courts.
- Uniparty Opposition - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 4:16 pm:
The focus on term limits as a mitigation measure to gerrymandering and third party barriers is misguided.
We have term limits through elections. The elections simply don’t accomplish much because they’ve been kneecapped by barriers and gerrymandering.
And yes, Madigan’s reaction is “fun” as Willy would say. If only he would have made some Chevy Chase faces in the background of Rauner’s schtick.
Term limits really sounds like a GREAT idea until you live somewhere like Florida where they actually have term limits. What happens, you ask … entrenched staffers and professional lobiest have all the institutional knowledge and billionaires easily buy influence and allies to push their self-serving agendas. Sounds good in theory, but is horrible in practice.
That Madigan is a powerful guy. He can nod his head, and speak so loud that everyone can read his mind. Paranoia is a terrible thing Governor. Just stand up, do your job, and quit blaming everyone for your ineptitude. I was a conservative Republican, who is now an Independent, because of you.
There are 35 states that have no term limits and many of them are doing pretty well, certainly much better than Illinois. Term limits aren’t some magic bullet that will kill what’s wrong with Illinois. I’m not opposed to some term limits but there are a lot of higher priorities than term limits.
Look, I get why people would think that it was a little unclear about what MJM’s nod was to.
That’s why I called him the night of the SOTS and during that call, Madigan confirmed that he was nodding in agreement that he is more interested in maintaining his hold on power than doing what’s right for the people of Illinois.
I swear on the soul of my immigrant grandfather.
And coincidently, that is why Kip came to visit me on the back porch of the mansion. He wanted to tell me how much he wanted term limits, and how excited they make him. That’s basically all we talked about.
Look up research by chris mooney and IGPA, on term limits.
Power does shift even more to lobbyists and staff. A lot of institutional knowledge is lost. Redistricting is the real issue w potential to change things for the better.
Term limits are a GOP weapon aimed at 2 targets. 1, effective Democratic House Speakers - Maine’s John Martin, Ohio’s Vern Riffe, Illinois’ Mike Madigan. 2, effective liberal African-American legislators - Nebraska’s Ernie Chambers, California’s Willie Brown. Term limits are an admission that Democrats are better than the GOP - see Oswego Willy’s comments about Tom Cross and good weather election days.
Oswego Willy -
No matter how conservative, Democrats belief government has a role in society -roads and levees and dams. Most, but not all, GOPers don’t see that … so when in government they play golf on Election Day.
===No matter how conservative, Democrats belief government has a role in society -roads and levees and dams. Most, but not all, GOPers don’t see that===
“not all” is very fair to the discussion, “Most” is dangerously close to generalization, but as these campaigns and years pass, it’s harder to argue the other side with you. I’d like to think I’m a “not all”… along with those fighting the wave of Republican dysfunction. We may be “fewer” but hopefully won’t be headed towards extinction.
===… so when in government they play golf on Election Day.===
On this, I just think Tom found a nice day play 9.
It probably spoke more about Cross at that snapshot moment…
…and I’ll leave my words, unchanged and unapologetically on Coss there where you correctly found them.
Oswego Willy -
Grew up in the Mountain West pre-Reagan when ALL GOP’ers acknowledged the need for government, albeit limited -water projects, roads, railroads. Went to school during Reagan in Upstate New York where ALL GOP’ers acknowledged Adam Smith, Ayn Rand,and Milton Friedman could not remove the foot of snow on the road. Other than you, those GOP’ers have gone radio silent.
My GOP, a generation ago, had a better grasp to understanding the role of governing abs the difference between govern”ing” and govern”ment”, watching the change and the wave swamp. I’m old school, admittedly to a fault, and all that the word fault means.
I see the successes of now Republican governors and the choices in the government and governing being weighed still by dollars and less by function, but I have to believe that losing elections may be the only way to swing a pendulum towards finding function more times than cutting responsibilities.
Change evolves, but a wake-up call like these midterms might start an evolution.
Good enough! Newt’s 1995 tax cut used non-indexed for inflation numbers visit a vi Medicare, and when called on it by Al Franken (know he’s taboo) Kasich admitted the Con.
- SuburbanRepublican - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 8:06 am:
When you get outside of the bubble of politically obsessed people, like most of us on this blog, term limits is something that Republican and Democrat voters overwhelmingly favor. It isn’t the cure for all of Illinois’ problems. But it would send a powerful message to voters that the way we’ve been doing business in Illinois for the last 50+ years is over. 10 years is plenty of time to accomplish things. At the bare minimum, term limits in leaders should happen across the board.