===“Our minority status in the legislature gives us an opportunity to place the blame squarely where it belongs, on the Democrats who have run this state into a fiscal mess”===
“Our minority status in the legislature indicates that voters weighed and measured Rauner, Rauner enablers, and far right candidates and the voters were found wanting… wanting not Illinois Republicans. ”
And Jeanne Ives decided the best way to confront those fiscal problems during her gubernatorial run was to spend a big chunk of the millions she had in contributions on a television ad featuring a man in a dress. Got it.
==will not drive out more Republicans from Illinois.==
Then go already. Stop whining and go. Because I’m tired of hearing about it. If “Republicans” (because I think such a claim is absolute nonsense - nobody is leaving because they are a Republican and a Democrat is in office) want to leave then go.
Now I used to be an old-school Republican. But look at the Thompson, Edgar (specifically the Ramp), and George Ryan. Massive government expansion over the Thompson and Ryan years. Massive. Blago ignored everything. Quinn did what he could but was not effective enough. And then Rauner destroyed us with his budget hostage situation. Democrats responsible for fiscal mess? Learn your history, Jeanne, or just be another (R) in fantasy land like I expect you’ll be.
Illinois had a 3% flat tax from 1990 to 2010. Imagine if someone had the coconuts to raise it to 3.5% or 4% at some point during that 20 year window, AND be responsible with all that extra revenue going to pensions, roads, schools. (Throws water on face), ok, I’m back to reality.
Ma’am, thank you for your military and public service.
To your ability to adequately gauge public perception well enough to win higher office in Illinois: Scott Lee Cohen’s record is better than yours.
Have a nice day.
- SuburbanRepublican - Tuesday, Jan 8, 19 @ 3:40 pm:
This is the mentality that has put the GOP in the minority. We need more pragmatic members of the GOP caucus that are interested in more than lambasting the other side but can work with the majority where possible to advance good bipartisan policies, but sadly that’s not what most of the GOP caucus members will do.
With apologies to Aaron Sorkin and the writers of “The American President”:
We have serious problems to solve, and we need serious people to solve them. And whatever your particular problem is, I promise you Jeanne Ives is not the least bit interested in solving it. She is interested in two things, and two things only : Making you afraid of it, and telling you who’s to blame for it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you lose elections. You gather a group of middle age, middle class, middle income voters who remember with longing an easier time, and you talk to them about family and Christian values and character and you…scream about patriotism. You tell them Democrats are to blame for their lot in life. And you go on the House floor and make everyone snore.
Jeanne Ives decided the best way to confront those fiscal problems during her gubernatorial run was to spend a big chunk of the millions she had in contributions on a television ad featuring a man in a dress.
“Our minority status in the legislature gives us an opportunity to place the blame squarely where it belongs, on the Democrats who have run this state into a fiscal mess”
How is this any different than what have the IGOP been doing for the past 4 years? Which party had the governor who went 2 years without a budget? Which party had a governor who torpedoed a grand bargain that was being negotiated by his party leadership in the Senate?