I am so damn tired of hearing this crap about the pension and it's "meeting the state Constitution's requirement that pensions are a contractual benefit that cannot be "diminished or impaired."
Well here's a little message to the Illinois Legislature and please pardon the French - B-U-L-L-S-H-I-T!
If you can make pension laws than you can damn well repeal it!
But it has become increasingly clear that all these politicians want to do is to protect their (and the slew of political insiders and cronies) multiple-dipped inflated pensions and continue sticking it to the Illinois Taxpayers. Well enough already because this mess was something that was created by the Illinois Legislature in the first place.
The years of padding personal pensions with "late career pay-raises and promotions" has been a bad enough pill to swallow, but, let's not forget who willfully refused to fund the multiple pension systems in the first place - it was one elected Legislature after another without so much as a single thought that this would turn into the mother of all budget deficits.
Now that the shit has hit the fan Speaker of the House Michael Madigan and his lackey Senate President John Cullerton want to stiff the taxpayers again by having them shoulder a greater burden to support the school districts via higher property taxes and other areas where the state has collected monies that were supposed to be used for those specific funding accounts. As such, Michael Madigan and his Madigoons refuse to budge on finding a just solution until they can again figure out a way to screw the ever-loving living daylights out of each and every taxpayer to perpetuate more bad behavior.
Enough is enough already!
I suggest that those who are sick and tired of this political charade flood their lawmaker's phone-banks and demand that they do the right thing. While you are at - tell them you are more than aware that this is just another con being perpetrated upon them and that it has been self-induced. Demand that they amend the pension provisions in the Illinois State Constitution.
However, if you don't care about yourself (or your children and/or their children's eventual burden) - then just do nothing.
But I'll tell you something folks - all those years of blindly voting for that empty and politically corrupt ideology has now come full circle and I guarantee you that it will severely affect each and everyone of you unless you finally put your foot down and demand comprehensive pension reform.
The time to act has come!
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