Illinois House of Representative Minority Leader Tom Cross has said that he believes the Illinois Pension Reform dust-up between Speaker of the House Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton is nothing more than a ruse to diminish the chances of a Governor Quinn re-election while affording Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan a leg up should she choose to run for the state's highest office.
Hmm..That Is Interesting.
I wouldn't put it past Michael Madigan and John Cullerton to concoct a phoney divide on pension reform among "best buddies" to further their political agendas and once again fleece the good people of Illinois. So I can definitely see where Illinois Minority Leader Tom Cross is going when he says that there may be Madigan Cullerton Conspiracy to thwart agreement on Illinois Pension Reform. It is a valid theory. Look - it is no real secret that Michael Madigan and John Cullerton have stood thisclose to each other politically over the decades and the mere thought that these political allies are unable to hammer out some sort of an agreement that is palpable to either one just reeks to the high heavens.
Now normally I don't put much stock in conspiracy theories because it takes too many people to keep silent for them to come off successfully. But hey, we are talking about Illinois Politics and there has been plenty that has been shoved up our backsides in the most open of ways lest you forget that huge tax increase deal that was struck after the midnight hour. So really now how far off can the thought of a conspiracy be? Quite frankly, Tom Cross has hit it square on the nail-head here.
And believe it when he says this Madigan Cullerton Pension Reform Conspiracy has far less to do with a pension deal than it has to do with elevating Lisa Madigan's prospects as a gubernatorial candidate over a weakened incumbent. We already know that Madigan and Cullerton disdain Governor Pat Quinn and would prefer someone who doesn't want them to actually do the right thing from time to time. After all, Illinois has been a very profitable place for Illinois Democrats loyal to Michael Madigan.
Besides, elevating his step-daughter has been something of a preoccupation with Michael Madigan. I mean how can the man retire from politics without achieving his fait accompli? Think about it folks - we will never be free of the Madiganistan Regime or this little Napoleonic wannabe until he installs Lisa Madigan as Queen of the Realm.
Installation of Lisa Madigan as Governor of Illinois would just perpetuate the bad politics and further destroy this state. Why? Because this is the same woman who has refused to use her legal authority to quash the rampant political corruption, especially if it involves her step-father or his colleagues. But even if you were to give her a pass on daddy and friends - let's not forget Lisa Madigan is just as responsible for the Pension Mess as her father. After all she was more than a willing participant in the current pension mess after her legal opinion permitted a Madigan controlled Illinois Legislature to forgo their obligation to fully fund them in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 when they passed state budgets that shifted more money to schools, public transportation and health care.
In short, Lisa Madigan's legal opinion shorted the Illinois pension System $2.3 billion. Period! So is it any wonder then that the Speaker of the House wants to elevate his step-daughter to the Governor's Mansion so badly? I mean Lisa Madigan already knows how to play the game so darn good thanks to her Daddy. She'd be a natural right?
But I don't know folks. I have been asking you something very important for a long time now and that is this: "when in the hell are you going to wake up and realize that your party of choice have screwed you royally in exchange for your loyal vote? Does it really make any sense to keep allowing State Democrats to screw the Democrats voting for them year after year, decade after decade?"
Look I used to be a staunch Democrat, but I made a decision to make better political choices and only vote for those who looked out for the best interests of the state as a matter of sanity. I just couldn't, in good conscience, vote for those running with a pack of thieves and/or the hypocrites in sheep's clothing.
Perhaps some of you will finally do the same. I mean I am hoping you will because unless you do then nothing changes here in Illinois.
As for Tom Cross? Well, his Madigan Cullerton Pension Reform Conspiracy Theory is more spot on than you think!
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