One Look From This Republican Would Make Boehner Cry

jones

Today is the birthday of Thaddeus Stevens;
Among freed slaves now lie his bones.
A Radical Republican,
In "Lincoln" played by Tommy Lee Jones.

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  • I just read that Stevens introduced legislation to put a constitutional limit on state debt, this seems right up Boehner's alley, not to mention they have the same eye's.

    Aquinas, can you imagine if Illinois had installed such a law. Then we would not owe the public unions 275 billion dollars. Imagine the debt your children and grandchildren are going to be saddled with, unless they were smart and left the state.

    You seem to be a conscientious person Aquinas, I haven't figured out your need to identify with a party. It's blatantly obvious that both parties are full of unscrupulous people who pretend to do what's best, when most of their decisions are based on survival of office and greed. President Obama admitted that 10 trillion dollars of debt is wrong, we are closing in on 17 trillion. Pretending it doesn't exist, does make it go away.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    doesn't make it go away.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    In fact, Illinois has a balanced budget requirement in the state constitution (Article 8 Section 2).

    The problem is that it provides "Appropriations for a fiscal year shall not exceed funds estimated by the General Assembly to be available during that year." In the usual perversion of the Illinois Constitution, apparently it does not mean that if the state blows it one year by $8 billion, it ever has to pay that back to the vendors.

    Article 9 Section 9 regulates state debt. About the only restraint is that it takes a 60% vote to authorize bonds. That prevented Quinn from bonding out the $8 billion backlog, but now that the Dems have 60% majorities....

    And since Tom Cross has claimed for the last 2 years that the state passed the Republican budget, in that regard you are correct that both parties are complicit.

    And, unlike the federal situation, the U.S. Constitution says that states can't coin money (Article 1 Section 10), so Illinois is stuck. Worse than Greece and Cyprus not leaving the Euro.

  • In reply to jack:

    I agree with both of you. Both Illinois Houses are broken and need a complete overhaul.. Cronyism at its worst Rooting out the waste, fraud, and abuse is long past due.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    No question that our elected public servants have to be more responsible stewards of our money, on all levels of government. Your comments raise many interlocking issues. Some of them could be resolved with term limits, tighter laws on eligibility for state pensions, and closer scrutiny and accountability. A better informed electorate would help too.

    I'm a Progressive who finds a home in the Democratic Party only because the Republican Party is absolutely tone deaf on issues like social and economic justice, scientific literacy, gun regulation, and women's rights, gay rights, and environmental protection.

    BTW, if Stevens introduced any legislation, it does have a ghost of a chance. He died in 1868.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    On your last sentence..he would still have a better chance than anyone else in the Madigan and Cullerton controlled houses of the Illinois General Assembly.

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