As the title says: It’s Election Day 2014 – Now Ask Yourselves A Simple Question – Are You Happy?
Are you happy with your choice of candidates? Are you happy with your Political Party? And most importantly – do you think America (and your respective State) is going in the right direction? Now if you are totally honest with yourselves – I am sure that half those questions asked have you worried especially if you live in a politically dysfunctional state such as Illinois.
Please don’t view this op-ed as one intended to bash one political party over another because in Illinois there is only one party – it is called the Machine! And it has been that way for as long as I have been paying attention (circa early 1960’s) and will most likely be that way long after I am dust. Illinois, like many other Rust Belt States have a long history of Patronage and it is precisely that reason why meaningful change is unattainable there.
Why? Because there are far too many people involved. Matter of fact one look at the Public Pension Database should be enough to choke the largest of mouths and throats. I hear people say that that can’t be right – but it is and sadly there are thousands of instances where people receive multiple pension checks. And it isn’t always the high profile politicians either – that list includes State University Professors to the those doing the landscaping along the Illinois Tollway.
Of course, when a state has such a large array of government employee pension funds it makes sense for employees to explore the many ways in which they can tap a hefty retirement income. And believe me not only is that done with regularity but with the help of the Illinois State Legislature when they “open limited windows of opportunity” for those who have more clout than others.
So please folks – don’t pretend you don’t know it happens because it really isn’t much of a secret anymore. But how do you feel when your favorite politician promises you change, reform or that new Health Center the community desperately needs and none of that comes your way? Is it worth it to you to let the politician drive around in his fancy car while you are stuck driving a jalopy? The Bottom-Line in Illinois (and other states) is that the haves always get more and the have-nots get less!
So please take a “real “moment with your thoughts in the Election Booth tomorrow and ask yourself exactly how happy you are this election?
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