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Governor Quinn is taking the heat even after following two jailed governors.
7:29 am on Sunday, May 6, 2012
Quinn is an idiot. His presence in Illinois and the decisions he has made up to this point, will be the biggest help to Scott Walker win his recall election next month in Wisconsin.
The unions and the DNC can spend all the money they want up there, but Wisconsin people are mostly pragmatic (except for those in Madison) and only need to look to their neighbor to the south to see how different things could be. And not for the better.
8:11 am on Sunday, May 6, 2012
IL land of run away govt costs and mismanaged pensions
8:43 am on Sunday, May 6, 2012
The chickens have finally come home to roost for fically irresponsible Democrats!
9:10 am on Monday, May 7, 2012
You mean those "irresponsible" Democrats who actually expect billionaires to pay their FAIR SHARE?
Everybody likes a tax cut, but who's benefits do you want cut?...Our veterans?..Our seniors' Medicare ?...People who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own?
Taxes are the cost of living in a civilized society...Let's pass the Buffet Rule and get those who have gained the MOST in this country to start paying their fair share!
While I think Quinn has done nothing positive to get IL finances in order... It will take both rep's and dem's working together to solve his mess and there isn't much time.
Illinois is the "Greece" of the US...
9:19 am on Sunday, May 6, 2012
Tell me how you work together with a guy who owes his election to the public unions who funded his campaign? Do you really think his efforts are sincere?
10:05 am on Sunday, May 6, 2012
No argument on who he owes and no I don't think he is sincere. I'm not a Quinn fan.
Do you acknowledge that both sides are aligned with the groups that provide financial support?
As long as the politicians are beholding to the fringe groups that raise big money nothing will change from the current. We need spending limits on elections...
9:13 am on Monday, May 7, 2012
The same way you work together with a guy like Scott Walker who owes his election to the Koch brothers, ALEC, and the rest of Right Wing Big Corporate.
9:53 am on Sunday, May 6, 2012
dan, Don, Joe, Mike and McCloudsmom could not have said it better! Ditto...ditto..ditto!
11:06 am on Sunday, May 6, 2012
those on the left side of the aisle talk about 'austerity' as though it is a dirty word... pundits like Paul Krugman of the NYT say "we need to spend more money! look at Europe and see how austerity measures are failing!"
Krugman is the dumbest smart guy around. Did anyone say that cutting spending and cutting programs was going to be fun? No. this is going to be painful.. it's going to make life uncomfortable for all of us. But this is what adults do. They make the tough decisions and suck it up...for the betterment of our grandchildren and hopefully their grandchildren.
Guys like Krugman want things to be comfortable NOW. Sorry, but that train has left the station..the entitlement programs, the fat public employee penisons.. allowing millions and millions of illegals to leech off the gov't. It's all gotta stop.
9:27 am on Monday, May 7, 2012
Um, no...If we simply stopped giving tax breaks to multi-millionaires and business who out source our jobs, and bring them back to the tax rates in place during the Clinton years the "discomfort" for the rest of us would be much less painful.
This is a question of simple fairness....Giving the millionaires and billionaire MORE tax breaks (as Romney wants to do) while trying to balance the budget on the backs solely on the backs of the middle class, the aging and the poor is insane and unjust beyond belief.
1:01 pm on Monday, May 7, 2012
A.M. Kelly... fairness? you want to lecture about fairness? When the top 10% of wage earners contribute 71% of all the taxes collected, you don't think that's 'fair enough'?
When the bottom 50% of wage earners contribute 3% of the taxes collected...you think that's 'fair'? or not?
What happened to everybody having some skin in the game? Or is that just another meaningless Obama quote.
11:08 am on Sunday, May 6, 2012
one more thing. i don't know if the cartoonist reads the comments, but Blago has brown hair. if you are going to draw him as he is in jail, draw him bent over and with his natural color hair. some people thought it was gonna be grey, but his lawyer visited him and said it's all brown.
12:42 pm on Sunday, May 6, 2012
You are all republicons right? anyone with even slight illinois history knows the political parties both Dem and Rep have a share in corruption practices and represented officeholders in jail or who have been in jail! So why? The reason is that the 'people' allow it through their systemic support and acquiesance and holding on to ridiculous beliefs that a particular party is to blame! It is not the party people! It is the refusal of the 'people' to make demands of the public officials other than fixing their tickets, providing scholarships for well connected parties and other perks, paving the way for their self interests whether they are housing or shopping center projects or highways. Governor Quinn is not made of the same cloth as the Blagos or Ryans of our state. He is a better man. That is why he won't do well here.
2:30 pm on Sunday, May 6, 2012
I agree Quinn doesn't seem to be a crook like the other two... However, he is a weak leader and not qualified to govern this or any other state.
12:57 pm on Monday, May 7, 2012
Carol niec, it IS the party.
Are you aware of a special relationship that exists between Democrats and unions?
The unions collect money from their employees. The unions give that money to Democrats to get them re-elected. The elected official 'negotiates' pension benefits, health care benefits, etc.. with the unions. The unions get what they want, and the taxpayers have to pay for it.
Repeat the cycle. Over and over....until you are the state that most resembles the finances of Greece.
You have to face reality, Carol niec. It's the Democrats who have put us into this position.
1:23 pm on Sunday, May 6, 2012
Corruption aside, those in charge of the purse here in Illinois for the past, at least 15 years, are over spending - over taxing Democrats. The better man, in your opinion, has offered nada when it comes to addressing the ever increasing deficit, or increasing our business enviornment in IL. Or are you one of those who think that corporations are evil and need to be closed down with regulations and taxes. Your rhetoric shows lack of substance by initiating a slur, then reeling it in with nonsense, and ending with an empty statement about Quinn being a "better" man. Comparisons with felons would make almost anyone appear to be a better man.
7:19 am on Monday, May 7, 2012
Quinn is a f'ing moron. Lower income residents get what they deserve having voted in this joker. Residents in the upper income levels just adjust to a bit more coming out of their take home pay. Lower income residents struggle to pay utility bills and put fuel in their cars. When I do talk politics to people in the 40 to 70 k household income range and I can find out they voted for Quinn, it puts a smile on my face.
6:46 pm on Monday, May 7, 2012
When are people going to realize, partician politics ONLY benefit the PARTY and the few people closely connected to it.....the rest of us be damned!!
10:19 am on Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Yes the cartoonist reads the comments and I appreciate all of yours. I cut Quinn some slack because for years he was a prominent advocate for consumes rights before finally scoring an elected position. As for the Blago hair, I took a bit of artistic license there keeping him in Elvis-Black. I also saw the news story about his brown-hair prison look. I depicted him in his most recognizable shade purposely to solidify the caricature... I rarely am happy with my caricatures so I use every arrow in the cartooning quiver. Thanks again, all of you, for taking time to write. (I agree most with Carol, by the way.)
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