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home : insight & opinion : letters to the editor August 19, 2017

4/26/2017 11:26:00 AM
State needs 'father figure' to put house in order


     I knew when I saw the Illinois governor was coming to town that I'd see the same old political BS spread across the editorials.  I knew the view would be that he's a Grinch holding the state's budget hostage, denying supposedly hard-working civil servants a decent wage and hard-earned retirement plan.  I knew there would be talk of gridlock and cutbacks to every fawning special interest in the state.  No surprises.

     Does anyone realize that the over-promised civil service pension fund is in deep trouble?  Does anyone realize how deep in debt Illinois is and what the possibility of state bankruptcy is?  Does anyone know the options for fixing these problems.  Here are only two solutions.  Raise every tax in Illinois and then hand out more money to the special interests or stop wasteful spending and get our house in order.

     I sometimes view Rauner as the stern father figure who realizes the family is in deep trouble and has to say no to the wife and kids when they want things they can't afford.  Sure - it would be easy to put these things on the family credit card and hope someone else comes along to pay for it.  Someone like the federal government in the state's case.   

     I'm sure it's not the position the governor would like to be in as with the father figure, but it's the grown-up position that must be taken to get the state out of the hole and back on track to prosperity.   Oh, and just a point - I'm not writing this to support Gov. Rauner; I'm writing it to support whoever is willing to take on the hard job of fixing things rather than passing on the problem down the road.

Phil Montgomery


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