Forum: A draconian proposal
January 7, 2013 10:56PM
Updated: February 9, 2013 6:32AM
The first step we should take in Illinois’ pension crisis is to review state Senate and House voting records for the last 30 years.
Anyone who voted to divert pension payments to other projects should forfeit all their pension benefits from the day of that vote forward. Maybe they will not be so quick to ignore legal obligations in the future.
Foremost among the guilty parties is House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago). Nothing has been enacted in Illinois without his approval during the many years that he has been speaker.
It is past time that we acknowledge that these retired teachers and state workers whose benefits are in jeopardy of being reduced have paid their fair share into their pension fund during their careers.
The state pension funds have been looted over many years by the governors and legislative leaders. The people are legally entitled to the benefits they have earned, and we must figure out how to deal with the misuse of their pension funds.
Burdened by dysfunctional government
Let’s look at what we as citizens learned from the “fiscal cliff” discussions in the House and Senate.
First, absolutely nothing got done until the very last moment because members were sent home by party leaders. And the final solution was totally inadequate, never addressing spending cuts! It just postponed the inevitable, to be thrashed around again for months.
These overpaid members of Congress should have been required to stay in Washington, D.C., until a solution was finalized.
We have only ourselves to blame. How can we expect more when we re-elected 94 percent of the incumbents in Congress? This is proof beyond a reasonable doubt that as an electorate, we are a nation of idiots. We are now burdened with a useless, dysfunctional government that we deserve.
The fervor among some to blame the Republicans regarding the “fiscal cliff” debate, because they are resistant to increasing taxes on higher incomes (a measure that is only symbolic and would have no effect on reversing this country’s financial woes), completely ignores the infinitely more important role of spending cuts, which the Democrats are loathe to put forth and support.
Of course, with the media so comfortably nestled in the Democrats’ pockets, this plays nicely right into their hands. They know they can’t lose.
Thus, their strategy of sitting back and doing nothing is allowed to continue, to the peril of the working class.