Updated: September 5, 2013 6:47AM
One of the regular writers to Forum, Jeff in Orland Hills, recently passed away. I and surely countless others will sorely miss his insightful and pithy commentary on life and world events.
I wish I had his talent for concise comments so I could “carry the torch” for him.
Farewell, Jeff, rest in peace.
Fed up with Madigan, Cullerton
Gov. Quinn’s move to stop the paychecks of our do-nothing state legislators because of pension gridlock was by any quantifiable standard a stroke of genius. Then the ever-crafty House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) and Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago), two career politicians who are true to their profession as lawyers, filed a lawsuit to reinstate their paychecks.
The greed and hypocrisy of those two brainiacs is truly alarming. After all, they had much to do with causing the pension crisis by diverting state pension payments for years to their pet projects, leaving the pensioners in limbo.
Madigan and Cullerton are making Illinois the laughingstock of the nation with their inaction, while the pension crisis continues unresolved. If their pensions were in jeopardy, they would be working overtime to resolve the issue in their favor.
Middle class no longer prosperous
The middle class is the new poor people. Not so long ago, we were going about our lives, day to day, enjoying life’s simplest of pleasures. We were not rich, not poor, but comfortable. We were able to pay our bills, put food on our tables and gasoline in our vehicles. We worked hard and played hard.
No longer are we a double-income family with two kids, but rather a triple-income family with two kids, and yet the threat of foreclosure is imminent.
We have changed nothing in our personal lives on our accord. We live in the same house that we have owned for 20 years. We are driving the same cars that were paid for long ago, doing our best to keep them going, with the knowledge that if they cease to operate we are in deep trouble.
We have done nothing to cause this strife on our own — this strife has been cast upon us like a plague, devouring our resources and depleting our strength to endure. We apply for assistance wherever possible, we job hunt voraciously and we cut our meager living expenses even further.
With our expenses increasing and our income stagnant, we are stressed, angry and depressed. The gap between the haves and the have-nots has grown so extreme that there is a disconnect. We may be down, but we are definitely not out. We will survive, we will endure and we will overcome.