Updated: July 24, 2013 6:56AM
It stretches the bounds of the imagination that in a country that purports itself to be free and a beacon of liberty to the world that a hero who exposes the truth about extensive governmental surveillance should have to flee that country.
All the pundits attacking this brave CIA contractor and former CIA employee for having the audacity to reveal to all of us how our freedom is being systematically subverted would be perfectly content in a totalitarian society, where whatever the government decrees must be seen as above question.
We need to know what we are all losing in terms of our fundamental rights in the so-called “war on terrorism.”
Democrats botch pension reform
The most important issue of the spring legislative session was reform of the state employees’ pension systems to reduce the long-term funding liability.
Despite controlling both chambers of the Legislature and the executive branch, the Democrats did not have the fortitude to resolve this immensely important issue.
Whenever the political leaders of this state have a chance to do something really important and necessary, they fail. Those of us who depend on our public pensions are in serious jeopardy of losing everything.
Bruce Rauner, Illinois’ Mitt Romney?
No one should be surprised that Bruce Rauner has set foot in the Illinois governor’s race by trampling all over the state’s working families. As a billionaire venture capitalist in the same line of business as Mitt Romney, the Ivy League-educated Rauner will never be confused for a man of the people — unless the people in question are corporate moguls.
Despite his efforts to portray himself as a regular guy who can fire a rifle, Rauner indicated that, as governor, he would take target practice on average working families. He took a special pot shot at our union, which represents low-wage health care and child care workers throughout Illinois. It was a glaring illustration of how little Rauner understands the plight of the state’s working class.
Our members earn low wages, and they don’t belong to the state pension systems that Rauner decries. They provide vital health care to hospital patients, nursing home residents, people with disabilities and help educate low-income children.
These are the people who have been short-changed by Illinois’ chronic budget morass, and yet Rauner claims they have too much power in Springfield. These workers cannot equal the power of Rauner’s billions. He may not relate to the lives of average workers, but he definitely qualifies as a piece of work.
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