Words of Advice:

"We have it totally under control. It's one person coming from China. It's going to be just fine." -- Donald Trump, 1/22/2020

“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here..and isn't it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."
-- Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 2/25/20

"I don't take responsibility for anything." --Donald Trump, 3/13/20

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Friday, May 15, 2015

Court to Illinois: "You Made Your Bed, Now Sleep In It."

The state of Illinois, like a lot of governments (and companies), deliberately underfunded its pension system for many, many years. The politicians diverted the money that should have gone into the pension system for other purposes.[1]

So the way that the state chose to deal with owing about a hundred billion dollars to the pension system was to "reform" the pension system because of a fiscal emergency brought on by their own deliberate failure to do what they promised to do. The courts said "not so fast, bucko".

Gov. Bruce Ratfuck, who is a mighty champion of tax breaks for the well-off, now wants to change the state constitution. So he can continue the state policy of fucking over people who worked for it.
[1] Presumably, to do things such as give tax breaks to the rich.


Anonymous said...

There are no good, nor painless, solutions to Illinois' problems. The state is basically bankrupt. It's time to dissolve the state, sell its assets, and pay out whatever bondholders and pensioners it can.

This is where profligate spending gets any government. Also, any public officials that wittingly allowed Illinois to rocket down this path should be prosecuted for fraud and/or embezzlement. While Illinois was going down the drain, they were raising their own salaries.

Green Eagle said...

There is no painless solution, but there is a good one: Raise taxes on the wealthy and corporations that were the instigators and beneficiaries of this fiscal corruption, until the pension funds are paid back. And then keep those taxes high until those rich people don't have enough money left to buy the government.