“History will remember those who put politics aside to come together to keep people safe. It will also remember those who, so blindly devoted to ideology and the pursuit of personal celebrity, that they made an enemy of science, and of reason.”
That garbled statement was uttered by Governor JB Pritzker in an angry response to Representative Darren Bailey’s lawsuit, which resulted in turning over Pritzker’s absurd stay-at-home extension through May. The statement was almost as ridiculous as the fact Bailey’s lawsuit included only himself. I hope everyone in Illinois doesn’t have to go to court to get liberated. Does Pritzker intend to fight every lawsuit individually?
Let’s get serious:
As a democrat, JB spent $171.5 million of his own wealth in 2018 to get a governor’s job paying $177,500. In 1998 he spent $500,000 running for the US House of Misrepresentation, also as a democrat.
JB was the national co-chairman of Crooked Hillary’s campaign; as well as a delegate to the 2008 and 2016 democratic conventions. He founded the Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century, an organization to coerce people to join the democrat party. He was a functionary on the staffs of three different democratic US congressmen.
JB has hallucinations on the Oval Office one day. He’s used his excessive wealth to cozy up to Swamp members, Chicago muscle, and smarmy Illinois’ politicians to buy himself a governorship as a stepping stone to the presidency.
With a majority in both the Illinois Senate and House, he’s implemented every liberal’s dream in the state. He unleashed a Pandora’s Box of far-Left legislation Illinois can’t afford and a spate of new taxes. He’s raised pay for government workers, thus buying their loyalty. All of this done despite a bloated pension liability the state will never be able to pay and Illinois’ credit rating nearing junk bond status, an important marker for the interest rates paid on debt.
Illinois is drowning in debt. There’s no way to pay off the pension mess – it’s owed $214 billion; the state has $85 billion now. It’s not economically feasible to raise taxes enough to cover this shortfall – people would leave the state in droves. They just keep borrowing, the result being Illinois is last in just about every economic statistical category in the country. JB can’t fix that and he knows it.
There’s no politician that wants to be first to petition the Fed to allow their state to declare bankruptcy. If he were to do that, over a million people depending on pensions will get short-changed, including the six retired superintendents pocketing over $300,000 per year, courtesy of us schmucks. Vendors would think twice about ever selling the state anything. This would short-change any efforts at his political aspirations.
My theory: The “opportunity” of this virus landed in JB’s lap. Acting as if he’s Mike Madigan with a medical degree, he’s lashed out at President Trump’s handling of the virus (popular in Swamp circles) and commanded his Illinois subordinates to heed his orders. His policies become more stringent and arcane daily. Thinking he knows best, while sitting on his $3.4 billion, it’s no sweat off his brow who lost their job or business. It’s all part of a grand scheme to bring the state of Illinois down further.
JB knows the path Illinois is on is unsustainable. Eventually, somebody is going to have to do something. And the best way for that is if he can convince Congress to hand him a bailout before the state is forced into bankruptcy. They’ve already requested $41.6 billion.
He ordains it’s too soon for Illinois commoners to go back to work. In his mind he’s not driven the state far enough into oblivion. Junk bond status has not been yet attained. The Fed might not help him out of the pension mess until he brings the whole state just a smidge lower.
Do you believe JB has our best interest in mind? I contend JB has never put politics aside, has little regard for anybody’s safety, and is blindly devoted to ideology and personal celebrity – he’s been chasing it his whole life.
Say what you will about President Trump, but Trump lowered your taxes and sent you COVID relief money. What’s JB done for you?
On Tuesday morning I start writing commentary for next week. I make this a 2-3-day process in case something clever comes to mind or Governor Pritzker just cancels the rest of 2020. I’m torn between writing something optimistic to help take minds off virus matters, or continue to point fingers, as commentaries go. The latter is probably my strong suit, so let’s see where this goes.
Last week Glenn Beckert, past second baseman for the Chicago Cubs, passed away. I started a column about him. He had been one of my favorites as part of that 1969 Cubs team – the one that still breaks my heart to this day. I really need to get over that!
I scrapped the piece when Denny Marek outdid me with a nice homage to Al Kaline of the Detroit Tigers that weekend. Mr. Kaline passed the same week as Mr. Beckert, although neither are listed as COVID deaths …yet. Mr. Marek has been the inspiration behind a few of my commentaries so I didn’t want readers thinking he’s my sole source of motivation.
Speaking of motivation, like me, are you finding it more difficult to have any mojo during our unlawful home arrest period? I’m getting near the age of retirement, but no longer sure it’s going to be all that it’s cracked up to be. I did get around to hanging that picture wifey asked me to do two weeks ago. She shamed me into it after I happened to be in the hallway and noticed three new pictures of the grandkids she evidently hung. If she could do that, I figured I could pound one nail.
Did you see the absurd report Harvard University applied for nearly nine million Corona-virus bucks before Trump told them to pound sand? Harvard is sitting on a $40 BILLION endowment and yet, this bastion of higher learning had its hand out to snatch what will likely be free money, courtesy of us generous taxpayers. Now, consider what the odds are of you getting junior into that school?
The stimulus plan Harvard and others wanted to gorge upon is the same fund that run out of money shutting out other small businesses. At the time of this penning, Pelosi’s Pack is pinching progress, pending packing more pork onto the proposal. Has there ever been a group proven to be more non-essential than the United States’ House of Representatives or Senate?
lethargically researching material to come up with something to grumble about, I read Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse got $20 million and Pot Belly got $10 million in stimulus bucks, too. Trump thumped them also to get the money back.
When the government fired up the printing presses to churn out more valueless money, you think they thought large universities and public corporations would really have the audacity to belly up to the trough? That cash was meant for small business entities with out-of-work employees.
Upon further review, who do you think made the poorest choice for governor, Illinois or Michigan? Impressively, MI governor Whitmer is doing a bang-up job at keeping up with the Madigan-Pritzker tag team in unlawful ineptness. Methinks both those governors are soon to see some real pushback.
There is no doubt in my mind, Pritzker is using this virus as an opportunity to get the Fed to bail out Illinois’ financial woes and does not care who loses their business in the process. Illinois cannot afford its pension promises, and as of right now, cannot lawfully declare bankruptcy. Any governor who gets away with bankruptcy will be committing political suicide. So, this virus is a perfect opportunity for Pritzker to get his cake and eat the whole thing too. He’s worth $3.5 billion, what does he care if you lose your small business or job? The man was born on third base and thinks he hit a triple.
In the, “you can’t make this stuff up” category,” my neighbor put a sign in his yard stating – “Veterans Against Trump. All Gave Some, Some Gave All. Someone had Bone Spurs.” He must believe veteran votes are more valuable than non-veteran votes.
If one follows this signage to its plausible origin, one would presume this guy is a veteran that didn’t vote for Trump. Therefore, he probably voted for the pot-smoking “libertarian” Gary Johnson or Crooked Hillary, neither of which spent a day in the military.
Like Trump, both Johnson and Clinton went to college. By extension, if the neighbor voted for Hillary, he probably also voted for Obama, who spent his eligibility years for military smoking dope. Or, perhaps the neighbor didn’t vote – which gives him no right to complain about politics at all.
I’m considering getting a sign with a big red arrow pointing north stating, “Caution - Neighbor Has Trump Derangement Syndrome.”
I wonder if lunch is ready yet?
My wife claims I’ve been somewhat cantankerous of late. It might be the virus quarantine, or my business interests, or irritation towards the critics of President Trump. I’ve also considered it might be her gentle reminders (plural) of my foul mood. Irritable perhaps, but cantankerous …never!
Cantankerous or not, I wouldn’t retract one damn point I’ve stated about the virus to date. The way in which people consented so meekly to having their civil liberties purged by bureaucrats is mind-boggling. Folks are buying into what ill-equipped governors and mayors, are mandating, regardless of Federal direction. Those same bureaucrats will be back to the Fed later with their hands out when their plan didn’t work. Meanwhile, they toss murderers out of prison, while threatening to punish us for ignoring their decrees? This is madness, folks.
Their proclamations are also destroying our economy. At this rate, there might not be anything left to go out of your homes for. What if the American colonists stayed home submissively, as the British ordered back in 1776? I have no appetite for afternoon tea or driving on the other side of the road.
I believe it vital to remind people not to give up their American freedoms, which were forged in blood. Stay home if you feel you’re a mark for the bug, but not because a mayor told you so…just before she run off to get a haircut.
Much to my children’s chagrin, watching the CBS program, “60 Minutes” has been a Sunday evening ritual. Many friends confided they stopped watching because the program became so liberal, but I soldiered on anyway. I refer to it as “40 Minutes,” as they now manage to squeeze in 20 minutes of commercials. But, on the occasions they aren’t being overtly political, they do produce some insightful content.
The April 12th program was a classic case of their contrasting segments which keeps me watching, but then lamenting irritably about their liberalness.
The leading segment dealt with the witless reporter, Bill Whitaker splitting hairs with White House trade advisor, Peter Navarro concerning when “60 Minutes” might have aired episodes warning of this pandemic. Navarro had requested they basically put up or shut up.
Turns out “60 Minutes” did air a couple episodes. Back in 2005 and again in 2009. I guess we should have written that down somewhere for future reference. CBS pounded their chests while referring back to stories over a decade old, both during and after the heavily-edited Navarro segment. This was followed immediately by an obligatory anti-Trump commercial.
The second episode was insightful and really hit home. They interviewed a 20-something young lady taking care of her virus-infected mother at home, while her father laid in a hospital ICU unit, also with the virus. In the piece, she lamented not being able to visit her quarantined father. Even this old black heart went out to her.
To me, her plight was startling. If you don’t know me, I’m north of 60, north of in-shape (unless you consider round a shape), and have diabetes. There is a target on my forehead for the virus. This is not me throwing a pity party; I “done got old” and did this to myself out of habit, knowing it ran in the family. It’s a reality of which I’m living with, and there are lots of folks just like me. Right now, I’m semi-quarantining myself, but not because some government bureaucrat told me so, it’s because of my situation, and the fact they closed restaurants. I didn’t live to this age to be confined to house arrest.
Another thing about me that my children and friends will attest is my deep affection for my wife of nearly forty years. Friends jest I wouldn’t last ten minutes without her presence. They’re right, even if she does call me cantankerous.
The point I’m making is that poor man was lying in bed dying, more than likely knowing his time was short, yet completely alone. He would die within days of “60 Minutes” filming the segment. What activity or one of life’s little joys had he and his wife been doing just the day before the virus clobbered him? The only person with him at the end was his nurse, certainly an angel, but loved ones were unable to see or touch him before his final journey. Surely, he knew that. What if my wife couldn’t be there with me?
Life is so full of contradictions. I understand people are rationally frightened of catching this damn virus, virtually a game of Russian Roulette. Folks can get it and never know it, while it kills others indiscriminately.
Sitting on my couch that night, I couldn’t fathom a scenario of dying so inexplicably, so alone. The thought was unsettling; a poignant epiphany, of which I admittedly don’t get enough. Godspeed my friends.
Many may not care for what I have to say today. I have concerns about how this virus matter has been handled and the consequences. Quite frankly, I’m not impressed with corrupt politicians and an equally dishonest media infringing on our civil liberties.
We’ve taken preventative measures for this virus too far, in my opinion. It’s destroying our economy, possibly for years. Governors like Pritzker and Cuomo whine and scare everyone unnecessarily. As I write this, reports are now coming out that the death models have been dramatically over-stated. That was not a surprise, but the fear mongering worked spectacularly.
The young and healthy should go back to work – now - while requesting the elderly and sick to remain quarantined. I would agree there should be attempts at controlling the size of large public gatherings. But the rest of you should cease telling people to stay home, infringing on others’ civil liberties – this is America.
Is there really anybody in America not aware of this virus? We don’t need more commercials about the virus, particularly from actors, musicians, and athletes telling us to stay home. It has been determined they are THE non-essential people, whereas our workforce is vitally indispensable.
Why should super stores like Target, or fast food chains like McDonald's, vast corporations, be allowed to remain open while small retail stores or restaurants with a few employees close down? There will be more people gathering at those super stores than the small diner. Who decided that was fair or in the interest of the public – corporate stores with stockholders remain open, but close the privately owned small businesses on shoestring budgets? Have you ever observed some of the folks that frequent Wal-Mart?
There is not a business in this country that is not “essential” to somebody. Why is it acceptable for truck drivers, nurses, or Wal Mart store clerks to work but not the rest of us? Are they essential, or perhaps just more expendable in the eyes of elitists? I happen to know lots of trucking folks; my daughter is a nurse in a local hospital – why shouldn’t we be working to support them too?
I, like many others, am losing confidence in Dr. Fauci. He seems like a knowledgeable doctor, but there are too many cheesy photos surfacing of him posing with Swamp members. He’s acting like a czar, protected by the media. Constantly, he’s moving the goal posts further back about the severity or length of the virus, with no sense of what it’s doing to the economy or America’s psyche.
Speaking of no confidence, the death total numbers are wrong. China is lying. The press ran full bore with America passing China in the number of cases and deaths, knowing it was false. Further, people dying of other natural ailments have been suspiciously lumped in with virus death numbers, inflating numbers further.
In leveling the economic playing field, Trump hurt the Chinese economy badly. Might this virus have been an act of revengeful biological warfare by China? Knowing they couldn’t defeat us in battle, while watching our juvenile political circuses, did China surmise now was the time to retaliate? We should be prepared to treat this matter as an attack on our country and govern ourselves accordingly.
The media’s open hostility and ill-advised questions during the daily virus briefings have been disrespectful to the president. They constantly talk and shout over him. I’m waiting for Jim Acosta to ask Trump if he still beats his wife. The media even mocked the “My Pillow” guy for his statement of Christian values, even though he converted one of his plants over for making masks.
And where is the appropriate reporting on the sexual assault charges against Biden? Why has this matter been buried? Had Trump been accused, we wouldn’t know a thing about this virus, or the death toll, because reporters would be busy looking for evidence under every rock.
For you still suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome, Trump mentioned the virus in his State of the Union but everyone was too busy cheering Pelosi tearing up the speech. Also, Senator Tom Cotton brought up the virus in late January, but Democrats were too concerned with trying to impeach Trump at the time to listen.
In kumbaya moments, people lament we all need to come together as one. Great idea. However, as long as Democratic politicians, liberals, and the main stream media keep blaming, harassing or trying to impeach Trump, it won’t happen. Your Trump Derangement symptoms must be cured first.
All of you really want to get along? Start treating our president with the respect a sitting US president deserves, because his backers aren’t giving up on him any time soon. He’s done a wonderful job leading us through this needless virus hysteria and needs to get back to work too.
Here I sit on day eighteen of quarantine, listening to classic rock music at a decibel level my wife thinks absurd for a sixty-three-year-old man. I’ve been playing albums from the mid-70’s, and well, I listened to them loud back then too. In addition to turning the music down, she also suggested I write something other than about politicians because it might be affecting my mood. Bah humbug!
We are fortunate to have grandchildren, ranging from ages twelve to two. What a blessing! We sometimes wonder how we could have skipped having children and gone straight to grandchildren. It’s hilarious watching our three daughters arguing with their kids about the same issues we argued about when they were little. We’re so looking forward to the day our son experiences the joy of squabbling with a younger version of himself. Wait till those munchkins start getting drivers licenses!
Right now, due to the China-bug, we’re missing our grandkids…a lot, as I’m sure you are as well. We have an “Alexa” that we can talk to and watch them at the same time. Despite the wonders of technology, it’s not the same. They either ham it up or wander off in mid-sentence. You can’t hug, tickle or smell them either. (Having said that, there are times I’m not missing smelling that two-year-old, regardless of how cute he is.)
What do you suppose is going through the impressionable minds of kids right now? Their whole world has been turned upside down. No structure - school, ballgames or practices, birthday parties, or going out to dinner - normal parts of ordinary life. I suppose some of the new home time regimen - if there is any - might be good for them. But, at their young ages, is there a way for them to comprehend a virus even most adults can’t rationally fathom?
Youngsters have to be frightened whether they say so. They hear their parents discuss or fight about safety measures, or see snippets on television of things young minds can’t comprehend. My daughter’s families’ have different ways of handling this issue, but those kids know something major is happening.
I have so many reservations about this virus, as do my friends and business peers. To make matters worse, there is abundant finger-pointing as to whose fault this might be or who didn’t do enough, rather than everyone pulling together. In times like this, one would think rational people would take the direction of the person elected to lead the country, but as I pointed out in a previous commentary, there are those soles who sit on the sideline complaining about what the people fighting the battle are doing. It’s easy to do from a condo in Florida or your mom’s basement in Chicago.
Our news organizations make it worse. They salaciously report on the amount of people who have the virus and died, but ignore reporting on the number of people that have recovered. The AP reported on March 31 that the US had climbed past China in virus cases. Bullshit! Do you really believe anything China tells us about this bug? They lie to their own people, why would they tell us the truth? Kids hear this crap too.
How do you think this information is working on a youngster’s psyche? Will there be any long-lasting effect on our young children? Might they grow up afraid of the world, or even worse their country, state, or town? How are the adults going to assure those kids so as they regain their sense of what it is to grow up in a strong America, the “shining beacon on the hill,” especially when some are criticizing the president’s efforts?
What will keep these children from falling into the mindset of the false security of socialism. As it is, far too many millennial's and alphabet- generations are succumbing to the likes of the nonsense of Bernie Sanders’ and his ilk. We can just hope kids eventually grow out of that erroneous thinking when they have their own responsibilities.
I started this commentary light-heartedly, but the more that was written, the more concerned I became. This virus may very well be the catalyst that tips this country away from a free Republic into the hands of a New World Order, where the Deep State, led by Obama and Hillary intended to take us. A world where the entire power structure is in the hands of but a few and misery is shared equally. The founding fathers must be rolling over in their graves - all they fought for, guided by the hand of God, gone for naught.
The reactions to the China virus - and perhaps the virus itself - is unprecedented in the history of this country. For the sake of the children, we have to come together as one to put this genie back in the bottle.