Why Illinois Is In Trouble – 109,881 Public Employees With $100,000+ Paychecks Cost Taxpayers $14B

The request to bail out Illinois is nothing other than a request to bail out very bad decision making. Let them fix their own problems.

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We we there today (I went after work). It was sad beyond belief.

Our family has loved and frequented this place for five decades. My husband and I honeymooned there, and my daughter was married there (reception, too).

Our governor is asking for still more power–God help us. https://www.thecentersquare.com/illinois/illinois-business-owners-could-do-jail-time-under-pritzkers-new-emergency-rules/article_fc31b75a-97b4-11ea-9396-7f282df42d17.html

DO NOT MOVE TO ILLINOIS!!!

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The problem is all this talk about New Deal and something called the middle class.
Peasants were never meant to make real money. We all saw Oliver Twist! That’s how you pay peasants.
All of these right to work states lead the way and their citizens accept their lack of value. How did you let yours get uppity. Well our happy slave wage earning types are wondering how people doing what they do make 2 1/2 times as much as they do. We want to show them that it isn’t them being underpaid, it is that regular people are peasants just like you.

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Old Dickensian England sounds great. Let’s all go back to those fortunate times for workers. MAGA!

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It is sad.
Watching family members gasp their last breaths on ventilators is even sadder. “Death by figurine purchase.” on the death certificate.

Just think about all those people paid dirt wondering why a guy doing the same is paid a wage with benefits that give CCC level human dignity.
They need to be shown why dignity can’t happen.

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The problem in Illinois is the State Constituion, which contains an amendment foolishly added in the 1970s that state worker pensions can never be reduced.

Currently, Illinois state employees (that includes public school teachers) receive pension that are unbelievably high (we know a schoolteacher who retired at age 50 and receives a pension of over one hundred thousand dollars/year). The employees don’t have to contribute to any fund to get these pensions. And they can never, ever be reduced…ever.

Our state is at junk-bond status and getting more broke by the minute. But somehow, the State of Illinois had the money to buy White Pines Resort (18 small cabins and 4 large cabins, plus a log lodge and log restaurant/small theater, all built in the 1930s by the Civililan Conservation Corps). They didn’t even give another private owner a change. in the crowd today, many of us speculated that the new owner is either a friend or relative of our governor.

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Yes friend. Like the oil people getting millions while working people can’t get an unemployment check to buy food.
With IGs being fired and the rest warned.

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But oil companies really deserve their millions and billions, don’t they? Public school teachers, on the other hand, do little work and have summers off. Besides, it’s so easy to teach, especially in cities such as Chicago.

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The public school teachers, particularly in the large cities, need their pensions after retirement for intensive psychiatric care.

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That’s enough. For many of us, White Pines has been a beloved family tradition for decades.

We’re not monsters. Of course watching someone die of a virus is infinitely sadder than seeing a beloved family gathering place close.

It’s sad because it didn’t have to close. Our governor allows all the other hotels to stay open, but not a group of 18 little cabins that are easily 10 feet or more apart from each other. (BTW, the cost to rent one of these little cabins is around $60/night on weeknights, so this is NOT a high-end “resort” for all of us “wealthy folks” who work in offices, hospitals, factories, etc. One of the reasons so many people love the place is that it is affordable.)

The owner (a woman) of the cabins/restaurant/lodge was not eliglble for a small-business bailout loan because her business is located in a State Park–years ago, the STATE chose to sell it at a public auction because they could no longer afford to manage it. And now they chose to close it down (while leaving other hotels open and allowing other restaurant to serve at curbside) and buy it back–and I fully expect them to utterly bungle the managing this beautiful place and make it affordable only to the wealthy, who won’t be interested in it because it’s just a little too “country.”

Jordan Peele filmed a movie there in 2018. It’s coming out soon, something about H.P. Lovecraft. His whole crew stayed in the cabins and at other hotels in the area, and the chose this place over many other possibilities.

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Martin Luther King said, in America:
There is socialism for the wealthy
And
Rugged Individualism for the poor

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And the common folk have been conditioned to like it that way. They will even vote against their own self-interest.

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Well, it wouldn’t be so bad if only the pensioners spent their incomes in Illinois. But it seems they’re moving away. Just thinking out loud.

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Great scene in GONE WITH THE WIND.
Rhett is taking the women and fleeing Atlanta south as Sherman’s cannons announce his taking the City.
Going the other way is Big Jim and a handful of Tara’s field slaves. Tired, hungry, half dressed.
They are going to confront Sherman on behalf of the people who enslaved them.
Jim says," DON’T WORRY MS SCARLETT, WE’LL STOP THOSE YANKEES."
WHEN you identify not knowing self interest, that clip illustrates perfectly. It is the entire cultural dynamic rolled up in 30 seconds.

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Illinois has a problem in that they still practice the same type of government similar to what worked decades ago, when the state was a large center for manufacturing and private unions were powerful. Now much of the manufacturing has moved either out of state, out of country, or was automated. Government unions are now powerful, inflexible and often now fighting with blue politicians as happened in Chicago. The population of the Land of Lincoln is growing smaller. Illinois needs to reform & reinvent its self I believe. Change though is always difficult to make.

That’s right!

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Especially when there is a dictator.

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If we are a nation in decline, breach of Contract is an inevitability.
Are we in decline?
I heard a broadcast this week where they gave a date certain when Besos will be a trillionaire.
The market went up substantially yesterday even when unemployment reached great depression era rates.
What we have is not decline, we have restructuring. We have a second gilded age afoot. And so this call to recognise a need to restructure is nothing more than a call of the losers in that restructure to participate in their own demise.

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