Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Some Things May be Better Left Unsaid

When you see a headline like this: Illinois Gov. Blagojevich: We’re Forced to Live in a Democracy, it just kind of gets your attention.

Now I fully support stem cell research, and I am glad that the funding is in place, but I know that I am not alone in feeling like the General Assembly got a little bit backdoored in how the deal got done. Maybe the end doesn't always justify the means, but the rhetoric in the article may still be over the top. Thoughts?

17 Comments:

At August 23, 2005 at 8:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

John,
Tom Cross had an excellent bill that fit into everyones realm of decency.

We're allowing this to go on -- herding cats sound familiar.

 
At August 23, 2005 at 8:54 PM, Blogger DownLeft said...

Dan Hynes deserves a lot of credit for courageously lobbying for this issue for some time. I can't say the same for the Governor.

 
At August 23, 2005 at 9:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meow.

 
At August 23, 2005 at 9:57 PM, Blogger Hon. John Fritchey said...

Tom and Dan were both great. They got out in front not waiting to see which way the wind was blowing, which you have to respect on any issue.

 
At August 23, 2005 at 10:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally we get to bash the Governor!!

 
At August 23, 2005 at 10:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's comments of his like those that are going to drag down the whole party next year. How the heck does he get by with essentially saying that the legislature is simply a nuisance that has to be dealt with or circumvented? And people wonder why legislators wanted all of their deals with him in writing.

 
At August 23, 2005 at 11:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The rhetoric in Bates' isn't over the top. It's accurate.

 
At August 23, 2005 at 11:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you want to look at how flatteringly the administration is being covered down in our part of the state, take a look at this lovely piece. http://www.southernillinoisan.com/
articles/2005/08/23/top/106348.txt

 
At August 24, 2005 at 8:24 AM, Blogger Bill said...

I don't think that the Governor needs any help in defending his own words but the rhetoric in this article is obviously over the top. Bates starts with the usual hair remark, then brings up the bodyguards, blah, blah, blah!
What the Gov did was show LEADERSHIP on this issue....Something that the legislature was, not suprisingly, not doing. We need to fund stem cell research, period,time is of the essence, and I believe that most citizens in Illinois agree. He got it done, quickly and efficiently, before the fanatics could come out of the woodwork.
Was it illegal? immoral? or does it merely offend some in the legislature (present company excluded) who did not have the "virility" to get it done?
I can't wait for November, '06!
Bring it on!

 
At August 24, 2005 at 9:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leadership would be working WITH the legislature, and having the influence to get an initiative passed, NOT sneaking it through like he did.

I support the idea of stem cell research, but I don't think that any idea is worth trashing the process for. And I think that it makes our Governor look sneaky and weak, not like a leader.

 
At August 24, 2005 at 4:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can see it now...

Candidate X voted on a budget that took $XXX from X research.

and

Candidate X voted on a budget that took 10 million in taxpayer dollars to fund stem-cell research.

 
At August 24, 2005 at 10:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Guv has been a comedy of errors. I was at an event in D.C. with a number of lobbyists and they were laughing about the prospect of the guy running nationally.

 
At August 24, 2005 at 11:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Helping families who have sick children or ailing parents through investing in medical research ? Bringing biomedical research doctors and the dollars that follow them here to Illinois???? Hmmmmm....what could the Governor be thinking? DUH!
Good that Rod gave everyone who couldn't vote yes because the Cardinal and Reverend Bob were all over them some cover and got the job done. I can't wait for November 2006 either.....

 
At August 25, 2005 at 8:41 AM, Blogger Bill said...

Those same lobbyists were probably sitting around in August,1990 laughing at Bill Clinton. The Governor is, right now, concentrating on Illinois. After another successful few years as Gov. who knows?
Maybe the lobbyists don't like Rod because he, for the most part, ignores them and the special interests they shill for and does what he thinks is right for the real people of Illinois.

 
At August 25, 2005 at 9:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!! Who in the hell do you think he has raised 15 MILLION dollars from, common folks from around the state?

Blago is so deep in the pockets of people doing business with the state, he's lint.

And to compare him to Clinton? By his own admission, Blago is a half-wit. His only prowess is in the fundraising department. If there is any comparison to be made to Clinton, it doesn't have anything to do with their professional activities.

 
At August 25, 2005 at 11:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lies, half-truths, innuendoes, rumors, typical Repub campaign tactics. Shouldn't you wait until you have a candidate before you start that. The real people are wise to you.

 
At August 27, 2005 at 11:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lies, half-truths, innuendoes, rumors. . .Please identify all of those so we can expose them.

 

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