Sunday, July 29, 2007

Split Personality

I have to hand it to the Governor, almost effortlessly, he continues to defy any semblance of predictability or consistency.

After months of shunning Springfield during the regular session, the Governor declares his intention to encamp in the capitol city,
"seven days a week until the job is done"
or as it turns out, at least until the next Sunday Cubs game, which was about a week or so later.

Then comes his next condemnation of the General Assembly for trying to work around his inaction and refusal to negotiate by passing a temporary budget.
A continuing string of one-month budgets is nothing more than a Republican budget in disguise,” he said last month.
In a way, one had to respect his firm convictions. But now he follows up his passionate stand for Democratic values with this, his latest shot at the General Assembly:

Failure to pass another interim budget will mean that state government shuts down and only emergency public-safety services will continue to operate...If the General Assembly does not finish its work soon, the people of Illinois will pay the price of their inaction.” (emphasis added)

Our inaction? OUR inaction? He spends eight nights of regular session in Springfield, refuses to negotiate with any of the leaders, provides no passable plan for a budget, and decries our inaction. And after slamming his Democratic colleagues for passing a one month budget last month, he now wants one for this month? Is it any wonder we're still in session?

On a brighter note, now that meetings have been taking place with just the four legislative leaders, it appears that there may be a light at the end of the tunnel - and it sure isn't the GRT train. The leaders seem poised to lay the groundwork for a plan that, if approved, could get more accomplished in about a week than we have in the last seven months. Imagine that.


At July 29, 2007 at 9:43 PM, Anonymous John said...

You just better hope this "compromise" budget actually covers costs, unlike the previous imaginary budget you guys passed at the end of May.

Otherwise, I fear for all of you for the next two years. The Governor and the unions will try and tear you guys to shreds.

At July 29, 2007 at 9:51 PM, Blogger Hon. John Fritchey said...

Fair enough comment. But keep in mind that any compromise budget will have to have at least some support from each of the four caucuses in order to sustain a veto. As such, I feel confident that the numbers will work.

At July 29, 2007 at 11:12 PM, Anonymous john said...

3 out of the 4 can't seem to add. So pardon me if I don't feel confident.

At July 30, 2007 at 12:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

About one-quarter of state senators showed up for Saturday’s session. Less than half of House members made an appearance. Neither chamber devoted even a second of discussion to a temporary budget.

House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, said he wouldn’t call the response disrespectful to Blagojevich. “I think it indicates that there’s a majority of the House that simply is not responsive to the governor’s desires,” he said.

Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, said the indifference to Blagojevich’s special session and his exclusion from budget talks demonstrate his shrinking role in Springfield.

“There are signs of irrelevance,” Brady said.

Blagojevich issued a statement saying he was disappointed.

I my opinion every Representative and Senator should be in Springfield every day until the budget is passed.. That is what you are paid to do.

At July 30, 2007 at 7:57 AM, Anonymous DuPage Saint said...

I am glad to welcome Mike Madigan to the Republican Party. Do you think he can bring in Lisa too? Maybe then the party will have a chance. Gov Rod is a joke so you can keep him. I do like the way he still can knock Republicans even tho they couldn't pour water out of a boot if the directions were written on the heal. As another good Dem used to say.


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