Punchinello’s Chronicles

August 6, 2009

Spitting in the Soup

Filed under: Foolish Rants — Punchinello @ 3:13 am
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We’ve all heard the stories about angry restaurant workers. If you, as a customer, complain or get someone upset, they go in the back and spit in the food or some such awful and disgusting thing. Is it true? Maybe in rare instances, but it comes to mind as I read about Governor Quinn’s new budget for Illinois.

Much like other states, Illinois is running out of money. The politicians spend like drunken sailors, give benefits to everyone, get caught in bribery and extortion schemes, and often end up indicted and in jail. Not all that unusual, just corruption as usual. But the bottom line is that despite massive amounts of money going to the state capitol, somehow the budget is in trouble.

Do the politicians try to cut spending?

No, not really. Excepting in ways that are guaranteed to piss off as many people as possible. For example, instead of cutting back on many other overly-expensive programs, or perhaps in administrative failures, Gov. Quinn announced that he’s cutting back 2300 caseworkers in the Dept. of Human Services (DHS). There’ll be layoffs in police departments, public schools, and of course we’ll be releasing people from prisons.

Is that the only possible way to cut costs? What about salaries for the administrative side of things? We’ve got money gushing into Springfield from new taxes, sales taxes, casino gambling, and increased rates on everything. Does NONE of that money help the situation?

We also have more people being thrown out of work by federal government policies, and an increasing number of people who have no experience at all in life other than welfare. So laying off 2300 caseworkers seems to me like spitting in the soup. “There! Take that, you ungrateful tax payers! If you won’t pay us more money, see how you like…THIS!”

I swear…there’s an old line attributed to Shakespeare, “The first thing we do is kill all the lawyers!” I think we need to change that a bit: The first thing we do is fire all the politicians!

That, or maybe pitchforks and torches outside the government buildings?

Update – Aug 19, 2009

PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia’s court system will face a “virtual shutdown” if the cash-strapped city does not get state approval for a sales tax hike and changes to how it makes its pension payments.

That’s according to Mayor Michael Nutter and court officials at a news conference Wednesday.

Philadelphia is facing a $1.4 billion five-year budget deficit.

The city has asked the state to approve a temporary sales tax increase in Philadelphia and allow changes to how the city makes its pension payments.

Without those changes, Nutter says nearly 1,000 police officers and 200 firefighters would be cut. District Attorney Lynne Abraham says her office and others would face devastating cuts, too.

In Harrisburg, a state legislative leader says he hopes to have a bill ready for a vote next week.

AP News

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