Reading Scoundrel’s post The Governor Illinois Needs, my initial reaction was yeah, wouldn’t it be great to have a governor like Scott Walker who stood up for the taxpayers against the relentless demands of the powerful public employee unions.
But then I remembered that even if we had a pro-taxpayer governor, we would still have a legislature controlled by Chicago liberals, not to mention the fact that the recent election proved the majority of the electorate wanted the status quo maintained.
But an article in The Peoria Journal-Star says even a GOP controlled state government probably wouldn’t make much difference:
**Even elected GOP lawmakers are against eliminating collective bargaining
**Our unions are smarter than most unions because they have bought Democrats AND Republicans
**Historically, Illinois has elected moderate GOP governors—-it was Gov. Jim Thompson who signed the collective bargaining bill.
So it appears we are screwed, no matter what—or who is elected.
But that is the history of Illinois and may not be our future. The article gives duelling quotes that indicate there may be a class war looming in Illinois fueled by a taxpayer uprising:
John Tillman from the right-leaning Illinois Policy Institute:
“If you’re a working class trucker making $40,000 a year in the private sector, you’re on your own . . . You could work for the state and make $75,000, get an 80 percent retirement at (age) 55, 3 percent COLA (cost-of-living increase), free health care—a pretty darned good deal. And that’s why it’s coming to a head.”
An AFSCME spokesman hilariously plays the class warfare card, casting Big Labor as the downtrodden:
“We have an economy that has worked well for the rich in recent decades but not for the rest of us.”
Unfortunately the facts don’t bear out that claim unless you consider public employee unions “the rich”. In Illinois, the economy has worked well for public employee union members but for the rest of us who are saddled with their excessive and unsustainable salaries and perks—not so much.