Editorial: Governor descends into delusion

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

For quite awhile now, State Sen. Dale Risinger (R-North Peoria) has been spreading his opinion that Gov. Rod Blagojevich is a hypocrite.

Risinger’s criticism has never really been easily dismissed as political rhetoric because it has always had more than a ring of truth.

But Risinger’s barbs do not even come close to being enough now. It appears Blagojevich has slipped into a state of being delusional as well.

We base that conclusion on a recent letter from the governor.

On Oct. 10, Blagojevich sent a letter to the U.S. Congress addressing the economic woes Illinois is suffering. In his letter, the governor said the federal government should provide direct financial assistance to states to address the financial woes the country is facing.

For fiscal year 2009, Blagojevich said, Illinois and 30 other states are projecting more than $53 billion in total deficits. He said rising unemployment, declining home sales and slower consumer spending are curtailing tax revenues and putting pressure on states to cut or eliminate vital services. He added direct aid is needed “to prevent the credit and liquidity crisis from paralyzing the ability of states to meet our citizens’ basic needs,”  Blagojevich said.

We find the use of the word “paralyzing” interesting.

"Paralyzing” is a word Blagojevich should be familiar with, considering that is exactly what he, speaker Michael Madigan and senate president Emil Jones have done to the Illinois General Assembly.

Blagojevich’s attempt to blame the state’s economic woes on the credit crisis is disingenuous.

Let us go back in time several months to address why.

Illinois Comptroller Daniel Hynes, a Democrat like Blagojevich, attacked the governor’s policies well before the current economic crisis became a crisis. On April 23, Hynes stuck it to the governor.

“Our problem isn’t really a financial deficit, it’s a leadership deficit, and that’s what must change,” Hynes said.

“If we’re committed, principled, and we respect each other — and the process of governing — we will provide that leadership. And then we can stop talking about doom and start focusing on possibility.”

Leadership, Hynes said, starts at the top.

“The governor should be bringing people together to solve the challenges we face,” Hynes said.

“Instead, he continues to pull people apart.”

Amen to that.

Then, on Oct. 10, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told the editorial board of the State Journal-Register the gridlock among his fellow Democrats in Springfield is embarrassing and could lead to the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds.

If it were not for the fact that real people are suffering because of the ineptitude of some of Illinois’ elected leaders and the credit crisis, we would be tempted to say to the U.S. Congress, “Tell Blagojevich, 'No.'”

As much as it pains us to say so, Blagojevich is right, we do need the help.

But, if the help does come and Blagojevich tries to take credit for bailing out the state, he should be revealed as the biggest hypocrite in the state.

Then he should become the leader of a new state party — the hypocrats.

Peoria Times-Observer