Tuesday, February 07, 2006

What George Bush and Rod Blagojevich share

From a speech by Edwin Eisendrath at Chicago City Club
GEORGE BUSH AND ROD BLAGOJEVICH HAVE A COUPLE OF SHARED HABITS WE NEED TO SHED.

FIRST, THEY NAME THEIR LAWS. NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND. ALL KIDS. THIS IS A SURE SIGN THAT SOMETHING’S AMISS. A LAW ISN’T A LIKE A DOG THAT YOU ARE GOING TO CALL WHEN IT’S TIME FOR A WALK. IT IS A FACT THAT THE ALL KIDS LAW CONTAINED FEWER WORDS THAN THE PRESS RELEASE THAT ACCOMPANIED IT. WHEN MORE TIME GOES INTO THE MARKETING OF A LAW THAN INTO ITS SUBSTANCE THEN GENUINE AND IMPORTANT GETS REPLACED BY BLOW DRIED AND INEFFECTIVE.
It's a pretty good speech. My ideal would be a Brady Eisendrath match up. Here's some more,
BECAUSE THINGS ARE GOING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION, WE SOMETIMES FORGET THAT ILLINOIS SITS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WORLD’S BIGGEST MARKETPLACE. IT MAINTAINS ONE OF THE MOST MAGNIFICENT TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURES EVER CREATED BY MAN. WE HAVE SOME OF THE FINEST RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES IN THE WORLD, CREATING THAT RAREST OF COMMODITIES, NEW KNOWLEDGE. OUR DIVERSE WORKFORCE MEANS THERE IS LITERALLY NO POSSIBLE CALCULATION OF THE NUMBER OF IDEAS AVAILABLE TO MANAGERS. WE HAVE SO MANY STRENGTHS.

AND YET WE ARE HELD BACK. HELD BACK ARTIFICIALLY BY OUR OWN GOVERNMENT AND THE PETTINESS OF OUR POLITICS.

OUR ECONOMY IS 35TH IN GROWTH. WE ARE FALLING BEHIND ALL OUR NEIGHBORS. WISCONSIN, INDIANA, IOWA, MISSOURI AND KENTUCKY ARE GROWING FASTER THAN ILLINOIS. WE ARE FALLING BEHIND THE OTHER LARGE STATES - NEW YORK, CALIFORNIA, NEW JERSEY, TEXAS, AND PENNSYLVANIA.

NOT ONLY ARE WE GROWING MORE SLOWLY THAN OUR NEIGHBORS AND PEERS, WE CONTINUE TO DIG DEEPER INTO FINANCIAL PERIL. DESPITE 10 CONSECUTIVE QUARTERS OF ECONOMIC GROWTH IN AMERICA, GROWTH THAT HAS RESULTED IN SURPLUSES IN SEVERAL STATES, ILLINOIS HAS THE NATION’S LARGEST UNFUNDED PENSION LIABILITIES AND A GROWING PERSISTENT STRUCTURAL DEFICIT.

THE PLAIN FACT IS OUR STATE IS BROKE, BUT OUR PEOPLE ARE NOT.
I just wish we could call him Ed but I guess that's an example of my pettiness.

cross posted at Illinoize

1 comment:

Levois said...

We could only hope that our leaders see Illinois' situation that way. There's a good chance they won't.