Former impeached President Clinton lectured Republicans about simple "ritmatic' during the last National Democratic Convention. He needs to come to Springfield and repeat that folksy lecture to his fellow Democrats who have run Illinois into financial quicksand. Soon.
Recently the Executive Committee of the Illinois House met to consider a plan to fund a Obama Presidential Library using taxpayer dollars. The plan was to sell bonds, and repay them with interest. While scores of schools in Chicago were closed, mostly in minority neighborhoods, due to declining State funding of education? The press dutifully reported the committee unanimously voted 9-0 in favor of funding the library by the State of Illinois in an amount of one hundred million dollars in bonds.
Problem is, only 5 of 9 members of the committee were present at the time of the vote. All 5 were Democrats. No Republican member was in attendance at the time of the vote. According to the Democrats, there was no vote irregularity there. Some obscure House Rule justified turning 5 into a fictional 9. Next time Republicans, show up and keep an eye on those Democrats who wish to continue spending money government does not have on sparkly new things.
After Republicans loudly complained, Speaker Madigan will allow a committee revote. He blames the Tea Party element of the Republican Party for objecting to the 5-0 vote that was recorded as 9-0. And he said it with a straight face. Will he next blame the Koch Brothers, Karl Rove, Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh? Even Joe Walsh and Dan Proft? Let's see if the next vote is 5-4 in favor, or if the measure fails to advance out of committee due to a majority member or two developing cold feet.
Presidential libraries in the past were built using private donations. There is also some pesky federal law which prevents use of public funds for such construction. The recent Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush libraries were all built with private funds and donations. Democrats now grouse that it would be unfair for President Obama to build his library by raising private funds.
The same President who set fund raising records during both runs for President? Who raised over a record billion dollars twice for his campaigns? Even out fundraising the incredibly wealthy Mitt Romney?
Quick, President Clinton. Give them your 'ritmatic' lecture!