Let’s drop in and see how things are going on the liberal front, shall we?
First up, the president’s alma mater is having a rough go of it these days. It’s a bit confusing because Illinois is Democrat controlled … governor, super-majorities in both houses of the state legislature, etc. There has been a continuous rise in taxes on both families and businesses. It’s been a liberal heyday. No gridlock happening in Illinois, folks.
Also, with some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, the progressives SHOULD be able to point to a reduction in gun crime. Illinois has been the only state in the country where no one can legally carry a concealed weapon, and lawmakers recently introduced measures to restrict legal gun ownership even more. However, it is becoming increasingly evident that gun control doesn’t work because it disarms citizens and keeps guns in the hands of the criminals. Chicago’s gun control system has given criminals a monopoly on weapons. In fact, things are so bad that Chicago PD cannot or will not even police certain parts of the city. This weekend alone, there were two dead and at least 18 wounded in Chicago weekend gun violence. Because the gun control does NOT seem to be working, despite the insistence of the progressive agenda, the Illinois state legislature even passed a bill that may very well end the ban on concealed carry weapons soon. It seems progressives eventually have a difficult time competing with common sense.
Moving on from there, talk about Illinois going bankrupt seems to be gaining steam, considering that the state’s credit rating has been downgraded by both Moody’s and Fitch. Some believe their beloved Obama will rescue the state, but others claim too many cities are in the same fiscal condition, and it’s really beyond recovery. The professionals seem to agree:
Moody’s Investors Service on Thursday downgraded Illinois’ general obligation credit rating by one notch — to the lowerst rating in the state’s history — following a move earlier this week by Fitch Ratings. Moody’s downgraded Illinois’ $27 billion of general obligation debt to A3 from A2, with a negative outlook after state lawmakers last week failed to pass a plan to deal with a $100 billion unfunded public pension liability. Even prior to the downgrade, Illinois had the lowest rating of any U.S. state.
School districts face deficits, grappling with the problem by closing schools, cramming more students into classrooms and cutting such things as literacy coaches, librarians, and assistant principals in charge of discipline and incentive programs.
In other words, the state is a hot mess. So, when I read that the University of Illinois at Chicago is raising the prices of their student health insurance plans by $60 per semester so that the insurance plan can cover gender reassignment surgery, it made me think they JUST DON’T GET IT. The trustees voted 6-2 for the increase, with the only two conservatives voting against it. Students will be required to pay the fee unless they can offer proof of another insurance plan. The trustees supported their decision by claiming it was student driven and simply adds to the 37 other campuses that offer the same through their student health insurance plans.
It’s painful to watch the supposed party of compassion end up good for no one except the union officials and government bureaucrats … all while clinging to the insanity and taking an entire populace down with them.