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For all of us that have a commitment to living out our years in Illinois, it’s a very scary proposition. I’ve got a State pension and who knows what could happen 5, 10, 20 years down the road. I guess I’m going to find out.
Illinois is in a slow bankruptcy burn. I’ve been inside companies that went bankrupt and Illinois has all the signs:
- overwhelmed by crushing debt that grows daily
- harassed by creditors from every angle that is slowly grinding the State down
- a delusional hope springs eternal denial of the problem
- citizen’s clueless to the real magnitude of the problem; or,
- they simply don’t give a shit because there is nothing they can do about it and when it all blows up, they will just move on down the road
- the problem is unfixable
- the State is checked
- the State is….. checkmate
The State will eventually hit the wall and either goes through a “simulated” bankruptcy; or, everything and everybody blows away like dust in the wind.
Chris Kennedy and other wealthy businessmen-politicians mean well but will only give us what the classic quote tells us and we all know deep down: “If you keep doing what you have always done, you will keep getting what you have always gotten.” But, I do admire that Kennedy et al want a crack at the State’s Fiscal Gordian Knot and are chomping at the bit to kick out Governor Bruce Rauner on his billion-dollar country club ass.
The politicians will NEVER solve the State’s Fiscal Gordian Knot in our lifetimes. Only the people can solve this by:
- firing every sitting politician all the way up to the governor
- hiring a third party turnaround trustee-manager person that does not live in Illinois and is clean of any conflicts of interest
- have the person report directly to the people
- have the person manage a “moonshot” competition to develop a 50-year plan to reach financial sustainability
- any person and/or team on the planet can submit their moonshot plan
- have the people use “approval voting” to vote for the best moonshot plan
- the winning moonshot team gets $100M paid out over 50 years contingent on performance of the plan over time
- while the plan is playing out, re-engineer and revolutionize Illinois government so this never happens again
All you radical-thinking, clear-thinking people out there, here’s your chance to make your mark, never have to work again (unless you want to), save Illinois, and in the process design a revolutionary financial roadmap for the rest of the world because we’re all going to need it.
Crazy, you say?
Have you got a better idea?
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Should burning the flag be a protected form of free speech? Consider this:
- Was the flag burner trespassing?
- Did the flag burner hurt anyone?
- Did the flag burner catch anything else on fire?
- Did the flag burner burn a public flag that they did not own?
- Was it an act of treason, in and of itself?
If the answer is “no” for all five questions, then the flag burner is not a criminal. They were just someone that took their own flag onto public property where they are entitled to go, and they burned it (unfortunately they don’t have a flag anymore) but didn’t hurt anybody or anything in the process. If we’re going to send a person to jail for this, then we will have to reevaluate thousands of actions that people perform every day that should be equivalently considered obnoxious, disturbing, anti-patriotic, or criminal. There will be social accountability enough from family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues that the flag burner will have to face, and possibly realize that “I will never do that again!”
Come on, we’ve got to get a grip on ourselves, take a step back and get some perspective, and not be so mentally and spiritually brittle! This is America. We are tough, flexible, resilient, and open-minded, so we can absorb the actions of a flag burner. We can’t rule-make a person into being civil and/or patriotic – it’s either in their heart, or it’s not.
What do you think?