Wednesday, March 1, 2006
Pass Tax Hike or Else: Well, Call it a Catastrophe!
If you havent read the story, the usual cast of characters including the head of the Legislative Black Caucus, the man who is everywherein the church, in politics, passing the plate, filling the plate, both at the same time, endorsing Democrats from the pulpit and mixing hard endorsements and brimstone fire at the same timeState Sen. James Meeks, wants the governor to back off his no-tax-hike pledge, or else. Or else what? These blacks wont vote for the Democratic governor after he is re-nominated March 21? No, not really. There was Meeks, venting his anger (easily kindled for the television cameras) and who else? PUSH, headed by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., Sun-Times columnist (although the grand pooh-bah couldnt attend in person), a cast of indignant faces and good old Ralph Matire, Sun-Times columnist who writes the same column over and over fighting for higher spending and tax hikes. What? No Carol Marin? No Cathleen Falsani? Hey, Meeks is a minister! Meeks ordered that the state needs to come up with at least $1,000 more per student to improve education. Either that, or Or what? Well, not commission of political suicide, which shows that Meeks hasnt fully taken leave of his sense. But it would be responsible government to say to an electorate, I dont know whats going to happen or what catastrophes may occur. Oh. Thats all.
Were I cynical, I would think that Blagojevich orchestrated this news conference himself to show how he can stand up to tax-hike pressure, facing up to tax dollar recipients who bang their cups and want more. Great press that.