A decision made by Gov. Pat Quinn may leave thousands of state workers without a job by the end of the week.If they just had more community organizing I'm sure everything would work out fine.
The cuts are coming in the face of a budget deficit that doesn't leave enough money to pay the workers, the governor says. Quinn also plans to close a prison, juvenile detention center and homes for the mentally ill.
If no cuts are made, several agencies will run out of money by spring, Quinn says.
"We can't spend money we don't have," Quinn said Tuesday.
The state's largest government employee union, AFSCME, promises to sue if the layoffs are made, much like they did over blocked pay raises.
But Illinois isn't the only Blue State facing big fiscal trouble. From Walter Russell Mead:
Rhode Island is one of the bluest states in the country, and one where public sector unions have long worked with sympathetic politicians to create a true blue system of well paid public employees retiring comfortably on generous pensions with cost of living raises automatically thrown in.And, of course, California is already well on its way to complete collapse.
The only problem is that the state could never afford the beautiful utopia it was crafting, and so politicians and union leaders chose the path of systemic deceit. Taxpayers weren’t told what the bill for the system would be; public service workers weren’t told that the pension guarantees they’d been sold were worthless because taxpayers would not and could not foot the bill.
An economic crisis is nature’s revenge on those who make and those who accept false promises; it is a holocaust of lies when the dross is burned away and only what is real and true remains. Think of cotton candy melting and charring in the flame of a blowtorch; that is what is happening to the secure retirements that “caring” blue politicians and “committed” blue union leaders promised gullible state workers.