Chicago Tribune | State budget fight heats up: "Gov. Rod Blagojevich sent a clear signal Tuesday that he will take a hard line with the legislature over his $53 billion budget plan, saying rank-and-file lawmakers come from a 'narrow-minded, special interest-focused mindset' and vowing to take his case to the public.
Standing before Chicago TV cameras 200 miles from where the legislature was waiting to negotiate, Blagojevich said he had no need to go to the state Capitol as his predecessors have done to hammer out differences on critical spending and revenue issues."
-- Go down to Springfield? Argh, he'll get cotties or something.
Calling the state legislature names is not going to do anything for your cause. You know Rod we have different branches of government for a reason. You are not a dictator, contrary to what you may think or want to be true. If it is going to be your way or no-way at least say so. That way when we start to hammer you on all this debt in two years we can remind the voters of Illinois that this was all your idea.
"I think it's sort of irresponsible for him to make those remarks while we are down here working," said Sen. Donne Trotter (D-Chicago), the Senate Democrats' budget expert. "According to his words, we are doing nothing. I don't know if he really knows what's going on down here in Springfield."
-- Well duh' also there is no way Madigan lets him walk all over the legislature this time around, if he does it is going to make Mike look weak and make it harder for him to raise money and wield power. That is not going to happen.
Remember Rod the image of the closed St. Charles youth center is already going to make a good TV comercial against you some day when you run for higher office.
You cant run for President if you can't ballance your budget without a huge debt bomb.