Who can afford to be Governor of Illionois?

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BUY THE SEAT?
U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald on Tuesday accused Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich of participating in a "political corruption crime spree" that was a blatant effort to sell the state's U.S. Senate seat in the latest "pay-to-play" scheme in Illinois politics.

Fitzgerald described the alleged behavior by Blagojevich, who was arrested Tuesday morning along with his chief of staff, John Harris, as "appalling." He said his "cynical behavior" reached "a truly new low."

"He has been arrested in the middle of what we can only describe as a political corruption crime spree," Fitzgerald said in a news conference to announce the charges against the governor and his chief of staff. "This is a sad day for government. It's a very sad day for Illinois government. Governor Blagojevich has taken us to a truly new low."

The arrest is part of a three-year probe into the governor's administration. The criminal complaint by the FBI says each man was arrested on two charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and solicitation of bribery.
And we think we have trouble with Gordon Brown?

Isn't Barak Obama lucky he's moved out of Illionois politics [just in time] :lol:
 
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Illinois corruption, although the state is predominately Democrat, spans political parties. That entire state is a political cesspool and should be exterminated, sanitized and then repopulated with prairie dogs, and buffalo......
 
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blue-sophist said:
Hi, CT ... long time no speak.

Remind me, is FL Dem as well?
Just to get a balanced view on who does dirty, you understand :wink:
Nope we had Jeb (8) and now Charlie(first 4), and both State house and Senate are Republican. It has gone back and forth between dem and rep for some years now as we had Lawton, and Bob Graham as gov as well.

Note I said that Illinois political corruption reaches across political parties. Denny Hastert is/was in some trouble as well pushing some road project through some farmland in central Illinois all the while buying up property and then when the legislation was passed selling it for a nice profit. There was also a scandal with the former republican Gov, that resulted in some court case.

That whole state smells and they need to conduct nuke weapon testing there and leave the poor Gila Monsters in Nevada alone.
 
#6
blue-sophist said:
Hugs, buddy!

Stay in that bunker for the next 4 years! :wink:
I'm working on getting legislation passed allowing the lawful hunting of all politicians and no bag limits...is like tilting at windmills but makes me feel useful :D
 
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ctauch said:
Illinois corruption, although the state is predominately Democrat, spans political parties. That entire state is a political cesspool and should be exterminated, sanitized and then repopulated with prairie dogs, and buffalo......
Jon Stewart pointed out tonight that since it looks like 4 out of the last 8 Illinois governors will have served time, you have a statistically slimmer chance of being banged up for being a murderer (48% conviction rate) than being the governor of Illinois.
 
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USAToday came out with the most corrupt states list per capita and Illinois came in 18th!

No. 1- Alaska

No. 2- Louisiana

No. 3- North Dakota

This only counts convictions and as anyone who lives here in Illinois know, our most corrupt politicians manage not to be charged.
 
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Chicago has always had one of the most corrupt political machines in the US. Both Obama and Rahm Emanuell are part of that machine. I noticed today that Rahm Emanuel, who is usually at Obama's side was nowhere to be found at Obama's press conference. When located by reporters at an event in Chicago he refused to answer any questions at all and was reportedly quite rude to the reporters, not a good sign. For details look at:
Chicago Tribune

For background on how Obama works in his home ground read this article in the liberal Boston Globe. Boston Globe clicky
When you get to the article click on "single page" at the top of the article as the Globe has a limit as to how many pages can be accessed without registering. It gives you an idea as to what Obama is really like.
 
#10
Recently received by email ... I guess most of you have seen it before.
HOW LONG DO WE HAVE?

How Long Do We Have? About the time our original thirteen states adopted
their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history
professor at the University of Edinburgh , had this to say about the fall of
the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier:

A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a
permanent form of government.' A democracy will continue to exist up until
the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from
the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always vote for the
candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the
result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal
policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.!

'The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of
history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, those nations
always progressed through the following sequence:

1. from bondage to spiritual faith;
2. from spiritual faith to great courage;
3. from courage to liberty;
4. from liberty to abundance;
5. from abundance to complacency;
6. from complacency to apathy;
7. from apathy to dependence;
8. from dependence back into bondage'

Professor Joseph Olson of Hemline University School of Law, St. Paul,
Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the 2000
Presidential election:

Number of States won by: Democrats: 19
Republicans: 29

Square miles of land won by: Democrats: 580,000
Republicans: 2,427,000

Population of counties won by: Democrats: 127 million
Republicans: 143 million

Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by:
Democrats: 13.2
Republicans: 2.1

Professor Olson adds:

In aggregate, the map of the territory Republican won was mostly the land
owned by the taxpaying citizens of this great country. Democrat territory
mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned tenements and
living off various forms of government welfare...Olson believes the United
States is now somewhere between the complacency and apathy' phase of
Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the
nation's population already having reached the governmental dependency
phase.

If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal
invaders called illegals and they vote, then we can say goodbye to the USA
in fewer than five years.
 
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blue-sophist said:
Recently received by email ... I guess most of you have seen it before.
If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal
invaders called illegals and they vote, then we can say goodbye to the USA
in fewer than five years.
Do you know why this is, blue? The septic republicans are as responsible as the dems - maybe more so - for allowing this immigration - their supporters - the corporations, want the cheap labour which Americans can not compete with. Do you really think all of these people would risk coming over the border if they had no economic incentive? Punish the companies that hire them with huge finanicial penalties and you will see the immigration dry up.

As to the governor of Illinois, rumour is he may be involved in a set up to drag down some more with him, and he gets off easier. Wouldn't surprise me.
 
#16
blue-sophist said:
Go away, Kevin.

I'm sure there's an Irish Republican site you should be chatting on.

G'night.
Look, those days are gone. US is my nation now and mass immigration is as much the fault as the septics as the dems, albeit for different reasons.
Night.
 
#17
KevinB said:
blue-sophist said:
Go away, Kevin.
I'm sure there's an Irish Republican site you should be chatting on.
G'night.
Look, those days are gone. US is my nation now and mass immigration is as much the fault as the septics as the dems, albeit for different reasons.
Night.
I suggest you stop calling them "septics" then.
Disrespectful to the Nation that has accepted you.
Go and kick a Spic or something ... you know you want to.
 
#18
blue-sophist said:
KevinB said:
blue-sophist said:
Go away, Kevin.
I'm sure there's an Irish Republican site you should be chatting on.
G'night.
Look, those days are gone. US is my nation now and mass immigration is as much the fault as the septics as the dems, albeit for different reasons.
Night.
I suggest you stop calling them "septics" then.
Disrespectful to the Nation that has accepted you.
Go and kick a Spic or something ... you know you want to.
Did not mean it disrespectfully - is what I've always called them, but if it is truly an insult, will not.

Um, no, can't say I have ever wanted to do that.
 
#19
Saw that (Jon Stewart). "KIDS! YOU HAVE A CHOICE TO MAKE! DON'T BECOME GOVERNOR OF ILLINOIS, YOU'LL JUST WIND UP IN PRISON!"
 
#20
Both parties share the burden of responsability when it comes to my nation's problems. They have long since placed their own ventures above the people and have courted divisions which never existed before.
 
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