Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Governor Should Resign; State Should Call For Special Election!!!

Illinois Governor Rod Blagoyevich has brought shame on our State; and although innocent until proven guilty, there is no way the Governor can govern effectively. He should step down now, and the state should call for special elections. The power to appoint a U.S. Senator should never be placed in the hands of one person. Rod Must Go!


Anonymous said...

This is all a smoke screen for an evil republican Patrick Fitzgerald. He is eyeing the govenor's spot for 2010. Plus he and the other republicans & democrats did not want a black person to back fill the U.S. Senate seat. The Lt gov should assume the post and then appoint someone for the seat. Unfortunately, with him the whole landscape will change. It should not be left in the hands of Madigan and the house. Madigan has a personal vindetta against Rod, and he has been trying to take him down for the longest. All they have are taped conversations on Rod. They don't have any evidence that he actually got money.

Anonymous said...

Blagojevich and the Pendulum of Public Distrust

Throughout its history, America has cycled back and forth between two distinct targets of distrust -- big business (including Wall Street), and government. In periods when big business is most distrusted, Americans seek protection from it, and reluctantly give government authority to expand its scope. When big government is most distrusted, Americans want less of it, and give big business greater leeway.

Exactly where the pendulum of distrust is located at any given time depends partly on the business cycle. When the economy is heading upward, distrust of big business is muted and the public fears that government will spoil the party; when the economy is heading downward, big business is deemed the culprit and the public looks to government for solutions. The location and direction of the pendulum also depend on headlines documenting self-dealing and corruption -- either among business leaders or, alternatively, government officials.

In recent months the plunging economy combined with headlines about Wall Street's astounding malfeasance have pushed the pendulum far toward one end of its historic swing. Add in the goodwill a new administration brings, and the public seems ready to accept massive government intervention. Quite apart from good economic arguments in favor of it, for example, the public is supportive of a $500 to $600 billion stimulus plan come January.

But two sets of headlines could cause the pendulum to start swinging back even before the new administration takes office.

The first involves the current administration's massive bailout of Wall Street -- the Troubled Assets Relief Program -- to which some $350 billion of taxpayer dollars have already been committed. Never before in history has so much money been spent with such little effect. The Government Accountability Office has already made headlines about the program's inefficacy and lack of transparency; the Treasury Department's own Inspector General has described it as a "mess." Even if the current Treasury Secretary doesn't ask Congress for the second $350 billion tranche, these and related stories could give the pendulum a shove backward.

The second is this week's headlines about Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's bizarre and brazen plans to profit from selling off Obama's senate seat. Nothing has been proven yet, but the tapes are incriminating enough. The longer Blagojevich clings to office and the more stories link his plans directly or by innuendo to anyone else in public life, the stronger the push on the pendulum -- back toward public distrust in government.

Anonymous said...

This is really unfair. Blago should not resign, but just step aside. Maybe he could beat the charges. I agree with the above post. "It is just a smoke screen". The Feds tried the case in the press. He was assumed guilty before a trial even started.

Anonymous said...

Well, it looks like Lisa Madigan will be the next U.S. Senator. Oh well, guess K Yarbrough won't be the congressman after all.