Monday, March 16, 2009

Where Does the Buck Stop if At All?

"WASHINGTON: The Obama administration is increasingly concerned about a populist backlash against banks and Wall Street, worried that anger at financial institutions could also end up being directed at Congress and the White House and could complicate President Barack Obama's agenda." -International Herald Tribune

You think? With a 50% tax increase in Illinois on the table, and Washington spending as if the money was flowing into the Treasury in great heaping gobs, I'm dismayed and disgusted. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has to get a grip and plan some major budget cuts for Illinois rather than simply raising taxes. Failure to do so means that his rhetoric about the people is less than empty. Every day the government seems to come up with a new way to remove the average citizen from keeping the fruits of his labor. Quinn can do better, much better, and failure to do so would be pure cowardice on his part. Has the man who long cultivated the image of the tax-payers’ champion and advocate for fiscal responsibility switched sides?

The Administration in Washington needs to hunker down and do something about the crisis at hand rather than acting as if its hands were tied. Clucking about concerns, planning additional fund raising, and appearing on the Tonight show are campaign tactics. It's high time that the newly elected government started governing. Unfortunately, the President wants to stay on the road and make campaign appearances rather than do the job he was elected to do.

We've posted up Harry Truman's old "The buck stops here" sign in hopes that our Governor and the President might be able to digest its message.

4 Comments:

Blogger Nettan said...

It's funny to use bloggers random search, so here I am. A swedish girl who just happend to end up on your blog. :)

Mar 16, 2009, 3:27:00 PM  
Blogger Publia said...

Hello Nettan fom Sweden!

Mar 16, 2009, 3:41:00 PM  
Blogger Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

Quinn is, after all a Democrat, and not the Harry S Truman sort of Democrat either. Of course he'll try to raise taxes.

And the IL GOP will doubtless go along with it.

Mar 16, 2009, 4:13:00 PM  
Blogger Publia said...

Oh Paul, I really, really hope you are wrong.

But I'm afaid you're not.

Mar 17, 2009, 1:03:00 AM  

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