To the Editor:
Gov. Pat Quinn once again has provided us with cannon fodder. At the conclusion of the spring legislative session, he proclaimed that he was put on this earth to solve the pension problem. I couldn’t have been happier to think we were being blessed with divine intervention to deal with this crisis.
Well, a special summer session in Springfield has passed and a fall veto session has passed with nary a word of the pension shortfall. I’ve come to believe that the governor misread the tea leaves and actually has been put on this earth to be a human punching bag.
What an easy target. Time and time again, his rhetoric is sophomoric, in need of a tightly clenched wingtip shoe.
Consider his latest grass-roots effort as he plays the diaper card with his “Squeezy” caricature. In the photo-op accompanying his announcement, he’s assembled a group of children I mistook for the cast of the “Nutcracker” ballet. But no, these are angry children ready to take to the street to solve our pension problem.
The governor’s ploy didn’t even garner a token response from Senate President John Cullerton or Speaker Mike Madigan. I’m assuming they’ve become arm weary from continually slapping the governor down.
I’m uncertain what 2013 will bring, but if you see mobs of kids and burning tires in the streets, Gov. Quinn’s pension reform is in motion.