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State of selfishness

Published: Sunday, July 21, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

The state of Illinois is broke, both financially and literally. Debt continues to mount; the pension crisis goes unresolved; and drug-dealing gangs largely control the city of Chicago. Meanwhile, our leaders spend their time on issues such as same-sex marriage, concealed-carry legislation (gangs have enacted their own), and immigration reform.

Why bother? Within a few years, the only ones left here will be those trapped by home ownership, whatever their sexual orientation or race.

I call them leaders, because they are those we have chosen, or at least allowed to stay in office through our apathy. Get out and vote, elect someone else, we’re told. Yet, time and time again, I see the same self-serving individuals presenting themselves as candidates for this or that office, with the same goal in mind – dinner at the trough of taxpayers’ dollars, with a dessert of a public pension.

“I may as well be on the receiving end of the greed,” their actions say. “Better that than standing by as others partake of it.”

If they truly wish to solve this crisis of pensions, why not start with their own? One member of the committee formed to resolve the issue, Daniel Bliss, was a university math professor, served one term in the House, and now has been elected to the Senate. Someone with his background would seem a worthy member of this conference committee on pension reform. But how many pensions will he be collecting?

Douglas Knight


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