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May 04, 2006

On the road again

Will be running the highways for a few days. Will be moderating comments as the chance arises, but it may be spotty.

Posted by jcb at May 4, 2006 11:22 AM


An open comment...
(Note - this is not a political statement. I am out of politics and do not want to return. I want to be my wifes husband and my 3-year old son's father. This is nothing more than a statement of what I think a lot of us feel).

Looking at the Illinois budget deal, as well as the state of politics in general, State as well as Federal, we seem to have a serious issue.

1. We have politicians, not statesmen.
2. We have politicians that are concerned about their re-election, their long-term career and not about doing the business of the people.
3. State budgets are a mess - the Federal budget is a mess. We are mortgaging the future of our children and grandchildren - and our politicians are doing nothing about it.
4. We pander to our socialistic tendancies (welfare-state) by spending too much, and
5. We pander to the taxpayers by not taxing anyone enough to pay for the socialistic welfare-state that our politicians vote in.
6. Common-sense mainstream America seems to either (1) not care, or more likely (2) feel unable to have a voice in change.
7. Persoanlly, I am sick of a Republican Party that is all too willing to sell out on budget issues and Fiscal Conservative beliefs, and
8. I am sick of a Democrat Party that seems to want to give everybody anything that they want and think that taxing the wealthy is the answer.


We need change, we need 'statesmen' that have the backbone to act in the best interests of the future generations and not self-serving 'politicians.'

How do we change a system that is so broken? One or two politicians will not make a dent. We have a 'systems failure.'

How does a citizen affect necessary change when we have given all of our power to a few who are corrupted by the power?

Posted by: Jim Mowen at May 5, 2006 09:09 AM

We need change, we need 'statesmen' that have the backbone to act in the best interests of the future generations and not self-serving 'politicians.'))

Amen to that! Neither party has served the American people for some time.

Posted by: NoMorePinocchios at May 5, 2006 03:23 PM

The American people, not the politcans are to blame. Everyone wants what they want now! No citizen are willing to step-up and take the "hit" that we all know is coming. The American people don't want to deal with any pain at all. They are not statesmen but rather shrikning violets. Taxpayers want everyone else to deal with the pain and blame them for bringing it to them, but not hold themselves or theirs accountable for the position we find ourselves in today!

If you want politcans to change America be ready to make a few changes yourself. American taxpayers have been treated with kid gloves. If you want to change the world, why don't you start by looking in the mirror. Any fool can criticize, see JCB, but it takes a real man or woman to lead!

Posted by: KateNelson at May 6, 2006 11:11 AM

But, what do the taxpayers that want to make a change supposed to do. Write a letter to our Congressman? Lot of good that'll do. Vote someone out of office - the next guy in usually is every bit as bad.

We need a third party in this country just to keep the Democrats and the Republicans in check, but how does this get started in the monopoly that the 2-party system has created?

Posted by: Jim Mowen at May 6, 2006 05:31 PM

Jim, among the alternatives already out there is the Libertarian Party.

You'd probably be comfortable with their positions on tax and business issues. Maybe not so much on social questions.

But in politics, if you insist on traveling only with people who agree with you 100 percent of the time on 100 percent of the issues, it's gets pretty lonely.

Posted by: jcb at May 6, 2006 08:12 PM

Regardless of positions, the Liberterian Party is not a viable or competitive option - given our 2-party system. This party has not created enough momentum to become worthy of even dealing with the positional issues, which, yes, do prove problematic on the social realm.

The question that I have is - has the disfunctional 2-party system done an adequate job in making 'we the people' apathetic enough not to challenge 'the system?'

Unfortunately, it seems so.

Posted by: Jim Mowen at May 7, 2006 05:26 PM

My view is simple: if the Democrats can't get the Illinois Attorney General to rule on the issue of who is eligible to vote before they gather on May 13, then the Democrats will be heading toward a legal iceberg that will take their Titanic down. Why the AG won't rule is beyond me. This is a legal matter.

Posted by: anonymous at May 7, 2006 09:25 PM

My late Mother, who was a very wise person, often told me that if you want to change something you have to do it from the inside. I wonder though, can you change the corruption within the two parties that has managed to rot the tendrils they have to the ordinary citizens of the USA? I do know that sometimes objects spoil to the point they have to be tossed away. Every politician seems more interested in the photo ops, the glory, the adulation and the special privileges that come with the job. It also appears that in their minds it is satisfactory for them to make the laws as long as they don't have to obey them. And the only way I see of either saving the two parties we have or replacing them with others is to awake the sleeping giant population that never goes to the polls. The amount of people that do not go to the polls is alarming. And the two parties in power count on the continued hibernation of the American citizens. Perhaps the shock treatment they are receiving at the gas pump will awaken some. But even if they are awakened at this point in time, this country lacks leaders that choose to do the hard work necessary to solve the problems we face, many of which we have faced for decades. Are there leaders capable of stepping up to the plate and hitting a homerun for Team USA or is all that we have left are too many steroid abusers swinging for their own fame and glory? Is this country still capable of taking home the prized trophies or are we as a nation doomed to be phased out by the corrupted core of current leaders that are all swollen with self-importance but no substance left in their souls? If this country is to continue on a grand path of history the citizens must first wake from their sleep and take notice that all they are getting from those in charge is a pat on the back and insincere words of encouragement. When I listen to the current politicians speak and lay out their dreams and goals for the regular folk of the USA I have flashbacks to the movie "The Outlaw Josie Wales." When the old Indian chief was telling the story of how the Indian Chiefs had met with the USA government officials and they were cheered to rally their followers to "Endeavor To Persevere." And all the time the politicians were in the process of pushing them further and further away from their homes and way of life. The common folk in this land are continually being told to endeavor to persevere. How long before all of us that do not belong to rich and famous club are placed on our own reservation named Arsenal Courts or Cabrini Green?

Corrupt political policies have been faced by all great nations at some point in their existence. The survival of those nations depends on the citizens taking a stand against the corruption and stagnation created by self-serving politicians. In this nation our citizens have relied on the press for this wake-up call. But the last few decades the press has sounded more like the echo of the politicians they support. Perhaps it is time for the press to once again help take a stand on the gridlock that has become the root of the problem and help wake up the sleepers. We will always have differences in this country on social issues. But the issues that create a wall of silence and obscurity for the voters and those issues that determine this countries ability to compete and grow in the new global economy while crippling the citizens must be a call to rally among all party officials.

"The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men."
- Plato -

Posted by: NoMorePinocchios at May 8, 2006 06:13 PM

How can we count on the press in the 17ht, when we keep nominating them to run!

Posted by: Anonymous at May 9, 2006 09:37 AM

Politics at it's worst...I had a 'Letter to the Editor' in the Dispatch/ Argus today that read...

As a citizen of the Quad-Cities and a commercial real estate agent, I am disturbed by the growing facsination and excitement when we add a private business to the RI Arsenal - and consider this a victory for development in the QC area.

We are doing nothing other than moving jobs from one community to the Arsenal, and in that process we are taking a business that is housed in a building that is paying property taxes to one of the cities and moving it to the Arsenal, an establishment that generates NO property taxes to any community.

Again, wonderful leadership in our community - let's erode the real estate market and the potential for growth and property tax base in our communities - for the "feel good" of saying that we are expanding employement on the RI Arsenal.

Unless the RI Arsenal can generate property taxes for the communities of the QC, it is competition to every community of the area (as it relates to private business recruitment).

To all of those involved with this misguided scheme, what on earth are you thinking?


Given that Lane Evans and Mayor mark Schweibert have fawned over this program, I have to ask - what are they thinking? (There are Republicans as well who are behind this program).

Yes, they will try to tell us that this expanded jobs. But these jobs would have been expanded in our own communities through new construction (likely, or possibly expanding into a presently vacant building, rather than creating another vacancy). When buildings sit vacant, their property taxes get reduced. As buildings sit vacant, it becomes more difficult to get investors to build new buildings (which create new property taxes).

The fact is that our area is having a tough enough time with growth and economic development without having to compete with the Federal government (RI Arsenal) who does not have to do deals that make economic sense.

What is RI going to look like if the RI Arsenal were to take 50,000 square feet of office and industrial users every year (and they have 1-million square feet vacant)?

This is a foolish plan and a dangerous plan for our communities. What were these people thinking?

Posted by: Jim Mowen at May 9, 2006 04:07 PM

To Jim Mowen: You really should have your own blog. You obviously have ideas and opinions that would add to the civic conversation around here----and you wouldn't have to wait for the D/A to print your letter. Plus, you'd get instant feedback (don't know if that's a positive or a negative!).

Posted by: paladin at May 10, 2006 12:53 PM

Heck, I already spent one year being a target, I don't know think I want to be one going forward!!!

Posted by: Jim Mowen at May 10, 2006 09:11 PM

Jim -- don't blow off Paladin's suggestion too quickly. Your perspective on econ. development issues is to some degree missing from the debate.

Yeah, there'll be sticks and stones (and how), but, hey ...

Posted by: jcb at May 10, 2006 11:55 PM