Thoughts on Blagojevich’s Corruption

A regular commenter offers the following about the state of Illinois politics:

I thought I’d feel ??? good ??? over Blago being found guilty after all this time.

That balloon popped when I was back in reality.

He’s just one in a line of many coming and going who do the same darned thing.

They’re all hotshots.

They get fame, praise, bucks, and some of them get caught.

But, in the world of everyday, these folks are cutting deals left and right.

Ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich on the way through the microphones and cameras to his front door.

We tell our children not to lie, cheat, steal.

We teach them that their wiggle room answers to who they’re going out with, where, when, etc. are wrong/lies.

Then “we” show them what we do and tell them to NOT do as we do but as we tell them to do.

What line did this or that word cross?

Was it right to “trade” this or that – especially Chicago, Illinois style?

Too many of them think it’s right.

And We elect them since in our own little worlds we too often cross some line.

owing something just isn’t fully straight up, we do it anyway.

Keeping extra change from a cashier. Not bringing an under ring up to the attention of a cashier.

Wiggles here and wiggles there until it reaches the big time.

And no amount ever seems to be enough.

There is always the lure as to what they can get away with at the top or in the middle…just one more buck, one more deal to set them up for life.

Throwing everyone else and integrity under the bus and then being surprised that people thought it was wrong.

Giant EGO Sandwich anyone?

Human beings – wonderful at times and jerks and users the next.

Using the excuse that this somehow makes us survivors instead of better people.

Somewhere right now in McHenry County or in some School District or in some union – people are being crookedly sly or intimidating today.

Secret meetings that come just shy of being illegal, intended to work around the intent of the law.

I realize that this is one fish down – one fish that cost TAXPAYERS a lot of time, grief, money and made us laughing stocks across the planet (if anyone still cares).

And he’ll probably walk in under ten years even though some say he could be hit for far more based on the charges.

I’m also tired of him talking about his “little daughters”. He should have thought about that before.


Thoughts on Blagojevich’s Corruption — 4 Comments

  1. The Blago corruption is not the only corruption in Chicago. Financial exploitation is rampant in the Cook County Probate Courts. Medicaid fraud and abuse is also apparent.

    More can be read at Check out the index on the right regarding Medicaid Planning, and the Office of the Public Guardian.

    I hope the new replacement for Beaubien addresses these matters. The IL state legislature has oversight of the courts, and will ultimately be held responsible if they allow the exploitation to continue

  2. One fish down is right. Thank you, Cal for putting it so succinctly.

  3. Blago is shocked, based on what he has witnessed and knows, that he is going to jail when so many others are free.

    Blago can’t figure out why he is the fall guy.

    Not to mention, here’s some of the horse trading the man surely knows about that affects the taxpayer more than his dirty deeds.

    1. Overly generous defined benefit pensions, end of career salary increases, and benefits many public employees receive.

    2. Bonds. Taxpayers owe massive amounts of money on bonds our spend crazy governments have issued. Every large capital project requires bonds. Many school districts can issue some type of bonds without voter referendum. Every taxing authority that issues bonds should have a list of them on their website. Date issued, Amount, payment schedule (unlike a fixed rate mortgage, most bond repayment schedules call for the payment to INCREASE every year which is one reason your property tax bill seems to keep going up), Purpose, salesman commission, negotiated or bid (many times these bonds are “negotiated” and therefore there is no bidding process, and therefore the lowest bidder is not awarded the bond deal), etc.

    Taxpayer servants dutifully pay their taxes every year while the details behind these systems remain unexposed.

  4. Mark is right. I am also shocked that this guy didn’t spill his guts and take down everyone with him.

    Someone must have gotten to him and he trusted them for some kind of deal. Joke turns out to be on him.

    Whatever deals he thought he cut are now null and void. Can we look forward to a lot of jail confessions now?

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