November 3rd, 2010


Well, good news there. The room block theoretically closed on Oct. 26th while I wasn't paying attention, but I got a room today at the convention rate, so I should be able to make it now. :)

Meanwhile, In the State Where I Live

I know there are a lot of you out there who are upset with the election results. So am I.

It looks like the Democrats will control the governor's office and both houses of the Illinois legislature. With redistricting coming up and under total Democratic control, I can look forward to another ten years of corruption.

This is not to say that the Republicans in Illinois are any great shakes either. The only vote that I have cast in my life that I'm actively ashamed of was in 1998 for the successful Republican gubernatorial candidate, George Ryan. You may have heard of him. He's in prison now. And I should have known better.

I did know better when Rod Blagojevich came along and I was disgusted enough to pull a Democratic primary ballot in 2002 so that I could vote for Paul Vallas, who appeared to be both honest and competent. Naturally, he lost. And with any luck, Blagojevich will be in prison soon.

His successor, Pat Quinn, has shown no sign of being able to do anything except placate the unions by locking in pay raises for them. I don't think I remember my last pay raise. But at least I have a job.

Meanwhile, I live in a state where "public servants" get padded pensions, the Democratic leader of the House has a law firm that gets property taxes lowered for the well connected, and we have the worst debt rating in the nation. Heck, our debt rating is worse than Mexico's.

There are some people in the Illinois Republican party who are trying to drag it kicking and screaming in the direction of honest government. Maybe they'll succeed.

But the road uphill is a lot more steep now.