Thursday, March 17, 2011
Dems Still in Illinois, Thank Goodness
Well, here we sit. It's St. Patrick's Day, and it's almost been a month since the Democrats left the Indiana House Chamber and fled to Illinois. This stopped business in the Indiana General Assembly and stopped the uncompromising wheels of change at the state level.
All Brian Bosma has been able to do so far is shrug his shoulders and threaten fines. He said they wouldn't negotiate, but they have been negotiating. In the meantime, as a friend of mine said, "They seem like they ain't comin' back until they are good and ready." Thank goodness.
Yesterday, I received a call from a market research firm that asked me to do a survey based upon Indiana politics. I gladly accepted, and I proudly told the surveyor that I totally support the actions of the Democratic caucus, and I continue to support them.
As one of my friends in the legislature pointed out to me before the walkout, the Republicans weren't consulting with the Dems on anything. And, as my friend, who is a Democrat, said, this wasn't the case when they held the keys at the legislature. I will take him at his word. The Republicans are just as responsible for this walkout as the Democrats are.
Elections do have consequences. There is no question about it, but the minority has remedies if the majority becomes power drunk. That's the reason why the Democrats left the state, and that's why these legislators continue to be out of state working for us.
Happy St. Patrick's Day to all the Democrats in Illinois. Thank you for what you are doing.