By: Mark Glennon*
Read it. It’s just plain strange. No substantive response, just name calling and labeling. Those who suggest reforms are contemptible. End of discussion – as they see things.
Never mind that five years ago their own party passed legislation with express legislative findings, signed by a Democratic governor, that pension reform was Illinois’ only choice. Never mind that almost every other state has reformed their pensions at least once, as catalogued here. Never mind that pensions are the primary cause of what the Wall Street Journal calls the “inevitable financial collapse” of Illinois.
And what’s this about? “The ideologues had four years under Governor Bruce Rauner to implement their scheme,” Abudayyeh says.
Rauner never lifted a finger on pensions and avoided even saying the word. Nor did he do much of anything Wirepoints called for, which is why we were so hard on him.
Pritzker and the rest of Illinois’ political establishment will cling as long as they can to the only two solutions they have on the table – tax hikes and hopes for a federal bailout.
They won’t work. When that “inevitable financial collapse” comes, we hope our report will be of use, which is why we wrote it.
As for the “carnival barker” thing and other labeling in Ms. Abudayyeh’s comments, I always liked this line from Nassim Taleb: “Mathematicians think in proofs, lawyers in constructs, logicians in operators, dancers in movement, artists in impressions, and idiots in labels.”
*Mark Glennon is founder of Wirepoints.
From Jordan Abudayyeh, Gov. JB Pritzker’s Press Secretary:
“Clearly there is no depth that is too low for the right wing ideologues who don’t seem to care about the litany of issues facing our state during these challenging times. They instead remain focused on perpetuating the myth that the state can just shirk its responsibilities to retirees who devoted their careers to public service and that will fix our state finances. The ideologues had four years under Governor Bruce Rauner to implement their scheme that would magically fix state finances and they failed to do so, leaving behind a hollowed out state government and a mountain of debt. We’ve seen what the carnival barkers believe state government should look like, and the people of Illinois have rejected their sham.”