Governor Rod Blagojevich Actions Not His Fault

Chicago-Well we finally have something other than the economy to discuss.  Rod Blagojevich.  For months now the FBi has been suspicious of this man because how many men at his age still have this much hair?

As Jon Stewart said last night on “The Daily Show”–what is written under there that he doesn’t want us to see?  Well, I for one think that we are all being a little too hard on Mr. Blagosdfkwe=whatever.  Although–he is no stranger to corruption discussions.  In 2005 he was investigated as part of a scheme to steer pension plans from the State to his large campaign contributors.  But as he said then–he knew nothing about that.

Then, of course there were those silly rumors that he was actually gay.  But that is just plain ridiculous.

The reality is, the Governor was not breaking the law.  Sure he is being charged with tons of crimes including bribery and corruption, but he is right that the “bleeping” Senate office left vacant President-Elect Obama is a “bleeping” important office and it shouldn’t be simply given away for “bleeping” free.  After all–the economy is in the tank and how can Illinois afford to have a Governor that cannot afford to feed his own family.  I mean look at the tiny house he lives in:

Pathetic.  Why I would rather sleep in a cardboard box–at least I would have my dignity.  Plus his salary is a little over a paltry $177K per year–not even “rich” under Obama’s standards.  It is such a shame–with the economy hurting and organized crime needing their payoffs in Chicago, even Oprah is stressed and laying on the weight again.

So are we to condemn this man–this friend of our new President, for a couple of poor decisions related to finances?

I say “No”–let’s look instead at the real problem.  Of course, there is the underlying issue of the “failed policies of the Bush administration” that is the cause of our financial woes (not the mortgage crises or unions or socialist policies of the left)–But the real problem–the root of all of our current angst and anxiety-

The root of all evil and the example of all things wrong with our society:

Yes, the BCS–it is clear that if we had a playoff system, or if UT was rightfully playing for the National Championship, then we would not have Governors of States like Illinois making such irrational decisions.  Clearly, this disruption in the natural order of things has caused poor Blogaofeviehsasdfasdthek  to not think clearly and to say things he must not mean.

So join with me in anticipating the Democrat response–blame Bush (obviously)–but let’s blame the real culprits–after all we do not live in a society where personal responsibility means anything–so in anticipating the need for a scapegoat–I offer the BCS…and of course, the Oklahoma Sooners.

-Murphy

(if you would like to donate to the Blogovsicheisgheih criminal defense fund–just send it directly to the “Office of the President Elect”  if you can locate such an office–after all–the US believes Obama can spend our money better than we can ourselves–I’m sure this is no exception)

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One Comment on “Governor Rod Blagojevich Actions Not His Fault”

  1. T.S. Says:

    Actually, Rod Blagojevich hasn’t spent a day in the Illinois Governor’s mansion. Despite his background in old-school, NW side neighborhood Chicago machine politics, he and his wife have grown accustomed to the good life in trendier parts of Chicago’s North Side. As such, Blagojevich has always refused to live in Governor’s mansion, which is located in the very downstate (to Chicagoans, “downstate” = “backwater”) Springfield, IL. So, despite the fact that Blagojevich ascended to the Illinois Governorship in 2002, in part, by promising to get the state’s wacked-out budget under control, he’s spent the last 6 years commuting to Springfield from Chicago by private jet . . . to the tune of about $7000 or $8000 per day, courtesy of the taxpayers of Illinois.

    To be fair, Gov. Blago has been working primarily out of an Illinois governmental office — where yours truly once interned — in downtown Chicago as of late (or at least since the time of his arrest). He probably thinks that, given his current legal obstacles, the daily commute in the private jet might not look so good.

    Downstaters take Blagojevich’s indifference to their part of the state as an insult. But downstaters don’t have a much of a voice in Illinois politics (unless they’ve willing to pony up and “play ball,” as they say). Illinois has 13 million residents. Nine million of them live in or around Chicago. So the Chicago Democratic machine runs the state. Interestingly, suburban Republicans have a kind of unholy alliance with the Chicago machine, and the organization that, reputedly, pulls the machine’s strings: the Chicago Outfit (which is the offspring of Al Capone’s old National Crime Syndicate). Cook County Democrats run the state, but the Republicans still get the occasional handout/payout. So Republicans don’t oppose the corruption/graft, and the Cook Co. Dem machine doesn’t really have any credible political opposition.

    Which helps to explain why, despite having had a sub-30% approval rating and having been under Federal investigation, Rod Blagojevich was re-elected by a landslide in 2006.

    Are Illinoisans embarrassed by their Governor’s overt attempt to sell Barack Obama’s Senate seat? The downstaters may be, but they don’t consider him to be “their” Governor anyway. Downstaters are notorious for their antipathy for what they term the “state of Chicago.” But downstaters don’t have clout, and as such, they don’t matter.

    The real question is, are Chicagoans embarrassed by their Governor’s overt attempt to sell Barack Obama’s Senate seat?

    The answer: of course they are . . . but only because the Governor’s price — $ 1 million to $ 1.5 million — is embarrassingly low.

    What Rod Blagojevich did is just business as usual in Chicago. That’s why he was so upfront about trying to sell the Senate seat. Nobody thinks twice about that kind of stuff in Chicago. They just accept it as the price of doing business in the Windy City.

    Look, Chicago is a magnificent city. It’s clean. It’s beautiful. It offers everything that a true international metropolis should, while remaining remarkably livable/manageable. And it runs like a well-oiled (ahem!) machine. In fact, although it remains largely unbeknownst to Northeasterners (and New Yorkers in particular), Chicago is probably the best city in America.

    Ironically, that’s why the hella-corrupt machine continues to prosper. Since Chicago is such a great place, nobody really seems to complain about the corruption. Chicagoans who get tired of the “Chicago Way” move out. But somebody else just moves in and takes their place. Thus, scores of lower income people with little political clout leave the city, only to be replaced by higher income, trendy people who are eager buy into everything the big city has to offer.

    That causes neighborhoods gentrify, beautify and become fabulous. Well connected developers “acquire” valuable land in the most desirable areas and manage (somehow) to get land re-zoned in order to build housing for mega-wealthy, well connected people. The mega-wealthy then replace hipsters and trendy young professionals, who can no longer afford their mega-gentrified old neighborhoods. So the hipsters and young professionals move out into the old ethnic neighborhoods — which causes those neighborhoods to gentrify. Ultimately, well heeled, trendy, single girls push the Puerto Ricans out to the edges of the city, and to the collar suburbs. And what were once working class neighborhoods become “hot” new areas, with boutiques, bars, and tapas restaurants as far as the eye can see.

    And, so long as the going is good, nobody really cares that Chicago is the most corrupt city in the nation.

    I will say this: around Chicago, an awful lot of well-connected types are starting to get nervous about the prospect of Rahm Emmanuel’s possible involvement in the Governor’s attempt to sell Barack Obama’s Senate seat. Nobody wants the Blago scandal to taint the Obama White House in any way. Too many people are counting on the Obama administration to establish a pipeline of Federal largess from Washington, D.C. to Chicago. And the machine types are salivating at the prospect of taking over the Federal Government.

    If an Obama connection to corruption in Illinois becomes a national issue, it could slow down the Federal gravy train on its way from Washington to Chicago.


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