Highland News Leader

Letter to the Editor: Gov. Rauner’s reforms should be given a chance

Dear Editor,

Headlines pit reform-minded Gov. Bruce Rauner against Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Mike Madigan.

Mr. Cullerton and Mr. Madigan, who support $5 billion in deficit spending, seemingly mount a tag-team attack in which name calling replaces dialogue. Cullerton called Rauner a “radical,” while Madigan dubbed Rauner an “extremist.” Madigan hopes to short circuit people’s logic. In liberal social speak, this means the Democratic faithful are supposed to ignore “extremist” Rauner and blindly follow Madigan.

Why? Perhaps because reform-minded Rauner seeks to balance Illinois budget and bring jobs back to Illinois. Rauner’s plan rocks the Democrat/socialist agenda, which makes citizens dependent upon government. As the Democratic leadership calls Rauner an extremist radical, it seems the Democratic Party agenda is radical and extreme.

Let’s consider if those calling Rauner names have been moderate and successful. Cullerton, Madigan and for former Gov. Pat Quinn ruled Illinois for years. Under their leadership, Illinois now ranks 49th in business climate. Additionally, Illinois ranks last in Midwestern job creation. Small businesses, the backbone of job creation, leave Illinois daily. Similarly, one tax payer leaves Illinois every 10 minutes for better opportunity. People leave the workforce in despair, forced to join a dysfunctional co-dependent relationship with upstate politicians.

Citizens deserve more than name calling that masquerades as debate.

Voters gave Madigan and Cullerton ample time to get it right. Their deficit spending is more of the same policy that created the current economic mess.

Philip W. Chapman