So Governor Blagojevic of Illinois got busted for trying to auction off Obama's vacant senate seat to fill his own pockets. Yes, of course that's wrong, it's sickening!
What's just as sickening is the way people are constantly talking about it as if his criminal act of corruption is somehow unusual for a politician in this lovely American democracy or even unique to Chicago politics. I'm sure Chicago is not unique in the fact that it even has an entire prison dedicated to politicians and high profile white collar criminals, but that's besides the point.
What I find curious, is that some people are going as far as questioning Blago's sanity, because supposedly he knew months ago that he was being investigated by the Feds, so he should have been more careful. Uhhuh yeah!
Give me a break!
Why should he be more careful when that's the normal way of doing business in Chicago. The man must have failed to kiss someone's ass along the way of making it to the top, it happens.
CHICAGO (CBS) ―
Gov. Rod Blagojevich knew for months he was under investigation, so why was he caught on tape making so many incriminating statements? Some are wondering if there's something wrong with his mental acuity.
Of course, just because corruption in politics is widespread doesn't mean we have to accept it, but what bothers me even more is the way everyone who had any business dealings with Blago is now somehow deemed, not just suspicious, but guilty by association as well. That Obama is being questioned in the process is understandable considering that it involves his own vacant senate seat, plus the fact that he's about to fill the most important position in the world. So yes, by all means, question him!
What really bothers me is the televised interviews with several members of the Serbian community in Chicago that I watched last night on CBS2 Chicago. They were all immigrants from Serbia expressing their undying support - in broken English - for Blagojevic, just because he happens to have Serbian roots. Never mind that Blagojevic was born and raised in America, he's guilty of corruption so he must be an immigrant now. So yea, let's implicate the entire Serbian community for one man's dirty dealings, shall we? What a bunch of bullshit!
CBS2 Chicago did mention that they talked to other members of the Serbian community as well, who do not support Blago after what he did, but their statements were not televised, supposedly because "they're ashamed" of him.
CBS2 Chicago scores a tripple whammy on negative stereotyping and feeding the hype on Blago!
Investigate his (mis?)management of state funds please.
For instance, I would love to see what the Illinois Department of State Revenue does with all the taxes it collects from the citizens of Illinois and why some of its staff members are in charge of two to three departments at once. Is the IDOR understaffed?
I'm sorry, I checked the IDOR site yesterday and there was a link to the list of the entire staff. I went back there today to include the link in this post, but could not find that list.
I also would like to know why Chicago has the highest sales tax rate in the country (10.25% in the city, 10% in the suburbs), especially because it affects poor people more than it does the rich.
Sales taxes are considered to be regressive tax; that is, low income people tend to spend a greater percentage of their income in taxable sales (using a cross section time-frame) than higher income people.
Where does all that money go?