By John W. Lillpop
Not so very long ago, the world was seemingly in the clutches of “Obama mania,” an inexplicable form of dementia that turned otherwise sophisticated and intelligent folks into babbling fools when it came to the subject of Barack Hussein Obama.
This tragic “dumbing down” of America led to the election, and reelection, of the most destructive man in US political history.
Barack Obama, otherwise known by mainstream media freaks and other low information mongrels, as The One has wreaked considerable damage on American sovereignty, culture, military defenses, moral values, and the economy, while almost single-handedly turning the “American Dream” into a bad joke.
Unfortunately, until quite recently, it seemed as though Obama would succeed in bluffing his way through the presidency despite his anti-American ideology, world class incompetence, and habitual lying.
It was as though the heavens had conspired against America in order to saddle our great nation with second-rate governance and deplorable moral decadence.
But, alas, it appears as though the Obama bubble has burst, or at least been pierced, by reality.
For example, Democrats in Illinois are having serious second thoughts about absconding with $100 million in taxpayer funds to erect a monument to abject failure: That would be the Barack Obama library!
Illinois Democrats are backing off an effort to give $100 million in a push to land President Obama’s presidential library and museum -- following accusations of voting “shenanigans” and nasty Chicago-style politics, not to mention the state’s dire financial situation.
A Democrat-led House committee approved the money last week at an out-of-town hearing in Chicago with no Republicans in attendance. They instead relied on a procedural move that allowed them to use votes from a previous meeting.
“What they did last week was under-handed and sneaky and offers further proof that they no longer can be trusted with taxpayer money,” said House Republican Leader Jim Durkin.
State GOP Rep. Dwight Kay said his previous vote shouldn’t count because he was only a temporary member of the committee, beyond Democrats breaking their own House rules.
“This is typical Chicago politics at work,” he said. “The Chicago Democrats knew I wouldn’t support spending $100 million that we don’t have on a presidential library, so they decided to violate their own rules and cast my vote anyway.”
The deal has even taken a drubbing in the local editorial pages.
“A state that is nearly broke has no business spending $100 million on a potential Barack Obama presidential library,” says an editorial in the HeraldReview.com. “Throw in some parliamentary procedure shenanigans and the Obama presidential library is quickly becoming the typical Illinois government story -- spend money that isn't there and do it in a sneaky way.”
The editorial also points out the recent presidential libraries for Bill Clinton and the Bushes were built entirely with privately-raised funds.
The state has roughly $7 billion in past due vendor bills and a $100 billion shortfall in its employee pension programs. And the situation is so serious that Governor Quinn wants to make permanent a roughly 3-year-old tax increase, which was set to expire next year, to avoid having to make drastic budget cuts.
“The state of Illinois is beyond broke,” Durkin said.”
While the issue is not fully resolved, it is encouraging to note that some Democrats in Illinois appear ready to break free from the deadly grip of Obama Mania!