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Guest Column: Addressing the ‘fiscal cliff’
By Rep. Jim Sacia
An old military saying that has stayed with me through the years is “drive on,” doesn’t matter the consequences, we must persevere. It will be no shock to any of you that I am disappointed in the outcome of our recent election. The loss of seven seats in the Illinois House of Representatives gives Speaker Madigan a “super majority.” This means nothing can be stopped even by the governor, if Speaker Madigan and President of the Senate Cullerton choose to champion a cause, as both chambers now enjoy a “veto proof” majority.
Many of you will read this the week after Thanksgiving. We in the House and Senate will be in session, and Speaker Madigan has now scheduled the third through the eighth of January for the existing lame-duck session, prior to the new members being sworn in on Jan. 9, 2013. No, the Speaker does not share his thoughts with me, and I have yet to see a schedule, but I’m confident the extra days are to deal with pension reform, which, of course, is very necessary. Why in the lame-duck session? Stay tuned, I’ll certainly let you know. Arguably, there will be many of those members with no political agenda, and arm twisting will perhaps be easier.
The national picture looms even heavier. Maybe by the time you read this, the “fiscal cliff” will have been avoided.
I make no apologies for my conservative values, and in my opinion, if Mr. Romney had let us know exactly what his values were, he might be president-elect today. I will not soon forget Paul Ryan’s comments at the Republican National Convention, “They believe in Free Stuff. We believe in Free People.”
A friend in Springfield sent me the following text: “I’m at the Apple Store in St. Louis. An Illinois resident just used her Link card to purchase an I-Phone 5 (about $200). I asked the associate how the customer was able to use a Link card to purchase an I-Phone. He said they use them daily to make purchases. The Link card also has cash benefits the recipient is supposed to use to pay utilities, etc., but they can use them for whatever they want. Ah, yes, your tax dollars at work.
My good friend, Vince Toepfer, often sends me thoughtful quotes: “Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured, but not everyone must prove they are a citizen.” He followed it with, “Many of those who refuse or are unable to prove they are citizens will receive free insurance paid for by those who are forced to buy insurance because they are citizens.” Drive on, folks!
Jim Sacia (R) is the state representative for the 89th District in Illinois.
From the Dec. 5-11, 2012, issue