And when I say “worse” I mean exponentially worse, because while Agent Orange may be a megalomaniacal narcissist of epic proportion, he isn’t stupid. But as a good friend who worked with Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker before he became a politician so understatedly put it, “He’s not nearly the sharpest blade in the pack.”
It certainly shows!
But what’s even more depressing than his shocking lack of competence is, like Trump’s mindless minions, how his progressive and even liberal supporters regard him as virtually infallible. I can’t tell you how much I miss the days when those fine blue folks would regularly take on their own.
To be clear, we’re not talking about the common insipid political differences between Bernie and Joe supporters, or the battles between the loonier Republican factions. We’re talking about the capacity to call someone out because they either suck, or they just did something that sucks!
And J. B. Pritzker certainly sucks.
In the immediate aftermath of A. J. Freund’s brutal murder, we wept, we shrieked, we howled, we gnashed our teeth and we demanded change. And those Illinois Democrat legislators paid attention just long enough for that vast progressive ADHD to fade and let them completely off the hook. Then two more toddlers died last spring despite DCFS investigating those families for more than a year.
But all Pritzker and the preceding Democrat governors do is replace one crony DCFS director with another one to the tune of 15 leadership changes in 16 years. And while progressives love to shout “not one COVID-19 child death,” just 5 Illinois children under 19 have died from the virus but 123 children died in 2019 under DCFS supervision.
So, where were all the progressive and liberal voices on those eminently preventable deaths? I’ll tell you where! When I took on Aurora State Rep Stephanie Kifowit for her personal DCFS failures, her supporters went after me. It truly sucks to be the messenger.
I guess child abuse deaths don’t matter anymore.
Then there’s the Illinois Department of Employment Security which makes the DCFS debacle look downright defensible! They’ve tried three crony directors in the last two years and it only makes it worse. And what did the Governor have the flippin’ neve to say when 1.4 million Illinois applied for unemployment benefits as a result of the spring shutdowns? “Our Illinois Department of Employment Security was unprepared for the onslaught.”
Really? Those of us with just average intelligence refer to it as “cause and effect.” What the bleep did he think would happen after all manner of restaurants and small businesses were forced to close – some permanently? Even months later IDES continues to be beset by hourlong hold times, applicants who should be getting benefits hitting brick walls, and just more lame excuses from their leadership.
Haven’t you noticed that these lapses overly effect those young and minority workers who can least afford this while their supposed progressive “patrons,” who somehow believe they’re protecting them, work remotely out of their comfortable Geneva homes.
Fix it Governor Pritzker!
Oh! But I’ve saved the best for last! Because every time I see one of those absurd “Governor Pritzker, Thank you for saving Illinois lives” yard signs I want to hurl, because he’s actually cost 4,000 Illinoisans there’s!
That’s right! Of the 7,880 Illinois COVID-19 deaths, more than 4,000 have come in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. And those folks weren’t exactly out dancing nightly at Chicago bars, either, so, there’s no excuse for these contemptible and needless deaths.
What was J.B.’s answer? Despite being warned against it, he put recovered hospital patients back in nursing homes to die. And the Tribune, finally doing their job, just reported that after three months of insistent complaints about Illinois nursing homes, the Pritzker administration entity responsible for investigating those reckless homicides hasn’t moved on a single one.
But my fellow liberals and all those insane progressives still somehow believe the Governor is doing a good job which, as previously submitted, makes them every bit as bad as Trump supporters.
I hope you can live with that.