Laissez le bon temps rouler

Asking the difference between Illinois and Venezuela is soon to reach the same point on the economic map. While we are considering this pair, forget not Puerto Rico, another glorious example in Socialism successes. But the former two are the real stars, paragons of the terminal condition of any Socialist construct. We believe you know about Venezuela, probably heard about Puerto Rico so lets concentrate on Illinois.

Illinois in danger of entering financial ‘death spiral’

Illinois’ budget crisis has become so dire that the state is in danger of entering a financial “death spiral,” as a prominent ratings agency threatens to downgrade the state’s credit score to “junk” status.
Doing so would increase the cost of borrowing, worsening the deficit and making it even harder for taxpayers to dig out of the hole.

“We’re in a death spiral—Illinois has the worst pension crisis in the nation and needs the boldest reforms,” Ted Dabrowski, Illinois Policy Institute’s vice president of policy, told Fox News. “There is no doubt that junk bond rating is on its way.”

S&P Global Ratings has warned the agency will likely lower Illinois’ credit rating to below investment grade if feuding lawmakers fail to agree on a state budget for a third straight year.

Lawmakers are now in a special session in an effort to break the budget impasse, prodded by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, who has referred to his state as a “banana republic.”

The state currently faces $130 billion in unfunded pension obligations and a backlog of unpaid bills worth $15 billion. A downgrade to “junk” status would increase the cost of borrowing for critical infrastructure, or refinancing existing debt. [snip]

Through all this the Dems won’t agree to cap spending and cut programs that cannot be funded. What programs would those be? How about schools closing for starters, then no road repairs and state property maintenance.

Many taxpayers fled the state over the past half decade followed by businesses looking to avoid the onerous taxes. The current situation isn’t going to improve in the future not with a S&P downgrade of the bonds.

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In the immediate aftermath of the hurricane, I sent a letter to EPA Administrator Stephen L Johnson urging him to waive regulations to allow for the early sale of winter grade fuel to help with gasoline shortages and gasoline prices.

~ Bob Ney

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Snakes Smear in the Park

New York’s well-funded (including with tax money) “Shakespeare in the Park” company recently staged a modern day retelling of Julius Caesar in which the title character is depicted as President Trump – causing liberal glee when he’s graphically and bloodily assassinated onstage by knife-wielding maniacs of the type that recently staged a similar production on London Bridge.

What a fun family outing, huh? And how better to introduce kids to Shakespeare than by making it “fun” with the repeated stabbing of an American President?!

Critics on the Left (are there any other kind?) say that conservatives and fly-over peasants are being over-sensitive about this brilliant restaging and maybe they’re right. Which is why, in the interest of “Making Theater Great Again,” we’d like to suggest some other adaptations which might please those same critics and stimulate sophisticated cocktail conversations after an outdoor evening with the Bard.

We’ve already handled “Hamlet” in the cartoon above, though we’re a little worried that such a production might prompt n-word spouting “comic” Bill Maher to refer to it as “Spear Shaker in the Park.” Does the man’s racism know no bounds?!

Still, it’s hard to envision the theater company going wrong with portraying Lady Macbeth as a wildly demented and blood-stained Hillary Clinton. And imagine how delightful “Romeo & Juliet” would be starring lookalikes for Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky in the title roles? Talk about your (Ken) Starr-crossed lovers! And seriously, the multiple death scenes at the play’s end (oops, spoiler alert) would bring cheering audiences to their feet!

To show that we’re good sports, we’ll let the “Shakespeare in the Park” folks use any or all of these ideas to help them show their devotion to diversity of opinion in the arts, and to inject a little blood into their centuries-old productions which isn’t that of a sitting President. [snip]

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danger to the World!

Dead broke Watermelons

With all this changing climate, one would believe we would need all the wool we could get for cold weather gear, what with the arctic ice growing and Greenland being not so green.

Instead we’re being fleeced badly and left on the outside of the cozy Watermelon Redistribution Clubhouse of the Climate Change Socio-Marxist Group. Now badly are we taken? This badly:

With President forgoing our loitering in that idiot Paris Accord, we just folded our money and put it back in our pocket. Let those other freeloaders front the loot if they’re so worries about the Planet.
As the President says: