Politicians demand constitutional protection for themselves. For you… phtt!
Illinois is so politically insane that “phtt” makes sense to legislators. But, do not – I repeat – DO NOT PHTT THEM. “Phtt you, but do not phtt us,” is their motto.
Quinn Vetoes Legislators’ Pay; Madigan, Cullerton Sue over Constitutionality
What happens when a miffed governor, a miffed speaker of the house and a miffed senate president agree to betray their oaths of office? The oaths they swear to defend the constitution of the United States of America and the constitution of the State of Illinois. They all want to make draconian cuts and then let the lawyers and the courts fight it out on a state and local level as retirees suffer deprivations and active state employees, especially teachers, watch additional pillage and abuse grow. (It’s all part of the dismantlement of public education for private profit.)
“This matter is of fundamental constitutional importance, as [pension reform] threatens [retired and current public employees’ earned rights and benefits]. The Illinois Constitution protects [these rights and benefits. Article XIII, Section 5 of the Constitution of the State of Illinois,” explains Glenn Brown, Pension Advocate. (Read more HERE.)
Now, it is important to understand that the supposed pension crisis which demands drastic cuts is a created crisis – as a matter of facts, it’s an imaginary created crisis. Teacher Retirement System Trustee Bob Lyons shows us the books – the uncooked data minus the paid actuarial spin. (Read HERE in Fred Klonsky’s blog.)
For an overview of the insanity of this issue, see HERE for the response statement made by the We Are One Illinois Coalition of state employees.
For those of you who want a more basic and precise reason for this political behavior, the meme below will explain it all.