Rage in the Illinois House

-By Warner Todd Huston

Illinois House Rep Mike Bost (R, Murphysboro) came to his wits end over the last second introduction of a pension reform bill by House Speaker Michael Madigan (D). The bill was introduced only minutes before Madigan wanted to force the House to vote on the bill. As the bill was introduced, Bost went nuts on the floor screaming and throwing papers in a rage.

“These damn bills that come out here all the damn time, come out here at the last second!” Bost yelled. “I’ve got to figure out how to vote for my people!”

Bost’s biggest complaint is the fact that for years only one man has had total control over the entire state. That one person would be Democrat House Speaker Mike Madigan.

But he is also 100% right that the way this state runs (and is being run down the drain) is not the way democracy should work. How is it that Madigan and his Democrats have the gall to introduce an extensive “reform” bill one minute and then expects everyone to vote for it the next minute?

How is it that Democrats have the stones to constantly force elected officials to vote on bills that they have no way to have read and not enough time to understand? Rubber stamping bills by token votes made in fealty to an autocratic ruler is NOT democracy but that is how Illinois works.

It just shows how Illinois is the worst state in the country in nearly every category.

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