The human corruption known as elected legislators is out of control.
Some legislators carry little copies of the U.S. Constitution, with itty-bitty font, in the suit pockets over their hearts since it is sacred. Sacred? The written word of the one true God? They “quote” anything they want and claim that it’s all there as they raise aloft the tiny tome in sacred consecration.
Other legislators think of the U.S. Constitution as something written on an Etch-a-Sketch that can be turned upside down, shaken and changed at will. Hey, doo-doo happens!
Since both extremes are self-serving forms of legalized corruption, the least these legislators can do is apply it to everyone with no exceptions. Teachers, money and teachers’ money are the exceptions in many states.
In Illinois all legislators take a short oath of office. The oath simply states that they, as lawmakers not judicial experts, will uphold the state constitution and the U.S. Constitution. Not doing so is a violation of their elected office; they can and should be removed from office.
State Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D) of Northbrook stated for the Chicago Tribune, “”There are no absolutes in the state constitution or the U.S. Constitution.” Nekritz wants to steal even more from active and retired teachers. (Blogger Glen Brown searches deeper into the intricacies.)
The Illinois Constitution states, “Membership in any pension or retirement system of the State, any unit of local government, or school district, or any agency or instrumentality thereof, shall be an enforceable contractual relationship, the benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired.”
What does Nekritz want to do as she and members of both political parties hand over hundreds of millions of tax dollars per corporation per year to her political campaign donors? Claim that “Illinois Is Broke” and use emergency police powers to steal their pension funds. If that doesn’t work, she wants to take the constitutional protection language out of the constitution and reverse it.
What about her oath of office? What about moral and legal fairness?
Talk to the hand that shakes the Etch-a-Sketch.
Elaine Nekritz and her ilk of both parties should be removed from office and jailed, but she and they hold power – for now.
Since Illinois governors have a tendency to end up in jail, it seems timely to make room for more legislators. The privatized prisons in Illinois that Nekritz and her cronies approved and funded would love to have her in person.
Let’s have a new lottery to determine her prison number! I offer to pay the first dollar.