The extent of my formal study of finance, currency and commerce occurred nearly 60 years ago when I enrolled in Econ 101, and I took the course only because the university required it to earn a degree. The vast majority of us all learned "economics" managing our personal and household income by paying the bills, painfully at times, providing for current needs and wants, and saving for future needs and wants. Our reward for proper management of our finances is the ability to live in a pleasant, inviting suburban neighborhood populated by decent people.
If we managed our money the way some of our elected representatives in Springfield manage the dollars we pay in taxes and fees, we would not live in pleasant neighborhoods. We would live in tent cities and shanty towns.
Folks, we are citizens of one of the best-educated, intellectually capable nations to ever inhabit this planet. There are certainly honest, sincere, intelligent people among us, no matter their political party affiliation, who are capable of eliminating the economic mess of the state of Illinois.
It's time to pull the plug on the political hot air machines and replace them with sincere, caring people. When Tom, Ben, John, Sam and their colleagues gathered in Independence Hall during those hot, steamy July days, I don't believe the current form of Illinois government was what they had in mind. You and I can perpetuate what they initiated. We can vote.
Richard J. Piagari