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posted: 8/25/2014 5:01 AM

New meaning to 'hope and change' for Democrats

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Though I'm an independent and try to see both sides of the argument, ya just gotta love those Democrats. Every time I turn on the TV, I see ads for Big Bad Bruce Rauner, the multimillionaire who doesn't get us poor, regular folks. Why? Because he's rich, rich, rich and has used our ridiculous tax system to pay less taxes than the liberal mindset thinks he should, even though it's legal.

Then we have Pat Quinn who's interviewed at local and state events, who stands at the podium with hat in hand, saying he's only got one house (and lucky he can keep that) boohooing and inferring that Rauner is somehow a bad guy for being rich.

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I have to laugh. If Quinn's personal situation is so modest that all he can do is point out what he doesn't have, it's no wonder he can't figure out how to help our state through its problems. Meanwhile, Quinn and his administration are currently under two investigations, one for his anti-violence program and the mishandling of funds and the other for hiring practices at the Department of Transportation.

More serious, though, is the article I read in the Herald interviewing an Illinois voter who was reported as saying, "He's doing the best he can. I'm going to pull the lever for the Democrats all the way, just like my family has in the past." I guess the "hope and change" mantra that the Democrats have been running on for years really means "don't change and hope it doesn't get worse." With that kind of thinking, we will get what we deserve.

Karen Coakley

Palatine

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