Longtime LITD readers know that my term for Republican go-along-get-along-ism is Reasonable Gentleman Syndrome, as in the mindset the assumes those across the aisle are just nice folks with different ideas about how to get to the common goals embraced by all.
Well, in Illinois, which is the American heartland's Venezuela, the House Speaker has declared that this mindset is more important than finding an actual path back to solvency:
Then there's Minnesota, where the F-Her is seated in the governor's mansion, and he's singing, "You knew darn well I was a snake before you took me in":House Speaker Michael Madigan said Democrats plan to unveil their budget proposal on Tuesday amid a new round of negotiations to end the state's historic budget impasse, suggesting that "a settlement" is possible if Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner "is reasonable."Even before Madigan spoke, Republicans were raising concerns that Democrats appeared poised to water down proposals the governor has made conditions to a deal, including changes to the state's workers' compensation system and a temporary statewide freeze on property tax increases.The continued political positioning amid a lack of trust comes as a Friday deadline looms to avoid entering a third straight year without a full budget. Credit agencies are threatening to slash the state's credit rating to junk status, road projects face possible suspension, school districts are raising concerns about how long they would be able to operate without state funds and Illinois gamblers could lose access to the Powerball and Mega Millions games.
The legislature was not inclined to just endure the snake bite, however:
The governor can’t do that, can he?
In search of the answer, the legislature took Governor Dayton to court. In asking a judge to weigh in on the issue of whether one branch can wipe out another, the thought is likely to occur that the judiciary might be next. It’s an obvious point and one that did not escapeRamsey County Judge John Guthmann, to whom the case has been assigned. Next stop, Mark Dayton rules the world!
Now Judge Guthmann has ruled that the Minnesota Constitution is not friendly to one-man government. “If the legislative branch is not funded, it cannot carry out its core functions, which include those functions necessary to draft, debate, publish, vote on and enact legislation,” Judge Guthmann wrote in an opinion issued shortly after attorneys left the courtroom yesterday. Judge Guthmann has ordered continued funding on an interim basis through October 1. The Pioneer Press’s Rachel Stassen-Berger reports on the ruling in her story along with which she has embedded a copy of the decision. I think it bodes poorly for the governor’s position in the case.
Governor Dayton has a high tolerance for embarrassment and Judge Guthmann has yet to render a final ruling in the case. Dayton can carry it on for a while. At some point before too long, however, I should think that embarrassment might deter Dayton from protracting an ordeal that highlights the weakest and most offensive features of his public character.F-Hers talk a good game about a more equitable and gentle world, but when they get any degree of power, the gloves come off.