As our loyal readers (and anyone not under a rock) must know by now, the Governor of Illinois has been arrested on corruption charges. Given my well known pro-Illinois, pro-Midwest stance, and some previous things I’ve had to say on corruption in Illinois, I would imagine some of you are wondering about my thoughts on the current situation. Given the comments I’ve been receiving on my older article, everybody is completely off base on where I stand. One blogger has even called me “an Illinois citizen who is obviously a Democrat and a blind defender of his party” (Angry Military Man will be amused by this as he constantly calls me a Republican).

The truth is, the arrest of Blagojevich makes me even prouder to be an Illinois citizen, yes that’s right, prouder. I challenge you to name me one other governor (other than Bobby Jindal) who doesn’t belong in prison? At least in Illinois we have a history of political transparency, cooperation with the feds, and locking up our governors in prison. I would put good money on a bet that every high level politician in state or federal positions, belongs in prison. Even our new President-Elect Barack Obama (whom I was a fervent supporter of until he appointed Hillary to his cabinet), is likely neck deep in scandal and corruption just waiting to hit the headlines. You simply cannot reach those levels without getting so deep in corruption it sticks to you for the rest of your life.

And as to the folks pointing out Illinois’ $2 billion budget deficit this year, we’re still doing better than the other top 5 economies in the US (and worlds better than California, Texas, and New York):

* California — -$15 billion [1]
* Texas — -$12 billion [2]
* New York — -$15 billion [3]
* Florida — -$2.1 billion [4]
* Illinois — -$2 billion [5]

Every Governor should serve their last term in jail. But only Illinois is righteous enough to put them there.

-Angry Midwesterner

La Louisiane, Child of the Mississippi, Bayou State, Acadiana. Despite being a Midwesterner, I love Louisiana. I love the Jazz and good times that roll on down the Big Muddy into The Crescent City, I love the quiet grace and beauty of Bâton Rouge, and I love the rural charm and down home Cajun culture of Lafayette. Louisiana is full of culture, grace, good food, great times, and some of the friendliest people south of the Mason Dixon. I also love that compared to Louisiana, Illinois looks corruption free. From New Orleans to Bossier, the politicians in the Pelican State make the rest of us look clean and honest by comparison. Or at least they used to.

Bobby Jindal, recently elected Governor of Louisiana called the state legislature to special session in Baton Rouge and introduced a series of reforms aimed at beheading the state wide problem of corruption and cronyism. These measures included the grand Rasoir National, his financial disclosure laws. These laws have ensured that more than good times are rolling these days, the heads of officials are rolling as well.

Hey Mr. Legislator, lock up all the doors
When the police comes around
Just tell em that the joint is closed
Let the good times roll, let the good times roll

Hey tell everybody
Mr. Jindal’s in town
No matter whether rainy weather
Birds of a feather gotta stick together
So get your State under control
Go out and get together and let the good times roll

– With apologies to B. B. King

And boy oh boy, are the heads rolling now. In light of the new laws on financial disclosure politicians from all over La Louisiane are tripping over themselves to quit rather than disclose their financial ties. At last count 146 members of the Government have quit, including ten out of eleven members of the State Board of Ethics, even the head of the board itself. Sounds to me like Jindal’s law hit too close to the mark for these rats, and they’ve decided to get off the ship of corruption before it sinks to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.

Old Jindal said we could take ’em by surprise
If we called a special session and we looked ’em in the eye
We held our fire ’til we see’d their faces well.
Then we opened up with reform laws and really gave ’em hell.

Yeah, they ran through the briars and they ran through the brambles
And they ran through the bushes where a rabbit couldn’t go.
They ran so fast that the hounds couldn’t catch ’em
Down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.

– With apologies to Jimmie Driftwood

Bravo Jindal, let’s hope these reforms stick but good, and even if they don’t laissez le bon têtes rouler!

-Angry Midwesterner