Politically Speaking – June 5, 2018
In the news last week:
• U.S. jobless rate drops to 3.8%. Employers add 223,000 jobs in May as hiring showed a healthy pickup from the prior month.
• Trump administration plans to extend steel and aluminum tariffs to Canada, Mexico and the European Union. The measure took effect last Friday.
• President Trump pardons conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza.
• Robert Mueller revealed the price tag for his special investigation, a cost of nearly $17 million so far, on nothing more than a witch hunt.
And what does the major media focus on but Roseanne Barr. Not that I agree with her late night rant, however, in my opinion, there are better issues to cover.
The rumor was that Fox was picking her show up for those that like it. It’s not true. The story was intended as satire. Personally, I don’t watch RoseAnn, Late Night, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and certainly not The View.
Oh well, on to the State of Illinois. As Sen. Kyle McCarter put it, “A busy week for the Senate.” The Illinois Senate concluded its spring legislative session. A bipartisan state budget plan passed that’s, unfortunately, more about politicians than the people.
The budget was over 1,200 pages long. The Senate was given an analysis on the details about an hour before the debate began. The budget proposal was not broken down into individual bills dealing with various state agencies. However, it was noted that there was $180 million for infrastructure associated with former President Barack Obama’s Presidential Library in Chicago, which makes no sense with the financial challenges the State is facing, not to mention the $1.6 billion in overdue bills.
Sen. McCarter admitted during the debate May 30 you can accurately describe the budget as “make believe.” The sad part is there were only two Senators that voted “no,” with one being Sen. McCarter. In my opinion, all this is bad news for the State of Illinois. Again, another bill passed by the Democratic controlled legislature.
And my favorite Senator and friend, Kyle McCarter, bid farewell to his friends and colleagues. This was Senator McCarter’s last spring legislative session. He was nominated to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Kenya. He and his family have had a great love affair for 30 years with the Kenyan people while spending so much time in assisting some of the poorest of the poor with basic life needs, including medical care, food and education. Below are his parting words that should apply to each of us.
“Our convictions and beliefs may be very different but that does not mean we cease to argue for them with the utmost respect for the person whose views we oppose… Government is a necessary institution but much less capable of delivering functional families, neighborhoods without killing and a peaceful and prosperous country than we think. Its’ effectiveness, I believe, will be equal to the compassion and servant leadership of the politicians in power and their willingness to have tough, crucial conversations…
“Our tolerance of the status quo in Illinois and the United States — which is sadly characterized many times by corruption, self-service, and power seeking — this is unacceptable. As leaders we can all start over by repenting to God and the people for not doing more, more of the things that deliver good to the people and not just ourselves. We must be good stewards of the gifts God has endowed us with to help our neighbors, the poor, and our fellow citizens.
“May we all gather from within us the courage to stand for what is right for the people of Illinois not just for our party or anyone’s rise to power, including our own.
“It has been my honor and privilege to serve with you, to spar with you, and be entertained by you. If not for the training and experience and wisdom I have gained from my time here in the Senate, if not for God’s provision, I would not be prepared for my next assignment to serve our country.
“Lincoln said, ‘I bid you an affectionate farewell.’ I feel the same love for you. May God bless you and give you favor as you honor Him and serve, with courage, the people of Illinois. “‘Tutaonana. Karibu Kenya.’ See you later. You’re always welcome.
“I would be honored to introduce you as my friends.”
Until next week.
“I love to see honest and honorable men at the helm, men who will not bend their politics to their purses, nor pursue measures by which they may profit, and then profit by their measures.” — Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826); 3rd President of the United States; Thomas Jefferson (1829). “Memoirs, correspondence and private papers of Thomas Jefferson, ed. by T.J. Randolph”, p.344
Such a man is Sen. Kyle McCarter. Thank you and Godspeed, my friend. Hope to see you in Kenya.