An editorial in a Washington State newspaper joins the chorus calling Illinois "The Deadbeat State" reviewing how bad things are here and how pathetically we're handling our red ink-ed dilemma:
The state’s solution? Don’t pay the bills. An Illinois newspaper has created a searchable online database of the state’s unpaid bills that is more than 3,000 pages long, listing more than 166,000 unpaid debts, some dating back to 2010.
And with even more disdain they write that we're a warning: "Don't get yourselves into the mess Illinois has gotten themselves into":
Drowning in debt, the state is taking on even more debt. And because every major credit rating agency has downgraded the state, Illinois now pays millions more in interest rates to borrow money.
So, why should we care what happens in Illinois? Because Illinois is a warning to us all.
Pretty embarrassing. But even more embarrassing is that Republicans are busy primary-ing each other and conservatives are focused on tearing down each other, carelessly leaving the Illinois Democratic Party to abscond our hard-earned tax dollars and use them to take care of their friends, forcing the rest of us and our unborn children to pay more and more to finance their chicanery.
U.S. Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-6) notified the state leaders that no federal bailout is on the way. Only loans that compete with payday loan rates are now available to our state's bad risk reputation. We don't pay our bills, but instead spend our billions on new projects and deals pocketed by corrupt politicians and state bureaucrats.
We're angry. The public trust has been shattered. Our last two governors were convicted of felonious acts. What will it take to change? We're scorned and mocked not only by our closest Midwest neighbors, but now our state's disastrous story has hit the West Coast: Don't be like Illinois.
We implore our state lawmakers to come together this week in Springfield with sobriety and determination to change our state's direction now.
Our and our children's welfare depends upon it.