This is former State Representative Mike Bost. Now a congressman.
In May of 2012 he was engaging in the kind of debate that characterizes democracy in Springfield.
In spite of Bost complaining about the despotic rule of Speaker Madigan, and Madigan is not all that despotic or we would have had a budget last session when Democrats allegedly had a veto proof majority, Bost is not that big on democracy.
For example, he won’t meet with constituents, comparing the practice of home-district constituent meeings to the Cultural Revolution in China.
“The amount of time that I have at home is minimal, I need to make sure that it’s productive,” Bost said Friday. “You know the cleansing that the Orientals used to do where you’d put one person out in front and 900 people yell at them? That’s not what we need. We need to have meetings with people that are productive.”
Orientals? How far down state does this guy live?
Meanwhile there is no state budget.
The right flank of the GOP is not on board.
Dan Proft (the guy who went after sports reporter Mark Giangreco for tweeting that Trump was a cartoon lunatic) and the Illinois Policy Institute hated the bargain because it raised taxes to pay for what the state owes.
Like school funding.
Like its pension obligations.
Although abandoning the state’s pension obligations was included in the part of the bargain grande. So go figure.
As was abandoning special education funding.
No wonder State Representative Bost is hiding from constituents.