The suggestion that follows, directly reflects,
the paltry affairs of state.
The Illinois situation, pathetic and bleak,
demands a unique, public debate.
There’s a pair of potentates, two people of power,
who together control our fates.
They surely are spending their time doing something,
yet time for our state it grows late.
Bills go unpaid, and services cut,
leave the poorest among us to suffer.
And funding for schools and towns is sporadic,
makes the lives for all of us tougher.
Here’s a helpful suggestion … wake the guy in the shadows …
and both give us talk that is straight.
Two hours each evening, starting at 6,
why not have these two guys debate?
We’re certainly owed an honest discussion,
lay the issues out open at last.
And while they’re at it, they each might explain,
who’s included in their middle class.
Each two hour segment, broadcast it live …
stream it across the state.
Have very bright lights, two chairs and a table …
each night for two hours ’til 8.
What topics you ask? … Let’s start with migration,
Illinoisans are leaving the state.
Hundred thousand net loss, last year alone,
at an annual increasing rate.
Last year, millionaires … some three thousand strong …
left Chicago behind.
And universities watch, their number of students,
in a sorry and steady decline.
Debate pensions and Illinois financial ratings,
and interest on bills left unpaid.
And tell us what happened to billions of dollars …
four years extra tax payments we made.
Discuss why some jobs are in need of a license,
like locksmiths and folks who braid hair;
or how to compute a franchise tax,
or if worker comp rules are fair.
And let them review, who are the people,
whom they each represent.
Who sends them money? to whom do they listen?
From whom do they wait for consent?
Might positions be weaker for one of the two?
Therefore he hides from his foe?
Does he fear he would break in open debate?
So he comfortably hides in the shadows?
The abuse of citizens being held hostage,
’tis mere fodder for a long, sorry tome?
It’s their job to debate, and find some agreement.
If they can’t … then resign and go home.
(The Random Poet:011417