Thursday, January 11, 2007

What is an 'Activist Government'?

The Pantagraph, the newspaper out of Bloomington, IL, has an editorial taking Gov. Blagojevich to task for his inaugural statements, in particular saying that he has a mandate for an "activist government."

I'm not certain what that means, but I agree with the Pantagraph when they link it to Gov. Blagojevich's unfunded spending-mania.

Look, if you want to talk about how great things like universal healthcare are, that's fine. I don't think it's a good idea, but that's a different discussion. The problem is that the Governor is attempting to implement it while simultaneously running healthcare into the ground in IL. I'm hearing bits and pieces that doctors across IL aren't taking new patients under the AllKids program (sorry, no link, that's from memory). In addition, state payments to hospitals and doctors in IL are behind by nearly a year. Imagine trying to pull something like that with your credit card company.

If you like his policies, great. But let's get the government to spend what they have first, rather than making it a socialist paradise while driving it further into the hole.

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