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Bruce Rauner, the Illinois GOP candidate for governor, talks about running the state like a "business".  Based on his words and actions, that's a bad sign, and another indicator of how ill prepared he is for running the state.  Rauner is the kind of guy my old Econ teacher used to talk about: "When you shake hands with him, you keep the other hand on your wallet, then make sure all your fingers are still there."

Bruce likes to go on about the problems caused by "career politicians" and "union bosses".  On the contrary,  Rauner must love career politicians, since they helped him and GTCR gain access to the Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) funds.  Bruce and friends got a nice fixed fee, regardless of outcome, like when researchers at Northwestern University showed TRS with a 20% loss for FY 2009 (Rauner was still with the firm 'til 2013).

It also seems like a "real businessman" would have raised some red flags about the under-funding of TRS by the state, with the occasional diversion of teacher contributions intended for the fund.  Apparently, Bruce didn't want to appear greedy, and never heard of fiduciary responsibility.

Every time there's a report of mismanagement by one his investments (ex: nursing homes) or the campaign flyer distributed by Illinois GOP that used Sen. Dick Durbin's name, Bruce always says, "I don't know about it."  As if this is Bruce's sterling example of how a true leader behaves (maybe more of a Donald Sterling example?)

Excuse me, Bruce, I thought true leadership, when "the feces hit the fan" as Loudon Wainwright wrote, is at the very least standing up and saying, "I don't know about it.  But I will find out what's happening, who's responsible and get you an answer."  

Bruce Rauner, GOP/teabaggers, seem to have fallen in love with themselves, as well as the "if it was good enough for George Washington..." defense of imposing term limits.  Nice sound bite, maybe, except that it shows how stupid Bruce is regarding both Washington's Farewell Address and the fact that the 22nd Amendment wasn't in play until the mid 20th century.  Washington cited his age; he also asked forgiveness for his failures and shortcomings (imagine a contemporary elected official doing the same, in this age of people disputing election results because "my opponent is a robot").

Why do people like Bruce Rauner enjoy invoking the name of the first President, yet never seem to get the hang of the "I cannot tell a lie" story?

A little rough, off-the-cuff, and on the fly.  Thanks for tuning in.

Originally posted to MoonlightGraham on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 09:56 AM PDT.

Also republished by Land of Lincoln Kos.

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  •  He's an idiot but a lot of people (0+ / 0-)

    really loathe Quinn, so I'm not too hopeful.

    the woman who is easily irritated

    by chicago minx on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 10:10:17 AM PDT

    •  I live in Illinois and he is beating Quinn in the (1+ / 0-)
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      Polls, so who is the idiot? I am doing everything I can to make sure this fool does not get in, but people better wake up.

      Our last two governors are in jail, one GOP and of couse one a Dem! So our track record is not good!

      Bruce is nothing more than a rich, bored white guy with nothing do! I am worried! We need the Democratic Party to help us or say good bye to unions and women's reproductive rights, the few that are left.

      •  Correctamundo, Peacefully (0+ / 0-)

        I've got friends who are retired teachers, they've put in decades of effort, have been retired for some time, and don't deserve to have benefits negatively impacted because of actions that, had they occurred in the private sector with diversion of FICA, would have landed somebody ass in jail.

        I've gotten into Pat Quinn's face more than once about this issue.  Maybe there can be progress made - but not with the Illinois crackpot brigade.

        But Bruce Rauner and his campaign (wandering between "aw shucks I'm just a reg'lar fella" and "I know how to run a business") just drives me freaking nuts.  His lack of accountability seems like the crappiest example of "real leadership" and it's inconceivable how people just keep eating that up.

        Bruce should be the radio side-kick of Willie Joe Walsh, so every time Walsh gets in trouble (which is every time he opens his mouth), Bruce can provide the "I don't know" sound effect.

  •  You forgot a few things about this "human". (4+ / 0-)

    If you're in Illinois:  Do not vote for Rauner.

    He's running for Governor in Illinois against Pat Quinn, who really cares about people and our state.  Rauner is another self-serving, greedy Republican who only wishes to line his pockets.  

    He stated that he wants to model his governance of Illinois off of Scott Walker's Wisconsin!  Yes, that would be the same Scott Walker that's being investigated for leading a criminal scheme.  If you live in WI, please vote for Mary Burke.

    Rauner has stated that not only does he oppose the minimum wage, he doesn't think we should have one.  He won't work for 25 cents an hour; but, he has no issue if others do!

    Oh, Rauner also says that if he was governor last year, he would have vetoed marriage equality.  Apparently, he does not support the LGBT community.

    Governor Quinn had a whole contingency marching with him yesterday in the Pride Parade.  He has always been a staunch supporter of equality for all communities.

  •  Rauner is no George Washington (1+ / 0-)
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    Washington never really wanted to be president, and he only sought the presidency (successfully) twice due to the fact that he led the revolution that won this country's independence and the American public wanted him to run for president.

    Rauner, on the other hand, is someone who is more concerned about his own ambition than anything else.

  •  GTCR is a private equity firm. (0+ / 0-)


    Stanley Golder, Carl Thoma, Bryan Cressey, Bruce Rauner

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