Dear lord, this is dumb.
Um, are you fucking kidding me?
"The Democratic governor, known for a style that sometimes veers into the corny, attempted to jump-start the pension overhaul push by lauding the power of 'the people of Illinois, good and true' through what he called the 'electronic democracy' of Twitter and Facebook. Quinn went so far as to encourage families gathering at the Thanksgiving dinner table to 'speak to each other' about the pension crisis."
DAUGHTER: Daddy, will you please pass the cranberry sauce?
FATHER: What if I said there isn't any left, honey? That's what the state's pension crisis is like. I know you were promised cranberry sauce, but those promises weren't kept and now we have to punish you. Go sit in a corner.
After months of promising a major grass-roots effort to win public support for reforming the state's government worker pension system, Gov. Pat Quinn on Sunday unveiled a plan that featured an incomplete online strategy, children wearing red plastic megaphones and an animated "Squeezy the Pension Python" mascot.
There were, however, no solutions offered on how to fix the nation's most underfunded retirement system.
The strategy includes a website featuring a video on the history of pensions since ancient Rome and a chorus of children shouting "Thanks in advance" for fixing the retirement system. Quinn appeared at a Thompson Center news conference with about 15 children who wore red plastic megaphones with "Thanks in advance" stickers.
The website offers no solutions on how the state's pension systems should be reformed.
So instead of proposed substantive pension reform in Illinois, you get a cartoon character.
At least the fiscal cliff doesn't have a mascot (and we'd know which one it would be…. Wile E. Coyote).