ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - Illinois faces more consequences for operating without a budget. Just when you thought things couldn't get much worse.
Senate Republicans changed the filibuster rules on Supreme Court nominees.
And, the United States takes direct military action in the Syrian conflict.
All of these very important things came up for discussion with Democratic Political Consultant Porter McNeil and former Iowa Republican Party Chair Steve Grubbs during an appearance on 4 the Record.
In terms of the Illinois budget, we know neither party is budging. We all know they need to. Moodys' Investors Service sounded a loud warning to that effect.
The credit ratings agency says get it together by the end of May or the consequences get severe with yet another drop to Illinois' already ridiculously low credit rating.
It warns the backlog of unpaid bills could reach $28 billion by 2021. That would essentially be 80 percent of that year's budget. Moody's suggests the so-called grand bargain is workable, but that's stalled.
McNeil and Grubbs discussed the implications by the inability of Democrats and Republicans to come to their political senses.
Illinois seems to be on a collision course with the most expensive governor's race in state history.
Bruce Rauner already dropped $50 million of his own money into his re-election campaign account.
Democratic billionaire J.B. Pritzker just got in the race and he could match that.
Fellow Democrat Chris Kennedy has deep pockets himself.
We are not only talking about money buying elections, but also government being run by the wealthy also known as a plutocracy. The party doesn't matter.
Grubbs and McNeil addressed the implications of that and whether it's dangerous to American democracy.
Let's go national.
The day President Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court everyone should have known we would get to this point where the nuclear option was going to be used and do away with the filibuster.
Everything else was political theater.
It's a gamble that's good for the party in power.
McNeil and Grubbs discussed what's next now that we're here, whether this means filibusters on legislation would disappear and if this is a good or bad development for government.
U.S. forces engaged in direct military action against the Syrian government for the first time since that country's civil war began.
As of this program, we know there have been at least six deaths from the launching of 60 cruise missiles on the Shayrat Airbase.
President Donald Trump ordered the strike in retaliation for the chemical weapons attack on the Syrian people by President Bashar al Assad's regime.
Trump opposed military action four years ago. Republicans in Congress praise it while some have a record of being leery of committing themselves to a vote on war.
Some Democrats criticize it as a way to distract the American people from the investigations surrounding the Trump campaign's ties to Russia.
Russia's also allied with Bashar al Assad. There are no easy answers for dealing with Syria. Sanctions haven't worked.
Grubbs and McNeil addressed how involved the United States can afford to get and how concerned should the country be that this blows up into something much bigger.
Indecision, indifference and inability.
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