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Quinn pension stance violates the constitution

Doug Finke’s column on May 21 shed light on state officials’ line of thought that propels their pension reform law proposals.

Quoting Finke, “The response from the state, though, says the extraordinary nature of the problem allows the state to modify those contracts [between the state and public employees], including those established under the pension-protection clause of the Illinois Constitution.”

As a state retiree who served the taxpayers (of which I am one) for more than a quarter century with the guarantees, both under contract and under the state constitution, that I would receive certain compensations from the state upon my retirement, I am still totally incredulous that our government’s way of thinking could even exist.

This line of thought in the private sector would never hold water in the courts, even for a second.

How in the world could I, as an individual, decide that my finances are so tight, after I’ve been totally irresponsible with my spending for the past 20 years, that I would no longer honor my contractual financial obligations to any of my creditors? Let me ignore the terms of all my debts and continue spending irresponsibly and frivolously and bring financial damage to those I actually am obligated to.

Moronic, to say the least, but that’s what the governor is trying to do. Additionally, he is violating the very constitution that he swore to uphold. This, in itself, speaks of his character.

Quinn cheerleaders need to examine – objectively – the facts at hand, instead of rushing to his rally to support things that can bring further ruin to the state.

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