Overtime. Three weeks down. The other side of June draws close. As Rich mentioned in today's Fax, the recent rumblings of a one-month budget deal is a mixed blessing: workers won't miss paychecks but the light at the end of the session tunnel dims further away.
I've noticed that overtime has strange effects on the statehouse gang. After May 31st, the senses of the capitol residents are altered. The marble floors seem harder on the feet. The air seems a little more stale. The tourists are peskier. As vacation plans fade into nothingness, I've seen more permanent scowls appear on once happy faces in the building. It reminds me of the Disney movie The Lion King...the once flourishing, ripe, and bustling pride lands of the African jungle are plunged into a barren field of misery with the mismanagement of its leader.
My friends have often referred to me as annoyingly optimistic. In that spirit, I wanted to turn attention away from the darker times we are currently weathering and ask a question about the good that there once was and will be again.
The Question: Of all Springfield players, who is the ideal role model?
Says Wikipedia: The term Role model was introduced by Robert K. Merton . Merton says that individuals compare themselves with "reference groups" of people who occupy the social role to which the individual aspires. . The term has passed into general use to mean any person who is an example to others.
I have been trying to bundle all of my lessons this session into a neat package that I can easily remember to take with me wherever I end up. But, I'll be honest, I've struggled to match up those qualities that I most admire with single individuals.
-Intelligence— knowledge of good public policy AND the reality of the process
-Ambition—desire to achieve the greatest good at the highest level possible
-Purity—always in the game for the 'right reasons'
-Timing—made the right moves at the right times, taking advantage of opportunity
-Balance—a healthy lifestyle both politically and personally, well-centered
Who comes to mind? Preferably someone living and still active.
There ARE good folks in Illinois politics, I know it.