If you watch, read, or listen to any news, you’ve no doubt been subject to countless stories about governments struggling to come up with money to…

If you watch, read, or listen to any news, you’ve no doubt been subject to countless stories about governments struggling to come up with money to pay for their expenses. To make ends meet, they have to raise revenues or cut expenses. Both of these can hurt. Chicago sold its parking meters to get a quick cash supply, and now all of us here have to contend with 5-dollar-an-hour fees. Public transportation prices are rising, while at the same time service declines. Library hours are cut, potholes flourish and multiply, and city workers are forced to take time off or even laid off entirely. That’s why Rod Blagojevich’s conviction on corruption charges is especially gratifying to many of us. We already have to deal with budget cuts, and having a governor try to enrich himself at the expense of his constituents is really appalling. With the shortfalls we have to deal with, we can’t afford a lot of things. But most of all, we can’t afford a thieving politician.
– Will