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Former senator: Lack of reform in Illinois due to “intellectual sloth”



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CHICAGO – Technology & Manufacturing Association's President and CEO Steve Rauschenberger knows manufacturing – but he also knows – like few others – the real issues breaking Illinois taxpayers' backs and keeping the vulnerable dependent on state government. 

After all he served as the Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman for several years when Republicans were in the majority, few know the inside story better. In an informative conversation with Upstream Ideas' host Dan Proft, Rauschenberger was open and frank assessing the current situation.

Rauschenberger calls for limiting elected terms, re-evaluating Medicaid, reforming the K-12 education system – and suggests the reason it hasn't happened thus far is (after a pause …) "intellectual sloth" or the "Stockholm Syndrome." (See 50:00)

Pretty harsh assessment, and one Illinoisans would do well to hear:


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  1. The lying liberals make opinion pieces seem like news.
    PERCEPTION in absence of Fact eventually becomes accepted as TRUTH, It’s a strategy of the LEFT…..
    (“A lie told often enough becomes the truth” Lenin Russian Communist)
    Political correctness is a tool designed by liars to silence people whose arguments liberals/communists can’t refute. Mind manipulation
    Operation Mockingbird, is a secret operation used by the CIA to infiltrate the mainstream media in order to affect what and how American citizens think by the use of misinformation.
    (“It is the absolute right of the State to supervise the formation of public opinion” ~ Nazi Propaganda Minister Josef Goebbels)
    gaslighted or gaslite, gaslighting. : to cause (a person) to doubt his or her perception through the use of psychological manipulation
    Gaslighting or gas-lighting is a form of mental and psychological abuse in which false information is presented with the intent of making victims doubt their own memory, perception, and sanity. Instances may range simply from the denial by an abuser that previous abusive incidents ever occurred, up to the staging of bizarre events by the abuser with the intention of disorienting the victim.
    As Orwell put it, “The farther a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.”
    “Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media” – Noam Chomsky
    George Orwell said, “We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.”
    People fear being hated so they conform and live the lie! Its nothing new! The federal govt is involved in the psychological manipulation too, it part of the NWO plot against America
    You sheeple are being abused and manipulated and you don’t even know it

  2. This is one of Proft’s best interviews. I wish I had known about TMA a couple years ago. In the western burbs waaaay back when, high schools had vocational tracks for home builders, car repair, metal shop, and furniture building, as well as Future Farmers. Today, it almost seems beneath the dignity of administrators to consider their school as anything less, anything other than a college prep program.