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By David E. Smith, Exec Dir of Illinois Family Institute -
In the midst of the COVID-19 craziness, it is alarming to recognize there are many who are willing to use our current health crisis for their own gain and/or agenda. As these snollygosters and media types grandstand, I cannot help but think of Rahm Emanuel’s infamous quote, “Never let a crisis go to waste.”
Ironically, Emanuel first used that phrase in 2008 during the nation’s financial crash and then again last week in response to our nation’s coronavirus emergency. Is it a repackaging of one of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, in which he writes “in the arena of action a threat or a crisis becomes almost a precondition to communication”? I’ll let you decide.
The truth is, the board and staff here at IFI are deeply disturbed to hear the incessant petty partisan criticisms of the Trump Administration by political leaders and media pundits who only seem interested in stoking anxiety and exacerbating division among the American people. In that regard, Illinois’ Governor JB Pritzker has made a name for himself as one of the nation’s chief nitpickers over the last several weeks.
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Governor J. B. Pritzker utilizes DNC talking points far too often. Long before the Wuhan virus pandemic, Pritzker seemed to be suffering from an advanced case of Trump Derangement Syndrome. Whenever he needed a cheap applause line, President Trump was certain to be his target.
Illinois has no rainy day fund to speak of and given its shoddy finances the state was and is in no position to purchase emergency medical supplies rapidly. What vendor wants to do business with a state that is constantly months behind in paying its bills? So everyday Pritzker whines about needing Federal relief since Illinois cannot compete in the marketplace on its own.
One wonders why the multi-billionaire governor hasn’t set up some type of relief charity on his own? If he has, it hasn’t been well publicized. Trump has returned his presidential salary to the government since taking office.
Pritzker set up the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund on March 27, and he and his wife donated $2 million. The Pritzker family foundation donated another $2 million. You, too, can donate at https://www.ilcovidresponsefund.org/.
I never liked Pritzker but it is now obvious there is a Democratic Governors circle that meets to use this virus as a talking point against President Trump. Pritzker was out of line yesterday (and other days) attacking the President over Obamacare, talking about funding of the arts and everything else on the Democratic talking point memo.
Pritzker is disgusting.
Better late than never. Thanks for sharing the information.
You mean give a tiny fraction of a percent of my wealth? Sorry, I’m not that stingy. I’ve already given more to GoFundMe campaigns for out of work waitresses.
Pritzker spent almost $90 million on his gubernatorial election.
Spot on PM! The democrats are politicizing the Wuhan Virus
The democrats are always divisive….
It’s $1,900,000 more than Trump has donated in personal dollars to any coronavirus support.