Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Monday, February 23, 2015
Clause #1: Membership in any pension or retirement system of the State, any unit of local
government or school district, or any agency or instrumentality thereof, shall be an
enforceable contractual relationship, the benefits of which shall not be diminished or
impaired. Source: Illinois constitution. Section 5. (This clause is the legal basis for refusal
to permit any changes to existing pension contracts with Illinois public employees.)
So let’s say you were born in 1997 in the state of Illinois. This year you reach the age of 18 and you want to vote to do away with the states pension’s contracts or just modify them in a form that “diminishes or impairs” their benefits. You can’t. You are precluded by the Illinois constitution from so doing. Even though the federal constitution which reigns supreme guarantees you the right to so do.
Prima facie – on its face – the clause in the Illinois constitution is unconstitutional because no law can be passed in perpetuity nor can any contract exist in perpetuity. It never made sense for such to be the case. Sure, cleveristas (public employee unions) in Illinois got the clause in the constitution and the people passed it. Such has always been the case – there is always a smarty pants who can pull off stunts like this for a brief period. And this is why we have courts which are supposed to finally get around to eliminating the stunts. America is way past due on fixing this one.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
"The fundamental cause of trouble in the world is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt." Bertrand Russell