Rauner Plays the Caterpillar Card

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At this point in Illinois it is only shots being fired across the bow of the opposing ships. On February 18, 2015, with a new moon in Aquarius, Governor Bruce Rauner threw down the gauntlet: scaled-back pension plans for state employees; $700 million cuts from health benefits for current state employees; $1.5 billion cuts from Medicaid; $387 million cut from higher education, including $209 million from the University of Illinois; $127 million cut from mass transit for Chicago; $167 million cut from the Department of Children and Family Services; $600 million cut from state aid to local governments; $82 million cut from mental health and substance abuse services. [1]

The next day, February 19th, President Barack Obama flew to Chicago. Part of the mission was to designate the city’s Pullman area a national monument. The symbolism of evoking the 1894 Pullman strike when President Grover Cleveland ordered in the Army to restore order was, Rauner’s cuts wreak havoc in Illinois and the feds are forced to intervene somehow. (Background: Obama Plays the Pullman Card, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, February 20, 2015.)

Then, the following day, February 20th, Rauner played the Caterpillar card. He was present in Peoria for the Caterpillar announcement that it will not be leaving Illinois. [2]

At this point these are only “bluff charges” by political gorillas. (Gorillas, to defend their territory, sometimes make “bluff charges”: the gorillas will come charging at you but will halt and not really do anything.) So, February 18th, Rauner pounds his chest and makes a scary roar. Then, February 19th, Obama comes charging out of the Washington jungle waving the Pullman flag. And on February 20th, Rauner does more gorilla demonstration by bellowing, “Caterpillar!” (The Caterpillar strike of 1994-1995 failed.)

Some might chime in at this point, “It is the racism! Ersjdamoo has compared Obama to a gorilla!” Au contraire. BOTH Governor Rauner and President Obama are compared to gorillas above. Obama has not been singled out. And after all, humans in general are supposed to have descended from apes. (Incidentally, I think it’s the other way around: that it is the apes which descended from the humans.)

2001: A Space Odyssey: Gorilla tribes confront at waterhole

Bluff charges, shots being fired across the bow here in Illinois at this point. To give you a sense of “bluff charges”, the short movie clip (hopefully embedded above) from the film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, shows a confrontation between two gorilla tribes at the waterhole. At first, the two tribes basically just pound their chests at each other. After awhile though, something actually happens. The chest pounding and bluff charges are just the preliminary phase.

In the primitive political anthropology of Illinois, we are now in the “bluff charge” stage. Both tribes, Republicans and Democrats, are “making noises.” For now it is Cold Weather In Illinois, with the two tribes shivering and disinclined to mobilize outdoors. By around March 31st, at which approximate time money to pay court reporters evaporates, the situation will be heating up. Until then, look for much noise, pounding of chests, and playing of symbolic cards.

——- Sources ——-
[1] “Illinois budget to cut $6.7 billion from pensions, health care, social services”, by Kristina Betinis and Alexander Fangmann. World Socialist Web Site, February 20, 2015. http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/20/illi-f20.html
[2] “Caterpillar announces it’s staying in Peoria”, by Alex Rusciano & Denise Molina. Peoria Public Radio, February 20, 2015. http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/caterpillar-announces-its-staying-peoria

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Editor of Conspiracy Nation, later renamed Melchizedek Communique. Close associate of the late Sherman H. Skolnick. Jack of all trades, master of none. Sagittarius, with Sagittarius rising. I'm not a bum, I'm a philosopher.
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