The morning after the elections, we still don't know who will be our Governor. When 99% percent of votes were counted, Pat Quinn (D) still had a 0.3% lead over Bill Brady (R). It is incomprehensible for me what kind of a clueless individual could possibly vote for Brady. The guy is a crazy religious fanatic who believes that abortion should be banned in cases of rape an incest. He is scarily homophobic. He also wants creationism to be taught in schools instead of or alongside evolution. He is also completely dishonest. Every single time when he was asked during the race how he was going to deal with the state's huge budget deficit, he avoided giving a direct answer. Pat Quinn at least was honest. He said that taxes would need to be raised, even though he realized it was a very unpopular answer that would cost him many votes. Brady, however, couldn't force himself to be equally honest (he's a Republican and hoping to get a straight answer about something from these people is hopeless.) He talked vaguely about "fiscal responsibility" and "cuts," but as hard as people tried to get him to specify what exactly he was going to cut, he never did.
The State of Illinois owes a huge amount of money to my university. We have been dealing with the issue bravely for the past two years. With Pat Quinn as our Governor, we can at least hope that Illinois will remember its obligations to us and honor them. With Brady, we can say good-bye to our funding and let the university be destroyed. Republicans hate public education. Actually, they hate any kind of education because they need the voters to be as ignorant as possible. Last night, I listened to Rand Paul's celebratory seat after his Senate victory. You have to be completely illiterate and painfully stupid not to see that every single word of that speech was completely insane. Republicans are counting on all those brainwashed voters who have never opened a book or read a newspaper to vote for them. No reasonable individual could support freaks like Bill Brady, Rand Paul, Sharron Angle, and Co.
Today, the Republicans are celebrating their huge win in the House. We will all end up paying dearly for this win. I still hope, though, that at least the Governor of my state will turn out to be the marginally reasonable Pat Quinn and not a religious fanatic, a liar, and a thief, such as Bill Brady.