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The Twain Award Goes to an Illinois Idiot
By Carl Langley
posted November 30, 2009
GUEST COLUMN – Each time some liberal
speaks I recall the sage wit of master American storyteller Mark Twain.
It was Twain who warned, “It is better to remain silent and be thought
a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”
The newest holder of the Twain award is Illinois U.S. Sen. Richard
(Dustbin) Durbin, a rather muddled soul who once remarked on the floor
of the Senate that American soldiers were murderers.
Dustbin never apologized, and he shamed himself with that outlandish
accusation. He is that ignorant, in my opinion. Sadly, only Fox News
reported his slander against our service members.
That sin aside, Durbin has strayed even farther off the competency
reservation when it comes to military matters. He now wants the U. S.
government to bring Muslim militants at the Guantanamo Bay confinement
center to a small town in his home state.
The town is the home of a virtually empty state prison, which is
largely unoccupied due to state judges, parole boards and psychiatrists
releasing inmates to save money.
The community’s residents, by a sizeable margin, want to keep the jail
empty. The thought of turning in for the night while a couple hundred
Muslim fanatics just down the road are being tucked in by prison guards
can lead to a lot of tossing and turning.
Despite the citizens’ protests, Durbin’s outrageous jobs creation
proposal is fed by other thoughts, and they don’t have a thing to do
with fishing for work places or national security. They center on his
desire to build up his credentials for re-election, and a key step
would be to bring jobs to the prison.
Never mind that the jobs would not create state or federal revenues but
would be another drag on the taxpayers, in Durbin’s world all that
matters is getting the jail up and running at full speed.
In remarks heard recently on various news outlets, Durbin, an
intellectual midget turned into a giant by the Chicago mob bosses,
proclaimed that Illinois would benefit greatly by turning the prison
into a holding facility for Muslim terrorists.
His rationale is strictly economical and focuses solely on his own job
security, and if you think otherwise I can arrange for you to pick up a
couple of hundred acres cheap, only a short distance down the road from
the empty prison. I have a cousin living in Illinois and she is not
leading the cheers for jail revival.
Durbin, while pitching for votes before TV cameras, said converting the
jail into a federal prison would create 1,800 “good paying jobs with a
full package of benefits.” He, of course, has the backing of big labor
on this one, along with those in Illinois who benefit from selling
goods and services to prison systems.
But he never mentions that the entire budget for this jail would be
funded by taxpayers, most of whom are out of jobs and looking for work.
Have you ever heard of a jail making money and paying taxes, especially
a jail with a staff of 1,800 and all receiving a “full benefits
Durbin’s remarks about American troops murdering and jailing Muslim
terrorists are the kinds of words that stamp him for what he is: a
witless politician interested only in his own re-election. But they
also are the words that bring joy to the hearts of liberals anxious to
mollify Muslims, union bosses looking for dues deposits and bureaucrats
determined to grow the government payrolls.
Durbin did not comment about the aftermath of turning the empty jail
into a federal facility. But he should have added the caveat that once
the last Muslim served out his time Illinois would still have a federal
jail, the taxpayers still would have to bear the burden and the only
winners will be the radicals.
If the federal government succeeds in picking up this jail, I hope
Illinois would never take it back. No state can match the federal
government in providing top-of-the-chart pay packages, not to mention
funding daily jail operations, a medical clinic, a kitchen and canteen
services, recreation and exercise areas, a law library and field trips
for prison psychologists who see a day in the country as a wonder cure
for the deranged inmate.
I have long felt that while Illinois voters may be ignorant of the
political trickery used in their state, they are not stupid and most
don’t like the thought of the federal government trashing their
neighborhood with terrorist riff-raff.
I wish Illinois taxpayers would inform Dustbin and his colleagues that
federal prison facilities already have plenty of space and the
terrorists can be parceled out among them. Send a few here, send a few
there, send a few over there, send a few anywhere.
Meanwhile, keep Guantanamo open. It’s already being run by a paid
military so why add to the cost? Keeping the rabble in Cuba not only
would save money but would prevent the more deranged among this
murderous cabal from getting together in a stateside location to plot
more mischief. It can be hard to sleep if this crowd is huddled up just
down the road, plotting breakouts.
For those possessing a full range of thinking ability, including those
doubly armed with common sense, we should regard it highly doubtful
that Durbin cares one whit about the consequences of his action. He
wants to win a Freedom Medal for creating jobs, no matter the cost.
It’s no skin off his back, as the old saying goes.
Durbin has never worried about tax burdens in the past, so why should
he worry about tax burdens now? Or public safety? Or anything else
dealing with Islamic terror? Liberals wonder why the average American
despises Durbin and those like him.
I would get into this one, but the reasons are too numerous to mention
in the time and space alloted.
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