To the Editor:
“A coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once.”
So says William Shakespeare in “Julius Caesar.” If this is true, there are any number of politicians doomed to die repeatedly for their lack of courage in facing the problems of this state and the country.
Politicians need to decide what they stand for and not be swayed by extremists inside or outside their party. They also need to know that a politician is one who knows how to compromise. Extremists on both ends of the political spectrum look at compromise as a four-letter word. In fact, it has 10 letters, which explains why they get confused when they hear it used. Much of the country would be pleased with half a loaf instead of the no loaf they have been getting.
Most of the time, the issues they vote on are pretty cut and dried. Find out what the costs of a particular problem are and then find the money to pay for it. Are there items in the budget that no longer make sense? Trim or cut them altogether. When you have done that and you still need more money, increase the taxes in a proportional way.
Another issue is the way politicians blast their opponent’s policies when they have none of their own. Bruce Rauner is taking potshots at Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget, but until he has his own budget for the sake of comparison, he’s just another mudslinger.