The irony is almost too delicious.
Yesterday, Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D-Ill.) visited laid-off workers occupying their former factory, which closed down after Bank of America cut off credit to their employer, Republic Windows & Doors. (By the way, how’s that bail-out working?) Gov. Blagojevich ordered state agencies to stop doing business with B of A until it sends Republic some of the taxpayers’ money in order to keep the factory open and reward the whining protesters.
Today, Gov. Blagojevich and his Chief-of-Staff John Harris were arrested on a breath-taking panorama of corruption charges, which include trying to sell an appointment to Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat.
Gov. Blagojevich’s ersatz moral outrage at B of A and his cynical attempt to sell the BHO seat are not unrelated. Both stem from arrogance, the belief in one’s own superiority to others. In the one case, it leads to the notion that people are too incompetent to take care of themselves (granted, by whining for the protection of Big Brother, the people display that same conviction). In the other, it leads to a belief that one is entitled to aggrandize oneself financially through the exercise of a public responsibility.
Brazen even by Chicago standards, Gov. Blagojevich is the ugly mug of government paternalism.