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The Wisdom of Bruce Rauner ‘78
As we have previously reported, Burce Rauner ‘78 is running for Governor in Illinois. He has expressed a desire to “shake it up” in that besotted state — where the influence of a Dartmoth alumna has not been helpful. In a piece in the The Daily Journal, Rauner described the core ideas animating his campaign:
Two of the hallmarks of the Rauner campaign are to curb the power of public employee unions and to impose term limits to change the face of the Illinois legislature.
“Even FDR [a Democrat and the 32nd president] knew there would be a conflict of interest with public employee unions,” he said.
Rauner said that public employee unions are overpaid by 23 percent when compared to the same jobs in the private sector.
What is happening now, he said, is not fair. “Government employees get pensions no one else gets.” He said that every excess dollar paid for public employees was a dollar siphoned off from many other needs — including veterans and people with disabilities. [Emphasis added]
Interesting thoughts. I wonder where else you can find grossly overpaid employees with fat pensions (and Cadillac health benefits and long vacations)?
Longtime readers know the answer to that question. If Bruce doesn’t win the Republican primary, he can take his already-paid-for seat on the Dartmouth Board of Trustees and put the same ideas into effect in Hanover. He has been a most generous contributor to the College (see the Rauner Special Collections Library and the Rauner dorm in the McLaughlin Cluster).
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…