Bost: Rant emotional, but point made

2012-05-31T01:00:00Z Bost: Rant emotional, but point madeBY SCOTT FITZGERALD, The Southern The Southern

State Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, said colleague reaction Wednesday, a day after he erupted at the onset of a discussion to overhaul state pensions, was generally empathetic.

“I think they understand. I don’t normally do that,” Bost said late Wednesday afternoon while legislators worked to get a state budget passed and continued work on pension reform.

Bost’s tirade, directed at Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, was shown on state and national media outlets Wednesday morning.

It began, “Again, total power in one person’s hands — NOT the American way” shortly before Bost tossed a handful of papers up and gave them a midair swat.

Bost tore into Madigan for purportedly making rules that bind legislators and pervert the idea of representative democracy. “Enough,” Bost said during his outburst. “I feel like somebody trying to be released from Egypt. Let my people go. My God, they sent me here to vote for them.”

Bost said he thought no differently Wednesday.

“One good thing about this is people in the media understand the tyranny we’re under with this leader,” Bost said.

He said he was contacted all day by national media. Additionally, websites such as The Drudge Report, The Huffington Post and YouTube carried clips. The state lawmaker said he received so many emails, his cellphone quit working.

Bost said his outburst came after he received an overnight, Madigan-staff rewrite of pension reform, about 300 pages long, about 7:40 a.m. — only 20 minutes before the House was to convene.

“We’re not talking a simple name change of agency,” Bost said about the rewritten plan that he claimed ignored Republican attempts to relieve school districts from assuming pension costs. The GOP says that would result in local property tax increases.

“You are shoving it down peoples’ throats again. He (Madigan) is taking your power,” Bost said Wednesday, reiterating much of the language from his Tuesday outburst. “He (Madigan) creates the rules. … That’s where he has the power.”

Madigan did not retaliate. The speaker cited “… frustration, tension, interaction with different personalities pursuing different agendas. That’s life in the General Assembly. That’s life in the House of Representatives,” according to several reports, Illinois Issues among them.

Other Southern Illinois state representatives were reserved Wednesday.

“I don’t know necessarily if I have a reaction to it. It’s the end of the session and people get frustrated. Tensions are so high right now,” said state Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg.

Phelps said current discussions lead him to believe a state budget will get passed before midnight today, the scheduled end of the regular session. Votes after that point require super-majorities for passage.

“It’s pretty partisan. If I was a betting man, I’d say ‘Yes,'” Phelps said about a budget bill. He said votes are lacking for pension reform.

State Rep. John Bradley, D-Marion, declined comment on Bost’s remarks. He said he was busy Wednesday with work on enterprise zone legislation that would allow for greater transparency and accountability.

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  1. Droidfan
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    Droidfan - June 04, 2012 11:33 am
    Sorry, folks, but this was just a publicity stunt. Bost has shown that he doesn't have your best interests at heart. He made no efforts to do anything until it was much too late, then he did this little rant to make himself look like some kind of hero to his constituents. Who do you think "leaked" the video in the first place? Bost's people, that's who.

    This kind of stuff goes on all the time, but you normally don't hear about it. What you saw was not a man who was angry about the way things were; you saw political posturing from a politician who wants to get re-elected. You can watch this video, or you can go look at his voting record.
  2. Community Organizer
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    Community Organizer - June 03, 2012 8:59 am
    colleen dear, pull your head out and stop spinning the Chicago mafia talking points.
  3. MickeeD
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    MickeeD - June 01, 2012 8:29 am
    Well said, Mad. I'm with you 100+%!
  4. madblogger
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    madblogger - May 31, 2012 11:43 pm
    Everybody knows that the Madigans and Cook County run this state. If you think they have down-state IL's best interest at heart, think again.

    I feel Bost's anger. Downstate Illinoisans have virtually no say so in government. Do you not find it at least a little bit suspicious that Madigan's re-write was released minutes before the House was to convene? 40 minutes.... how many pages can you read in 40 minutes? 300? I doubt it. I wonder how many "upstate" politicians had a hand in the re-write or were privy to the contents?

    Let me ask another question. "Will percentage of individual (tax-payer) liability be higher in upstate or downstate. In other words, if the state raises pension liability to the taxing bodies, will it be higher percentage wise in downstate or upstate?" Let me answer simply. For the population rich areas, it will be diluted by a higher number of people, whereas in sparsely populated areas, individual liability will be higher due to the simple fact of fewer people to pay the taxing body's increased burden.

    The sad part is, downstate is economically challenged and has lower income and employment. Yes, these are Democrats passing the burden on to the poorest people.

    And we wonder why Bost is outraged because his hands are tied.... Illinois has long been an example of corrupted Democracy. Ever since the wealth of coal left Southern Illinois, we have been at the mercy of a state that population wise, we mean nothing. The all caring Liberals, who proclaim to fight the good fight of the poor, does nothing for us. We are the poorest area of the state. Make no mistake, the Democrats are in charge, and they will sacrifice us first. Tamms, MYCC, Giant City, pensions, in Southern IL are just the start. I would rather see jobs than welfare benefits for Southern Illinois.

    As Madigan stated, "That's Life...."
  5. The Mighty Pen
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    The Mighty Pen - May 31, 2012 11:18 pm
    After listening to the video itself, I have to conclude that, unlike colleen's opinion, Bost had simply had enough. This was not some bag of lies and half truths that we Americans have unfortunately been getting accustomed to hearing from our representatives in government. He really believed in what he was saying, and alot of what he was saying is true; our government, at both the state and federal level, has been concentrating more and more power towards its executive branch. And he's right about Illinois representatives having their hands tied in legistlative sessions; the Chicago metropolitan area has about half of the state's population. How is the rest of Illinois, let alone Southern Illinois, supposed to be adequately and fairly represented with a population gap like that, especially during governor and Presidental election times?
    Forget making him step down, or apologize for using profanity, he's got my vote during his next election, and I usually vote Green Party if I can. Honesty and good character (I'm not holding the loss of composure against him, heck, I might have done the same thing myself) are rare qualities amongst politicians these days.
  6. Fox_Nation
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    Fox_Nation - May 31, 2012 11:02 pm
    News of Bost's tirade made the headines on Democracy Now on Free Speech TV, which is hosted by Amy Goodman on Thursday.
  7. Todd123
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    Todd123 - May 31, 2012 9:19 pm
    If by "flying into a rage" you mean just like Patrick Henry, John Adams and Abraham Lincoln, then yes. The issue is bigger than pensions, bigger then trying to ram a bill through at the last minute. The issue is politics as usual in Illinois. Both sides of the isle are guilty. Only men and women of character - of either or no party - can save the state.
  8. colleen
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    colleen - May 31, 2012 7:43 pm
    So you admire a public figure who spews profanities and flies into a rage in a public forum? A role model for our children who've inherited a bankrupt economy and rotted political system? A sign of our society's moral decline when a foul-mouthed political apparatchik is admired as some kind of hero...
  9. singlemalt
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    singlemalt - May 31, 2012 7:29 pm
    It's time for Bost to step down, even though he has decided to "stay in the house" rather than run for a different office. I've voted for him previously but will no longer vote for any incumbent, with the exception of anyone who defeats that America-hating Obama this fall.
  10. singlemalt
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    singlemalt - May 31, 2012 6:13 pm
    It's time for Bost to step down, even though he has decided to "stay in the house" rather than run for a different office. I've voted for him previously but will no longer vote for any incumbent, with the exception of anyone who defeats that America-hating Obama this fall.
  11. trebel
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    trebel - May 31, 2012 3:50 pm
    It makes me proud that Mike Bost is my representative who wants time to read bills before voting. He needs to quit puttering around in Southern Illinois go where he's needed to national office.
  12. Todd123
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    Todd123 - May 31, 2012 2:27 pm
    If Illinois government were in the private sector our assets would have been seized to pay our bills & our executives would be in prison.

  13. KaijaJean
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    KaijaJean - May 31, 2012 1:49 pm
    "Had Enough? Vote Democrat!"
  14. colleen
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    colleen - May 31, 2012 12:41 pm
    The man is emotionally unstable and should not be in public office. How can we expect him to be a rational legislator when he flies into psychotic rages on the floor of the General Assembly? In the private sector, he'd be fired and escorted out of the building by security.
  15. Alumni8595
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    Alumni8595 - May 31, 2012 12:27 pm
    That's all very well. Sure, it needed to be said, and everybody needs to get their rant on once in awhile. However, coming from a guy whose done, what? for the last 14+ years, voted for the bill that he's lambasting now, it's a little disingenuous. The resemblance of real politicians to Frank Capra-esque "Jefferson Smith" characters, 'going to Washington' or their respective state houses, to go some good, are buried deep, terribly hard to find, and borderline non-existent. They get in, stay damn near forever, and forget what it was like when they were just 'regular Joes,' like most of their constituencies, and come up shocked when they realize just what their 'legislation' did to their home turfs -- the turfs they've forgotten to visit. Will this make this ring a little less hollow? We shall see.
  16. Todd123
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    Todd123 - May 31, 2012 10:09 am
    Mike Bost speaks for those of us in the 98 counties in Illinois who did NOT vote for Pat Quinn. Standing on the shoulders of 40+ years of corrupt government, Father/Daughter Team Mike & Lisa Madigan along with a Governor elected by 4 counties and The King of Chicago Rahm Emanuel have driven the stake so deep into the heart of this state it is, literally, criminal. Here's the truth - the democrats can't fix it ... the republicans can't fix it - check that - they WON'T fix it because they don't want to lose "theirs" - their skin in the game, their power. PEOPLE CAN FIX IT, it's the only way. Mike Bost sat simmering in his seat while the game is played - played by both parties - until the human being under the suit & tie burst out in that "Network"-like moment. Politics can't fix the sewer of corruption and graft that has become the state of Illinois - but people can ... people like Mike Bost.

    Thanks Mike.
  17. Mick
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    Mick - May 31, 2012 8:09 am
    I might sympathize with Rep. Bost, if he hadn't just voted to take away my healthcare coverage.---a university retiree
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