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Crain’s Completely Disagrees with Dick Durbin; Crain’s Endorses Dick Durbin

admin 31 October 2008 4 Comments

Richard Durbin deserves another term as U.S. senator from Illinois.

Mr. Durbin works hard to advance our state’s interests in the Senate. He has risen to an influential post as majority whip, where he can get things done for the state, whether it’s expanding Amtrak service Downstate or getting money for a control tower at O’Hare International Airport.

For these reasons, Crain’s endorses Mr. Durbin for re-election to the Senate.

His opponent, Steve Saurberg, share some of our belief on small government and the need for political reform. But he’s a political novice who, in the unlikely event he were elected, would be a back-bench Republican in a Senate dominated by Democrats likely holding a filibuster-proof majority. As such, he would be an ineffective advocate for our state.

We hope he’ll take an evenhanded approach and resist the temptation to take electoral success as a mandate to indulge his party’s deepest redistributionist impulses.

Some of the senator’s recent rhetoric is discouraging. He dismisses concern about the impact of higher income taxes on the economy. And he seems too eager to use the tax code in a punitive way against those he deems “rich.”

As for bipartisanship, he acknowledges the need for it in a halfhearted way that suggests it won’t be high on his priority list.


  • Pat Hickey said:

    Nuance! Pardon my profanity.

    What Durbin gets another Mulligan?

    Do-Over Durbin? ‘I’ll try to get it right -this time!’

    Powerful smart there Crainiacs! No wonder the economy is a flame-out.

  • carol said:

    Shame on Crain’s, another media outlet compromised. Durbin is a disgrace.

  • Dan Kelley said:

    Pity the poor people of Illinois. We have two sitting US Senators who have compared the USA to Nazi Germany. In Illinois liberal circles that is not a disqualifier.


    Greg Hinz (a closet case) must have helped write the endorsement.

  • jan shaw said:

    I’d rather have an ineffective Republican (lessening the chances of a veto proof majority) than an effective leader who is taking us the wrong way.

    I found thi quote from Abe Lincoln:

    “You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

    You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.

    You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.

    You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.

    You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than income.

    You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatreds.

    You cannot establish security on borrowed money.

    You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.

    You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

    In all that people can do for themselves, government ought not interfere.”

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