There's an old saying – "When the going gets tough, the tough get going."
Now, there seems to be an updated variation that says, "When the going gets tough, the Wisconsin and Indiana Democrats get going to Illinois to hide."
I get it that they don't like the direction the Republicans are going. In both states, they're trying to make some tough decisions about the future of pensions and unions and budgets. Nobody likes to cut these things back, but running away from the battle is a spineless reaction.
I know if I opposed the Republican agenda on these issues and any of these Democratic cowards were my representative, I'd be outraged that they wouldn't go on record on my behalf. Sure, they're outnumbered and will probably lose if they do come back to vote. But at least their constituents would have a voice. And if – as they seem to believe – the Republican position is truly bad for the people, then the people will make sure the Democrats are properly rewarded for standing firm next Election Day.
Legislators are sworn to represent the best interests of their constituents in the ongoing process of democracy – not to take their ball and go home if victory for their side isn't guaranteed. Throwing a tantrum that brings the entire process to a halt is the stuff of playgrounds – not government – and the people of Indiana and Wisconsin deserve better.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.