If you're a Congressperson looking to sneak through something shady, the omnibus budget bill is the perfect opportunity since 1) It's 1600 pages long and relatively easy to hide things in, and 2) Congress has to pass it or the government shuts down. Again.
Rampant hypocrisy: it's why many Americans are repulsed by politics. People are turned off by the "do as I say, not as I do" style of politician. But this kind of politician is everywhere, and so is their rhetoric.
Capitalist theory asserts that CEOs rise to the top based on merit and moxie and deserve million-dollar pay packages. Turns out, though, capitalism doesn't really work that way. Conniving Jonnies rule the business world.
Taxpayers who are footing the bills want to know and trust that people are being hired on skill and merit, period. That they're being given promotions based on performance. And too often in Illinois government it does work that way.
If you were my child, I'd wonder if you were seeking my attention or testing boundaries. If you were my teenager, I'd wonder if you were feeling peer pressure or experimenting with drugs or alcohol. But, the fact is, I'm not your mother (Thank God!). And you're adults.
New Jersey's progressive movement should see Cammarano's demise as an opportunity. It's our chance to pry the state's Democratic Party from the patronage system that put "business as usual" before accountability.