Pritzker’s Blame Game

Pritzker’s Blame Game

If Governor Pritzker spent as much time governing as he does blaming others for his own failures, maybe some of these issues could have been resolved before they even started.

December 21, 2020

In 2018, then-candidate J.B. Pritzker dedicated a large part of his campaign attacking his predecessor for not taking responsibility for his administration’s missteps. Fast forward to 2020, and Governor Pritzker has continuously shifted blame on to others for his own administration’s failures.

Governor Pritzker is quick to take credit for the positive headlines, but when it comes to the failures of his administration, he quickly distances himself and finds a scapegoat. Pritzker has tried to pass blame onto state legislators, members of congress, the federal government, and even hardworking Illinois families.

Unemployment System Failures – Pritzker has repeatedly placed blame at the feet of the federal government, previous administrations, and Republicans for his administration’s failure to remedy the issues surrounding the unemployment filing system. After 10 months, issues continue to persist with the unemployment filing system.

(not a complete list of Pritzker’s blame game)

it’s now 10 years later, not a lot of investment was made in the states IT systems in that last 10 years.

Illinois will get their first COVID-19 jobless benefits starting May 11, blaming the delay on “confusing and very stringent regulations” from the Department of Labor “that attempt to severely limit who can actually qualify.”

Pritzker has blamed his Republican predecessor for hollowing out IDES and leaving the agency with inadequate staff and outdated technology.

Pritzker has repeatedly blamed outdated technology and agency underfunding that led to decreased staffing, for the issues.

This is a brand new program that the federal government rushed to develop and then left each state to create its own separate system,” the governor said. “As a result, there were massive holes for illegal fraudsters to steal federal dollars from taxpayers

He [Pritzker] has also criticized President Trump for “unfair” and chaotic rollouts of federal unemployment benefits.

Pritzker on Tuesday blamed Skillicorn and fellow Republicans for a two-year state budget impasse under Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, saying it left the department without the necessary funding.

Look, what I know is that the congressman has been sniping without helping,” Pritzker said. “The congressman goes to Washington D.C., says to everyone that he is helping, then goes there and votes against the things that would be of assistance to us. Remember that the federal government set up the programs. The federal government is responsible for making the changes that are necessary to these programs, and I have not heard a peep from him about what he’s going to do to help out.

Budget Crisis – Last May, Pritzker, Madigan, and Springfield Democrats passed a partisan, smoke-and-mirrors budget that relied on money that wasn’t even there. Their budget depended on the passage of Pritzker’s signature tax hike amendment and a bailout from the federal government. Upon the resounding rejection of Pritzker’s tax hike amendment in November by Illinois families, Governor Pritzker quickly placed blame at the feet of Republicans for the budget crisis Illinois faces, despite not a single Republican voting for the unbalanced budget in May, and the fact that Democrats control every level of government.

(not a complete list of Pritzker’s blame game)

In his daily COVID-19 briefing in Chicago Wednesday, an agitated Pritzker lashed out against the Republican Party, warned of cuts to public safety and human services and said several other options were on the table for addressing state budget deficits that have been ongoing for decades.

After years of the state’s Democrat-controlled legislature passing unbalanced budgets, Gov. J.B. Pritzker blamed Republicans for the failure of his progressive income tax amendment, which voters rejected Tuesday.

“It’s been two years since Republicans announced their wholesale opposition to the ‘fair tax’ and it’s been 40 days since the election, and they have yet to produce any viable answer for balancing the budget,” Pritzker said.

I’ve reached out to the General Assembly in particular to the Republicans because they have a special responsibility here, having worked so hard to defeat the Fair Tax to step up to the plate, tell us how they’re going to balance the budget given that we have a $3.9 billion deficit and and you know about half of that has come from structural challenges that the state has.

Now, the cuts to public safety budgets and others are being targeted by Pritzker, who targeted Republicans for failing to provide solutions to an unbalanced budget after the governor’s Fair Tax proposal was soundly defeated in the November general election.

FOID Card Delays – Pritzker has blamed the backlog in FOID card applications on his predecessor and an increase in Illinoisans purchasing firearms. In Illinois, the average processing time for a new applicant is 121 days.

(not a complete list of Pritzker’s blame game)

Governor JB Pritzker and ISP blame the backlog on the 167% increase in gun sales across the state. “In 2020, there was a significant increase in purchases of firearms,” Pritzker said. ” “It just exacerbated the backlog that already existed that ISP is attempting to whittle down.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday blamed fund sweeps from years ago, including under former Gov. Bruce Rauner, and said state officials are working on it. “Making sure we have outcomes, goals and accountability in that system,” Pritzker said. “We certainly want to bring down that backlog.”

“The Illinois State Police agree FOID applications should be processed quickly and within the statutory guidelines. Financial instability brought on by the lack of a budget in the prior administration greatly impacted the processing of FOID applications by the Firearms Services Bureau…”

If Governor Pritzker spent as much time governing as he does blaming others for his own failures, maybe some of these issues could have been resolved before they even started,” said Kayleen Carlson, executive director of Illinois Rising Action.

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