Illinois GOP state Rep goes on epic tirade on House floor
Not many outside of Murphysboro, Illinois have heard of their State Representative Mike Bost (R) until Tuesday afternoon, who launched a major tirade in the Illinois House of Representatives over his chamber’s efforts at pension reform.
Bost disliked the reform bill endorsed by Gov. Pat Quinn and House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Ill.) that cleared a House committee earlier in the day. According to CBS Chicago, the bill would shift pension costs for public schools from the state to local school districts. Those districts would be forced to raise property taxes to fund the pension costs, which resulted in Bost representing the anger some Republican and downstate Democrats in Illinois are with the move.
“These damn bills that come out here all the damn time, come out here at the last second!” Bost said, as he knocked papers of the bill into the air. “I’ve got to figure out how to vote for my people! You should be ashamed of yourselves! I’m sick of it! Every year! We give power to one person! It was not made that way in the Constitution! He was around when it was written!”
Bost even compared the passing of the bill to the long-time dictatorship days of Egypt’s government and quoted The Bible’s Old Testament figure Moses.
“Now we give him – we’ve passed rules that stop each one of us! Enough! I feel like somebody trying to be released from Egypt! Let my people go!”
WATCH: Video from Youtube, from May 30, 2012.