It’s interesting that even in local races, in the face of a hiring freeze in Naperville and a budget requiring cuts, in the face of a recent county-level budget meltdown requiring record property tax increases, etc. that the claim is made that things are going great in Naperville and DuPage and to continue them, continue voting Republican.
Republican Candidate Darlene Senger tried this strategy in a 96th House District debate with Democratic Candidate Dianne McGuire last night in Naperville. One effect of this bizarre approach to politics (hint, things aren’t going well now) was that Senger drew audible gasps from the crowd when she said in response to an affordable housing question that Naperville’s housing was becoming more affordable, due to dropping housing prices. Maybe after years of ‘stay the course’ and ‘isn’t everything great’ governance people are ready for a change that offers solutions beyond continuing financial decline. You don’t need to be partisan to recognize problems with having the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, an economy that nationally has lost around 600,000 jobs eight months in a row which has also cost local jobs and, as Darlene Senger pointed out, dropping home prices which are hurting people in Naperville, Aurora and throughout the country who are losing equity in their homes. You don’t have to be partisan to think that we need to work on fixing these and other problems – not admiring them.