Oi-yoi-yoi! Or perhaps we should say, “Zounds! I like it not, my heart ill-conceives.” For the third year in a row, one of our most un-eloquent leaders has declared April 23 to be “Talk Like Shakespeare Day” in honor of the birthday of the Bard of Stratford-On-Avon, who would have turned 447 if he still were alive. In 2009 and 2010 it was King Richard II of Daley who declared April 23 “Talk Like Shakespeare Day” in Chicago. This year the ante has been upped as no less a personage than Illinois Lord High Governor Patrick Quinn has declared the 23rd to be “Talk Like Shakespeare Day” in the entire state! The very notion of Richie and Pat talking like Shakespeare is akin to the blind leading the halt.
If, however, our public leaders insist on giving it a whirl, we believe the very first words Gov. Quinn should utter are, “Neither a borrower nor a lender be,” and then he can cancel his proposal for the state to borrow an additional $2 billion. Of course, the Fat Cats in the legislature don’t want to borrow, but they don’t want to do the hard work of cutting the budget, either.
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