This former Marine was not having a good day at work.
Illinois state Rep. Mike Bost was not happy Tuesday about the new pension reform proposal that hit the floor. So, looking like he was channeling one of his old drill instructors, Bost threw the bill at his colleagues and screamed at them.
“I’m sick of it!” he yelled while his neighbor picked up papers that had fallen all over him.
“These damn bills … that all the damn time, come out here at the last second. I’ve got to try to figure out how to vote for my people … You should be ashamed of yourselves!”
After shouting for a bit longer, Bost falls exhaustedly into his chair — but only after punching the mic in front of him. The line that might have led him to utter exhaustion:
“I feel like somebody trying to be released from Egypt,” Bost yelled. “Let my people go!”
According to his Illinois General Assembly bio, Bost served in the Marine Corps from 1979 to 1982.
His website states that he is concerned that Speaker Michael Madigan has too much power. His rant was about a bill that would require taxpayers to fund education pension costs. Bost was arguing that it was too long to be able to read before being required to vote on it.
The real story here might go beyond Bost though. Look at these people sitting around him. It’s like the scene from an awkward dinner party that took an insanely wrong turn. Is that guy next to him really just pretending to be reading those papers?