Judy Baar Topinka on WBEZ today said that Gov. Blagojevich has "announced programs for all intents and purposes are turning the state of Illinois into a welfare state." Those would be the programs to provide a.) universal preschool and b.) health insurance to all children. For obvious political reasons, Republican attacks on these programs don't say "we don't think children should go to preschool/get health care," they say "we can't afford it." At least that's the script, allowing Republicans to sound responsible without having to engage the principles behind these programs one way or the other. So thanks to Judy Baar Topinka (the most "moderate" of Republican candidates, remember) for accidentally saying what she really thinks. That it happens to be ugly kneejerk privilege-protection is clarifying.
UPDATE -- Listen to the debate here.