Shit sandwich, indeed

There are many quotable classic lines in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket,” and I’m sure all of you are familiar with most of them.

One of the more underrated lines in that movie is during the news budget scene, not long after Pvt. Joker lands in country and meets up with Rafterman. In that scene, Lt. Lockhart is going over the stories for the next edition of Stars and Stripes. About the immediate aftermath of the Tet Offensive, Lt. Lockhart says:

It’s a huge shit sandwich, and we’re all gonna have to take a bite.

It’s a metaphor that can easily be applied to the state of Illinois’ current financial situation. Yes, we’re all gonna have to take a bite, unless you’re the purveyor of actual literal sandwiches.

Jimmy John’s founder Jimmy John Liautaud says that because the state of Illinois enacted an unpleasant tax hike, he’s taking his jar of mayonnaise and moving to Florida. Even though, he says, he can afford to stay:

I could absorb this and adapt, but it doesn’t feel good in my soul to make it happen.

And if that weren’t bad enough, he comes across as a sort of corporate gold-digger looking for another state to be his sugar daddy:

I enjoy being courted and the process.

He pays the usual boilerplate lip service to the city of Champaign, where Jimmy John’s corporate headquarters is located. But his so-called “love” of that city apparently doesn’t extend to the 100 Illinois citizens employed at HQ who could potentially be out of work.

Never mind that they have to bear the additional income tax burden from which Mr. Liautaud is bailing. But now they also have to worry about whether they’ll soon have any income to tax.

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