Desperate Gadhafi increases government workers' pay -- same tactic as used in Illinois 

Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi, facing a forcible ouster and possibly death, is trying to mollify important constituents by increasing government employee pay by 150 percent

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, D, used a similar tactic to avoid what had seemed like a certain election defeat last year. He gave out 14 percent pay raises despite his state's near bankruptcy and inability to pay many of its bills.

Okay, yes, I can hear you already -- the comparison is unfair. After all, Quinn won his election, and Libya probably does not have strong enough public-sector unions to save Gadhafi.

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