Michael Madigan is a Democrat and serves as Speaker of the House in the Illinois state legislature. He is also horrified about the state’s mind-blowing shortfall of $80 billion needed for the state’s retirement system to pay all its obligations.Madigan thinks the best solution would be an amendment to the Illinois constitution that would require a super-majority of legislators to endorse any changes to the pension system that increased the state’s obligations to retirees. Under Madigan’s proposal, which needs to be passed by both houses in the legislature and then approved by the state’s voters, it would take a 60 percent majority in both houses to incur new pension obligations.Readers will not be surprised to hear that AFSCME, a union representing many public sector workers, thinks this is a terrible idea.Actually, AFSCME may not have to worry. Illinois legislators regularly whoop pension hikes through on unanimous or near unanimous votes, many Republicans and Democrats apparently united in their determination to ruin the state and ultimately to impoverish retirees when the bills come due and can’t be paid.Even so, we think Speaker Madigan’s proposal is a good start, and hope other states will take a good hard look at the idea. This isn’t about trying to stiff state workers or condemning them to penurious retirements living on kibble; it is about making sure that states only make pension promises that they can and will keep. There are few things more vicious and irresponsible than making promises to people about their retirement benefits that you cannot and will not honor.And it should remind us: the blue model isn’t dying because evil, life-hating Republicans are killing it. It is dying because the costs associated with it cannot be paid with the income it produces.