What is the best way to renege on a promise to taxpayers? We all know that there is no such thing as a temporary tax increase, just like we know that there is no such thing as fiscal sanity in Illinois. With pension debt left in the hands of majority Democrats in Springfield who can’t even agree on conflicting proposals within their own party, the only solution we know they will agree on is grabbing more tax revenue. With a scandalously high state unemployment rate and too many special interests to answer to, the flat income tax is not going to get the job done. With debt and unpaid bills piling up, Illinois Democrats are going to prove once and for all that they are the worst politicians in America.
Worst politicians in America handle money?
Budgeting in Illinois is a simple, two-step process:
Step 1: Spend more than you have.
Step 2: Go to taxpayers with your hand out.
The results are predictable. With the 2011 retroactive income tax hike scheduled to expire at the end of 2014 and pension debt negotiations certain to yield tepid results at best, lawmakers will be forced to settle on a revenue shell game because less money is not an option.
The progressive lie: fairness only applies to lower incomes.
Arguments from Illinois Democrats disavow responsibility for the state’s fiscal catastrophe and hand us absurdist rationalizations for swapping progressive tax rates for the state’s flat tax. We hear that the sales tax is regressive, which sidesteps the fact that the sky-high sales tax rates in Chicago and suburban Cook County still can’t collect enough revenue to make ends meet. If Illinois was not close to the top of the list of states with high unemployment rates, perhaps that flat tax would take in a little more money and the sales tax would be more affordable.
Wringing more tax dollars from state residents and businesses to excuse refusing to take action on state debt is the same rob the rich strategy Barack Obama brought from Illinois to Washington. Anyone with the means and half a brain should stop reading this post and pack their bags now. Living anywhere else would be an improvement. Even broke California at least boasts a better climate.
Debtors’ prison for Illinois Democrats?
If Illinois politicians had the same knack for budgeting that they do for corruption, our state’s finances would be the best in the country. Instead, we have to listen to Governor Quinn threaten lawmakers’ pay. With over $6 billion in unpaid bills to account for, one might question why Springfield Democrats are being paid at all for maintaining their death grip on state finances. If we still had debtors’ prisons and the law placed the blame for Illinois’ fiscal crisis where it belongs, we could create lots of jobs building a spanking-new facility for the worst politicians in America.