There are two kinds of taxpayers in Illinois. The first endorses the stupidity cooked up in Springfield, no matter the consequences. The second kind of taxpayer knows better, endorses responsible fiscal policy, and understands that it is time to get out of a state doomed by debt (see: Live in Illinois?
When do our rights and liberties need an expiration date? Do gray areas need to be reconsidered and renewed every ten or twenty years? Once our government confers rights and freedoms those liberties are all but impossible to take away. Even rights that have no constitutional sanction, like collective bargaining rights for public employees or the guarantee of a prevailing wage conferred by the Davis-Bacon Act, become so entrenched that they stick to us like some very toxic glue that injures the common good.
The Obama Executive Order list is growing. Proclaiming “We Can’t Wait,” the White House has become comfortable going around Congress with the excuse that gridlock is getting in the way of saving the economy. The new immunity program for illegals shows just how far this administration is willing to go to keep supporters happy.
Barack Obama’s Illinois roots are showing. How to foot the bill to pay cradle to the grave support to the state’s public sector workers is a dilemma without a political solution, even in the face of fiscal catastrophe. The president is haranguing Washington lawmakers to recreate Illinois’ problem at the federal level by doling out new state bailouts, telling us that “When states struggle, it’s up to Congress to step in and help out.”¹ Is he suggesting that we pay state and local government employees a guaranteed salary based on his belief that the private sector is doing fine and that public sector workers need to catch up?
Are Republicans willing to shed serious political blood in the battle over public school reform? Will they go to war over school funding? In education money has become everything, and as we heard from the Congressional Budget Office last week, extra money is not something we should count on for school funding or anything else.