Liberal politics in Illinois did not prevent Obama’s hometown from becoming a slaughterhouse. Spending for neighborhood projects and community initiatives has not stopped Chicago shootings. After the city celebrated Independence Day weekend with over 80 shootings, the summer has settled into a comfortable pattern of daily news of more shootings to the accompaniment of tiresome calls to end gun violence and take back the city’s worst neighborhoods.
Is it too soon to breathe a sigh of relief over Illinois Democrats’ decision to put the brakes on their spendthrift liberal agenda by going belly up on the tax increase extension (see: Politicians Are Cowards Over Illinois Taxes)? Better hold your breath until after November.
Ever wonder why lawmakers so often wait until the end of a legislative session to decide on issues like taxes and benefits that hit us in the wallet? It doesn’t happen by accident. Politicians are cowards when it comes to standing behind hard decisions.
Nothing says “I hate freedom” better than sin taxes. The list of things in our lives that are not taxed is getting shorter and shorter and the increases keep coming as part of the desperate search for revenue in states like Illinois.
Fairness should be your biggest concern when you are standing in front of a judge or being audited. Otherwise, unless you stand to gain by leveling the playing field, fairness is a value that should be reserved for liberals and losers.
As punishing as it feels to write a check at tax time it is especially painful in Illinois, where raising taxes, fees, and penalties has constructed an elaborate taxpayer prison giving individuals and businesses little choice but to leave.
Tax dollars in Illinois don’t seem to make anything better and raising taxes like we did in 2011 doesn’t lessen the debt burden enough to notice.
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.