Editorial: Madigan and Democrats Tax Increase Attempts

We are now in the final week of the normal Legislative Session.  The House under Michael Madigan and Democrat control have passed 72 spending bills and so far all of them anticipate making the 2011 “temporary” tax increase permanent.  He also continues to put a so called millionaire tax on the ballot for November.

Madigan and the Democrats don’t appear to have enough votes yet to make the tax permanent, so Madigan is taking a more politically tactical route by having lawmakers come up with $4 billion in cuts.  If history serves us, we know that the cuts will aimed at the most vulnerable in the state, like students and the disabled.  These will then be deemed as drastic and used to push for raising our taxes again.

Michael Madigan is the longest serving Speaker of House in the history of Illinois and the United States.  No single person has done more damage to the State of Illinois economy than Michael Madigan. We rank at or near the top in so many bad statistics, unemployment, out-migration, property taxes, care for the disabled, pension debt, etc.

Michael Madigan joined with the Gov. Jim Edgar to create a pension ramp with the intention to gradually pay the unfunded pension liability.  In reality, it just pushed off the crisis for nearly a decade.  We are now squarely in that crisis and have been for several years.

The fact is that Madigan and Quinn are wasting our tax money.  As the pension crisis shows, the out of control spending on roof repair, superintendent salaries and excessive pensions in K12 education while the results remains pathetically low.  Madigan caved in for these education union initiatives so much that Illinois has the worst debt in the US.

Everyone should be calling their State Representative and State Senator this week and tell them to vote NO on more tax increases; vote NO on making the temporary tax permanent; vote NO on Michael Madigan’s political games.  Illinois is in dire fiscal straights and we need solutions, not more political games.

We don’t need more taxes. We need better management of our tax money.  No more of Madigan kissing the noses of the education unions, particularly the ever costly IEA.


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  1. Jack, you are completely on the mark here except I do not have your faith in humanity at this point. There is no need for the exorbitant taxation of income, property and wealth for a Public Sector operation that has 50% over staffing and compensation levels and a fraudulent millionaire defined Pension Plan. There is not one member of the present Government that has uttered, proposed the necessary restructuring and reform of this corrupt operation. The fraud here by these Public Sector members is completely documented in their many Labor Agreements and operational actions. The only action that the citizens who stand for good Public Sector operations, individual liberty and Free Market Capitalism can take is to throw all these criminals out of office. For these crimes cannot even be prosecuted in the Judicial System at this juncture as every member of that system is a major beneficiary of this Epic fraud in World history. I love the fight in you and the detection to reforming this mess but I just do not have any faith in the criminals presently in office ever conducting themselves under the law and the US Constitution otherwise these crimes would not have occurred here. And the hope for the necessary change is almost nil as a majority of the citizens are now in the dependent class and programmed through the failed Public K12 Education System to follow the Communist agenda.

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