…then you are for tax increases as far as the eye can see
That is the message that you should ram into the head of every politician in the state of Illinois. You should do this in every town hall and every “Dog and Phony” budget show that any Illinois politician attends.
If you are an honest Illinois citizen, the text above should become your mantra though out the next couple years, and if Tom Cross (see post below), Frank Watson, and any gubernatorial contender wants to have any chance getting Republicans (or themselves) elected, they should start campaigning on that platform.
Illinois needs spending restraint at every level of government…
especially school districts
…and if you are too cowardly to start talking about spending restraint, then you really aren’t much use to Illinois Citizens.
We are in a position where our property taxes are skyrocketing, state officials are attempting to break the ‘flat tax’ provision in the Constitution, and the entities that are driving all of the wasteful spending continue to hire with out restraint. The only thing that anyone talks about at every level of government are more tax increases to pay for more bureaucratic bloat.
If you are reading this post, you simply have to understand the condition of the State Budget, as well as the budgets of most Illinois municipalities and school districts. There is no way to avoid massive tax increases as far as the eye can see unless we cap spending. Even with permanent caps, Illinois will likely be forced to increase taxes, merely by the operation of the promises already made.
When Blagojevich talks about health care for kids, and the school districts talk about fake “tax swaps,” and the downstate Republicans talk about “CapitOl Bills,” they know that 90% of the new taxes will go to pork, pensions, perks and payroll. If Illinois passes any one of the taxes (or gambling expansions) that we’ve seen talked about over the last two years, the new revenues will be spent to finance the Illinois Political Class and their wasteful feather-bedding. They will come back 1 year later, complaining that they didn’t get enough the last time they hiked taxes.
If you are a conservative, spending caps are the only way you will ever see an end to the tax increase proposals. If you are a liberal, spending caps are the only way you will ever see revenues applied to real healthcare, real edcuation, and real mass transit, or any of the other items you hold dear. Right now, massive amounts of current and future revenues are pledged to bureaucracy. It is time some one told you the truth, and it is time you accepted it.
Left or Right, Middle or Extreme, Green or Libertarian, with out hard caps on Illinois governmental spending, we will have nothing but waste, fraud, and abuse as far as the eye can see. Some one tell Tom Cross (and the ILL GOP) that this might be an idea that has a little more policy protein than the thin gruel (see post below) he is offering Illinois citizens.