We are told by pols and insiders, particularly the jaundiced and sclerotic interests opposed to a Constitutional Convention, that the citizens are too stupid to have a say in Illinois politics. (Of course, they don’t admit to thinking that, but it IS implicit in their weak arguments against a convention)
It turns out that the citizens are much smarter than they are.
The poll released Thursday from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale found that more than 75 percent of voters surveyed think the state is headed down the wrong path. And only a tiny fraction thinks Gov. Rod Blagojevich and the legislature have done an excellent or good job at putting together a state budget this year.
But when asked whether they would support spending cuts in major areas such as education or public safety or revenue increases such as tax hikes or gambling expansion, respondents mostly said “no.”
Illinois citizens are to be commended for NOT BUYING the revenue increases, and they are to be forgiven for not supporting cuts in some bloated programs (education being the most bloated of all). How could they know about the bloat when most news outlets and their own leaders refuse to show them the unnecessary spending.
At the end of the day, the citizen are smart, in that they DO KNOW that there is enough money to meet IL needs, but that the people in charge of that money are wasting it (again, no one wastes more than the profligate bureaucracy of you local school district).
Slightly more than half of those|polled said the services they get for tax dollars they pay state government are either not a good value or are a poor value. Nearly 78 percent said the budget problem exists because the state wastes a lot of money it takes in.
Of course, the Paul Simon Institute, who commissioned the poll, thinks the answer is increased taxes, and where honest about saying so.
Lawrence blames that on voters not understanding how big the budget problem is. For example, he said respondents want to cut legislative salaries or those of high-paid state employees but noted that would cover only a tiny piece of a budget facing billions of dollars in debt and deficits.
Lawrence is wrong, in that all we really need to do in Illinois, is listen to the poll results, and freeze spending at the state and local level. Once a freeze is in place, money will flow to the most important needs, and NOT into the pockets of bureaucrats, connected contractors, and relatives of elected officials.
Only 13 percent of 8th-graders proficient
Chicago’s public schools do as badly as schools in some Third World nations in math, a first-of-its kind study released Wednesday has found.
The comparison between Chicago, 10 other large urban U.S. school districts and dozens of foreign countries found Chicago ranked close to Slovenia and Armenia and far below economic competitors such as Singapore, Japan and Taiwan.
“Our urban district students are performing no differently than many Third World nations,” said study co-author John Dossey, an emeritus math professor at Illinois State University. “It doesn’t bode well.”
Although CPS math scores have improved since 2003, fourth-graders still tested worse than all but Cleveland and Washington, D.C., in the United States. Just 13 percent of CPS eighth-graders were proficient in math, putting them on par with students in countries such as Bulgaria, Cyprus, Jordan and Macedonia.
This is what you get when you give Barack Obama and Bill Ayers millions in Annenberg money. They can’t do math, but they can do what they are told by their masters. I guess it isn’t slavery if it’s voluntary, but just ask yourself if they ever had a choice.
This should not come as a surprise, but it is interesting to note that there are quite a few people who don’t think Obama will move quickly to “socailize” America. Why would he wait? With a looming recession, probable tough sledding in the polls after his election, and strong majorities in Congress, what incentive does he have to wait.
Look for a rapid, aggressive, leftward tilt after an Obama win. Here’s to hoping McCain pulls this out.
Washington, D.C. – Election Day is only two weeks away, and as John McCain and Barack Obama make their final pitches to “close the deal” with voters, a stunning new ATI-News/Zogby poll shows a clear majority of undecided voters disagree with Obama’s plan for wealth redistribution in America.
“The major issue on voters’ minds right now is the economy, and the major voting bloc on candidates’ minds right now is the undecided voter,” said ATI-News president Brad O’Leary. “Our poll results show that undecided voters overwhelmingly reject Obama’s economic plan to redistribute wealth.”
The poll surveyed 1,214 likely voters nationwide and was conducted October 17-20. It has a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points.
ATI-News/Zogby asked likely voters: “John McCain and other critics say Barack Obama is heavily influenced by people and organizations which seek social justice through redistribution of wealth in America. Do you agree or disagree with efforts to bring social justice by the redistribution of wealth?”
By a more than two-to-one margin, undecided voters disagree with such efforts to redistribute wealth. In total, 57 percent of undecided voters said they disagreed, while only 24 percent said they agreed (19 percent are not sure).
A majority (52 percent) of self-identified Independent voters also disagree with efforts to bring social justice through wealth redistribution. Only 39 percent of Independents agree (10 percent are not sure).
“In his candid conversation with ‘Joe the plumber,’ Obama made clear that his main economic goal is to redistribute wealth, not strengthen and grow our economy,” said O’Leary. “This is pure socialism, albeit thinly veiled, and it does not resonate with hard-working Americans who would rather keep their money than have Obama redistribute it to his favorite constituencies.”
O’Leary also noted that Obama’s tax welfare plan, coupled with his goal of raising barriers to free trade, “makes for a toxic mix that could drive America’s economy into a prolonged depression.”
“Obama isn’t the second coming of JFK,” said O’Leary, “He’s the reincarnation of Herbert Hoover.”
I don’t know if it’s over, or if the polls are wrong, or if things are still in play. I don’t want to live in a nation with Barack Obama as the president. I don’t think he is an empty suit. I think he is quite dangerous. My guess is that most of you agree.
These spots are (on average) better than any of the spots coming out of the McCain camp.
I don’t if its too late, but on the off chance that it isn’t, and that people across the nation can see these spots on TV or on radio, I respectfully request that all of you do all you can to get them sent out EVERYWHERE. People have to see these. They have to have hope that it isn’t over, and that some one out there is still working for the benefit of the nation.
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and ballot initiative is their worst enemy
Today’s Daily Herald highlights more schools failing under NCLB. Meanwhile, Teacher’s Unions reap the benefits of a purchased legislature as they bankrupt entire states to fund their unwarranted payrolls, perks and pensions.
What can we do about Teacher Union Greed? Vote “Yes” for a convention and give Illinois citizen initiative.
Direct democracy of this sort gives voters a chance to work out their frustrations with politicians who do their best to resist the will of the people. That’s partially behind the controversial Question 1 in Massachusetts, known as the Small Government Act to End the Income Tax. In 2000, the voters of the Bay State, resolutely refusing to go along with their reputation as among the country’s most liberal electorate, passed a ballot measure to reduce the state’s income tax rate to 5 percent from 5.75 percent. The state legislature responded with a fiscal maneuver which froze the rate at 5.3 percent, figuring this would assuage voters.
Now the initiative is back and the public sector is taking it seriously, warning that it would blow an enormous hole in the state budget. Groups opposing it have collected some $1.2 million to fight the ballot proposition, including about $1 million from the 800-pound gorilla of state and local policy fights—teachers unions.
It wouldn’t be an election season without some discussion about the ‘fairness’ of our tax system. That’s what’s behind the battle in Oregon over Measure 59, which would abolish the $5,600 cap on federal income taxes that can be deducted when Oregon residents calculate their taxable state income. Supporters argue that Measure 59 is necessary because Oregon is double-taxing earnings. Advocates point out that those in the state earning more than $50,000 a year would see benefits from the proposition. But because the windfall from full deductibility rises as a household’s income rises, the initiative has also garnered opposition as a ‘gift’ to the rich. Noting that it would reduce Oregon’s income tax collections by an estimated $1.3 billion, public sector groups heavily oppose Measure 59. The Oregon Education Association, for instance, has earmarked some $4.1 million to defeat the initiative.
Every where you go, the greed of teacher’s unions and the public education bureaucracy is destroying your state and national economy. Spare us the crap about paying for an “educated populace.” Kids are getting far too little education for far too much money, and if you disagree, you just don’t know what you are talking about.
Scary good, scary funny, scary accurate.
I enjoy policy debates and I have nothing against going head-to-head with a smart democrat or liberal on an honest policy debate. However, the type of people who produced the drivel below frighten me. They are beyond the reach of reason. They have become “true believers” in the worst sense of the word.
The are trying to usher in a Fuhrer, and if successful, they will do great damage to the nation before the Fuhrer is exposed as a failure.
The idea that people who checked their mind at the door might actually elect Obama frightens me.
I don’t know that Powell’s endorsement helps Obama all that much, but I certainly don’t think it hurts. I found myself shaking my head, however, at the comments about Sarah Palin and how it was another example of the “narrowing” of the Republican Party.
If the Republican Party is so “narrow,” why did it nominate a “maverick” that has attacked the party from with in so often? If it is so narrow, why did they rally behind a woman so strongly (has been pundits like Noonan notwithstanding)? Speaking of narrow….
Where is the supposed broadness of the Democratic ticket? Obama has smooth speaking skills and a bevy of centrist advisers, but his voting record is doctrinaire liberalism warmed over with $600 million in cash. Where was the intellectual diversity of the party during their primary, with 7 doctrinaire liberals and one more (Richardson) forcing himself to become doctrinaire just to compete?
Powell is welcome to endorse whom he wishes, and his analysis, though wrong, sounded reasonable enough on a point or two. The fact remains that the Republican Party, for all its strategic incompetence, is hardly “narrowing.” It’s a stupid proposition. There is more open-mindedness and intellectual diversity on the right than their is on the left.