Yesterday Gov. Pat Quinn laid out his budget in an address before the legislature. Among other gems, Quinn announced that he wanted the massive “temporary” tax increase of 2011 extended. Democrat leadership—Madigan and Cullerton, immediately jumped on the tax extension bandwagon.
QC Democrats—not so much.
At the QCTimes, Mike “Fists O’ Fury” Jacobs said it was a “tricky situation”…“We cannot continue to compete with neighboring states while we lay off police officers, take financial aid away from students and close Veterans’ Affairs field offices and veterans’ homes.”
Gentle readers, you will immediately see this as a classic example of Washington Monument Syndrome. How dumb does Mike think we are to believe everything in Illinois has been cut to the bone except police, students, vets, etc.? Oh wait—I forgot! The 36th was gerrymandered specifically for Democrats! That explains a lot, doesn’t it? And really, who believes the reason Illinois can’t compete with neighboring states is that it doesn’t grab enough from taxpayer’s wallets? Jeez Mike—who’s your audience here—public employee unions?
At QCOnline Mike was more circumspect saying before he made a decision on the tax extension “I’m going to listen to my constituents” who I assume are mostly living off other people’s taxes.
But then in a surprise move, Mike admitted that people “don’t believe politicians anymore” (if they ever did) and that it might be “wiser to make the cuts and let the public see what they look like”. And as with the Obama administration during the shutdown, the Illinois Democrats will make sure the “cuts” will be the most painful to the public possible, even if they are the most unnecessary. You gotta break a few eggs, etc.
Verschoore evidently has just gone politically insane. A while back he signed a No Tax Pledge, but now he’s Mr. Waffles.
According to QCTimes, Verschoore is unclear about the tax extension, but now says he has “no problem” voting for the millionaire’s tax with the proviso that “The only downside of that is I’m hoping it won’t lead people who make a million dollars to set up residency in another state.”
Wowser! For Verschoore, “hope” is now a legitimate policy position. Insane, I tell ya.
Over at QCOnline, Verschoore is Mr. Flippity Floppity Dithers on Steroids, saying “It’s going to be a tough call…I want to see some more figures on what we’d have to cut if we don’t extend [the “temporary” tax cut].
Verschoore is Exhibit A to Mike Jacobs’ lament as to why “people don’t believe politicians anymore”. The RICO GOP had an effen’ golden opportunity to take this hack out this year but—dysfunction happened.
At the QCTimes, Shiddy Smiddy says he likes extending the “temporary” tax increase but isn’t sure if there are enough Democrat lockstepping lemmings to git ‘er done.
Quoth the Shidster:
“We’ll just have to look at it and see what they bring us in the Legislature in the next few months…It’s all going to depend on what programs are in jeopardy.”
…Like the Washington Monument! A real Profiles in Courage representative for the 71st District!
The Shidster basically repeats the same theme at QCOnline saying he’ll have to “see more details on spending plans”.
Here’s what I think:
1. Illinois Democrats got to gerrymander the state just the way they like it, so that none of these people are facing much of a threat by voting for “temporary” tax extensions—the 71st might be the exception since I was told this was a “swing” district”.
2. The public employee unions have been hollering about “raise my taxes” for years, and the Democrats in Illinois are more afraid of Big Labor than they are the taxpayers.
3. Democrats are never about cutting programs, they are about expanding them, which is why the coming years will be Tax-a-thon Valhalla.
As my governor so eloquently stated: Get out while you can or be prepared to pay out the keester for the privilege of living in The Land O’ Lincoln.