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INCOME TAX HIKE: Make Democrats Own It

Make Democrats Own It
By Adam Andrzejewski
January 3, 2011

“The taxpayer: That’s someone who works for the government but doesn’t have to take the civil service examination.” – Ronald Reagan.

Illinois is broke. Over the past eight years, the Illinois Democrats, with complete control of all three branches of Illinois government, have provided only one solution to all of our problems: bigger government. During this period, they taxed, borrowed and spent nearly half a trillion dollars of taxpayer money. Now, having left the state in financial shambles, they want to double down on a bad bet. Make them own it.

The Democrats’ current proposal is to borrow more, through a $15 billion bond issue, $6 billion of which is supposed to pay past due bills. This explosion of debt is supposed to be financed through a 67% hike in the income tax and a potential expansion of the sales tax. Apparently, Illinois Democrats are competing for a “race to the bottom” of economic performance, as these proposals will devastate the state’s economy.

Last year, during my gubernatorial primary race, I frequently referenced a Cook County company with 160 employees whose CPA told them that they would add $750,000 to their bottom line by moving 35 miles away to Valparaiso, IN. Last week, I asked a south Cook County family that owns 20 companies and employees hundreds of Illinois residents and thousands of people worldwide, “what would happen to your employees, your family and your business if the Democrats’ proposal passes?” The answer was fast and straightforward: “We’d have to revisit Indiana’s proposal to move our company seven miles to the east.”

On the four borders of Illinois, every business is doing a similar calculation and coming to the same conclusion. The Illinois Democrats hate the private sector.

The average Illinois citizen can’t afford this tax increase, and their children won’t stay around to pay off the credit card bill. Public opinion polls over the past year show that over 2/3rds of Illinoisans are against this tax hike. 55% of Illinoisans have lost their job or have taken less pay and we cannot afford it. According to census data, Illinois has fewer jobs now than in 1996. In the Democrat stronghold of Cook County, jobs have flowed to other counties (and states). Cook has fewer jobs now than in 1990.

Hiking income taxes and piling on debt will only hasten the economic death spiral of Illinois. Businesses and high earners will accelerate the process of leaving the state, leaving fewer and fewer people to shoulder the burden of an unsustainable bureaucratic state. As the tax and regulatory burdens will accelerate yet again, driving even more productive citizens out of Illinois.

One more decade of these policies will leave Illinois stratified with four distinct classes. A few of the very rich, a shrinking and struggling middle class service sector, and a large public bureaucracy managing the people now reliant on government assistance.

Illinois Democrats are the architects of this looming disaster. That is why it is important to make them own their financial schemes, government spending shell-games, and the horrific results that follow. They have the votes to enact tax hikes and expand borrowing. Let them do it on their own. Any Republican lawmaker who votes for tax hikes and increased debt deserves a primary challenger.

The people of Illinois deserve transparent, accountable and limited government. As the opposition party, Republicans need to offer bold and aggressive reforms that move Illinois in that direction. The strategy of saying, “At least we aren’t as bad as the Democrats” has failed utterly.

Republicans need to engage the people of Illinois through bold policies, not shop-worn politicking and platitudes. They could start with aggressively pushing to limit government. Citizens are ready to support constitutional spending caps, property tax caps, and term limits. They will support transparency and accountability through independent audits that investigate fraud where any hint of it is found. Make the Democrats defend their opaque and corrupt culture of patronage spending. Rub their noses in the deep doo-doo they’ve plunged Illinois into.

Make them own it.

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12 Responses to "INCOME TAX HIKE: Make Democrats Own It"

  1. Comment by P.Finney on January 7, 2011 at 9:43 am said:

    I amthe founder of an Illinois corporation, 1960 Grew to 85 employees. Sales 40% export 60% domestic. I built the company on a shoestring.and risk. Profitable, Corporation is now part of Honeywell group. I could not and I would not start a business in Illinoiswith the current enviornment and proposed tax increase NO WAY. We need to get government salaries/ wages and pensions in line with business. We need to getspending controlinin line with a realistic and fixed budget. . Eliminate croniism a nd graft Install good managers and hold them accountable The State needs a serious overhall. Lets get it done.

  2. Comment by Phil Adair on January 7, 2011 at 10:00 am said:

    All I can say is this state deserves what it gets. They want the Democrats & I hope EVERY company that has the ability to move out of this state. I’m retired now so I’ll take the attitude that the Democrats have. Screw the people. Some day the people left will see the light if there is a even a flame left.
    Also someday the Republican party will quit being Rhino’s. They have perpetuated this situation. The Edgar’s, Thompson, and Ryan’s also had a big part in this big spending.
    Phil Adair

  3. Comment by Sherri Burkhart on January 7, 2011 at 10:03 am said:

    If Illinois raises the income tax 75% then not only will small businesses fold but people like myself will wonder why they really are working. It would be easier to sit back and collect state aid then work at least I would get what I have put in for 30 years. This is crazy and people need to remember why they put Quinn back in the seat?????? I can’t wait to move out of this crooked state.. The slogan now is: Keep putting democrats in office.

    Sherri Burkhart

  4. Comment by John F Weiffenbach on January 7, 2011 at 10:04 am said:

    If any of my current representatives vote for any Income Tax incresase (on individuals or corporations… which mean individual jobs) they will never receive a vote from me again!

    The current proposals are even more insane that Quinns campaign statement that he might have to raise the rate by 1%.

    Haven’t went sent enough jobs to Indianna already?

  5. Comment by M. C. Marasco on January 7, 2011 at 10:36 am said:

    Dear Folks:

    I am a sophisticated entrepreneur/businessman involved in many start-up and Illinois-built businesses. I am not only taking my capital, businesses & (most importantly IDEAS) OUT of Illinois; but also, out of the country. I graduated from the same Jesuit school (St. Ignatius College Prep) in Chicago as Madigan, Daley, Cullerton, Lipinski et al.

    The difference is that I went into the PRIVATE sector and stayed off the public payrolls. Please get your party into the 21st century. If SB600 had been on the books, the Governor, most likely, would have been Republican rather than (Fenwick) Quinn. You know the “Illinois-Combine” did not benefit anyone other than Democrat-Republican insiders.
    The party is over!

    I have attended numerous Tea Party Patriot, Republican, Illinois Policy Institute, anti-“Ducking” Debbie Halvorson
    meetings and called numerous local, state and national administrative and elected officials. I walk the walk and am a leader that is “disgusted” with this State and in particular the Chicago/Cook county corruption.

    The absence of a “viable” Republican Party in Chicago and Cook County is a testament of your Party’s failure to
    be a succesful political party in Illinois.

    Ms. Cedra Crenshaw was defeated in the last 43rd State Senatorial election because your Republican office holdere in her district were playing “cozy” games with the Democratic State Sen. Wilhelmi. Unfortunately, this “modus operandi” continues. Illinois needs Ms. Crenshaw and other like her!

    Thanks for the 5+% increase in the State income tax, 10% increase in the Illinois corpoate tax, billions of dollars in
    overdue state invoices and a very dismal and bleak childen, parents, seniors and business future in Illinois.

    In the final analysis, the brightest and best rise to the top…obviously not in this state.

  6. Comment by Bill from Mason County on January 7, 2011 at 10:51 am said:

    When will the MORONS in Chicago finally realize that Democrats are like time share property. It’s expensive & you never really own it!!
    They (along with some Republicans ) have spent Illinois into a CANYON (not a hole) !!! It’s time to STOP!
    The legislature should start by cutting their OWN pay by 50% until the books are BALANCED!!!

  7. Comment by Fred Pipin on January 7, 2011 at 11:53 am said:

    Did you Democrats ever hear of cutting State expenses. It probably is politically incorrect. Republicans vote NO and then try to repeal.

  8. Comment by Jo on January 7, 2011 at 4:53 pm said:

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! This is when people of Illinois join to march together and go to Springfield to face them in the eyes. Enough give aways and destroying our lives and our childrens future as if we have nothing to say about it. I am sick and tired of signing petiton after petition, calls, letters, office visits only to fall on deaf ears.

    What part of 33% tax increase did people not understand about Quinn? And yet he got voted in.

    Illinois has one of the largest illegal allien numbers on our free-for-all give away programs in the country and that is a large part of what has caused our down fall. Add to that stupid – let the next person deal with the problems quick fix mentality that we have allowed from our legislators for years – that brought us to this destruction.

    Now either we all quit our jobs and go on welfare/assistance so there will be noone left to tax or shut up and pay up.

  9. Comment by Dorothy Scaman on January 7, 2011 at 6:51 pm said:

    Who is going to pay to run the state when all the businesses and taxpayers move out? Austin, Texas has NO STATE INCOME TAX and yet their unemployment rate is 7% and businesses are thriving. Who voted these Democrats into office? Union workers, school teachers, state employees, unemployed people and retired state worker’s hoping to maintain their pensions. Who is going to pay their salaries when the state has NO INCOME because all the worker’s and business move?

    Wake up Democrats because you are through. No one will vote for you again

  10. Comment by Dorothy Scaman on January 7, 2011 at 7:04 pm said:

    Adam, you would get a much better respose if you composed letters for people to sign, add their own comments and e-mail to their Illinois legislators. People are exhausted from working 10 to 12 hours a day to keep their heads above water andthen try to care for their families. For something as big as a this, e-mails should be sent to all State of Illinois Legislators.

  11. Comment by Nancy Chada on January 8, 2011 at 11:20 am said:

    Besides the continued spending, I am very concerned about the tax hike (almost doubling) for businesses. How will any businesses be able to hire or expand? How will any jobs be created? How will our Illinois residents ever be able to go back to work?

  12. Comment by John on April 20, 2011 at 12:23 am said:

    No answer here. What a mess. Would like to get the heck out of this state however the real estate market is bottomed also. I would have been gone along time ago.