To the Editor: Illinois budget is a scam on the taxpayers

June 29, 2011

To the taxpayers of Illinois, you have been convincingly duped. Last December when Gov. Pat Quinn was pushing hard for a 67 percent increase in the state income tax, all Republicans were opposed. In a last-minute attack on you, the citizens of Illinois, the lame-duck Democrats crammed this legislation through with zero Republican yes votes. It was quickly signed into law by the governor.

“We need this,” said our governor, “to pay back-due bills.” Give us this tax so we can start whittling away on our unpaid obligations. To the consternation of many of us who knew better, the Democrat legislators said, “Yes.”

The 2012 budget was recently approved. Any guesses on how much of that budget is dedicated to past-due bills? If you guessed 10 cents, you are a dime too high. That’s right, after all the caterwauling about new taxes for paying bills, all the increased revenue in the budget is earmarked for new spending. Not one cent is scheduled to reduce our outstanding debt. For those who think backbreaking taxes and spending to infinity and beyond is a good thing, congratulations. For the rest of us, remember this when the Democrats run for office.

Dave Willis
Rockford

RockfordFrom the June 29-July 5, 2011 issue

One Comment

  1. John

    July 1, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Sorry Dave, but you are late to the party.

    Anyone who followed Quinn prior to the election could see the Unions buying this idiot, lock, stock, and barrel. Quinn’s sweetheart deal with the unions prior to the election should have sealed his fate. His union masters and the poor who vote for anyone who promises them a free ride, went to the polls.

    The problem was the lazy Republican and conservatives who simply choose NOT to participate in that election. They gave us what we have today, a state government that has declared war on us, the middle class.

    I went to the polls, I voted for Bill Brady…it didn’t matter. You and I can’t do it alone. The will of the people of Illinois is to toil like slaves under a tax and spend Democratic Dictatorship. Yes, I said dictatorship…Illinois is now essentially a one-party state. Illinois people apparently love to be treated like stupid sheep, and robbed of their hard-earned money. Otherwise, explain why they keep voting the same criminals into office, over and over.

    There is only one solution…get out of this state. Leave the crushing debt to the Illinois people who love to toil for their masters.

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