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megimoo
01-18-2011, 12:48 PM
The contrast between what Illinois Democrats did last week and what Republicans have done in Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Virginia and New Jersey, could not be clearer.

In Illinois, Democratic legislators and a Democratic governor pushed through a massive 67 percent personal income tax hike (and a 46 percent boost in corporate taxes), claiming an accompanying "cap" would mean no new spending.

Sure.Illinois is caught in a trap of its own making, agreeing with unions (the Democrat base) to pay exorbitant amounts of retirement and health benefits to public employees the state cannot afford. Governors in nearby states are inviting Illinois residents and businesses to move from Illinois. No doubt many will accept those invitations, taking their money and their jobs with them
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President Obama and too many other politicians emphasize "public service" as if government work is superior to a vibrant private sector that creates jobs, goods and services people want. Governor Daniels has the right priority: people and jobs first, government second. If Daniels hasn't decided to run for president, he should. This is a platform that has not only worked in Indiana but, if adopted by the federal government (and other states), would work nationally.

Many Democrats who voted for the Illinois tax increases were lame ducks who will pay no political price for their cowardly vote. Besides, it wasn't their money. That's why it's so easy to spend.

If politicians in other financially troubled states won't follow Indiana's example, people can move to states with lower taxes. But no one can escape the federal government.

http://townhall.com/columnists/CalThomas/2011/01/18/contrasts_in_black_and_red/page/full/

fettpett
01-18-2011, 01:00 PM
it was a stunt to give the GOP that was taking over the Legislature a kick in the nuts and dare them to do what they campaigned on

megimoo
01-18-2011, 01:59 PM
it was a stunt to give the GOP that was taking over the Legislature a kick in the nuts and dare them to do what they campaigned onPlaying fast and lose with the peoples moneys are typical Democrat stunts,I'll give you that !

NJCardFan
01-18-2011, 05:28 PM
it was a stunt to give the GOP that was taking over the Legislature a kick in the nuts and dare them to do what they campaigned on

No different than the BS congress pushed through on their way out.

Apache
01-18-2011, 05:34 PM
No different than the BS congress pushed through on their way out.

No one was caught off-guard by that move. We all knew they wouldn't go with dignity...:rolleyes:

fettpett
01-18-2011, 05:51 PM
It's just going to be harder for the GOP to cut below what the previous tax rate, and do anything else that they had planned with Pat Quinn in office

PoliCon
01-18-2011, 05:56 PM
all the more reasons to end all lame duck sessions. Swear in the new legislature within a week of the election. This kind of shit should be made impossible.

fettpett
01-18-2011, 05:57 PM
all the more reasons to end all lame duck sessions. Swear in the new legislature within a week of the election. This kind of shit should be made impossible.

I agree...all legislative sessions should end before the election and take up business after the new one is in sworn in