Monthly Archives: April 2014

Some Never Learn

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Illinois keeps doing Wisconsin favors by furnishing an example, right across an imaginary line on the ground, of what we could become in no time at all if we were to once again trust state government to Democrats.

This past week, Governor Pat Quinn delivered his budget message to the Illinois General Assembly and guess what? Those mammoth, “temporary” tax increases adopted a couple of years ago can’t be temporary after all—unless taxpayers want to wreck the schools and starve the children.

After decades of hearing it, we wonder why a break for taxpayers will invariably destroy the schools and impoverish the kids; you’d think spending restraint would occasionally ruin something else, but evidently it somehow tracks down children like a heat-seeking missile bent on spoiling their future.

Ah, well.  Note the reference to “ruling” Democrats in the Tribune story’s lead sentence and in two short syllables you have a full explanation of today’s Illinois.  The tax-and-spend game—grounded in the corrupt attitude of “unions first!”—has a state that should be a showcase for American enterprise tied with Harry Reid’s Nevada for the nation’s second-worst unemployment rate at 8.7 percent, all but condemned to insolvency by unfunded pension obligations, and facing a $3 billion budget deficit if the giant tax hikes of 2011 expire on schedule next January.

Speaking of $3 billion deficits, Wisconsin used to have one. Then Republicans won the governor’s office and both legislative houses and within a couple of years, deficits turned to surpluses.

Two days before Pat Quinn reneged on the “temporary” part of his 2011 tax bonanza, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed legislation returning almost another billion dollars to the taxpayers who created that wealth.

We’ll keep our eyes peeled for collapsed school buildings.

Equal Voting Rights (More or Less)

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A small celebration is permissible, Governor Walker having signed legislation so obviously grounded in common sense that honest citizens may be shocked to learn legislation on the subject was needed.

We refer to the bill eliminating nighttime and weekend voting in the weeks leading up to an election—in other words, legislation reducing the special advantage for voters whose counties can afford to staff clerks’ offices while the rest of the state stands by.

Needless to say, the Left pretends this infringes voting rights. The Democrats’ gubernatorial hopeful denounced the slightly less unequal voting hours as “putting hurdles in front of people’s right to vote.”

Demonstrating that it doesn’t know or doesn’t care what it’s saying, the League of Women Voters said, “If lawmakers truly want to be fair for voters across the state, they will scrap this regressive law as soon as possible.”

In reality, fairness would allow big-city voters the same amount of time available to rural voters. Maybe Liberals have decided “one person, one vote” isn’t a concept they like after all.

Governor Walker vetoed a provision limiting early voting to 45 hours a week, allowing use of all 55 hours between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. That’s hardly a big deal; on the other hand, there’s hardly a need to demonstrate good will toward people who yearn to steal elections and railroad rivals into jail for the crime of governance based on individual responsibility and economic freedom.

Case in point: Sunday’s New York Times was hounding Walker—who is too kind—and Republicans for this tiny reform.

With Voter I-D still not in place, there’s more work to do and Liberals will make it as painful as possible. It will be worth the pain.