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.