A while back, when we where debating the democrat’s demand that they be allowed to raise taxes as part of the strategy being looked at to bring the outrageous and out of control government spending that has been going on since the democrats took control of congress and the purse strings back in 2007. Some of us pointed out how horrible an idea allowing them to raise revenue now , while pretending to make cuts a decade down the line, would turn out. Those of us that understand the tax-and-spend nanny-staters and the way the real world worked, pointed out that all extra revenue would do was encourage these crooks to keep spending or even spend more. And those cuts ten years down the line would, based on historical precedent, never happen. In short we would end up with more spending and higher taxes, and the same if not a bigger budget gap.
Look, the LSM and the left have fooled a lot of people into believing democrats can be fiscally responsible by pretending the boom Clinton years happened because him instead of despite him. The fact is that Clinton was dragged kicking and screaming after the 1994 election into cutting government bloat – and while the welfare state took a big hit because of the contract with America a lot of those savings also came at the expense of military spending – by a republican controlled congress. Slick Willy signed the spending bills congress gave him because he liked the power to prowl on chubby interns and needed to keep power to thwart anyone investigating his lying more than he liked or believed the bullshit collectivist policies that democrats falsely claim will address all the injustices of the world. But the truth is that democrats, and especially today’s crop of democrats, have zero intent or ability to do anything about managing the bloat in government.
So, you can understand why those of us that grasp these basic facts about democrats and how they use tax payers, remained baffled by those that somehow thought allowing democrats to raise revenue – that is code for steal more money from the productive through taxation – before we got immediate concrete and hard cuts was a good idea. Maybe those that agreed with the democrats though they where serious about fixing this financial mess we are in. I for one see nothing that indicates that. They sure ass hell pretend they wanted to, but that’s all I see. Lucky for those of us that they wanted to fleece, these crooks didn’t get their way in that fight. And I should point out that despite that victory, which was hollow, we didn’t get any serious cuts either. But if you will allow me the latitude, I can point at a real and current example where the democrats promised their constituents that if they where allowed to raise taxes – to the tune of an unbelievable 67% on income taxes coupled with a big jump in corporate taxes as well – they would solve all their fiscal problems in one fell swoop.
Enter the democrat owned state of Illinois, where the current Campaigner in Chief cut his teeth learning all the best dirty political tricks, and their plan to tax their deficit and debt away. One year ago the people of Illinois where sold the whopper that if they allowed their political masters to tax the productive even harder, they would finally close the fiscal gap and be able to pay for the utopian socially just system all these leftists pine for. Reality however is that things are just as bad if not worse, now that the nanny staters got more revenue:
As WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports, officially, the state has a backlog of more than $4.25 billion in unpaid bills. Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says when one factors in other bills, the figure is closer to around $8.5 billion. Those other outstanding bills include tax refunds, employee health insurance, and bills that have not yet reached her desk.
Topinka says this is extremely disappointing, since a year ago, the state sharply increased income taxes (by 67 percent) and corporate taxes. “After the largest tax hike in our history, the state continues to be in this precarious fiscal position with persistent payment delays, and frankly, the situation is unlikely to significantly improve in the near term,” she said.
Heh! Disappointing? Seriously, was that a joke? So you drastically jack up taxes but the corrupt bunch of crooks that have been screwing the people of Illinois for decades now still can’t close the debt gap? Really? How surprising is that to all those that where advocating we should have let the clique of crooks that learned their ways from the bunch running Illinois do the same to us to cover the $1.3 trillion annual deficit? It isn’t to me. You let the big government nanny-staters that get their power from a bloated government everyone depends on get more revenue to feed the monster, and they are not only not going to bother to try and get things under control, but actually just spend more. Yeah, this piece doesn’t mention that they are doing that, but only a blinkered fool would think given this massive tax hike, that they end up billions in the red still without both the revenue stream not being as big as they expected AND the spending going up.
What could be the solution to this morass and impasse that remains despite the big tax hike? Well, from the article we get:
Some state officials say the solution is more borrowing to pay the bills, but Topinka says the solution is to cut spending.
Heh, some want to keep doing more of the same old stuff that got them into trouble in the first place. What’s the definition of insanity again? I am however surprised most of them don’t feel they should just jack taxes up again. Maybe they do feel that way but they simply do not say so. Or the author of the article neglects to point that out for some reason. Who knows? But what I am certain about is that Topinka’s solution – to cut spending – will never be entertained. Where is the opportunity for graft and power expansion in that? Don’t for a second kid yourself into thinking these crooks care about the people that elected them either beyond doing whatever token gestures are needed to secure enough votes to keep their cushy jobs. That’s nonsense. Remember how allowing the nanny staters to implement “revenue increases” always turns out the next time we hear some democrat tell us that raising taxes needs to be part of a comprehensive package. One where they tax us now, or even retroactively, but promise cuts a decade from now.