Illinois Conservatives endorse the Illinois Policy Institute’s budget plan

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The biggest issue in Illinois is building to a volcanic crescendo. That issue is the state budget. As everyone knows, there has been a deadlock on the budget since Bruce Rauner was elected governor. The pressure to pass a budget has become so great that Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R) and Senate Majority Leader John Cullerton (D) met to devise a “Grand Bargain.” The plan consisted of 13 separate bills that were heavy on revenue increases in the form of tax increases and borrowing, and light in spending cuts and reforms. The public outcry was so great that the planned votes were tabled until new bills could be created to be voted on the week of February 7th.
In the meantime, the credit agencies have responded to our budget impasse with yet another downgrade of our credit rating. This means that borrowing for the state is more expensive than it was when the “Grand Bargain” was formulated. Even if every provision of all 13 bills could be passed, the “Grand Bargain” as constructed is not balanced. It loses money. Every Illinoisan knows that when times are tough, we need to cut back. We do it in our personal lives all the time. This is nothing new. Unfortunately, in the Twilight Zone that is Springfield, the thought of cutting spending is laughed at. We are told that any serious budget proposal must have a significant revenue component. We are told that this revenue is in the form of additional taxes and borrowing from our future. Growth is not a consideration. These budget schemes and perceptions are what have driven the exodus of citizens from our great state. There is a plan that can reverse this trend. There is a plan that can grow the tax base… a plan that can reduce the scope of government… keep pensions solvent AND hold to the state constitution… a plan that can balance the budget without raising taxes or going further into debt.
This past Tuesday, the Illinois Policy Institute released their plan: Budget Solutions 2018. The IPI budget proposal is a plan that really looks at the budget cost drivers, shows how out of line they are with our neighbors, and what can be done about them with the least impact on rendering services to Illinoisans. All of the news stories and op-ed columns recently have pushed the narrative that we have to accept that revenue (tax) increases will and must be part of any budget solution. We submit that this is a false narrative. One can look at the tax increases in 2010 under Governor Pat Quinn as the proof. The rates were slightly higher than what was proposed in the “Grand Bargain.” Did it balance the budget? No. Did it expedite the outward migration of our citizens and dwindle down the tax base? You bet it did. Will the “Grand Bargain” do the same? Without a doubt.
Raising taxes is the easiest thing for politicians to do. They know they have a captive audience that can’t lobby Springfield, while they can assure their donors that they will not need to make changes in their pet programs. We elect our representatives to make tough, adult decisions. The Illinois Policy Institute budget plan maps out these slightly tough, but decidedly adult decisions. Illinois Conservatives endorses this plan.

 

Link to IPI Budget

 

 

Catching up With Former Congressman Manzullo

Independents need to get informed

WACO, Tex., February 28, 2013 – I recently had the pleasure of seeing “Born Yesterday,” an intellectual comedy directed by Jessi Hampton at the Baylor Department of Theatre Arts. The play was originally written by Garson Kanin and first performed in 1946. Set in Washington D.C.,It follows the story of Billie Dawn, mistress of the rough junkyard tycoon, Harry Brock. She is taken advantage of by Brock’s bribery and corruption, completely unaware of the consequences of his actions.

The play documents Billie’s education in the realms of politics and history as she learns to understand Brock’s unethical actions while discovering the beauty of a democratic system. Becoming politically informed allows her to stand up against the injustice in politics.

The plot carries remarkable similarities to our political system today. The danger political ignorance poses to our society can be easily seen by recent statistics. According to George Mason historian Rick Shenkman, only two of five voters can name the three branches of the government, and 49% of Americans think the President has the right to suspend the Constitution.

Ilya Somin, professor of law at George Mason University, agrees that this political ignorance threatens our democratic system. He says, “Democracy demands an informed electorate […] Voters who lack sufficient knowledge may be manipulated by elites. They may also demand policies that contravene their own interests.”

So why not stay “independent” of politics? Many assume independents are free-thinkers, not tied to a particular partisan agenda, and generally more intellectual than those who identify as either conservative or liberal. However, this theory supposes an idealistic view of independents that starkly contradicts empirical observations.

According to a 2008 American National Election Study by the University of Michigan, independents are much less likely to follow current events, research political information, watch the news, or donate to candidates than those who report an affiliation with one political party. Most self-declared independents also confess to “leaning” toward one side or another. Those who do are almost 20% more likely to vote than “pure independents.”

Choosing a political side does not indicate a sacrifice of reason, principles, or free thinking. Party labels do not imply blind adherence to the agenda. The choice of party instead reflects a coherent set of informed decisions. Those who are not ashamed to stand behind their political convictions have already done much clear, rational analysis to decide which party or candidate best fits their views on most issues. There are still varying degrees on the left-right continuum, but a middle grounded in apathy is not the ideal place to be by any means.

According to “Born Yesterday” director Hampton, “It is harder for people to be taken advantage of, by government or anybody else, if they are well-educated, which is why Devery (a character in the play) exclaims, ‘A little education is a dangerous thing.’”

Admittedly, “Born Yesterday” takes on a slightly idealistic nature. It is naive to think that if only American citizens (especially independents) would read a little more, the problems of government would magically be wiped away. Becoming politically informed may not solve all of society’s problems, but it is a good place to start.

 

By: Danny Huizinga

Danny Huizinga is currently studying at Baylor University, pursuing three business majors in Economics, Finance, and Business Fellows with minors in mathematics and political science. Although originally from the Chicago area, he is a Texas resident.”
Article can also be found on the Washington Times

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Students feel entitled to good grades

Gill Sues the IRS, Blames Loss on “Dark Money Groups”

 Dr. Gill lost to Rodney Davis in the run to become the next US Rep. for the IL 13CD.  But Gill blames “dark money groups” who “misinformed” voters about his record.

 

 Sure, it was the “dark money groups”. Gill’s loss had nothing to do with him running 4 times and losing each time? Think about that for a moment. For nearly a decade, Dr. Gill has been a candidate for federal office. At this point, I would say the voters knew  well who Dr. Gill was and where he stood on the issues.

 

According to a spokesperson for Citizens For Responsibility and Ethics – the group representing Gill:

 

 “Under the law as it’s written, 501(c)(4) groups are required to be operated exclusively for social welfare purposes and not for political purposes.”

 

 So, Dr. Gill is upset about losing a close race. Maybe he thought the 4th time was the charm? Better yet, perhaps Dr. Gill should also sue the groups that fed money into his campaign to ads on his behalf since their efforts did not produce a win for him – the same 501(c)4 groups he and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics are complaining about. What 501(c)4 groups donated to Dr. Gill’s campaign? Great question! Fortunately for us, opensecrets.org has the answer!

 Here’s the real deal. Since Citizen’s United was ruled correctly by the Supreme Court, the liberal left has decried PACs donating money and running ads against their candidates. Prior to Citizen’s United, they had no problems with unions, left-leaning PACs, etc. running ads against Republican candidates.  In fact, the left reveled in the fact that outside money poured into various campaigns. Now? Not so much.

 

 Going through Dr. Gill’s list of donors from this past run, I believe the real question is how the University of Illinois was allowed to give over $32,000 to a candidate running  for office? The U of I is largely funded through our tax dollars here in Illinois along with generous donations from alumni & friends of the university. So how is it that a tax payer funded institution could or should be listed as a donor?

 

 Oh well, Dr. Gill. 5th time might be the charm and 2014 will be here soon enough. Ten years trying for the same office… That has to be some kind of Guiness Book World Record or something.

 

By: Brian Milleville

Plenty of Republican Lt. Governor choices exist for 2014

Illinois Conservatives to host Tea Party Express on Monday

Convention Review

(Lemont, IL)

  • Call to order was made by President Oltmanns at 1:15pm.
  • Attendance was taken by Vice President Spitzer in attendance were President Oltmanns, Vice President Spitzer, Speaker Kaiser, Rep. Jarratt, Rep. McCabe, Rep. Kirk, Rep. O’Connell. It was determined that a quorum was present and the meeting continued.
  • It was determined that the Illinois Conservatives would move forward to create a Federal PAC.
  • Annual fundraiser will take place on Flag Day (June 14th, 2012) for the 3rd consecutive year.
  • New literature will be ordered to replace out of date literature.
  • A reporter from the group will be sent to CPAC-Chicago to give our members live updates.
  • Discussion took place on our meeting structure and how we endorse candidates.
  • Budget was presented by President Oltmanns.
  • Much discussion followed about third party candidates.
  • Floor was opened to the public with many people addressing the leadership team.
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