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Illinois residents aren’t frogs, won’t remain in Madigan’s boiling pot

Tribune: Illinois residents aren’t frogs, won’t remain in Madigan’s boiling pot


Invoking an old wives’ tale referring to ambivalent, “average” amphibians, the Chicago Tribune recently created an analogy between disinterested Illinois taxpayers and a hypothetical pot of frog stew to illustrate the state’s simmering fiscal status.

With Illinois’ economic climate approaching a boiling point, writer John Kass referred to the saving grace that distinguishes humans from frogs: the ability to make reasoned decisions.

“If taxpayers were frogs, they’d sit calmly in that warm stockpot forged over the decades by Democratic boss (House Speaker) Mike Madigan (D-Chicago), with the temperature rising all around them,” Kass said. “They’d sit, and they’d never jump out.”

Frogs don’t read Census statistics, Kass said. They know nothing of the Land of Lincoln’s simmering state of finances, and they would harbor no awareness of pension debt, school bailouts or union politics.

“Your average frog wouldn’t know that Madigan has had the political leverage in Illinois for decades,” Kass said.

The bottom line — aside from the overt difference of being two highly dissimilar biological species — is simply that frogs don’t read. Because of that, they don’t care about Madigan’s record of catering to the powerful and connected class. They don’t care about anything, as a matter of fact. They mainly eat flies and float, Kass said.

Fortunately, taxpayers are not frogs, Kass said. They don’t need to figure out how to jump out of a pot. They can pick up on trends, pack up their belongings and move out of Illinois at will in their own decisive response to the state’s failures — and so they have, Kass said.

The newest U.S. Census Bureau report showed that Illinois ranks at rock bottom nationwide for population change, losing over 114,000 inhabitants in a recent 12-month period — more than any other state in the nation. At 12.8 million residents, the state registered its lowest numbers in the last decade, while other states either gained or maintained their populations.

Additionally, analysts at the Illinois Policy Institute said those who are out-migrating tend to earn higher incomes than those arriving, with the difference totaling between $3 billion and $4 billion annually. Institute economist Michael Lucci said that when it comes to evaluating the migration trend, the topic dubbed “wealth flight” is “not being especially discussed,” at least publicly.

High property taxes?

“What about those who remain? It’s like a cable company losing its customers to competitors,” Lucci said. “The cable company responds by raising its rates on existing customers, and that adds to the pressure on those who stay.”

Kass said residents are fed up.

“Illinois is past the tipping point,” Kass said. With tight Democratic control of Springfield and government gears grinding to a halt over pensions, school budgets, elected officials’ paychecks and more, private businesses are among the first to notice that the state’s economic atmosphere is not especially welcoming at this point.

That perception creates a subtle chain reaction. With fewer private-sector jobs available, young adults entering the work force seek employment out of state. Their elders, without much incentive to stay behind, often go too, taking their capital with them and creating larger losses for Illinois.

In the public sector, reactions are different because the government happens to be the state’s largest employer. While civic employees put up with tax hikes, they take some solace in knowing that the outlay comes back to them in the form of their own salaries and benefits.

Hence, public unions tend to support the Democrats. Furthermore, “Boss Madigan” is allied with the union sector. Complicating the cycle further is the fact that the Democrats and unions enjoy a particular rapport with the media, the Tribune said. Taking full advantage of their connections to depict their interests in just the right light, they strive to portray themselves as victims.

Private-sector workers, by contrast, elude typecasting because they tend to be overlooked to begin with, Kass said.

Frogs don’t need to make decisions about cable providers, annual earnings or whether the grass is greener in Indiana or Michigan. They don’t have a choice about leaving Madigan’s “stockpot,” but Illinois residents do.

“Happily, taxpayers aren’t frogs,” Kass said. “They have feet, and they’re running and jumping out of Illinois.”

Source: Will County News

Illinois Rep. Batinick advances bill to enact property tax freeze


State Representative Mark Batinick


For Immediate Release                                                                      Contact: Debbie Kraulidis

January 9, 2017                                                                                                       (815) 254-0000


Rep. Batinick advances bill to enact property tax freeze


SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House Revenue & Finance Committee today approved legislation filed by State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) to enact a permanent property tax freeze,House Bill 6630. The bill now advances to the full House of Representatives for consideration.


Rep. Batinick’s legislation resets Illinois’ property tax extension formula to 0.0%, starting in levy year 2016 and continuing thereafter with no provision to sunset or be phased out.  It also allows voters of any taxing district to approve a levy increase (property tax hike) by referendum, if they so choose.

“Property tax relief is the number one issue for suburban homeowners,” Rep. Batinick said. “We need to provide meaningful property tax reform now that will allow working families and seniors on fixed incomes to afford to stay in their homes. House Bill 6630 would accomplish this bipartisan goal.”

For questions or more information, please call Rep. Batinick’s office at (815) 254-0000.



Source: Will County News

‘Russia hacking’ narrative despite zero evidence

The establishment doubles down on the phony ‘Russia hacking’ narrative despite zero evidence


russia-hackingJohn Harwood, the Hillary Clinton operative who poses as a CNBC correspondent and New  York Times contributor, got a bit of surprise when he put a poll on his twitter feed asking, “Who do you believe America? Wikileaks, or US intel officials.” By more than 2 to 1, respondents chose Wikileaks.

Clearly, only the most ignorant and rabid of statists are falling for the notion that Russians hacked the election. Americans are far more savvy than the pundit and political class believe. No amount of talk about closed door intel briefings or open door intel briefings, media claims, Insane John McClain claims or James Clapper pronouncements can cover the fact that fewer and fewer people believe anything emanating from bowels of the cesspool that is Washington, D.C.

After all, CNN reports that the FBI was not allowed to examine DNC servers to determine whether hacking took place, much less to discover who might be behind it. Instead, the FBI is taking the word of a private corporation named Crowdstrike.

The good people over at Zero Hedge did a little digging into published information available about Crowdstrike and its major players. Crowdstrike’s chief technology officer and co-founder, and the person who wrote a report linking Russia to the DNC hack is a man Dimitri Alperovitch. Previously, Aperovitch was behind a largely debunked report linking the same hackers to alleged hacks of cellphones of Ukrainian artillery by Russians seeking to find their location for bomb targeting.

Alperovitch also happens to be a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, a globalist think tank with ties to the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission. The Atlantic Council is funded by the U.S. military along with defense contractors Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Northop Grumman and Boeing.

Also recall that the intelligence community claiming Russian involvement in the DNC email leaks is the same intelligence community that has recently told us such whoppers as weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, Saddam Hussein had ties to al-Qaida, there were moderate rebels in Syria, Bashar Assad used chemical weapons and Russia was bombing civilians in Allepo.

Is it any wonder the people – thinking ones, at least – don’t buy the narrative that Russia hacked the election?

H/T: Zero Hedge

Source: Will County News