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Daily Archives: October 1st, 2015


Attention Illinois residents, in case you had not noticed the state is still in a downhill spiral. We have a new governor but have we made any progress? We listened to all of the pre election hype and made a decision based on the poor performance of the former governor not on the person who was ultimately elected. At this time our state is being shut down piecemeal , this incremental closing or reduction of services and departments will have a long term effect beyond this governor even if he remains in office a another term. To run a state like a business is a good talking point but does not necessarily translate into correct real time actions. Can we do anything about it? Yes we can (remember that), we are the voters and we control who is elected and apparently too many of us have forgotten that. Do we know all that we need to know to vote correctly or from a position of knowledge ? The answer is no primarily because we tend to get distracted by sound bites and shiny objects. A campaign button, coffee mug or catch phrase is not a good reason to vote for anyone. The key to good government is good elected officials and the key to good elected officials is good information on the candidates. We will never know all that we need to know but if we keep in mind the old adage: “If it walks like a duck, etc.” . Voting is probably the hardest choice we have to make due to the modern media coverage which slams us with political ads 24-7 with no real content. It is our choice to vote for anyone we want but we need to make those choices based on correct information and not campaign ads. Just remember taxes is how the state runs “our” business and provides services to us all. Unfortunately for too many years our legislators have failed to modernize the tax system so it functions as it should. The state legislators have been afraid to talk about (now desperately needed) tax increases for all of us . Pension funds have been borrowed against and now cannot be repaid as required. As our financial hole grows deeper our government stalemate grows more rigid. This leaves us ALL in a soft sided hole that is slowly caving in on us.

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