Here in California, a la-la land run by progressives like Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown, we can see the fundamental dishonesty of our progressive legislature that has squandered California’s sunny future into a insolvent state facing the spectre of total financial collapse if the citizens don’t support “just one more” massive tax raise.
And, unfortunately, we are not alone. It appears that Illinois, the home of such prominent progressives as Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett, Pat Quinn and notable crooks like Rezko and Blagojevich, is facing a similar situation.
What the politicians don’t seem to understand is that we have reached into our pockets and there is not much more to give and what little remains must be spent to benefit our families – not the special interests who trade campaign funding for the privilege of stealing from the public treasury.
Consider this recent e-mail from the Governor of Illinois …
This is a call to action. I am writing to ask you to support Senate Bill 3, a debt restructuring plan to pay Illinois' bills.
As you know, for too long, the State of Illinois has failed to pay its bills - 'balancing' its books on the backs of its vendors, health care organizations, and social service agencies.
As a result of our state's failure to pay its bills, organizations around the state are unable to make their payroll, have been forced to lay off employees, and some have even had close their doors entirely.
But there is hope - and we need your help.
Senate Bill 3 is a plan to immediately pay down all the bills that Illinois already owes, and is paid for by revenues from the recent tax increase.
Debt restructuring - similar to consolidating credit cards - is the only way for Illinois to pay its bills and save money today, rather than six months or a year later.
Legislators need to hear from you.
Please call, email or write your State Representative and State Senator today and tell them that Illinois must pay what it owes, and it must pay it now. Ask them to vote 'yes' on Senate Bill 3, so vendors, health care organizations and social service agencies can continue providing essential services.
This plan means the difference between our state's essential services functioning - or not.
Please see this fact sheet and visit payourbills.illinois.gov for more information on the restructuring plan and on contacting your legislator. You can use this template to encourage your State Representative and State Senator to support Senate Bill 3 today.
Pat Quinn, Governor
Did Quinn say in his e-mail “I am sorry for all of the Illinois politicians who spent your hard-earned money on parties, perks and privileges for government workers before spending money to repair or replace our crumbling infrastructure?”
Did Quinn say in his e-mail “I will try to reform the system and put these savings toward paying down our current debt – much of which is owed to Wall Street and others from whom we borrowed to “balance our budgets?”
But he did threaten you – in the manner of all politicians past, present and future: pay up or we will cut essential services. You know, the services you rely on: police, fire, medical and sanitation. Many heavily unionized and priced beyond what can be purchased in the private sector. Yes he did threaten you – even though there are thousands of unproductive cubicle workers passing paper back and forth among themselves rather than doing something for the citizens who pay their wages.
Did Pat Quinn explain why, in spite of billions of dollars in federal aid, the inner cities of Chicago are democrat-run cesspools of crime, corruption and decay? Where did that money go? Perhaps we should ask Barack Obama where all of the money flowing to community organizers and others was actually spent.
They want to keep you beholden to the politicians for essential services. Why else would the push for gun control over crime control – disarming law-abiding citizens to promote a target-rich environment for those crooks who do not obey the law?
If there is little money left in the Illinois State Treasury to pay its rightful debts, maybe the State should fire and possibly prosecute those legislators who have mismanaged the money they were given. Funding union-driven projects which went radically above budget and over-time – on purpose. Fire those who do not provide actual services to citizens – including the cops sleeping in the cars on cold mornings.
Don’t tell the citizens that it is our duty to maintain this corrupt dunghill by giving you even more money. Especially when you can’t guarantee it won’t be flushed down the same political rat hole as before.
Senate Bill 3 should be defeated – prove to us that you can restructure the debt, cut the waste, fraud and abuse of the system and we might just continue to let you and your political cronies survive for one more campaign season.
And you do not need a “template” to encourage your state politicians to support Senate Bill 3 – make a phone call and tell them NO!
Bottom line …
It is about time to tell the politicians NO! And if you cut our essential services, we will prosecute you for failing your oath of office and not prioritizing the essential work to be done. If you don’t cut back on non-productive city workers and reform pensions NOW – we will vote you out of office.
We know you and your party is in the midst of fundraising for the 2012 election cycle. Perhaps if you spent more time concentrating on the citizen’s problems instead of the party’s problems – the state and the nation would be a better place.
“Amends the State Finance Act. Creates the General Obligation Restructuring Bond Fund and the General Obligation Restructuring Bond Debt Service Fund as special funds in the State treasury. Provides that the Comptroller shall transfer into the General Obligation Restructuring Bond Debt Service Fund certain amounts to service debt due on State General Obligation Restructuring Bonds. Amends the General Obligation Bond Act. Increases total authorized amount of General Obligation Bonds. Provides that the $8,750,000,000 of Bonds authorized by this amendatory Act shall be used to pay vouchers that are at least 60 days past due, medical expenses incurred by the State under its health plans, corporate income tax refunds, and other operating expenses of the State. Provides that the proceeds of these Bonds shall be deposited in the General Obligation Restructuring Bond Fund. Provides for the conditions for issuance and sale of State General Obligation Restructuring Bonds. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.”
“To stabilize the budget and grow jobs, Illinois must pay its bills, while continuing to improve education, health care, human services, and public safety.”
Translation: we need to keep the unions and unionized government workers well-paid (even if the rest of you suffer) because we need their vote in 2012!
“Debt restructuring is similar to consolidating credit card or loans. Senate Bill 3 allows us to pay our bills in a lump sum and save money, while we also have dedicated revenue streams to pay it back:
- The lender will pay all of Illinois bills now;
- Illinois will repay the lender over a period of 14 years;
- Repayment will come from the 0.5% of the revenue increase specifically set aside for this plan.
This is not ‘new borrowing’. This is a strategic restructuring to pay down debts already owed by the State of Illinois.”
What a lie – this is exactly like credit card borrowing where you can never pay off your debt to the card issuer and continue making minimum payments forever. If this is not “new borrowing,” what does a revenue increase mean? It means they won’t borrow the interest payments from the credit card issuer – they will take these payments out of your pocket.
Enough with the dishonesty – perhaps it is time to throw the bums out instead of continuing to elect people like Pat Quinn and Rahm Emanuel.
“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!
“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw
“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS "The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell