I keep getting these flyers from Munger and Rauner with lovely, but impossible promises. They promise to lower taxes, but accuse their Democratic opponents of bankrupting the state. OK, so if Illinois is bankrupt, and no question we have a serious pension and debt problem, caused, I might point out by both parties over the past three decades, precisely how do we cut the income of the state by billions (cut taxes), and expect to solve our fiscal problem? Answer? You can’t.
Munger and Rauner promise they won’t cut services and, in Rauner’s case, even INCREASE spending on schools. How do you cut the state’s income and do that? Answer? You can’t.
Munger’s latest flyer insists she will balance the budget. With the state debt and underfunded pensions in the billions, how do we do that? If you cut taxes the ONLY way you can balance the budget is to cut services and funding to schools, infrastructure, transportation, social services, police, fire, etc. There is no other way to do it. She is somewhere in Reagan Shangra-La land. GOP trickle down hasn’t worked yet and never will.
It never ceases to amaze me that people believe this voodoo economics. If you want services, you have to pay (tax) for them. Period. If you want job growth, you have to invest, not cut. This is simple economics 101, something Munger and Rauner seemed to have neglected to take in college. We have serious economic problems here in Illinois and Governor Quinn and courageous legislators such as Carole Sente have been the only ones to seriously try and do something about it. This is as obvious as the sun in the sky and Munger and Rauner are either naive, stupid, or simply don’t care about providing services to people. Their economic tea party policies would result in the economic disaster that has overtaken Kansas. We can’t let this happen to Illinois.