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More Sneaky Taxes on Millennials: City and State Debt

Democracy and Power 104: Future Debt Burden A government debt is a government claim against personal income and private property – an unpaid tax bill. —Hans F. Sennholz

05/21/2014
Repopulating the GOP: Voter Turnout Is Everything
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Repopulating the GOP: Voter Turnout Is Everything

While some say the purpose of a political party is simply to win elections, I describe it differently. The purpose of a political party is to get out the vote for a platform. For most people, the most effective way to achieve getting out the vote is to volunteer in their own neighborhood with a political party, promoting a platform they support. With deadlines for all-important primaries coming up soon, there's no time to start like the present.

10/30/2013
First Amendment Under Attack in Illinois
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First Amendment Under Attack in Illinois

Illinois, Illinois, Illinois. What has happened to you? How could the land of Lincoln stray so far from the principles of freedom? Every time we look, the state government is up to something shady. While the graft usually takes place in Chicago, today’s example comes from Bellevue, just outside of St. Louis.

08/12/2013
Illinois Budget Failures Continue
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Illinois Budget Failures Continue

The State of Illinois is a basket case.  Unable to control its reckless spending, the state legislature approved a budget that calls for higher spending, even though the state has billions in unpaid bills and tens of billions in unfunded pensions. The pension problem, and the promises officials have made to state workers to get their votes, are now too big to ignore.

06/27/2013
State Cigarette Tax Hikes Totally Earning Cash; For Other States.
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State Cigarette Tax Hikes Totally Earning Cash; For Other States.

Years ago, Illinois decided that smoking was bad for its citizens and put a cigarette tax into place thinking they'd do two things: one, break the people who live there of a nasty filthy habit that was shortening their lives and keeping the Democratic politicians who cared about their fragile health up at night, and two, raise a little cash for a state that is so far in debt California won't be seen in public with it anymore. 

03/22/2013
Wasting Time in Springfield
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Wasting Time in Springfield

In the face of $9 billion in unpaid bills, the Illinois legislature has found time in 2012 for an amazing amount of peripheral legislation to take effect in 2013.For instance, after Jan. 1, 2013, it will be illegal in Illinois to possess, sell, trade, or distribute a shark fin. 

12/20/2012
Illinois’ Pensions Catastrophe Is An American Dilemma
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Illinois’ Pensions Catastrophe Is An American Dilemma

Democracy and Power 102: Voters are rationally ignorant. Tragically, the vast majority of the voters are rationally ignorant of most government actions.  The public is ignorant of bills, legislation, regulations and taxes that will ultimately impact their lives. 

04/09/2012