America, welcome to the “Chicago way”

CatholicVote.org happens to be headquartered in Chicago, the windy city and the home of President Obama. In fact, the billion dollar re-election campaign offices for President Obama are just a few blocks away from our own. Living and working here, we have grown accustomed to the “Chicago way.”

We are surrounded by the stories of blatant crony capitalism, phony community organizing, and public sector kick backs. Rarely does a week go by without another news story exposing a public sector employee collecting multiple pensions totaling $300,000 a year or more. Seriously. Our last Republican governor is in jail, and our last Democrat governor is about to follow him. It’s simply maddening.

To pay for these political games, the state has run up a massive debt on a per capita basis that is worse than any other state in the union. The cost of this debt is ballooning, businesses are fleeing, and many predict the state is on the verge of a financial collapse.

Sound familiar?

So how else do you finance the millionaire politician re-elections, unsustainable public sector employee entitlements, and crony capitalism? You raise taxes of course. But whose taxes? Earlier this year the state passed the largest income tax increase in history. We were told it would finally put us back on the path to solvency. But surprise! The fiscal crisis is worsening.

Our ABC news affiliate ran the story below last night. Watching it I realized that for all the talk about the 1% needing to pay their fair share, the problems of over spending, government debt, and insider political games inevitably hurt the lower and middle classes the most. Raising taxes on the rich has been done here. Sure, they could raise them more, but doing so risks more citizens and businesses leaving the state. Illinois business icons like Caterpillar and Sears are threatening to leave, while countless smaller business have already left.

I challenge you to watch the news story below and ask yourself who is getting hurting the most by the government system in Illinois. This state of affairs, I’m afraid, is where the entire country is headed unless we change course soon. Sadly the “Chicago way” is all too quickly becoming the American way.

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7 thoughts on “America, welcome to the “Chicago way”

  1. Snotly says:

    I think back in Jesus’s time taxes were well over 50% and he told people to render unto Cesar, which I would think may have caused a lot of grumbling, the most direct story was about the rich man who wanted to be a disciple or perhaps I should go and look up what I should do if someone asks me for my cloak or asks me to walk one mile in service or if I should ever give to someone who spitefully uses me. I would think that God expects things a little bit differently than people expect things. How generous is God? How giving is He?, to the just and the unjust alike? I’m not saying that these taxes aren’t unjust and excessive, just makes me scratch my head between the difference in your approach vs. the Gospel’s approach to injustice through use. Should I resist one who is evil in this nature? Why or Why not? by the way, I always hope that I can take things into my own hands and not follow the Gospel, that resisting evil with evil will end it. It has always worked before. I’m sure the next bunch of guys won’t be corrupted by the system.

  2. Sue in soCal says:

    IT will stay the status quo until people vote out these crooks and, if there is no reform, vote out the next batch until they get politicians in office who are there to serve the people not themselves.

  3. Joe M says:

    Taxing the rich still taxes the poor.

  4. Tess says:

    Amen Brian! I live in Chicago. We have the highest sales tax in the country. We have the highest gas tax. Despite the fact that property values went down last year, property taxes went up. We pay a ridiculous amount of money to park at a meter on the street. Our state income tax rate went up last year. I could go on and on. The attitude of our state and local gov’t seems to be…raise a little tax here, and little tax there…and no one will notice. Why do you think Quinn and Emmanuel kiss butt with the left on social issues, and bow down to unions? So people will ignore the fact that they are being gauged economically. Blame Wall Street? Yeah, right. The blame should be placed at the feet of exactly where it belongs…with greedy, incompetent politicians.

    1. Dan says:

      To be fair, it should be noted that the parking meters were privatized, and after privatization, Chicagoans are now expected to pay exorbitant rates.

      1. Tess says:

        It was privatized to put money in Daley’s coffer for the Olympics bid.

  5. Steve says:

    It’s so typical of the way things are run in this state. I’m convinced either the electorate is really ignorant (very possible, considering they are slaves to the Democrat Party), or the Dems cheat their way into office (also very possible!).

    I hope to be leaving this state very, very soon. Goodbye Illinois and your idiot Democrat politicians!

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