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Effort Underway To Recall Gov. Quinn After Tax Increase

26 January 2011 Craig 8 Comments

Rakow Branch Library, Elgin, IL Rakow Branch Library, Elgin, IL (Photo by The Elginite).

Think there’s nothing you can do about the 67% tax income tax increase passed last week by Illinois legislators?

Think again.

Illinois resident and internationally recognized economic blogger, Mike Shedlock, has started a campaign to recall Governor Pat Quinn as a result of the tax increase.

The movement is gaining steam and I applaud the effort. Quinn has proved himself to be just another politician in favor of higher taxes, expanding state budgets, and favors for friends—all while maintaining a complete disregard for the encouragement of any actual wealth producing activities.

Even classic Illinois establishment politicains like Mayor Richard Daley realize that Quinn has gone too far.

Additionally, businesses are already talking about fleeing Illinois to escape the tax burden. “Jimmy John” Liautaud, a former Elgin business owner, is considering taking refuge in Florida, which incidentally has a 0% state income tax rate.

But why do I see punishing Quinn as a solution? Aren’t there more productive avenues into which we would put our energy? By no means am I seeking vengeance. The problem is that politicians don’t make decisions like you and I—Their single most concern is staying in power. When we threaten that power, they get nervous. And when they get nervous, they start doing more of what their constituents want.

If you don’t believe me that power and keeping their cushy jobs are not what they truly care about, what is? It’s certainly not creating an environment in which Illinois residents and businesses can prosper without never ending incremental government intrusion.

Furthermore, significant effort to recall Quinn would not only make him nervous but will also serve as a reminder to many other politicians who will one day face reelection.

Because the recall procedures require representatives from both parties to be on board, local representatives who voted against the tax increase would be forced to actually take a stand against either for or against the recall, providing a significant issue that they could campaign on…or be campaigned against.

But don’t take my word that a recall is a helpful solution to politicians gone off the rails: take it from the man himself, Gov. Pat Quinn, who favored the recently passed recall amendment, calling it “The ultimate way to get ethics in government…” Quinn went on:

“When things really get on the wrong track, we need to…give the voters an opportunity to take a bad product in politics…and remove them from office.”

Things are on the wrong track. Pat Quinn is a bad product.

If you’d like to help recall the Governor, getting Democratic legislators on board will be key. Please contact Elgin’s Keith Farnham (who actually seems like he might be open to the idea given enough pressure.) at (847) 841-7130 and Michael Noland at (847) 214-8864 or (your local representatives) and thank them for voting against the tax increase and ask them to support this effort.

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8 Responses to “Effort Underway To Recall Gov. Quinn After Tax Increase”

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  1. Crysta says:

    I agree with the impulse to recall Quinn, but it won’t get us out of the mess we’re in. That would require an entire cultural shift. The culture of corruption makes me so angry, especially as stories trickle out about lame duck lawmakers - who knew they wouldn’t have to face voters - trading their vote for the promise of cushy government jobs. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-quinn14-20110122,0,5170491.story)

    Quinn did say he would raise taxes, though he never indicated as much, and people were dumb enough to vote for him. On what grounds would we recall him?

    • Craig says:

      A recall can be done for any reason, but if you need an official one, Quinn promised that he would not raise taxes above 4% and then raised them to 5%.

      Shortest lived campaign promise ever??

  2. JP says:

    This is retarded. I knew that adding the recall mechanism would be a terrible idea for us. I’m not happy about the tax increase but the governor AND the legislative body do one thing that the public doesn’t like and they’re hanging from the rafters screaming RECALL!! No one seems to learn from states like California that the recall process is going to cost us MILLIONS of dollars to implement and carry out. So whine about the 3 year tax increase or open your wallets wider to recall the governor.

    • Craig says:

      Sometimes you have a break a few eggs…Really although a million sounds like a lot, if we have a spend a few million, to prevent billions of waste, I’ll spend money to save money.

  3. rm says:

    Whatever the value or significance of some Quinn recall effort, is it really something to blog about here?

    I’ve enjoyed this blog over the years because of its local character.

    So shouldn’t a blog titled “Elginite” be addressing the local developments, conditions, and individuals that created the environment leading to a tax increase?

    If you want to consider recalling someone for sucking up your tax dollars, how about Ed Schock? As he cranks up his re-election propaganda Ed seems to be proudest of bringing in Artspace downtown and creating a “riverfront second to none.” Those projects will cost millions of state dollars… your dollars.

    As Crysta noted, it’s not just Quinn… it’s a culture that seeps right down into Elgin and the way our town operates and the way we live.

    And BTW, if you do want to address this from the statewide perspective, what’s up with Jim Edger’s apparent endorsement of the increase?

    • RS says:

      We try to keep it as local as possible, but state issues are not far from local, and I think it is important to call attention to where our local legislators stand on the state issues that affect us all. We can’t expect the national media to cover our state issues and there are no dedicated state news organizations per se, which means state reporting really falls into the domain of the local news outlets. Since it’s not the Tribune’s priority to report on where Keith Farnham or Mike Noland stand on issues or exactly what they are up to in Springfield, it becomes the responsibility of the local news sites including us to hold our local legislators accountable to voters. So I think we will continue to cover state issues where it makes sense to us to do so, keeping in mind that our primary focus is local.

      As always the feedback is welcome and appreciated.

      • rm says:

        To both you guys, RS and Craig…,

        Thanks for the responses. I’m not suggesting you lose the big picture, just that it include the local element. Your “Amazon-tax” blog was a great contribution showing how state policies are harming local enterprise.

        While Mike Bailey chruns away on his Courier Requiem part 6 or whatever, I hope we can all agree that we really are needing more local information and commentary. Certainly something beyond what the Paddock family is pumping out.

        Always look forward to posts from both of you. Cheers,

  4. Craig says:

    rm, point taken on keeping things local. Although, bigger picture issues have a significant effect on what happens locally. I try and tie that in with local flavor, but perhaps I’ve lost sight of doing that a bit here. Thanks for the comment.

    And yes, government sucks up and fritters away all of our tax dollars. Quinn is just a prime example. Elgin is no exception. The council seems to prefer raising money to build a legacy in the name of “image” rather than keeping fees low to create a favorable environment for economic growth.

    I don’t know about Jim Edgar and the tax increase, but I do know that being a republican doesn’t mean much. They talk a big game, but deliver little.