Feb 12, 201503:11 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
‘Fascism has come to Illinois’
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Portions of this blog first appeared on Feb. 3 at RightWisconsin.
A Republican has been elected governor of our neighbor to the south, breaking 12 years of uninterrupted Democratic hegemony. That’s cause for name-calling and conspiracy mongering among the paranoid Left.
During the dozen years Democrats controlled both houses of the Illinois Legislature and the governor’s office, Illinois Democrats’ fiscal stewardship became a scandal of 60 Minutes proportions. The CBS television news magazine called Illinois state government’s fiscal stewardship “possibly the worst in the nation; spends double what it takes in!” (Video here.)
Gov. Bruce Rauner came into office with a $5.8 billion backlog of unpaid bills, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Something had to give. Rauner signed an executive order Monday eliminating union fair share payments, which he called a “critical cog in the corrupt bargain crushing taxpayers,” WGN News reports.
According to WGN, “[Rauner] says he took action after a U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last year that found the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act violated the First Amendment by mandating involuntary union dues.”
This modest reform is further evidence of liberal end times. Under the provocative headline “Fascism has come to Illinois,” the leftwing blog Cognitive Dissodence rails: “Bruce Rauner ran for governor of Illinois on the platform of being another Scott Walker. Despite this warning, he was still able to use his millions to buy the election.” Or maybe, my, because of that warning — for it never occurs to our acquaintances that voters wanted a Scott Walker, in which case it was a promise to be like Walker.
Author Chris Liebenthal is a Milwaukee County employee and public-sector union heavy who was once disciplined for “wasting the taxpayers’ time.” Now he is auditioning for Graeme Zielinski’s old job. He hopes “that the union members in Illinois have their marching boots at hand. A strong and direct action is the only thing that fools like Rauner — and Walker — understand.”
Right. The union intifada of 2011 sure showed Scott Walker who was boss. Tune up the vuvuzelas, cue Big Ed Schultz, start the drum circles, draw the little Hitler mustaches. Do to Bruce Rauner what you did to Scott Walker: make him a national rock star.
Walker gets elected three times in four years and that’s “fascism!”
Illinois has been pure Democrat, not Minnesota
Raising taxes hasn’t worked. “Revenues are down, despite the huge ‘temporary’ increase in income taxes. Already paying junk bond rates, the state will commit to even more borrowing,” says Chicago Now, October 2014.
“Generous teacher pensions continue as Illinois’ financial crisis worsens; State has worst U.S. credit rating, reported the Washington Times in September.
Illinois is the poster child of Democratic governance, not supposedly sainted Minnesota. Madison’s progressive mouthpiece — exempt from the Move to Amenders — serves as head cheerleader for that cold-water Cuba:
While Walker has been practicing the austerity economics known as trickle down during his time in office, [Gov. Mark] Dayton’s different economic philosophy has produced some happy results. (“Two very different governors.”)
Of course, those happy results come at a price — higher taxes. Minnesota is the fifth-most-taxed state in the nation. Wisconsin has managed to drop down to 13th, according to the Tax Foundation.