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Yeah this argument might make sense if Wisconsin and Illinois had the same financial problems to begin with. How I think you already knew that steve and wrote this any way.
@DOTTO, Wisconsin has a lower unemployment rate then Illinios, by 2%, a huge amount when talking unemployment.

Wisconsin is not as populated, so there is not as much room available for job growth in the first place. Thus the article you refer to is not considering the numbers that really matter. The unemployment rate between the
According to this article, Illinois is leading Wisconsin substantially in job growth since Walker took over: http://www.suntimes.com/news/otherviews/12003211-452/illinois-offers-lessonsfor-wisconsin-governor.html
Steven Malanga Senior Fellow
The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
52 Vanderbilt Avenue # 201
New York New York 10017 April 21. 2012

Dear M. Malanga:

The Manhattan Institute should undertake a study examining how high sales taxes on Real Estate might contribute to a higher number of foreclosed properties. The sales tax impedes home buyers from making higher down payments on the home they wish to buy which would afford them to be able to make lower monthly mortgage payments over the term of the loan, which could allow them to put more money aside for savings as insurance against unexpected expenses arising that might interfere with them meeting their mortgage payment and defaulting on their loan. (General example)

I believe such a study might prove that eliminating the sales tax on Real Estate will allow local governments to collect more offsetting, income taxes from the Real Estate Industry and related construction industry and as well more Real Estate taxes. If New York City home owners did not have to pay a near 9% sales tax on homes they buy they would be free to put another 9% toward the down payment on their home. Putting 9% more towards the down payment would allow them to pay 9% less on monthly mortgage payments allowing them to save more for insurance against unexpected expenses arising that might impede them from making mortgage payments that cause them to default on their loan. (Specific example)

Foreclosed property generates no Real Estate taxes for local governments until the property comes out of foreclosure or is sold and returned to the tax rolls. If there are fewer foreclosures on Real Estate in a municipal government the government should collect more real estate taxes. I understand the sales tax on the property at the time of sale and Real Estate Taxes are different entities. I am hoping your research, if The Manhattan Institute should investigate this issue, will demonstrate eliminating the sales tax on Real Estate will actually bring in more taxes over all and result in fewer foreclosed properties.

You might want to research this issue comparing cities with the highest foreclosure rates with cities with the highest sales taxes on Real Estate. If there is significant correlation you might be able to make the case for eliminating sales taxes on Real Estate. Such a study, if undertaken, should examine the foreclosure issue in light of the current economy and most recent recession and then examine the issue more broadly looking back over the last 50-100 years. When undertaking this study your researchers should be clear where the revenue from sales taxes on Real Estate ends up going toward. In most local governments Real Estate taxes fund public education but not being an economist professionally, I am not sure if the sales tax on Real Estate also goes toward education or as I suspect, might be added to the general funds of the local government from which all other expenses originate.
Sincerely
Thomas J. Kraus
Steven Malanga Senior Fellow
The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
52 Vanderbilt Avenue # 201
New York New York 10017 April 21. 2012

Dear M. Malanga:

The Manhattan Institute should undertake a study examining how high sales taxes on Real Estate might contribute to a higher number of foreclosed properties. The sales tax impedes home buyers from making higher down payments on the home they wish to buy which would afford them to be able to make lower monthly mortgage payments over the term of the loan, which could allow them to put more money aside for savings as insurance against unexpected expenses arising that might interfere with them meeting their mortgage payment and defaulting on their loan. (General example)

I believe such a study might prove that eliminating the sales tax on Real Estate will allow local governments to collect more offsetting, income taxes from the Real Estate Industry and related construction industry and as well more Real Estate taxes. If New York City home owners did not have to pay a near 9% sales tax on homes they buy they would be free to put another 9% toward the down payment on their home. Putting 9% more towards the down payment would allow them to pay 9% less on monthly mortgage payments allowing them to save more for insurance against unexpected expenses arising that might impede them from making mortgage payments that cause them to default on their loan. (Specific example)

Foreclosed property generates no Real Estate taxes for local governments until the property comes out of foreclosure or is sold and returned to the tax rolls. If there are fewer foreclosures on Real Estate in a municipal government the government should collect more real estate taxes. I understand the sales tax on the property at the time of sale and Real Estate Taxes are different entities. I am hoping your research, if The Manhattan Institute should investigate this issue, will demonstrate eliminating the sales tax on Real Estate will actually bring in more taxes over all and result in fewer foreclosed properties.

You might want to research this issue comparing cities with the highest foreclosure rates with cities with the highest sales taxes on Real Estate. If there is significant correlation you might be able to make the case for eliminating sales taxes on Real Estate. Such a study, if undertaken, should examine the foreclosure issue in light of the current economy and most recent recession and then examine the issue more broadly looking back over the last 50-100 years. When undertaking this study your researchers should be clear where the revenue from sales taxes on Real Estate ends up going toward. In most local governments Real Estate taxes fund public education but not being an economist professionally, I am not sure if the sales tax on Real Estate also goes toward education or as I suspect, might be added to the general funds of the local government from which all other expenses originate.
Sincerely
Thomas J. Kraus
Steven Malanga Senior Fellow
The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
52 Vanderbilt Avenue # 201
New York New York 10017 April 21. 2012

Dear M. Malanga:

The Manhattan Institute should undertake a study examining how high sales taxes on Real Estate might contribute to a higher number of foreclosed properties. The sales tax impedes home buyers from making higher down payments on the home they wish to buy which would afford them to be able to make lower monthly mortgage payments over the term of the loan, which could allow them to put more money aside for savings as insurance against unexpected expenses arising that might interfere with them meeting their mortgage payment and defaulting on their loan. (General example)

I believe such a study might prove that eliminating the sales tax on Real Estate will allow local governments to collect more offsetting, income taxes from the Real Estate Industry and related construction industry and as well more Real Estate taxes. If New York City home owners did not have to pay a near 9% sales tax on homes they buy they would be free to put another 9% toward the down payment on their home. Putting 9% more towards the down payment would allow them to pay 9% less on monthly mortgage payments allowing them to save more for insurance against unexpected expenses arising that might impede them from making mortgage payments that cause them to default on their loan. (Specific example)

Foreclosed property generates no Real Estate taxes for local governments until the property comes out of foreclosure or is sold and returned to the tax rolls. If there are fewer foreclosures on Real Estate in a municipal government the government should collect more real estate taxes. I understand the sales tax on the property at the time of sale and Real Estate Taxes are different entities. I am hoping your research, if The Manhattan Institute should investigate this issue, will demonstrate eliminating the sales tax on Real Estate will actually bring in more taxes over all and result in fewer foreclosed properties.

You might want to research this issue comparing cities with the highest foreclosure rates with cities with the highest sales taxes on Real Estate. If there is significant correlation you might be able to make the case for eliminating sales taxes on Real Estate. Such a study, if undertaken, should examine the foreclosure issue in light of the current economy and most recent recession and then examine the issue more broadly looking back over the last 50-100 years. When undertaking this study your researchers should be clear where the revenue from sales taxes on Real Estate ends up going toward. In most local governments Real Estate taxes fund public education but not being an economist professionally, I am not sure if the sales tax on Real Estate also goes toward education or as I suspect, might be added to the general funds of the local government from which all other expenses originate.
Sincerely
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Interesting that runaway Wisconsin lawmakers headed for Illinois when they deserted Madison.

The corruption in Illinois is everywhere. Dixon's comptroller has just been arrested for embezzling $30 million. I feel sorry for my neighbors across the river.
What needs to be understood is that Illinois is basically ran by the same cartel that influences Obama. The Chicago/Cook County influence on State wide politics is substantial if not choking. The present Governor, Patrick Quinn, is yet another product of the Chicago Democratic machine. He won by carrying only 4 to 5 counties out of a total of 102 because the population majority is Cook County and its' collar counties. Keep Obama and his cronies in office for another 4 years and a 14 trillion dollar deficit will seem like peanuts.
Without Right to Work, the Rust Belt is doomed by competition from the South.
Mainly, don't supply politicians to the Federal Government.
Of course, the article could have emphasized Wisconsin's job woes. A year ago all these pundits were saying that Illinois' tax increases would send jobs to Wisconsin and Indiana. It didn't happen. Illinois added jobs and Wisconsin lost jobs.
"The solution to Illinois' money problems are clear - they need to start taxing residents of Wisconsin."

They already do- it's called the Illinois tollway.

BTW, Obama's EPA did an interesting slight-of-hand when it included southeastern Wisconsin in the Chicago metropolitan area when evaluating clean air compliance. This conveniently puts Chicago in compliance, but imposes costs on Wisconsin.
Let's hope Scott Walker wins this fight.
THE GREAT COLORADO PENSION HEIST OF 2010: DIAGNOSIS, “LEGISLATIVE SCHIZOPHRENIA.”


If two contradictory positions peacefully coexist in the mind of an individual that person is schizophrenic, but is it possible for an entire organization to exhibit schizophrenia? Be the judge.


The Colorado General Assembly has recently endorsed the following two public policy positions:


#1 - “Colorado is in a fiscal crisis, Colorado PERA pension contracts must be breached!”

#2 - “Colorado is not in a fiscal crisis, we are free to grant $100 million in property tax relief!”


How is it that this glaring inconsistency is readily apparent to me, but cannot force its way into the minds of our state legislators?


In 2000, Colorado voters amended Article X of the Colorado Constitution to allow the General Assembly, at its discretion, to exempt up to $100,000 of the value of a qualifying senior’s home from property taxation. To qualify for the tax relief, a senior must be 65 years old or older, and must have lived in his/her home for a decade or more. If tax relief is granted by the General Assembly, the state is required to reimburse Colorado local governments for any resulting loss of property tax revenue.


Tax relief under this 2000 constitutional amendment is optional. The General Assembly is not compelled to return state revenues to taxpayers while it is in breach of its contractual pension obligations. Providing property tax relief may be laudable; however, it is a discretionary allocation of state resources. Meeting one’s contractual and moral obligations (for example, honoring pension contracts that were earned over a thirty year period) is not discretionary.


The General Assembly may be schizophrenic, but it is not ignorant of its pension obligations. Every year Colorado PERA pension administrators hire an actuary to determine the amount of money that must be contributed to the PERA pension in order that it remain financially sound. This figure, (the “annual required contribution”) is routinely provided to the Legislature, and has been routinely ignored by the Legislature. The figure has grown to exceed a cumulative $3 billion.


New heights of absurdity are reached when one learns that the Colorado General Assembly provides funding to pensions that ARE NOT its legal obligation, while simultaneously ignoring pension debts that ARE its legal obligation. Over the last two decades the Colorado General Assembly has pumped more than half a billion dollars into pension obligations that are not its responsibility, those of local governments (old local government fire and police pension obligations). Much of this money was sent to the local government pension plans in years during which the General Assembly ignored its own PERA annual required contributions.


In the coming years, judges may legitimately ask “Why should the state of Colorado be permitted to breach its contractual pension obligations in years that it has provided discretionary tax relief, ignored its annual required contributions, or directed state resources to pension obligations that are not its own?”


How can the Colorado Attorney General argue with a straight face that it is “actuarially necessary” for Colorado to breach its pension contracts, when the state is giving back tax revenue, ignoring its annual required contributions, and voluntarily paying pension obligations for other governmental entities?


While states across the nation are enacting prospective, legal, moral pension reforms, the Colorado Legislature has adopted a retroactive pension reform bill (SB 10-001). While states across the nation are reducing their unfunded pension liabilities (albeit slowly) the Colorado General Assembly is attempting to claw back deferred pension compensation that was earned over the past thirty years.


The Colorado General Assembly distills the political preferences of all Coloradans. Our character is reflected in their actions, by observing the Legislature we know ourselves better.


So, who are we? The verdict is ugly. Collectively, through our elected representatives, it appears that we will commit fraud when it is financially opportune. We will construct elaborate rationalizations for outright theft. We will abandon our contractual obligations when convenient. We will be distinguished by our moral laxity.


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Excellent article. Enjoyed the clear information. Thank you.
We have the same problem in new york. It seems we have had a fiscal crisis like every other year for decades now. The politicians favorite solution? Higher taxes of course. Only to have yet another fiscal crisis appear again down the road. The politicians are in the pocket of the unions, never going against them. New yorks most productive citizens are fleeing the state in droves, taking their wealth with them. When I will be able to afford to leave, I will. Much as I love new York, I just can't take the fiscal insanity and the high cost of living.
Democratic Governors, a setup for disaster.
Great article. By the way, Obama hails from Illinois :-)
Following the 'ends justify the means' typical political thinking of today, I see ANY tax increases that: a) don't have a clearly stated, inflexible end date; b) don't have non-partisan oversight with strict penalties for waste; and c) are not mandatorily tied to spending cuts, as simply a way to create yet another unending source of readily available booty for corrupt officials--and that's most of them. When you cut and force officials to be more responsible about the way they spend, in contrast, you send the right message to the taxpayer, 'we take earning your trust everyday seriously and will prove it by spending your money wisely.' Taxing and spending with impunity MUST STOP—if there was ever a time for this to be taken seriously, it would be now, and Wisconsin proves it. I am proud of their governor.
If I could work with, work for, or in some capacity learn directly from Steve Malanga I would jump at the chance. I know no other author of local, state, and federal fiscal issues who identifies the problems and solutions for fiscal/economic problems as well as he does.
Here's how bad it is in Illinois. If you have any unpaid parking violations in the past 30 years, the municipalities report it to the state and they subtract the amount with interest from your state tax refund. That was one of our idea on raising money. How is this even fit in with their mantra of 'paying your fair share?' If you received a parking ticket when you were 18 the amount of that ticket plus interest could be deducted frAm your taxes when your 48? I have been toying with the idea of setting my state withholding's to 0 and avoid them from making any 'mistakes' which I think is the next step of the plan....
My state is owned by the public employee unions. Steady 55% of the vote, plus 5% voter fraud just to make sure they never lose. No jobs. No hope. Like Wisconsin. Like Illinois. Like New Jersey.

I am extremely interested how Wisconsin and New Jersey managed to step back from the abyss. How in the world did they do it?

Competent conservatism ...
I'd love to see some stats on how many companies have closed or left Illinois since January 2011, and how much wealth, personal and corporate, has gone to other states.
socialists do not care. they do not intend to make life better for any one else but themselves and they will kill us all before they agree to anything that requires them to sacrifice. they have been destroying america for fifty years. it will end in blood.
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It is not surprising that President Barack Obama hails from Illinois, with the most poorly-run state government. Obama sees nothing wrong with ignoring the conclusions of his own debt commission, and failing to put forth any type of reform of the main federal budget issues, especially the $50 trillion in unfunded Medicare and Social Security liabilities. The people of Illinois who are not directly benefitting from their state government's excessive spending, and who pay taxes, must feel like serfs.
Illinois isn't just skipping pension payments. The state is also chronically behind in payments to vendors, local governments and quasi government agencies like universities. Nursing homes in the southern end of the state are closing because the state is so far behind in it's payments.
Taxpayers should refuse to fund the share of any Public Sector pensions that are greater (as a % of pay) than what THEY get from their employers.

Based on current Public and Private sector pension structures, this means that Taxpayers should renege on over HALF of pensions promised to Public Sector workers.
Few politicians in the world have the courage and integrity of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker.

Send him money to show your support, as he faces a tough recall election.
Actually Wisconsin is ranked 14th in total tax burden.

http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/90546309.html

Wisconsin is also LAST in the nation In job growth during walkers first year(remember, it's the year he also implemented "pro growth" ani union legislation you talk about in your colum)

http://m.jsonline.com/topstories/142860605.htm
Public Unions are just the Mob Collection agency for the Democrat Party.

One would have to be brain dead not to recognize the inherent corruption in Democrat politicians rewarding unions with tax payers money in return for votes and money!

In fact, the Unions and their bought Politicians have been so greedy & corrupt they are bankrupting this Nation!
It's pretty easy to see how it all works, kudos to Scott Walker for having the courage to stand up to the Unions. Sorry, Illinois, your problems will be fixed soon enough, when bankruptcy tears up the contracts that you didn't have the courage rip up.
What does the 26 cities over 250K and the greatest poverty level have in common?

All are heavy unionized and all have been controlled by Democrats for many many years!

Does this fact and the Blue States bordering on Bankruptcy penetrate the mental fog surrounding. the Liberal mind of most Democrat voters?

Of Course NOT!

Never have so many been oblivious to the obvious.

They still think the Democrat Politicians are concerned about their Welfare.

The same party and polities that reduced the black population into welfare bondage and the most dependable Democrat voters will work just as well for the rest of the population.

Just reduced them to poverty and Depending on Welfare and you have a Democrat voter for life!

President Zero and the Democrats are pursuing the same polities and spreading poverty for the rest of the Nation that have turned those cities and blue States like Calif., Illinois, New York etc. into basket cases and made them dependable votes for the Democrats!

The more the Democrats can spread Poverty, Welfare and the Entitlement mentality the more Democrat voters they make and the closer they get to a Third World Socialist Paradise controlled Lock, Stock and Barrel by the Democrat party!
Perhaps you should read the Milwaukee Sentenial journal report of March 2012 showing Wisconsin leading in job losses for six straight months.

I quote:

Alone among the 50 states, it has lost private-sector jobs for six straight months, raising the political and economic stakes of the next jobs report, due Thursday for the month of January.

Even feeble job creation would bring a sense of relief to a recession-weary state and a pro-business governor who campaigned on a promise to add 250,000 new private-sector jobs in his current term.

"The rest of the nation is moving upwards. We're one of the few states moving downward. There's something wrong," said economist Steven Deller of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The United States as a whole has added private-sector jobs 23 months in a row, including almost a half million jobs in the past two months.

But Wisconsin has been moving in the opposite direction, a trend that not only threatens Gov. Scott Walker's campaign promise but could cloud any message of economic renewal as the state heads into an all-but-certain recall election this summer.
California the Golden state, Obama and the Democrats model for American future, is fast becoming the poster child for an bankrupt third world State!

An unholy alliance of Socialist Democrat politicians, Unions, and Illegal Aliens supporters are feasting at the trough of tax payers paid benefits while taxing & regulating business and the tax paying public into poverty.

The pandering of Left Wing Democrat Politicians to their constituency of Unions, Illegal Aliens and open border supporters, are driving business and citizens to other states & countries, while leaving the parasites & welfare leeches in an increasing bankrupt, crime ridden, dysfunctional state!

For years California has ignored economics 101 and imported Criminals, Uneducated Parasites, and poverty from Mexico, which increased Medical, Welfare, Crime, Prison, etc. & adding a estimated 22 billion per year to Calif. State expense to support the invading horde of Illegal Aliens while exporting business and educated tax payers.

Like all Socialist countries the results have been a astronomical increase in social welfare, schooling, prison cost etc. and a lowing of Living standards, Heath care, Education standards, Tax receipts & finally Bankruptcy.

The policies of Obama and Wash. DC Democrats are intent on following Calif. policies and Pro-Illegal Aliens, Pro-Unions and Anti-tax paying citizens and are endorsing the same socialist process of rewarding the Corrupt, Stupid, Foolish, Lazy, Greedy & Criminal while punishing the responsible, honest, law abiding & hard working citizens of American.

Failure to abide by our Constitution against invasion & enforce our Immigration laws and constraints on wages and benefits for public employees will result in turning the Golden State into MexiCalif and the end of the Calif. Dream and the beginning of the MexiCalif. Nightmare!

Amnesty & Citizenship as a reward for their invasion of the USA, with chain immigration will result in the rest of the USA turned into a Spanish speaking third world cesspool and follow California into a polluted, over populated, Spanish speaking, third world Slum of Crime, Corruption, Poverty, Cruelly & Misery modeled on Mexico!

This will result in a population depending on Welfare and the Democrat party, thus assuring the lock on power for the Socialist Democrat party of the United States of Mexico!
What many liberals refuse to accept is that Chicago is the example of what Obama wants to implement on a national scale. Has a single stimulus worked for this administration? Are we better off now than we were four years ago? The answer to both is no, no, positively no. We cannot afford this same laissez faire attitude toward government, union employees and spending that is demonstrated by Obama and the GSA. Anyone But Obama.
CA and IL! Most states that are run by a corrupt alliance of Public Employee unions, left wing special interest groups, and the democrats. The unions and interest groups spend tens of millions to get the democrats elected, and the democrats the spend billions feathering their next at the expense of taxpayers. IL and CA both voted in 2010 for exactly what they have, as did our entire nation in 2008. Its likely to late for CA and IL. If you live in one of those states and work for a living or own a business get out. The corrupt alliance seems to be in control and nothing will change until there is a total collapse. 2012 will see if the United States will continue down the path of CA and IL with Obama. The nation still has a chance to pull out of its nosedive before its too late. CA & IL voted for what they got, and deserve it! Enjoy!
I live in Illinois, I got my tax form back from my tax preparer yesterday. My Bill to Illinois?

Up more than $500 over last year.

I don't have that money in my pocket or in my savings. Illinois passed the tax hike bill as a way to cure the deficits and debt problem. But after a year the debt has grown by more than several additional billion dollars.

I'll be leaving Illinois very soon
and will progressives learn anything from this? not an iota. why? because their arrogance and delusional sense of intellectual superiority deems that they will never admit that their plans have failed, their ideas, proven wrong in the USSR and ilk, are still wrong. put simply, progressives are loathsome, and their fiscal cluelessness is behind every bit of trouble a place like Illinois has
Imagine wisconsin would be much better without the recall. How many employers are worried the unions might win?
The trouble with this article are the facts:
Fact # 1 Wisconsin has higher progressive taxes than Illinois's flat tax and a higher corporate tax/
Fact # 2 Illinois public workers have always paid more into their retirement funds than Wisconsin workers now do after Walker's reforms.
Fact #3 Wisconsin funded their pension systems while Illinois skipped pension payments which is the cause of the problem.
This is a perfect case study of the two very different paths Americans can choose from this coming November. Entitlements, Union influence, higher taxes, higher spending, corrupted political machine, runaway crime - that's Illinois - the Democratic machine and Far-left has become a cancer to this country.
I feel certain that the good people of Wisconsin will bring the unions to their senses and re-elect Governor Walker. The corrupt unions have tried every dirty trick they can think of to smear this honorable man. His policies are already working and saving the State millions which are being used for Schools, Police, and Fire Departments, etc. Go Gov. Walker!!!!
Yea Wisconsin!!
I wonder if the southern portion of Illinois has ever considered separating from Chicago. I know the politics of the two parts of the state are very different. Perhaps the southern part of the state could secede and become "Southern Illinois" or maybe just join Indiana. Let Chicago sink themselves.

I quite serious. Surely this idea has been considered?
The solution to Illinois' money problems are clear - they need to start taxing residents of Wisconsin.
I'd like to see some numbers to support Wisconsin's improved financial state. If this can be backed up with stats, then we've got a real strong case for this sort of policy.
If only the rest of the country could understand that you cannot tax your way out of a crisis and view the effect of the Illinois story versus that of Wisconsin may be we would hear less about a "Buffet "Tax and more abouit a spending cut. Our problem is not revenue it is spending and with our Federal Budget locked down with almost 66% going for entitlements that we cannot reduce or touch we are on the edge of being unable to do anything about our debt except pray thta our turn of being Greece does not happen overnight.
Let's hope the federal government never bails out these spendthrift states. However, if they do, such a bail out should be funded by a targeted excise tax on overly generous government worker pension benefits.
Unfortunately, the current administration seems hell-bent on taking the USA down the same path that's about to bankrupt Illinois and California.

One can only hope and pray that the American electorate won't prove to be as shallow and foolish in November 2012 as it was in November 2008.
Amen--said well
Yep. Al the big states which are bankrupt.....right, bankrupt...are deep blue states run by Dems.

Its only the red states which are well governed.

Democrats are just plain corrupt. They prove it over and over. Voter fraud...coming to your big city election booth this fall. Power by any means necessary.

When will the voters wake up? In IL...never.

Fools,,,we are fools to have let all this happen in the USA. hOW SAD TO SEE OUR BEAUTIFUL NATION GO DOWN.
It's Bush's fault.
John:
Read this!!!
doctorlivingstone April 17, 2012 at 3:17 PM
Illinois is a collection of corrupt politicians, who get re-elected by the Chicago majority that get free handouts and big labor unions. Quinn won just 4 counties in Illinois in the last election, but the liberals continue to hold power. Adopting the same approach as his mentor Uncle Obama, Quinn spends it, even though he doesn't have it to spend.
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This is why govt's should not raise taxes and should focus on cutting spending.
Government workers have for too long enjoyed generous retirement and entitlement packages that are not even dared to be given in the private sector. They claim to be the middle class, thus plea for sympathy from the private sector to help them. How can the private sector who funds their generous packages support government workers who are notoriously the most inefficient workforce known to man?