What? The state of Illinois has committed a mortal sin. It has actually raised taxes to help balance the budget (TNT, 1-13).
Instead of crucifying public employees and gutting education, they asked all of their citizens to help preserve the civic fabric that intelligent and caring individuals have worked for so many generations to build.
Normally legislators should follow the will of the people – so far as it can be ascertained. But I wonder if sometimes our legislator should look beyond the “will” of the people and ask if destroying state programs, creating inferior public schools, making it harder for students to attend higher education and ignoring critical infrastructure are in fact counter to the best interests of the people of the state.
It just might make sense for a two-thirds majority of our legislators to decide that it is time to raise taxes.
To the citizens of this state who consistently vote no new taxes and vote to cripple the ability of the Legislature to generate revenue, I ask: “Where’s your compassion?” How badly would it have crippled their checkbook to pay two cents more for a cola or bottle of water?
Taxes are the price we pay for civilization: for police, firefighters, teachers, sewage treatment, roads, garbage pickup, medical systems and education of our citizens, to name a few.
We’ve worked for hundreds of years to build our country; it wold be a shame to see it shrivel and die due to short-sighted financial self-interest.