To the Editor:
No one who is aware of the state of Illinois’ finances can say we didn’t require a raise in taxes. Desperate situations require desperate measures be taken to manage them, even if the desperation was caused by those managing the corrections.
Much of the cause of Illinois’ desperation is the mind-boggling debt, brought about by too many promises of future payments, unrealistic promises made merely to garner votes. The recent budget passage, while addressing the need for funds now, did absolutely nothing to help decrease this immense, and quite possibly irreversible, debt. Raising taxes to prevent complete insolvency, is – at best – a short-lived stopgap measure, since elections are coming up rapidly, and no one on the government teat wishes to be removed from that source of personal wealth. To show their support for our welfare, while the little guy received nothing during the budget fight, our brave legislature assured it would be paid, no matter how long it took.
As citizens of this once-great state, we are, ultimately, responsible for how our government operates, but we, for whatever various reasons, have opted to be non-participants, either by not voting, or by not looking at the “us,” only at the “me.”
Governance is not rocket science, nor is being a good citizen, one who is aware not only of one’s needs, but the needs of one’s neighbors and the good of the state. We all want to win the lottery, but, in Illinois, the only way open to that win is to run for public office, and use all means at hand to win that vote, and to keep winning. Our representatives not only have won, but have managed to skew the odds in their favor.
Only we, you and I, can change that.