Econ/Tax/Spend/Big Govt

More evidence that excessive state government taxing and spending kills jobs

By John Biver

The Democratic Party’s nominee – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn – wants to raise your taxes. A lot of state employees also want your taxes raised. A bunch of them gathered in Springfield last week to chant – I didn’t see any of the video but I’m assuming it was like a real life Saturday Night Live skit. The Chicago-based news satire website The Onion made fun of them.

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The pillaging of the tax payers has only begun

By John Biver

Last month talk about the enactment of a VAT (Value Added Tax) began – it’s called “a favorite of socialist governments everywhere.” Anyone paying attention knows the accelerated speed at which the federal government is growing – and a VAT might well be in our future.

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State budget facts and the Truth in Accounting Act

By John Biver

“Most state and local governments have balanced budget requirements. For decades elected officials have used accounting shenanigans to claim that they have met this requirement. As a result most state and local governments are millions, if not billions of dollars in debt, including enormous retirement promises.”

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Two Editorials: Cuts are necessary and possible

By John Biver

Two newspapers in the past week editorialized on state budgets – the Chicago Tribune about Illinois’ and the Wall Street Journal about two states that are setting the standard for how to solve a budgetary problem.

The Chicago Tribune’s was a wordy work that would have been a lot more enjoyable to read had that paper not helped to bring us President Barack Obama. If you’re going to be credible on budgetary matters it’s probably not a good thing to have cheered on the career of the most fiscally irresponsible president in history.

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Budget blueprint for New York State calls for cuts in Education spending

By John Biver

“If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.” Of course these lyrics are about New York City, but no matter. If a serious blueprint for budget reform can be written there, it can be written here too.

The Empire Center’s E.J. McMahon and Josh Barro have put together a report titled “Blueprint for a Better Budget: A Plan of Action for New York State.” It’s worth perusing by good government starved Illinoisans.

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What the TEA Party and 9/12 Project supporters understand that GOP leadership doesn’t

By John Biver

The Heritage Foundation’s Matt Spalding had a great post over the holidays at the Heritage blog. The title: “Remembering the Providential Gift of America.” Below I quote it at length because it doesn’t need to be improved upon.

In it he notes the revolutionary founding of the United States and its monumental success since then. He writes that this nation’s beginning was not about –

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Tom Cross and the public sector employee unions work against limited government

By John Biver

Back in August 2007 I noted this sentence from a news report:

“The crowd of more than 10,000 union members at steamy Soldier Field cheered [Barack] Obama.”

At the time I wondered how our Illinois GOP party and legislative leadership were going to counter that union power. Of course we found out in November 2008 that our “leaders” had no plan. Obama and the state level Democrats swept on election day as expected.

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In Brief: the 2008 GOP National Platform – Energy & the Environment

By John Biver

Up next in our quick trip through the 2008 Republican Party Platform we’ll visit the chapters on both Energy and the Environment. Here are the titles and sections for Energy:

Energy Independence and Security

Growing Our Energy Supply

Growing American Energy Production

Nuclear Power: the Earth’s Clean Future

Solar, Wind, Geothermal, Hydropower

Clean Coal

Natural Gas

Energy Cooperation

Reducing Demand for Fossil Fuels

Increase Conservation through Greater Efficiency

New Technologies for Cars and Other Vehicles

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Human nature is the tie that binds economic, social, and foreign policy (Part 1)

By John Biver

To fight – or not to fight. Is the War in Afghanistan a necessary war or not? Barack Obama doesn’t seem to be sure. Was the Iraq War necessary? You’ll find people on both sides of the political divide with different answers.

One thing is certain – and our founders knew it – that mankind was – and is – problematic. And so too are the forces unleashed by the nations that man creates.

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Legislator excuses and extreme déjà vu

By John Biver

Yesterday evening I had the opportunity to time travel. Instead of merely standing at a Republican Party event in September 2009 I was transported back to October 1991. On both occasions I was able to have a one-on-one conversation with a Republican elected official who was available to the people who had taken the time to attend local political meetings.

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