In advance of the February 2nd Republican primary election, rank and file GOP voters might want to add a few things to their own candidate-vetting inventory. They might want to ask themselves – who on the ballot will be an effective player and leader on a team that will be able and willing to do things like the following:
- Repeal lousy laws.
- Close government agencies.
- Close-out government programs.
- Drastically reduce those agencies and programs that aren’t shut down.
- Honestly (no smoke and mirrors) rein-in entitlement programs.
If you think we can grow our way out of our over-spending, over-borrowing, and over-committing of taxpayers money at the state and national level, well, I’ve got some really bad news for you. The burden on taxpayers and the job-creating sector is such that there is no credible economist in the country who thinks we’ll see sustained, healthy economic growth rates any time soon.
And that means – you can forget the kind of revenues that will be needed flowing into state and federal government coffers.
We’re going to need surpluses for as far as the eye can see both in Illinois and in Washington, D.C. if we’re ever going to be in the position to pay down the massive levels of debt that has accumulated under both parties for the past thirty years.
If you want more of the ugly details at the federal government level, check out these two articles:
If you want truthful information on Illinois’ fiscal mess, click here.
After reading those reports – and others – you have to ask yourself if the person you’re considering voting for is really up to the task of helping accomplish herculean reform.
If you live in the 14th Congressional District, for example, do you really think young Ethan Hastert has the intestinal fortitude to fight against the taxeating behemoth? His father – and benefactor – former Speaker Dennis Hastert, sure didn’t have it. (Don’t think for a minute that if Ethan’s last name was Smith he’d be in this campaign.)
Randy Hultgren, another candidate in the 14th c.d., has been in the General Assembly since 1999. The decade-long opportunity to move public opinion in support of shrinking the size of government – or at least controlling its growth – has been completely lost. We report – you decide.
We need fighters – people entering the political arena for the right reason and with the right personal abilities to get a very difficult job done. The best way to avoid getting more of the same is to avoid voting for the next generation of – or a promotion for – the same old same old.