With the local elections in Illinois are just a little over a month away and I find myself not knowing what to make of either party. I have no problem with admitting that I am a fan of the Democratic party because I firmly believe they have the best interest of. the middle-class working people as well as the unemployed and underemployed. The Republican party seem to be for the rich and only seemed to be concerned with how make the rich even wealthier. I am in now way stating that my opinion makes me right or wrong but rather merely expressing my perspective between the two sides. However, it seems that both sides leave a lot to be desire in the upcoming races for Governor and the Senate. Here are a couple of key points that stand out to me in regards to the candidates running in the election for Governor.
Some have stated that Pat Quinn has done a decent job during his short tenure as governor following the scandal that unfolded with former Governor Rod Blagojevich, who was accused of trying to sell President Obama’s Senate seat. However, Quinn has stated that in order to help the state of Illinois recover from a record deficit of over $13 billion, it will be necessary to increase the amount we pay in state taxes. While some citizens have admired Quinn for his honesty, others know that this is the last thing the people of Illinois can afford. We currently pay over 10% in sales tax which is one of the highest in the nation and now we could potentially be asked to have more money taken out of our pay checks. Something about that just doesn’t sit well with me and I feel pretty confident that I am not alone in that sentiment. The citizens never have any input as to how the government spends our money but the government can decide at any time how much they can take out of our checks for Federal and State taxes along with Social Security, as well. I don’t feel that it’s fair that we are essentially being punished because the government did a bad job of managing the state’s money.
On the side of the coin, there is Bill Brady. Mr. Brady is a wealthy millionaire currently making over $70,000 annually but he is in favor of lowering the state’s minimum wage earning of $8.25 per hour. How can someone claim to have the best interest of the people in mind while at the same time trying to cut our pay. The minimum wage only totals out to a little over $17,000 annually which is hardly enough for a single person to live off of, let alone a family. My question is how does cutting the pay of a certain segment of society benefit the state as a whole? It is this kind of thinking that makes me wonder does any politician sit back and consider the lives of every segment of society before they take a stand on something such as a pay cut. I can only imagine if Bill Brady, or any politician, would consider having their pay cut if the citizens they represented felt as if they were not doing a good job in office. I think that he should walk a mile in someone else’s shoes and see just how far the minimum wage salary goes before attempting to lower it thus making it even more difficult for people with these jobs to earn a living.
My take on Illinois politics, as well as politics in general is that some people will say anything in order to get elected. We have seen many instances where the candidates make a bunch of promises in the areas that citizens are most concerned about but they often fail to deliver once elected into office. It is one thing to talk about getting the state of Illinois back on its feet by creating jobs, cutting taxes and so forth, but it’s quite another to actually implement programs and policies to help that become a reality instead of just a nice campaign topic. Regardless of who wins in the upcoming elections, if things continue along the path that they have, it is the people of Illinois who will be the losers when all is said and done.
Dave Mckinney, Quinn narrows gap with Brady, Chicago Sun-Times
Pat Quinn, Bill Brady Face Off Illinois Governor Race’s First Public Debate