It is difficult during our economic crisis to know who to trust in and believe. Our own newly elected Governor Pat Quinn has been in office since the impeachment of Rod Blagojevich and the thought of keeping him in office was rather troubling. But, on the other hand, we had no way of knowing if Bill Brady would have done a better job. How do we know?
I am extremely concerned about these tax hikes, our financial situation and the progress that Quinn will make for Illinois. From the perspective of senior citizens, I do not know how we are going to make it through our retiring years. Speaking as a semi-retired citizen over age 60, the economy and Governor Quinn’s proposals terrify me. We have been working all our lives since age 15, contributing to our taxes and social security, paying our dues to society.
Governor Quinn won his title by a very small margin though he feels that Illinois is standing behind his plans to raise our taxes. Since he entered office at the Blagojevich corruption scandal, not much has changed and most of his plans to save the economy of Illinois seem to reflect on his need to raise our taxes. Speaking for the middle class and us senior citizens, this seems to be a lose/lose situation with a bleak outcome in sight! Not only are sales taxes going up, our homes and real estate taxes are going up, putting most of us in the position to need to bankrupt and/or lose what we have worked so hard for . . . our own homes. The home we built ten years ago is still worth what we paid for it except with refinancing to meet rising costs, our loan far exceeds the value of our 10 year old home.
Many retirees are not in the luxurious position of a “nest egg” to fall back on as we grow old. We work all our lives and still must work and struggle through our final years. The Governor does not have all our best interests at heart . . . he is not financially struggling, that is for sure!
Another concern of mine is the early release of prisoners. In this day and age, crime has increased tremendously with the perpetrators not paying for their transgressions to the full extent of the law. So, let’s release them early . . . that will resolve the issues at hand. It is like slapping them on the hand and say, “don’t do that anymore”! OK. Whatever you say! I am not speaking for those who are forced into confessions for something they did not do but for those who deserve full punishment but are allowed out because “there is no more room for them in the inn”!
I honestly feel that this political world is going backwards and those in political offices who have no financial worries really do not seem to be that concerned about those of us who struggle every day.