Election Day is just 15 days away here in Chicago but truthfully, I really don’t have a clue who to vote for as governor.
I wish I could tell you definitively that the candidate I want to endorse can actually do the job. If only I could take a little of Quinn, mix it with some of Brady, that might be a candidate who would get my vote.
There’s Brady who says he won’t tax us. That’s music to any Chitown voter’s ears. We have one of the highest taxes in the nation. Quinn declares he will put people back to work. Hallelujah to that! The longer we listen to their claims, the less information we, the voters receive on how they intend to do what they are promising.
The nail in Quinn’s coffin is the tax issue. Quinn wants to raise the state’s individual income tax rate by one percent, from 3 to 4. I appreciate his honesty on this issue. Unfortunately, it’s bad timing. In the same breathe he offers a plans to cut, but to cut what? He hasn’t said exactly. In addition, Quinn wants to borrow and get federal funding. All of these efforts combined is the Governor’s formula for fiscal stability in Illinois. Hmmmm…is anyone else scratching their head? (Oh, let them eat cake!)
Then there is Brady, who won’t raise your taxes, but he’s talking spending cuts and guess where they will come from? The Medicaid program. Education. Ouch! That’s young and old people. Not good.
Brady does some finger-pointing at the Democrat when it comes to that all-important issue of work, citing a loss of 200,000 jobs with Quinn at the helm. What does Brady propose to do about this huge mountain of a dilemma? Are you holding your breath anxiously waiting for the answer to this million-dollar question? Fuggeddaboudit! Get this: he proposes a two-year tax credit for every business that will create new jobs. That amounts to $3,750 per job. Let’s see–one new job pays $35,000 to a new employee; the company gets $3,750. Is Brady serious? How is the company going to come up with these new employee’s salaries? In this economy?
The same plan was implemented by Gov. Quinn. He gave $2,500 tax credit to small businesses for each full-time position they hired for. The Governor says that our state leads the Midwest in job growth. Really? News to me. Last year, he launched a $31 billion capital construction program that the state leader claims will create 400,000 new jobs. That’s an ambitious number, for one. Secondly, hold your applause, it’s strictly construction work.
One of the heated issues discussed at the Elmhurst College debate last night was the death penalty. Quinn called for a moratorium; Brady will resume capital punishment if elected. I’m with Quinn on this one. The Governor pointed out six innocent people would have been executed had the law been in effect. Scary! Obviously, the system is flawed and Quinn wants to pause to take a look at the kinks.
As for abortion, Quinn gives thumbs up to a woman’s right to choose; Brady says no can do, not even in rape or incest cases, but supports abortion to save the mother’s life.
They say 30 percent of Illinois residents still don’t know who Brady is. To that, the candidate replied he is the one blessed with a wife, three kids, and is a home builder. Is that enough information?
I’ve been searching, looking for clues. Any specifics that will tell me how either of these gubernatorial guys plan to bust down the $13 billion budget deficit. But they keep us waiting; wanting more.
You can’t raise taxes. People can’t afford to pay. You can’t cut medicaid or education. These are vital services, not luxury items. Create job variety for Illinoisans. We don’t all work construction. You can’t make a woman have a baby if she was raped or incest is involved. These are not answers to our problems. So, what’s a voter to do?
A Republican in office makes me think of Baby Bush all over again. He got us into this mess. Raising taxes and throwing money at the problem doesn’t address the situation, either.
C’mon, guys. Somebody come up with a viable plan for our state we can wrap our brains (and wallets) around! Time is running out.
Well, there are two more debates coming up: Wednesday, Oct. 20, hosted by the League of Women Voters on WLS-Ch. 7; Thursday, Oct. 28th’s can be seen on WTTW-Ch. 11. Maybe then we’ll get more answers. Candidates, a word of advice–stick to the topics and leave the mud on the ground.
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