By John Ruberry
Elitist Bill Maher, an alleged comedian, attacked red state America a couple of days ago on his HBO program, claiming that there are “two Americas.”
“We have a problem in America called spatial geographic inequality which means the most affluent and educated people are clustered in just a few cities,” the leftist stated.
Presumably one of those cities is Chicago, known as “MAGA Country” to Jussie Smollett, which I live just a few miles from.
“The blue parts of America are having a big prosperity party while the big sea of red feels like their invitation got lost in the mail,” Maher boasted, “and they still use the mail.”
Chicago is losing population. Its public pensions are funded at 25 percent–80 percent is the goal and 60 percent is the red zone for pensions. Perhaps 25 percent should be called the Chicago zone.
Everyone still uses the mail, Maher. And do you know what comes in the mail, you jerk? Property tax bills.
This morning on Fox Chicago’s Flannery Fired Up, Maria Pappas, the Cook County Treasurer and a Democrat, had this to say, “In the city of Chicago 47,000 people are on pension but only 33,000 are working. That’s a wake up call.” With all due respect Maria, that’s actually much more than a wake up call–it’s a hot pot of coffee poured on someone awakening with a hangover.
A devastating new property tax assessment for Chicagoans is expected this summer. Democratic politicians made a devil’s bargain with public-sector unions and now Old Scratch is coming for the bill.
There are similar stories, not as severe, in Chicago’s suburbs and even downstate. Illinois’ state worker pension plans are also unsustainable.
True, my circle of friends and relatives lean to the right, but most of them are plotting their exits from this blue state haven. Are you reading this, Maher? I know a few government pensioners who want to move out of Illinois too–they’ll spend their Prairie State pension checks elsewhere.
Connecticut, another blue state, has similar pension woes. It also has a negative growth rate. New York state is also losing population and there is credible information that those “betters” Maher adores, the people with the money, are leading the charge because of New York’s oppressive tax rates.
According to a recent survey from Edelman Intelligence, 53 percent of Californians are considering leaving the onetime Golden State, where Maher lives by the way, because of the high cost of living there.
Mrs. Marathon Pundit and I have our eyes for now on Tennessee, one of those wretched flyover states. The Volunteer State does not have a state income tax.
John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.