By John Ruberry Five months after being sworn in as governor of Illinois, Democrat JB Pritzker has gotten pretty much everything he asked for as candidate, which isn't surprising as Democrats enjoy supermajorities in both chambers of the General Assembly. Running the show in the General Assembly is House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), a master … Continue reading After five months of Pritzker: the Illinois Exodus will continue
By John Ruberry Voters in the Land of Lincoln--oh, what would Old Abe think about his home state now?--have a knack for electing crooked governors. As I noted here last week four of the governors of Illinois elected since I was born, Democrats Otto Kerner, Dan Walker, and Rod Blagojevich, along with Republican George Ryan, … Continue reading Another Illinois governor is under federal investigation
By John Ruberry If you are looking for bad news then Illinois is just the place for you. What I'm writing here at Da Tech Guy will probably become a series. Illinois' population has been shrinking for five straight years. After the 2020 Census the Prairie State will lose one congressional seat. And it's possible … Continue reading Tales from the Illinois Exodus–Part One
Yesterday in my Under the Fedora non-tweet I mentioned that ¡No Pasaran! post deserved a bigger excerpt to let people understand the context of his declaration: WE ARE NOT MILCH COWS! The context comes from an understanding that a bureaucratic state that says much and does little needs money and if they don't want to … Continue reading ¡No Pasaran! Details the Straw that Broke the French Drivers Back.
By John Ruberry While there is some debate on whether there was a blue wave nationally after last week's midterm elections,, in Illinois, my state, there certainly was one. Voters booted out a Republican governor, billionaire Bruce Rauner, for Democratic billionaire JB Pritzker. Both men opened their wallets to fund their campaigns and downticket races. … Continue reading To survive the Illinois GOP must be the anti-tax hike party
By John Ruberry Early next year the first round of the Chicago mayoral election will be held, If no candidate achieves a majority, then the top two face each other in a runoff. The two-term incumbent, Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's first chief of staff, is running, as are several other candidates, each with baggage, including … Continue reading Barack Obama, Chicago mayor?
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is in the process of reacquiring the nickname TAX-achusetts. The Loony Left has come up with a ballot question they have cynically named the “Fair Share Amendment.” This proposed change our state’s Constitution would allow a surtax of 80% on incomes of one million or more. Further language in the amendment … Continue reading Your Signature will help Save Massachusetts
by baldilocks Wretchard goes long on the unmasking of the two Hollywoods: In the unending exposes of financial, moral and sexual turpitude we are witnessing a similar humiliation of a ruling elite. The critical role played by prestige in upholding the current status quo was no less important for the Western elite than it was … Continue reading Hollywood and DC: Never Our Betters and Often Much Worse
By John Ruberry Last week I had some time off from work and I did what few people do. Before sunrise I left home and drove to Detroit for a pleasure visit. It was my second trip to the Motor City. My first Da Tech Guy account, from 2015, is here. What follows is a … Continue reading My return to Detroit
My opposition to the new tax bill is selfish. It’s gonna cost me money! As a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, I live in one of the bluest cities in one of the bluer states in the country. I pay city and state taxes—both of which will no longer be deductible under the proposals. I understand … Continue reading The Tax Bill is, Well, Taxing
By John Ruberry On Friday a friend of this very blogger forwarded a Chicago Tribune Breaking News Alert to me: Chicago Public Schools enrollment drops by nearly 10,000 students. And the year before CPS enrollment slid by 11,000. There are 371,382 students taking classes in CPS schools In 2002 there 438,589 kids running the halls, … Continue reading Illinois Math: Chicago Public Schools has fewer students but taxes go up
The evidence has been documented numerous times that cutting taxes improves the economy in ways that replace "lost" revenues for the federal government. In other words, reduced tax burdens spark economic growth with over time yield a revenue-neutral stance. This is the part about the proposed GOP tax cuts that I like. There are two … Continue reading Tax cuts are great but meaningless without spending cuts
By John Ruberry "They'll turn us all into beggars 'cause they're easier to please. "The Rainmakers, Government Cheese. "I am sick and tired of subsidizing crooks." Roger Keats, Toni Preckwinkle's 2010 Republican general election opponent, announcing his move to Texas. Last month in this space I wrote about Illinois' bubbling soda tax rebellion in Cook … Continue reading Crook County is what happens when you elect a leftist to run it
By John Ruberry "And it was inevitable that some of these people pushed back..." Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles. Could it be that the deep-blue residents of America's second-most populous county, Cook County--Chicago is the county seat--have had enough? Probably not, at least yet. But serious dissent may be bubbling as the effects of Cook … Continue reading Illinois’ bubbling soda tax rebellion
By John Ruberry On Thursday the Democratic-dominated Illinois House, with aid of ten Republicans, overrode Governor Bruce Rauner's veto of a 32 percent income tax hike. The corporate rate jumped by 35 percent. Apologists for the income tax increase love to point out that many states have higher income tax rates, but last week's override … Continue reading Illinois’ false budget fix