Public-employe unions have the answer to saving their pensions: raise taxes!
Thousands of teachers and other union workers descended on the state Capitol on Wednesday and chanted “raise my taxes” to try to pressure politicians to avoid major budget cuts.
The vibe [sic] was the exact opposite of what you’d find at a tea party rally.
Meanwhile, in the city that works,
Chicago taxpayers will be forced to dig deeper — and so will city workers — to bail out four city employee pension funds that will run out of money by 2030, a Mayor Daley-appointed commission has concluded.
“There is no low- or no-cost solution to this problem. . . . Deferring action is not a viable option,” said a draft of the final report, obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.
It’s not easy being a tax-and-spend politician. You have to make tough decisions, like going after other people’s money.
More precisely, in view of the socialist-leaning politicos in the White House, it’s not easy promising things you, that is, other people, can’t afford.
Promise them anything, but make them pay for it, yes.
Chi Trib’s John Kass has the answer to all of it.
The Patriot Plan has two simple prongs. One prong involves Tax Day. The other prong involves Election Day.
Tax Day is when everyone writes out a check for his or her annual payment, which they owe in full because there’s been no withholding. Election Day is the one after that, when voters have the previous day fresh in their minds.
You can vote on federal, state and county offices — with the exact sum of what you’ve paid in taxes still burned into your brain — while watching your politicians chase those last-minute votes.
How many blue-state emergencies would that solve? All of them, guaranteed.