To the Editor:
Some of us just aren’t as smart as others.
We puzzle over the obvious. We have questions that even our representatives either can’t or will not answer.
The media is no help; it just fans the flames of controversy.
Illinois has been without a budget (Webster: a plan for the allocation of resources and expenditures) for two years.
Not having a budget does not cause one to go broke. It’s the plan, not the money. This state is not without revenue. Had the previous budget been balanced, there would be surplus revenue.
The taxes imposed prior to the expiration of the previous budget have been, and are being, collected. Yet state services and the state payroll have been reduced, and many vendors have been denied payment – not because of a lack of revenue, but because of incompetence, spineless representation and an insatiable thirst for power in Springfield.
For the last two years, revenue has remained consistent while expenses appear to have diminished.
Who voted for a 50 percent tax increase? The same group of politicians who approved the bill guaranteeing their paycheck at a time the state denied payment for services rendered. It appears the first rule of the elected is to pass laws to insulate themselves from the public.
In Springfield, it’s me first and voters second.
Term limits could help resolve Illinois’ problem. But the problem (Congress) won’t allow that to happen. They’re not all incompetent; a few have the courage to stand up for what is right.