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Letter: Rauner a lousy politician

Why anyone would vote for Bruce Rauner is beyond me. The Republican governor didn’t make good on his turnaround agenda, and none of his campaign promises were fulfilled. Thanks to the budget stalemate that he was responsible for, the state now has billions more in debt than when he took office. That likely will only escalate once the state workers union wins in court, awarding them the back pay increases that he’s denied them, with interest, no doubt.

Nope, we should have gone with another of House Speaker Michael Madigan’s stoolies, Pat Quinn. Then the tax increase likely would have been allowed to grandfather, extended indefinitely, as the state certainly is in need of those funds to pay off its ever-escalating pension debt. You can say what you want about the guy, but he kept the state running, didn’t he, albeit with an unbalanced budget?

J.B. Pritzker, except for his wealth, is cut from the same loaf of bread as our former governor. He has promised to raise our taxes (he’d probably deny that, as he has other things he’s said), but only temporarily. And I believe the guy, don’t you? He’s got the backing of multiple public sector unions, and they know a good thing for the continuation of their benefits when they encounter one. He’s got a substantial lead in the polls, so we might as well all just jump on his bandwagon and throw that incumbent Rauner out on his ear! But wait a moment, let’s think this through. We either can keep an ineffective governor in office, one who’s been thwarted at every turn by a seemingly self-destructive Legislature, or we can elect the type of individual who got us in this financial mess in the first place. Pritzker wants to amend the state constitution to allow for a progressive income tax, which supposedly would benefit the middle class, but wouldn’t think of altering it to remove the “impaired or diminished” clause regarding unsustainable public sector benefits. I take it back, I know who I’m voting for, and there is no “J” anywhere in his name.

Douglas Knight

Prairie Grove

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