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Does Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn want to lose?……..

Just when you though it couldn’t get any crazier in Illinois…The Dog comes across this story and wonders?

Has Governor Pat Quinn lost his mind?

Proposing a tax INCREASE  8 months before his re-election?


He asked  for a bigger tax increase that he’s asking for a while back and the legislator’s of the state didn’t entertain it…..

They probably won’t this time either……

Running on a tax increase isn’t in the political playbook….

Here’s the piece…

“This is urgent,” Mr. Quinn, a Democrat, told lawmakers in Springfield, as he laid out an austere budget proposal for next year that includes spending cuts, leaving some bills unpaid and borrowing more money.

“We don’t have six months. We don’t have six weeks.”

But Mr. Quinn’s proposal to raise the state’s personal income tax to 4 percent from 3 percent — a move he portrayed as a “surcharge for education” — comes at a particularly risky political moment, one that numerous governors find themselves facing in a fiscally grim year: he is seeking election in November. And tax increases rarely make for popular campaign material.

Nationwide, experts say, states closed $117 billion in budget gaps in the last fiscal year, and have resolved — or are working to resolve — $174 billion more in gaps this fiscal year.

And if there are hints of economic improvement on other fronts, there are signs of the opposite in the states, which traditionally continue to struggle even after recovery is seen in other segments of the economy, and which are anticipating an end to federal stimulus dollars.

“A lot of the easy decisions were already made,” said Todd Haggerty, an analyst with the National Conference of State Legislatures.

“The more painful ones are all that’s left.” All of which has left governors in the unhappy position of deciding whether to even broach increases in taxes, fees and other charges in an election year.

Mr. Quinn described his wishes to lawmakers at midday, and within the hour found himself facing skepticism.

He presented the notion of an increase as an unadorned choice: that or devastating cuts to the state’s education system. Some lawmakers from his own party, which controls both chambers of the legislature, seemed positive but noncommittal at the prospect of a tax increase.

March 11, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Taxes, The Economy, Updates | , , , | 6 Comments

President is talking about taxes for the under $250,000 crowd?

One way to not get re-elected is to piss the middle class off….Republicans and  Democrats…….

If this Daily New Story is true..

President Obama is walking into a minefield …..with a blindfold…. in clown shoes…….

President Barack Obama now says he's 'agnostic' about possibily hiking taxes beyond his campaign pledge.

– President Obama says he is now “agnostic” about raising taxes on households making under $250,000 a year to help cut budget deficits, signaling a possible retreat from a campaign pledge.

In an interview with Bloomberg BusinessWeek on newsstands tomorrow, Obama said a presidential budget commission needs to look at all options for deficit reduction – including tax increases and cuts in spending on such programs as Social Security and Medicare.

“The whole point of it is to make sure that all ideas are on the table,” Obama said. “So what I want to do is to be completely agnostic, in terms of solutions.”

Obama repeatedly vowed during the 2008 campaign to spare households earning less than $250,000 a year from tax increases.

When top economic officials last August suggested going back on the pledge, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs quickly reiterated the promise.

Note:…..At the time of this post….this was not mentioned anywhere else in the media……

February 11, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Taxes, The Economy, Updates | , , , | 7 Comments