Berkowitz debates w Robling: Can IL Rs come back from near death by opposing Pritzker's tax & spend? Cable & Web

Robling argues that Pritzker and Democrats are the party of high property taxes—and that is robbing most Illinois citizens of the equity in their homes,

Robling says IL R legislators can beat Pritzker by offering lower taxes, fewer regulations & more economic growth/private sector jobs.

32 yr old law school student & Deputy Gov. Christian Mitchell  worth the 280 K Gov. Pritzker is paying him? Does anyone care? Not Robling!

Berkowitz & Robling debate whether IL Republicans can become competitive w/o a rich benefactor like Ken Griffin.

38 yr old Pritzker Chief of Staff Ann Cabrara worth the 300K per year Gov. Pritzker is paying her?


Tonight’s Chicago Metro edition of Public Affairs features Chris Robling, Republican political analyst.

You can watch the show w Robling 24/7 by clicking here.

The show also airs tonight at 8:30 pm in 24 Chicago Metro North and Northwest suburbs:

--on Comcast Cable Ch. 19 in Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, parts of Inverness, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Wilmette and

--on Comcast Cable Ch. 35 in  Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Glenview, Golf, Des Plaines, Hanover Park, Mt. Prospect, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Schaumburg, Skokie, Streamwood and Wheeling

-- and it will air in Evanston, twice daily, starting this Thursday and extending through next Monday at 8:30 am and 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 6 


Berkowitz and Robling agree that Bruce Rauner managed to drive the Party into the toilet while spending several hundred million dollars. Quite a feat!

Moreover, in the process, Rauner got named the Worst Governor in the Country by the best conservative magazine in the country, the National Review.

But the big question for Robling and any other IL Republican who cares about her Party is how can the State GOP recover from it’s current all time low.

Chris Robling noted that Illinois is a very blue state and Bruce Rauner overcame that embedded Democratic Party bias in 2014 to become Governor, but Rauner couldn’t come anywhere close to that in 2018, as he was slaughtered by Democrat JB Pritzker in Rauner’s bid for re-election.

Show host Berkowitz and Robling agree that lopsided Rauner loss was in large part due to Rauner’s bizarre political move, inspired perhaps by his Democrat wife, Diana, to support taxpayer funded abortions after promising his base and Cardinal Cupich that he would not support that legislation.

Lying about your primary opponent, Jeanne Ives, as Rauner did repeatedly & audaciously  is one thing. Lying to the Cardinal is surely a mortal sin.

Robling argues that now it’s Governor Pritzker’s turn to upset the average Illinois voter by raising taxes, increasing regulations and destroying the climate for economic and job growth in Illinois.

Robling says that IL Republicans need to offer the people “A choice, not an echo” in the form of lower taxes, fewer regulations, smaller government, more economic growth and private sector jobs.

Robling argues that Pritzker and Democrats are the party of high property taxes—and that is robbing most Illinois citizens of the equity in their homes, which is the primary investment for most citizens.

An example of Pritzker’s governing style, says Robling, is his passage of a $15 minimum wage, as payback to unions who supported Pritzker and Democrat state legislators.

As a result of the higher minimum wage, many employees, union & non-union, will be replaced by automated equipment, which becomes more attractive as wages are artificially inflated above the market wage.

Also, companies will leave IL for states with a lower minimum wage, causing even more IL unemployment.

Show host Berkowitz raises the issue of super-inflated salaries of Gov. Pritzker’s senior staff. Pritzker defends the salaries, saying he is paying for the inflated portion of the salary, so it costs the tax payer no more than usual. However, this ignores the impact on salaries of their successors under different Governors, who will not pay half the salary.

Further,  the higher salaries will ripple through the State bureaucracy, causing hundreds or even thousands of employees to get higher salaries—and those salaries will all be paid by taxpayers.

Perhaps the best example of such an inflated salary is Deputy Gov. Christian Mitchell, 32, and a former State Rep. who made about 70K per year and spent some time in law school & part time on some political campaigns.

Is Mitchell a 278K/yr Exec., as Pritzker contends?

Pritzker must take us all for FOOLS. Mitchell, like prior Deputy Governors, would be happy to make half that compensation.

Same with Chief of Staff Ann Caprara, being paid just shy of $300,000 per year. Nobody in IL Government, including experienced Governors, has ever come close to that salary.

Ann brings to the table 16 years of Dem Party campaign experience. She has no expertise related to the State’s complex and enormous pension, Medicaid & education problems.

Same is true with Mitchell, who has no expertise in finance or economics, which is where many of the State’s problems reside.

Berkowitz discusses the excessive salaries, with similar applicable arguments, of Deputy Governors Ruiz (278K) and Hynes (278k). Although they are more experienced than Mitchell and Caprara, they would be happy to accept these jobs for their usual salaries of 150 to 175K.

Similar arguments apply to Emily Bittner, 42, Deputy Chief of Staff, Communications, now making 174 K. Bittner’s expertise is basically in communications and political strategy. She has no expertise in areas that most challenge the Pritzker Administration.

In sum, argues Berkowitz, the above does not bode well for an efficiently run Pritzker administration. Sweet Jesus, Illinois is heading toward a new bottom.

And, how will the mainstream media blame the Republicans for that?

Berkowitz doesn't know, but he is sure the mainstream media will find a way. They are a very creative bunch, when it comes to left wing media bias:)


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