-By Warner Todd Huston
With the latest three votes, the Illinois GOP has shown itself to be little else but Democrat lite and has shown that even planks in its own platform are meaningless when it comes to voting time.
The last Illinois Republican Party platform was produced and approved in 2008 (See .pdf here) and there hasn't been another one since.
Lets start our scolding with the recent vote to wildly expand gambling in Illinois, a bill that 21 Republicans voted for, shall we? SB744 passed this weekend with a 65-60 vote in the Illinois House. 21 Republicans voted "yea" on this despite what their own party platform say. That platform says...
A CALL TO ETHICS & REFORM OF GOVERNMENT
We call on the Governor and the General Assembly to balance the state budget and provide for a responsible capital development program without resorting to the expansion of gambling, which harms Illinois' families and our state's business climate and presents costly challenges for both law enforcement and social service agencies.
Republicans voting yes were:
Bill Brady (former GOP Gubernatorial candidate)
Tom Cross (House GOP Minority Leader)
Then there is the new vote on the Illinois DREAM Act (SB2185)
We saw 11 Republicans vote to reward illegal immigrants with this one. But the GOP platform seems to insist that immigrants come to the Land of Lincoln legally.
INSTITUTING A 'FRONT DOOR' POLICY ON IMMIGRATION
We are a nation of immigrants, and the Republican Party welcomes those who respect our laws and seek freedom and opportunity in our great country. We believe it is only right to expect that our new residents come in through the front door and join us in society as fellow Americans. Further, we advocate retaining the right to adopt and enforce prudent policies relating to the numbers of immigrants America welcomes each year and their individual contributions to our nation's needs.
Those Republicans that voted in favor or rewarding illegal aliens are:
Tom Cross, Minority Leader
Finally, 34 Republicans voted to raise the costs for all of us in our electric rates. Voting to raise our electric rates in this time when the economy in Illinois is one of the worst in the country are:
Tom Cross, GOP House Minority Leader
Now, while there is nothing specifically in the platform about utility prices, there is a section where the GOP promises to lower the cost burden on Illinois business and by extension our families.
Illinois Republicans understand that taxing businesses translates into fewer jobs, less investment and higher consumer prices. Therefore Republicans not only oppose higher general taxes but will consistently fight the multitude of tax and fee increases which are bleeding Illinois employers and destroying jobs.
Yet, now this large contingent of Republicans did just that, they voted to further "bleed" Illinois.
With "Republicans" like this, who needs Democrats??
For contact information for our Illinois Republican representatives click here.