Bruce Rauner, You Can Run But You Can't Hide

 

 

We all know about that American Dream stuff.  Horatio Alger can be you.  The trouble is it doesn't  work for the vast majority of us. And when it does for that  lucky few (and don't fool yourself, luck has a lot to do with it), the other side of the coin, the Common Good, seems to get flipped aside.

Remember Mitt Romney's  frank  assessment of the mooching class?  By which he meant those of us who labor and struggle to survive.  And Paul Ryan's adoration of Ayn Rand's  Objectivism?   That selfish  worldview that runs counter to charity, brotherhood, and every shred of  humanity.  No, these multimillionaire types only  see society as a means to enrich themselves.   They are the  oligarchs of Mammon.

So what are their political principles?  They all boil down to this:  anything and everything that fosters an  elitist ruling class based on wealth.

Now don't get me wrong.   Wealth is not evil. It can do  and has done  a lot of good.  But it always  must  come with a social conscience.  Those to whom more has been given should expect to give more in return to their fellow citizens.  For no one becomes wealthy in a vacuum. Wealth is created in a social context.  No business is ever  built without employees, without customers, without public workers. Without the nurturing environment of society as a whole.

This is why the  adherents of Ayn Rand,  like Paul Ryan,  are not only morally wrong but unpatriotic.

This is why tax shelters in the Cayman Islands, manipulation of the tax code by accountants, union busting,  opposition to an increase in the minimum wage, and shipping jobs overseas, are not only morally  wrong, but unpatriotic.

And, in my opinion, this is why a vote for Bruce Rauner would be the same.

 

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  • And, IMO, a vote for Pat "Liar" Quinn is for more of the same. Now the stuff is coming out that (1) his office suggested that the assistants be hired at IDOT, and (2) when he tried to fire them and blame the former Secretary of IDOT, they are now suing on the basis that he violated their union rights. Same as when he claimed he froze salaries, and that got overturned by an arbitrator.

    The stinking Illinois Democratic politicians, including Quinn, who hijacked the JRW rally at 105th and Morgan, showed what kind of scum and leeches they are. It was supposed to be about the ball players, not hereditary monarch Emil Jones III.

    And, of course, Kim Jung Madigan showed what he was by getting his lawyers to kick the voters in the teeth, and the term limits proposition off the ballot, while they polluted the ballot with all sorts of advisory referenda, which mean nothing legally. Why is Madigan so afraid of the people?

    All of those people should live on their multiple pensions and leave the rest of us alone. But I take it that since you are so adamantly opposed to anyone who would oppose them, you have no problem with people who have done nothing productive continuing to live off the taxpayers of Illinois unopposed. I am not. In fact, I find it immoral.

  • Jack, thanks for your point of view. Two points in response. I'm not an apologist for Pat Quinn. He may be guilty as charged. My brief is on the folly of supporting someone with Rauner's track record.
    John Kenneth Galbraith once wrote, "[Politics] consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable."

    Quinn might be unpalatable, but Rauner would be disastrous.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    No, Quinn has already caused a disaster. It may not be Detroit yet, but Detroit, here we come.

    Quinn had 4 years of the tax increase to straighten out the budget. He did not. That's enough of a disaster for me.

    I pointed out one thing before--unlike any of our past Governors, at least Rauner doesn't have to steal from the state.

  • In reply to jack:

    You seem to forget the Wall Street Crash that set back the economy throughout the country.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    No I have not.*

    I have also not forgotten that the worst way to help the economy recover is to raise taxes, not only the income tax of which an issue has been made, but also sundry sales, license plate sticker, and similar taxes, as well as the highly moral video poker to pay for the jobs Quinn claims to have created.**

    People are giving Scott Walker problems because only 100,000 jobs were created in Wisconsin. Do you have anything to refute the claim that Illinois still has the worst job creation and unemployment rates in the Midwest? According to official BLS statistics for July, Illinois is #39 at 6.8%, while Wisconsin is #25, Indiana #26, and Iowa #9.

    But, essentially you seem to forget that Quinn lied, first about imposing the tax, and second that it would be temporary. Like I said, he had 4 years to clean up the budget mess, but did not.

    Finally, you explain to me how Quinn is presumed to know better how to spend 2% more of my income (which, yes, is 2 weeks pay if I were hourly) better than I do.

    Finally, maybe I ought to bring up the Revolutionary War slogan "no taxation without representation." Tell that to King Michael I, who didn't beget Princess Lisa of Mt. Greenwood.
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    *In fact, you are now using the same argument those who predicted that Obama would lose in 2012 did, that the national unemployment rate was worse in 2012 than 2008, forgetting that the trough was in late 2009. The nation got back to 2008 levels in 2013. Has Illinois? Maybe you ought to quit using that excuse.

    **I see there is a video poker parlor, under the Betty's or Penny's brand in your area--if you think the state deserves your money so it can pay off its bonds, I suggest you stick some quarters into the machine. Somehow, though, Quinn has cut off Pace from that source of funding.

  • In reply to jack:

    Sorry, a weeks pay. Also, Michigan is worse, but as I said before, Michigan has Detroit, which is in bankruptcy court.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    I'll add another disaster. Remember when Quinn made a big deal about appointing a transit task force, because Metra paid off Alex Clifford because he tried to expose Madigan using Metra as a patronage haven? After that task force made its report, did Mr. Leadership Quinn say anything about it? OI course not. Just another disaster.

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    In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Quinn has already proven to be disastrous!

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    You attack Rauner because of Cayman Island investments, yet appear to have no problem with the fact that many of the state pension boards (as well the pension funds of many of the unions that support Quinn) have investments in the Cayman Islands and other tax havens. To my mind it is immoral to make a campaign pledge to veto a tax hike over 33%, then, after the election, to engage in arm twisting to get a 67% hike passed, while insisting that since the hike is temporary, he didn't break his promise. Then spend 4 years doing nothing to plan for the mandatory revenue loss, instead deciding "hey, let's just make it permanent, that'll fix things."

  • But the pension funds have been managed by GTCR, Rauner's former private equity firm with which he still has financial connections. So Rauner's attacking Quinn for the state pension funds being invested in companies using the Cayman Islands tax haven, while not saying that his company as fund manager actually made that decision.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Did he manage the funds, or did Stu Levine* manage them? The managers invested the funds into private equity. Are the beneficiaries complaining about the rate of return, or that the state didn't make the contributions in the first place?

    However, as I mentioned earlier, the unions killed your grandma just as much as Rauner might have. I see that the union PACs gave up that line of attack, and now are only advertising penis envy (didn't you know the guy is rich--which essentially is your entire complaint)?

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    *In federal prison, an according to something I heard didn't intend to leave there alive.

  • In reply to jack:

    Jack, what I was trying to say is that Rauner is defending his use of an off-shore tax haven by constructing a false equivalency. Quinn's gubernatorial ownership of the pension fund investments is not the same as Rauner's personal ownership of his gross income. In making his argument, Rauner is absolutely disingenuous. He knows his involvement in the Cayman's is a direct one, while Quinn's is indirect and not proprietary. He also knows that most voters will not perceive the subtle distinction.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    The real issue is whether Quinn is responsible for what happens in state government. Does he appoint the managers of the various state pension systems? According to the official site the governor appoints 6 of the trustees of the teachers' retirement fund directly. Heck, Quinn appointed someone from Kenilworth, where only the rich live.

    This is no different than Quinn saying he took care of NRI or IDOT. Apparently he did not.

    I don't think either Quinn's or Rauner's personal finances are relevant unless they committed some crime.

    However I do think it is relevant that Quinn lies about how he is such a reformer of state government. The headline should be:

    Pat Quinn, You Can Run But You Can't Hide

    And apparently Quinn can pander to everyone except the taxpayers.

  • Jack, your polemical passion and obvious informed opinion give me pause. I see I need to investigate the facts more thoroughly and weigh and consider them before I cast my ballot.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Sorry I was a bit harsh in my last comment before reading this one. I agree that this requires investigation.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    According to Forbes, Quinn is placing a ballot referendum for November asking voters how they feel about a 3% millionaire tax. They go on to cite the Maryland case where the state enacted this strategy in 2008 and by 2009 literally 33% of the states millionaires moved.

    I can understand why a classic Progressive would be disturbed by the an ambitious politician, but a venal one is the death of the state.

    I remember the uproar of Romney's 15% effective tax rate, but the Progressives didn't bat an eye at Obama's 18%, who didn't have a 10% tithe write off that Romney had because of his Church donations.

    Aquinas, I wonder if your real concern might be more related to pension reform, which the state sorely needs.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    That was actually Madigan. The story is more venal than that.

    Article 9 Section 3 of the Illinois Constitution states "A tax on or measured by income shall be at a non-graduated rate."

    Article 14 Section 2 says that to get on the ballot, a constitutional amendment must be approved by 3/5ths of each house.

    There was a resolution for such an amendment, but it was short a vote because the representative from Highwood wouldn't vote for it (State Journal Register source). That district includes Lake Forest, Highland Park, and Glencoe, so you know where I am going with that.

    Not getting the 71 votes, Madigan got the 60 to get the advisory referendum, but that's only a ploy to get out the vote.

    So, even if it were good policy isn't their concern.

    The main thing of which I am concerned is that the legislature will do the same thing it did 4 years ago--pass an immediately effective income tax hike the first week of January and Quinn will gladly sign it while going out the door. However, the legislative lame ducks won't have Careen Gordon's golden parachute of Quinn appointing her to a state job. Apparently, another thing about which "reformer" Quinn has no compunction is patronage.

  • There will be no patronage under Rauner?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    I don't think his buddies from Kenilworth and Winnetka need it (in the sense of some $60,000/year do nothing state job, such as what was involved in the IDOT scandal).

    Obviously, though, even though Quinn claims to be a reformer, his people like Gordon need it. Apparently Madigan needs it too, or he wouldn't have corrupted Metra.

    Now, I do find it somewhat fishy that Rauner exercised clout to get a daughter into Payton, in that New Trier should have been good enough.

  • I imagine if you vet Rauner a little more you might find a lot more piscatory odor.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    I quit buying at Tony's and Joe Caputo's for that reason. Fresh Thyme and Garden Fresh seem better, and the latter's shrimp are supposedly Kosher.

    And if you believe that Quinn is Kosher.....

    BTW, there is a market on Dundee in Wheeling called Shital Grocery. I kid you not.

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