Four years ago I voted for Pat Quinn. I did it while holding my nose. I think it was less of a vote for Quinn and more of a vote against the Republican nominee, Bill Brady. I didn’t– and still don’t– see eye to eye with him on social issues and I felt very comfortable voting against him, albeit in so doing, not completely comfortable with giving my vote to Quinn.
Four years later, I don’t regret that vote. But, if I have to make that same choice in the next general election, I’ll probably hold my nose and vote for Bill Brady. Now that marriage equality has passed, I feel more compelled to vote on fiscal issues rather than social ones. Even if Bill Brady is governor, he won’t be able to roll back marriage equality; yet hopefully he can do more work toward making our state fiscally sound than Governor Quinn.
Hopefully, I won’t have to chose between Quinn and Brady– which is my nightmare scenario. Hopefully, Bruce Rauner is the Republican nominee. That’s why I’m pulling a GOP ballot and voting for him next Tuesday.
The fact is our state’s fiscal position is horrible. It has been for some time and our representatives in Springfield have just watched it happen. Looking at the Republican candidates for governor, I see three men who are part of the problem. Kirk Dillard has served in the state senate for 20 years. Bill Brady has also served in state government for roughly 20 years, in the senate since 2002 and prior to that in the General Assembly for seven years between 1993 to 2000. Finally, Dan Rutherford, before he became Illinois treasurer, served in the House and Senate from 1993 to 2011.
If these guys have the ability to lead this state, why haven’t they done so already? If these three guys are qualified to lead this state, why is the state in such fiscal peril? These three have been in the room since 1993– shouldn’t they be held accountable for how messy it is now? If Dillard, Brady and Rutherford were such leaders– the state wouldn’t be in such peril.
And I don’t dislike those guys. Had Dillard won the primary in 2010, I would have gladly voted for him in the general election. But he didn’t. And it’s time we hold the people we elect accountable for the mess that our state is in.
All three of those gentlemen, being leaders in the Illinois Republican party, were in a position of power since the state increased our income tax rate. And now we see our state in need of more funds. So instead of the income tax increase starting to be rolled back as scheduled next year, some are questioning whether such rollback is feasible or sound. The purpose of the increased state income tax was to repay the backlog of unpaid bills. Those bills remain unpaid.
So what has the state done with our money?
And more importantly, we should ask what has Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard and Dan Rutherford done to get Illinois in a better fiscal position?
So I’m going with the businessman who has not been in state office since the early 90s.
It appears to me that our state is doing the same thing over and over and over again and hoping for a different result, which we all know is the definition of insanity. I’m going to vote for the guy who has not been a part of the problem for over 20 years. I’m going to vote for the man who will lower Illinois’ overhead and make our state– like private business– become more efficient. I’m going to vote for the guy who will find waste and cut it.
In a sign of early fear, labor unions are running ads against Bruce Rauner in the Republican primary. Why? Because labor will lose control of the state if he wins.
And if he doesn’t win, you’ll get four more years of the same.
And I’m tired. I’m tried of public finances being mismanaged. I’m tired of us reelecting the same people to higher state office and expecting different results. Ultimately, the state’s finances are OUR FAULT.
I’m going to vote for Bruce Rauner. If we want to change our state government, we have to elect someone who hasn’t been a part of it for the last twenty years.
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