A Wake Up Call From Caterpillar

From the Albracht for Senate campaign…

Now that the news splash is over, let’s take a look at the incredibly significant message that Caterpillar, the world’s largest maker of construction and mining equipment, sent the State of Illinois. Thanks, but no thanks. CAT is building a large plant in the U.S., and Illinois is about the last place they would put it. Their PR put a spin on it by saying that port access and proximity to a corporate division HQ’s in North Carolina were issues, but we all know that Deere has no problem with “port access” and logistics are just a matter of timing and coordination and as far as “proximity to a division headquarters” – since when has that ever even been considered in the actual manufacture of farm implements, construction or mining equipment and by the way, isn’t Peoria in “proximity” to any area of Illinois? What CAT did say was what we all knew and what Springfield has been dancing around and attempting to spin since the tax increase, the credit downgrade and the state’s budget fiasco. The truth was simply put when CAT said, “the business climate and overall fiscal health of the state of Illinois still would have made it unpractical.” Governor Quinn said it was because Illinois does not have access to an ocean. We all know the truth and we see this for what it is, the emperor has no clothes. Our state was not in consideration because of the unholy trinity that drives business out and keeps new business away – regulations, worker’s compensation insurance and taxes. When CAT spokesman Jim Dugan called the Illinois business climate “dysfunctional” and “rudderless”, we can understand why the Governor of Indiana said of Illinois, “It’s like living next door to the Simpsons!”

We are killing business initiative by over-regulation. The regulations as written and enforced are designed more to punish than to provide a safe environment for our workforce. Our worker’s compensation business liability regulations are written to benefit the trial attorneys of Chicago (who wrote them) rather than the injured party. Our increased taxes on business were supposed to be used to lower our debt, but with the increased revenue came new programs and the expansion of old ones. As is said, it’s not a revenue problem, it’s a spending problem. Senator Mark Rubio put it best when he succinctly stated, “We don’t need more taxes, we need more taxpayers!”

To create more taxpayers we must generate more jobs. To generate more jobs, we must let business do what business does best; produce, sell and expand. But instead the ruling majority in Springfield has decided to over-tax, over-regulate and over-spend.

It’s time to clean house and send men and women to Springfield who will represent the people. Representatives and senators who are concerned about their district’s constituents, not the deal they can cut to stay in power or how best to line their pockets. We need, no we must demand integrity and honor from our elected officials for without those precious attributes, we will never right our ship of state.

Bill Albracht – Candidate for the IL 36th Senate District This time I’m fighting for you.

For more information about Bill Albracht, visit our website at http://www.albrachtforsenate.com.

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