Blagojevich aims to rob from the rich
and give to the poor
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[April 11, 2007]
Gov. Rod Blagojevich's GRT
tax proposal is aimed at resolving what he considers to be an
age-old dilemma: that wealthy businesses and corporations in
Illinois do not pay their fair share to support the social network.
He points out that private citizens foot 88 percent of the costs to
operate the schools and do other state work, which he has determined
to mean that businesses aren't paying their fair share and are
growing rich and fat. I think he considers them to be lawbreakers.
Blagojevich's plan is to change the entire
Illinois corporate tax structure from the corporate income tax to
the gross revenue tax. Under this plan, businesses that gross more
than $2 million a year will have to pay a flat tax (up to 8 percent
on service companies, which have low costs of production). With this
he now estimates he will rake in $8 billion per year.
What he will
do with it is the question of this editorial. It is clear that he
wants to take it from those he believes are certainly able to pay it
to give to those who are not able to pay for their own health
insurance or pay higher property taxes to support their local
schools, as well as refill the state pension coffers. But this is
not really his aim.
The people who he aims to take the money from usually pay their
own way for health insurance, live in more affluent neighborhoods
with better schools because they have higher property taxes, and
fund their own retirements. Most of these people were not the people
who voted for Rod Blagojevich in the last election, or the election
before that. In fact, these people, the business people, usually
vote Republican. Blagojevich could never do enough for these people
to earn their vote. Never!
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The people he aims to give the money to are the ones who put him
in office the first time and re-elected him recently. He is giving a
fair portion of this money to them in order to assure his
re-election as governor, and perhaps gain a national following among
the liberally minded crowd, showing that he is capable of sweeping
My conclusion: He is robbing from those he considers rich to give
to those who will vote for him, to buy their vote and their
influence. It's not a new notion in state or national politics. But
it's not usually that simple to figure out.
Oh, and if he starts wearing a little green hat, green tights and
hunting with a bow we might have confirmation of his real motives.
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