Sunday, July 19, 2015
Illinois must eliminate state government pay to play
Richard L. (Bud) Phillis MD had this letter published in the July 19 Dispatch/Argus. ..... marks paragraph breaks. "Pay to play is the phrase used to describe the way money travels to get results. In Illinois politics and government organizations, the following is the path money travels. ..... Unions use dues extorted from members for donations to candidates, usually liberal Democrats, who, when in office, pass legislation that favors union ideals such as wages and pensions. Another way of saying this is "money laundering". ..... A current example is the commercial on TV about the budget crisis in Illinois from SEIU (Service Employees International Union). The commercial blames Gov. Bruce Rauner for the impasse because he is trying to balance the budget, which is mandated by the Illinois Constitution. In order to do that, he must suggest decreases in spending programs that are not mandated by the constitution such as pensions for government workers. ..... Generous pensions are negotiated between liberal Democrats and unions then not properly funded by those same liberal Democrats. This results in a huge debt for the state in addition to an unbalanced budget. ...... The responsibility to reduce spending belongs to the liberal Democrats and not the governor. The Democrats only want to raise taxes and not reduce spending to correct the very problems that they have created. The governor has indicated that he is willing to consider a tax increase that would lead to increased revenue for the state. ......The citizens of Illinois need to eliminate pay to play or money laundering."