Politically Speaking – September 22, 2020

September 22, 2020

At the worst possible time, Springfield politicians are pushing the tax hike amendment which would fundamentally change our state’s Constitution. If passed, it would grant our lawmakers new tax power to increase taxes on any group of taxpayers. That means you!

Even though Pritzker calls his $3.7 billion income tax a “fair tax,” in reality it’s a blank check for House Speaker Mike Madigan to do as he pleases.
The key reasons the income tax hike is bad for Illinois are:
1) It gives politicians more power to raise taxes at will by a simply majority vote.
2) It give politicians a blank check.
3) It opens the door for higher taxes on the middle and lower class.
4) It hurts small businesses and kills local jobs, as if things aren’t bad enough for them!

tax amendment would also allow them to add “surcharges,” essentially double or triple taxing the same dollars earned, for special spending such as pensions. It would also open the door for lawmakers to start taxing retirees.

Ultimately, the November 3 referendum is about trust. Trust is a rare commodity in a state where politicians have a history of breaking tax promises and facing corruption investigations into whether they used taxpayer and ratepayer dollars to benefit themselves and their political cronies.

the progressive tax just taking effect on small businesses that create nearly 60% of the jobs in Illinois, more than 100,000 small businesses could see a tax hike up to 47% just as they work to bring back employees and recover from the shutdown.

an individual basis, I personally don’t see how, if voters approve the constitutional amendment and state lawmakers stick with the proposed rates they passed in 2019, any Illinoisan won’t face a tax increase starting January 1, 2021.

I’ve said for a long time Illinois doesn’t have an income problem, we have a spending problem. And even though the progressive tax is being sold by the Democrats as a way to shore up the state’s finances, pay down debt, and increase funding for services, it will fail to fulfill those promises.
So the bottom line is, without addressing the structural spending programs that have created this problem, Illinois will continue in the red. That will cause more and more to leave the state, because financially, Illinois will become impossible to live in.

recommendation to the Governor and General Assembly is to follow a trustworthy road map to tax relief for Illinoisans and restore fiscal health through pension reform and spending restraint.

I, for one, will vote NO!

On to the former vice president, Joe Biden. Presidential candidate Biden held a drive-in town hall meeting on September 17 in Scranton, PA. If you missed it you didn’t miss much, in my opinion. It was simply another Bash Trump town hall.

faced a half dozen questions about the coronavirus and a potential vaccine, moderated by Anderson Cooper of CNN.

This town hall meeting marked the first time Biden faced a live audience except a few reporters since winning the Presidential nomination.

in all, in my opinion, the town hall meeting was uneventful.
In closing, let us at The Weekly give our sympathy to the family, colleagues and friends of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

On to my friend, Editor of the National Review and well known talk show contributor Rich Lowry.

Democrats Should Worry About Mail-In Voting

By Rich Lowry

There’s a giant scheme afoot to disenfranchise voters in November — it’s called mail-in balloting.

Mail-in voting has, like many things in our politics, taken on the aspect of tribal warfare — if President Donald Trump is vociferously against it, Democrats must be vociferously for it, and vice versa.

Absentee voting is unquestionably less secure than in-person voting, but there’s no evidence of widespread fraud. Nor is there evidence that, at least prior to this campaign, mail-in voting has favored Democrats, as the president believes.

is inevitably going to be more mail-in voting in the fall, but in-person voting is superior. Only about one-hundredth of 1% of in-person votes are rejected, wher eas rejection rates of 1% are common with mail-in votes, and some states exceeded that during their primaries this year.

This should be a five-alarm worry for Democrats. According to polling, almost twice as many Biden supporters as Trump supporters say they’ll vote by mail this year. According to NPR, studies show “that voters of color and young voters are more likely than others to have their ballots not count.” In another universe, if Trump were urging Democrats to stay away from the polls and instead use a method more likely to get their votes discarded, it’d be attacked as a dastardly voter suppression scheme.

There are at least three ways that mail-in voting could contribute to a 2020 nightmare. Trump could be winning on election night, and the outcome slowly reverse over time. Delayed by the volume of mail-in ballots, states could blow past the deadline for finalizing their results. And if the margins in battleground states are very close, rejected mail-in ballots could lead to protracted, high-stakes court fights.

More than a half-million ballots were rejected in this year’s presidential primaries. Ballots are discarded for improper postmarks and signatures, and mail-in voters are also more prone to accidentally vote for more than one candidate or make other errors.

In its primaries, New York delivered up the perfect storm of ramped-up mail-in voting and inadequate preparation. In the 12th Congressional District, it took weeks to declare a winner, and the number of rejected mail ballots was roughly three times Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s 3,700-vote margin of victory over challenger Suraj Patel.

What happened in New York easily could preview the general election. NPR notes that more than 23,000 absentee ballots were rejected in Wisconsin’s primary this year, exceeding Trump’s margin in the state in 2016. Nearly 40,000 were rejected in Pennsylvania, where Trump won by 44,000 votes in 2016.

In light of all this, it makes sense, first and foremost, to try to make more options available for in-person voting.

In addition, states should allow the counting of mail-in ballots prior to Election Day to minimize any swing in the count afterward. Congress should delay the date that states have to finalize their results, currently Dec. 8. And election officials and the parties should do everything they can to educate mail-in voters to do it correctly.

What should be intolerable is any attempt to change the rules after the fact, although it’s entirely conceivable that Democrats will feel compelled after Nov. 3 to argue that the mail-in voting that they’ve done so much to promote is desperately flawed and deeply unjust.

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