Illinois Unions Vow to Sue Basic Arithmetic….

This made me laugh so much I had to share it. It provides the best metaphorical contrast so far this year... But first the back story.  In Illinois, like many other states, the Democrat Governor and Democrat State Legislature faced a looming budget crisis.   Earlier in the year Democrat Governor Pat Quinn signed a 60% increase in state income taxes in order to close a budget shortfall.   Faced with the decision to cut budget expenditures or raise taxes the Illinois team decided to raise taxes. (Via Doug Ross)

@IowaHawk alerts us to stunning news from Illinois, where a “state entirely controlled by Democrats is somehow having financial difficulties”:

A decision made by Gov. Pat Quinn may leave thousands of  state workers without a job by the end of the week.

The cuts are coming in the face of a budget deficit that  doesn’t leave enough money to pay the workers, the governor says. Quinn also  plans to close a prison, juvenile detention center and homes for the mentally  ill.

If no cuts are made, several agencies will run out of money  by spring, Quinn says.

We can’t spend money we don’t have,” Quinn said Tuesday.

The state’s largest government employee union, AFSCME, promises to sue if the  layoffs are made, much like they did over blocked pay raises.

Why don’t the unions just sue the laws of physics? Or basic arithmetic principles?

Because even if the unions somehow forced the state government to raise taxes to 90%, it still wouldn’t be enough to pay for all of their bloated public sector salaries, benefits, pensions and retiree health care programs.

Which is why, I suppose, Mark Levin says that “liberalism is the philosophy of the stupid.”

Where this really contrasts with liberal economic policies and their inevitable conclusions is when you reconcile the decision of the State Of Illinois with the decision in the neighboring state of Wisconsin.

In Wisconsin against the ire of the progressive and entrenched labor movement, including the AFSCME workers, a conservative governor Scott Walker took a divergent approach and chose to cut spending, reform unsustainable state worker entitlements, and empower the local municipalities with structural labor contractual reform tools.   This drew the full-throated hate filled opposition toward him from organized labor interests.  Including, funnily enough, thousands of AFSCME labor workers from Illinois who crossed state lines to join their Wisconsin counterparts and coordinate the attack within Wisconsin against Walker.

Through Governor Scott Walker’s plan the state and local AFSCME workers in Wisconsin indeed had to make concessions (mostly on healthcare issues/benefits) but retained their ranks.   Very few layoffs were incurred.   Not only was he able to save jobs, but his state also improved its bond rating to AAA because of the solid sensible fiscal approach, and ended up the budget battle with a surplus.  However, because of his approach to solving the budget crisis, and the legislated labor contracting empowerment, Governor Walker is facing the possibility of an organized recall election spearheaded by AFSCME union members.

So what you have is a conservative Governor in Wisconsin saving the union jobs, yet still faced with the ire from the unions themselves, while in neighboring Illinois the increase tax approach is leading to thousands of layoffs within the same union even with the tax revenue increases imposed by a liberal tax and spend Democrat Governor.   In Illinois the union is going to sue the state in a bizarre attempt to retain employment as an outcome of the getting the very tax policy from Governor Quinn they demanded.   While in Wisconsin the same union lost their tax battle yet retained their jobs and benefits, and are trying to get rid of Governor Walker.

This is the perfect metaphor for the ideological battle underway in Washington DC regarding the federal fiscal budget. 

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4 Responses to Illinois Unions Vow to Sue Basic Arithmetic….

  1. Sharon says:

    “We can’t spend money we don’t have,” Quinn said Tuesday.

    Well. That’s pretty bold. If it turns out to be true, (/sarc) someone had better get the word to obama.


  2. Patriot Dreamer says:

    Albert Einstein once said “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”


  3. What next in Illinois? The Soviets kept people in place and working by issuing internal passports (which Russians still carry as a ‘universal ID’). Simply put, the ruling class and their bureaucrats controlled the majority of the population as if they were slaves. In fact, workers on collectives had less freedom of movement and association than they did under serfdom.

    That model is the next iteration in the “collectivist state”. Precursor to that, of course, is the destruction of individual liberty and the concept in “inalienable rights”. The latter being, “Endowed by Our Creator”, explains why the Progressocrats are so anxious to destroy any semblance of G_d-Breathed religion in America.


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