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America’s Future? Look to Illinois

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Somewhere along the line I remember a song about how you can take the kid out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the kid. Guess one could write a song, you can take the kid out of Chicago but you can’t take Chicago out of the kid.


In October of 2008 my warnings went unheeded regarding candidate Barack Obama. All one needed do to see America in four years was to look at Blagojevich’s Illinois. It turned out worse than imagined.

Blagojevich’s Illinois was reeling in corruption, political favoritism, extra constitutional mandates, and unfunded pension liabilities growing exponentially due to quid pro quo union contracts.

Blago was a living example of liberal economic illiteracy when he quadrupled fees on trucking companies not realizing trucks have wheels, and 25,000 jobs were lost overnight. The exodus from Illinois was underway.

After getting caught with something ‘golden’ Blago was impeached, tried, and sent to prison leaving behind a state in financial shambles.

Enter Pat Quinn from Chicago. Another graduate of the Chicago School for Liberal Economic Illiteracy Quinn shoved through the biggest tax increase in Illinois history during a lame duck session.

That was in January 2011 with projected revenues that would solve all Illinois’ money woes with $7 billion in new revenue. By the end of 2011 the tax increased revenue by only $6 billion, and Quinn began his version of austerity measures which of course failed.

To see where Obama is taking America look to Illinois at the end of 2012. Here’s the report card; unfunded pension obligations up, budget deficit up, deficit spending up, unpaid bills to state vendors up, credit downgrade probable, talk of more taxes.

You can expect the same results from the economic illiterate in DC as the economic illiterate in Illinois. Obama’s attack on the wealthy with the cliff tax deal, and new Obamacare taxes will kill jobs too, just on a grander scale.


Obama must have at least one liberal adviser with a calculator because the day after raising taxes over $600 billion on the wealthy Obama was calling for a trillion more in revenue by eliminating deductions for the evil rich who are keeping the economy down.

Liberal hopes were dashed during the just concluded lame duck session in Illinois. While the state is bursting into flames of insolvency citizens were aghast that the lame duckers didn’t move on pension reform, gay marriage, and bans on assault weapons.

However there was one major liberal victory, drivers licenses for illegal immigrants was approved. The state of Illinois has come out of the closet and now publicly endorses criminal behavior. No more hiding in the shadows of the Chicago political backrooms.

Those with an irrational hatred of guns, just like those with an irrational hatred of CO2, oil, profits, corporations, success, and economic freedom, also known as Democrats, need not fear. Gay marriage will be called in the new legislative session, and Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked for a full court review regarding the Illinois ban on concealed carry that was ruled unconstitutional.

Princess Lisa must have received a royal order from King Michael of the Imperial Republic of Chicago that they must keep law abiding citizens defenseless in their lawless kingdom. After all in 2012 only 536 people were murdered in the city with the strictest gun laws in the land. Evidence to a liberal that gun control works.

If you were wondering where Obama got the hutzpah to consider circumventing congress to violate the Constitution to dictate gun control through executive order after in his first term he granted amnesty to young illegal aliens, extorted $23 billion from a private company, denied Boeing the right to build where they chose, conducted kinetic military overseas operations, ignored bankruptcy law, ignored contempt charges for moratoriums, lied about Benghazi, used an executive order to cover up the truth regarding gun walking, in other words Obama conducting himself as an Imperial President, look no farther than Illinois.


If Illinois portends the future of America, we are in more danger than a conservative appearing on MSNBC.

America’s only hope is that the linguini spined Republicans in DC garner a little hutzpah themselves by learning the lessons of Illinois where there is no firewall to protect from the Chicago way. Hopefully they also learn the lessons of the Illinois Republican Party who couldn’t properly manage a one car funeral.

The opinions expressed here are solely those of Fritz Pfister or identified sources, and not necessarily those of RE/MAX Professionals of Springfield or RE/MAX International.

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