atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#6407: Why be surprised?

Illinois is 44th out of 50 for job growth by state. Big tax hike in 2017, so of course....
A spending cap could curb Illinois’ irresponsible spending by tying spending growth to Illinois’ long-run economic growth. Instead of outpacing taxpayer incomes, spending would rise proportionally with the state economy, reducing the need for frequent tax hikes.

By providing a barrier against careless spending and its accompany tax hikes, the spending cap could bring stability to Illinois and make the state more inviting for workers and businesses.
Of course a spending cap could do that. But since Mike Madigan doesn't want a spending cap, Illinois won't get one.

Mike Madigan likes things as they are right now. Otherwise they wouldn't be like this. Mike Madigan is an idiot and a tyrant, but considering the death grip he's got on the reins of power in Illinois, he's the guy who has to decide to let things be fixed. He and Bruce Rauner had a long standoff over that last year--which culminated in those tax hikes. That alone should tell you who's running Illinois.

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Brand new high-tech aircraft carrier has just a wee problem. Thirteen billion dollars, the most expensive ship in Navy history no matter how you figure it, and there's no way to get ordinance from the magazines to where the planes are.

Which is, y'know, a slight issue when the ship is an aircraft carrier, and its function is to launch airplanes armed with, y'know, ordinance. Bombs, missiles, rockets, that kind of thing.

And of course you can bet that USS Gerald Ford was built as a "cost plus" contract.

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I'd like to say you heard it here first but you probably didn't. Maybe Ouma-whatev is being accelerated by dark energy. *rolleyes*

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