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June 4, 2014

Expect a bumpy ride

Politicians are like water — they always take the easiest path.

When faced with difficult decisions this year, the Illinois General Assembly sat on its hands and told you a fib.

We were told Illinois government is entering a period of “austerity.”

Baloney.

This year’s budget is $850 million more than last year’s.

And folks, most of that extra spending is being paid for through borrowing.

The politicians raided special use funds throughout state government, harvested $650 million and then promised to pay it back in 18 months.

But I haven’t heard anyone explain just how they plan to pay it back.

If we don’t have the money to pay for that extra spending now, how will we have the money in a year and one half to pay for that continued level of spending and pay back the borrowed money?

Beats me.

Hang on to your wallets, folks.

In the backrooms of the Illinois Statehouse they are already talking about shoving a tax hike down our throats — after the election — but before the new General Assembly gets sworn in.

These types of lame duck shenanigans have a long, pathetic history in the Prairie State.

Both Republicans and Democrats are guilty of these types of antics.

But this time all eyes are on Mike Madigan the long-time speaker of the House and state Democratic Party chieftain.

He has said he is committed to making the temporary 67 percent income tax hike permanent. But he contends he didn’t have the votes to pass it this session.

I’ve seldom seen Madigan not get what he wants. But he is a patient man.

Exceedingly patient.

Look for arms to start getting twisted once the election is over.

The actions of this year’s General Assembly are geared toward precipitating a crisis.

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