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Now Is The Time To Use Anger Strategically (Illinois Education Assn. demands many tax increases)
The Illinois Education Association ^ | 3-25-10 | Mark Michaels

Posted on 03/25/2010 7:37:02 PM PDT by TitansAFC

Today, everyone in public education, in fact everyone working in public service, is angry. Last night, literally in the dark of night, the Illinois State Legislature decimated pensions for future public employees – for teachers, ESPs, university employees, public works personnel, child care workers, social workers – for more than 70 percent of those working in public employment.

Citizens of all walks of life think this is good. But as it diminishes our competitiveness for recruiting quality workers, these citizens could see the quality of services, from education to garbage pickup, go down. Then they, too, will be angry.

Tradition has it that we vent our anger by setting up a circular firing squad and shoot at each other. Meanwhile, the bipartisan business powers of this state continue to rake in the dough. There has got to be a better way.

In its attempt to educate our members, this blog and project, have consistently pointed toward a better path. That path is a united demand for fair taxation which can fix the state’s structural deficit and provide for fair and sustainable funding of education, human and public services for the citizens of Illinois.

In short, now is the time to demand passage of House Bill 174. HB 174 is the bill that increases personal and corporate income tax to a level comparable with other states, expands the sales tax to 39 consumer services and reduces the dependency on local real estate taxes to fund vital local services. It is also the first step toward moving us from regressive taxation to progressive taxation.

Some will respond asking why we don’t just support the Governor’s proposed 1 percent tax increase for education. The answer is simple – it is just a band aid. As long as we fail to fix our state’s financial problems, we will battle year in and year out over the same issues. As long as we fail to fix our state’s revenue shortfalls and end our dependency on real estate taxes, we will see RIFs instead of quality public education for every student. And if we just push for money for education, we can expect the same old shell game to continue, using us as the excuse to raise taxes only to spread the funds across the state’s other budget needs.

But most importantly, demanding to fix the state’s financial problems maintains unity with other state and local employees. Only by staying united will we succeed in bringing real and lasting change to this state.

Of course, UNITY is what is central to the idea of unions. Teachers, ESPs, university employees, public works personnel, child care workers, social workers and others are all our union brothers and sisters. As was first stated more than 100 years ago by the Haymarket martyrs who were fighting the same powers here in Illinois:

“An injury to one, is an injury to all.”

Unity for real change is how we can create a strategic response to channel our anger from yesterday.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: illinois; nea; quinn; teachers
...."In short, now is the time to demand passage of House Bill 174. HB 174 is the bill that increases personal and corporate income tax to a level comparable with other states, expands the sales tax to 39 consumer services and reduces the dependency on local real estate taxes to fund vital local services. It is also the first step toward moving us from regressive taxation to progressive taxation."---

The Illinois Eductaion Association Demands:

Raise the income tax!
Raise corporate taxes!
Raise services taxes!
Raise sales taxes!
Raise commuter taxes!
and
Make Illinois state taxes a Progressive tax system!

And a mere 1% across-the-board tax increase isn't NEARLY enough!!!!

1 posted on 03/25/2010 7:37:04 PM PDT by TitansAFC
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To: Dengar01; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; PhilCollins; Graybeard58; Impy; sarasota; chicagolady; ...

Illinois Ping!


2 posted on 03/25/2010 7:38:08 PM PDT by TitansAFC (The Left does not devote so much effort into attacking Sarah Palin because she's a weak candidate.)
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To: TitansAFC

Socialism/Communism is a mental disease.


3 posted on 03/25/2010 7:39:19 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (We've got an expanding, fat porker government demanding that WE get skinny! I don't get it!)
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To: TitansAFC

If you the union would cull out the dud teachers it wouldn’t be so bad....but they want ALL to keep on teaching when they are incompetent.


4 posted on 03/25/2010 7:40:32 PM PDT by GrannyK
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To: TitansAFC
these citizens could see the quality of services, from education to garbage pickup, go down.

Wait. You mean it's possible that the quality of education goes down?

LOL! I call BS!

5 posted on 03/25/2010 7:42:24 PM PDT by PhilosopherStone1000
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To: PhilosopherStone1000

You beat me, but I was just going to ask how anybody would notice the decline in “service”...


6 posted on 03/25/2010 7:50:20 PM PDT by benewton (Life sucks, then you die)
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To: TitansAFC

If the public sector employees want to see “angry”, talk to private sector employees experiencing layoffs, higher taxes, foreclosures, wage cuts and a GREEDY CORRUPT GOVERNMENT INTENT ON BLEEDING THEM DRY. That would anger-inducing and these thumb-sucking union hoods have no idea what that’s like.

But in November, I hope they do. In spades.


7 posted on 03/25/2010 7:50:31 PM PDT by OrangeHoof ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Bend over suckahs".)
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To: TitansAFC
Some will respond asking why we don’t just support the Governor’s proposed 1 percent tax increase for education. The answer is simple – it is just a band aid.

Perhaps we don't support it because some of us are smart enough to know that going from 3% tax to 4% tax is not a "1% tax increase, it is a 33.3% increase.

8 posted on 03/25/2010 7:50:45 PM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: GrannyK

It costs millions of dollars per teacher to fund retirement packages. Where does the money come from and how come the students aren’t better, no matter how much $ is forceably removed from taxpayers?


9 posted on 03/25/2010 7:51:46 PM PDT by boop (Democracy is the theory that the people get the government they deserve, good and hard.)
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To: TitansAFC

American patriots can only be pushed so far. We will have our day and it is coming soon!


10 posted on 03/25/2010 7:52:31 PM PDT by Jukeman
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To: TitansAFC

The only Pension for Public Employees should be Social Security


11 posted on 03/25/2010 7:54:08 PM PDT by eyeamok
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To: GrannyK

“If you the union would cull out the dud teachers it wouldn’t be so bad”

Yes, it would. Conservatives whinge and moan about single payer medicine, but, hell, single payer education is just fine if it’s managed properly. Government schools are evil, and they have been evil from their inception. The people who work in them are enablers of evil. The only difference now is that the evil is apparent for those who care to look.


12 posted on 03/25/2010 7:57:54 PM PDT by achilles2000 (Shouting "fire" in a burning building is doing everyone a favor...whether they like it or not)
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To: PhilosopherStone1000
Wait. You mean it's possible that the quality of education goes down?

Good point, what about the quality of garbage collections. How possibly could there be less prerequisites for a job?
1) Pick up trash can
2) Remove lid
3) Throw lid like a Frisbee into neighbors lawn
4) Turn Can Over
5) Bang can as loudly as possible on back of Garbage Truck
6) ‘Accidental’ drop a minimum of 15% of can onto street
7) Ignore dropped garbage
8) Keeping can inverted drop loudly onto street dislodging whatever refuse remains in can and onto the street.
9) Violently kick can into neighbors lawn.

Wow, now that i look at it, there is allot more to being a garbage man than I thought.

13 posted on 03/25/2010 8:00:44 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Graybeard58

Perhaps we don’t support it because some of us are smart enough to know that going from 3% tax to 4% tax is not a “1% tax increase, it is a 33.3% increase.

Not if you went to public school!


14 posted on 03/25/2010 8:02:21 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Jim from C-Town
You forgot..

10) Collect $80,000 paychech.
15 posted on 03/25/2010 8:05:02 PM PDT by divine_moment_of_facts (Give me Liberty.. or I'll get up and get it for myself!)
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check, too.


16 posted on 03/25/2010 8:05:49 PM PDT by divine_moment_of_facts (Give me Liberty.. or I'll get up and get it for myself!)
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To: TitansAFC

Property tax revenues are down. Teachers are being laid off. So let’s raise the sales tax....a moonbat solution to a problem.


17 posted on 03/25/2010 8:05:57 PM PDT by Fu-fu2
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To: GrannyK
they talk about "quality" teachers.....if they really wanted quality teachers they require college grads to have engineering degrees or mathematics or physics etc..not some "education" degree that is the simplest of degrees to obtain...

hire ex military or ex businessmen....

18 posted on 03/25/2010 8:15:03 PM PDT by cherry
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To: TitansAFC

Didn’t Illinois just float bonds to pay for its pension?


19 posted on 03/25/2010 8:24:28 PM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: TitansAFC

I have no sympathy for Democrats.


20 posted on 03/25/2010 8:33:21 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The Obama Administration program - The B F Deal)
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To: TitansAFC

Funny. Marxists always think it’s gonna be the OTHER guy who takes it in the neck - until there’s that NKVD knock at the door.


21 posted on 03/25/2010 8:54:01 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: boop

“Where does the money come from and how come the students aren’t better, no matter how much $ is forceably removed from taxpayers?”

Exactly. This goes to the core of the problem. Public Education run by the NEA union and Gov’t is a disaster no matter how much money has been wasted on it. They are nothing more than incubators brainwashing the kids for social justice causes. No independent thinking is allowed. There seems to be more emphasis on “It’s normal to have two dads” and “Your parents are killing off the polar bears” instead of teaching math, science, english, US history, etc. The DOE should be abolished and local communities (parents) should set the standards for education.


22 posted on 03/25/2010 8:55:42 PM PDT by Wolfhound77
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To: divine_moment_of_facts

Well that’s a given + 40K a yearin benefits and 75% of pay with COLA for life when retired at 55


23 posted on 03/25/2010 10:09:30 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: TitansAFC

We have to constantly show the Harold Washington ad until the morons finally get it.


24 posted on 03/26/2010 6:12:05 AM PDT by Dengar01
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To: cherry

I agree with your idea. I was in the navy for 21 years, and I have a B.A. in political science. I wanted to become a high school teacher of history or civics, but I would have been required to take too many courses, to become certified. I wouldn’t have had an income, while I was taking those courses, so I didn’t do it.


25 posted on 03/26/2010 6:58:31 AM PDT by PhilCollins
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