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Illinois Democrats go all-in on class warfare theme
Chicago Tribune ^ | March 21, 2014 | Ray Long, Monique Garcia and Maura Zurick

Posted on 03/23/2014 3:28:01 PM PDT by reaganaut1

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Democrats went all-in Thursday with their election-year class warfare theme as Speaker Michael Madigan pitched the idea of asking voters to raise taxes on millionaires, Senate President John Cullerton advanced a minimum-wage increase and Gov. Pat Quinn compared wealthy opponent Bruce Rauner to TV villain Mr. Burns.

The moves continued a Democratic push to highlight income inequity that started Tuesday night before Rauner had even claimed his narrow victory in the Republican primary for governor. Rauner and Republican legislative leaders have countered by accusing Democrats of being tax happy and trying to drive a wedge between the rich and poor.

The newest front in the campaign battle came as Madigan held a rare news conference to announce he wants lawmakers to put a question on the Nov. 4 ballot asking voters whether the state should raise the income tax by 3 percentage points on those who make more than $1 million a year.

The powerful Democratic speaker said the tax hike on millionaires is a way to generate more than $1 billion for elementary and high schools. Madigan based his calculations on what he said are roughly 13,675 millionaires that lived in Illinois in 2011, brushing aside a question about whether such a tax hike might drive them out of the state.

“Well, if they’re in Illinois today, they’re probably so much in love with Illinois that they’re not going to leave,” Madigan said. “We’ve done this because we feel that the millionaires in Illinois are the ones that are better equipped to support education than others.

Rauner, who has disclosed that he made $53 million in 2012, seized on Madigan’s proposal to bolster his campaign theme that Democrat-run Springfield needs a shake up and to remind voters Democrats raised the income-tax rate for everyone

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: 2014issues; 2014midterms; classenvy; classwar; dnctalkingpoints; il2014; illinois; michaelmadigan; milliondollarmarxist; rauner

1 posted on 03/23/2014 3:28:01 PM PDT by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1

Feculant scumbag! Hardly a surprise. Democrats never want to bring people up. Just tear down everyone in to their miserable cesspools. With themselves exempted of course.


2 posted on 03/23/2014 3:35:12 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: reaganaut1

“Here we may reign secure, and in my choyce(*)
To reign is worth ambition though in Hell:
Better to reign in Hell, then serve in Heav’n.”

— Lucifer, in Paradise Lost; also the Democrat
campaign platform

(*) Choice, as in “pro-choice”.


3 posted on 03/23/2014 3:36:40 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: reaganaut1

13,675 millionaires that lived in Illinois but that’s not counting the one’s in Chicago.


4 posted on 03/23/2014 3:36:53 PM PDT by Vaduz
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To: reaganaut1

Conservatives just don’t know how to play this gambit against the Democrats: the party of an indentured underclass for the benefit of limousine liberals.


5 posted on 03/23/2014 3:42:29 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The tree of liberty needs a rope.)
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To: Carry_Okie

Accuse the Demos of granting 1% status to the civil servants they are beholding to, at the expense of the tax payers and see if they have an answer. State, county and city workers are now the elite corporate bosses of old. The pay gap between the civil service and private sector widens almost monthly.


6 posted on 03/23/2014 4:08:26 PM PDT by pacpam (action=consequence and applies in all cases - friend of victory)
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To: reaganaut1

Marxists rule this damn state, and far too many sheeple are too damn dumb to understand it.


7 posted on 03/23/2014 4:25:47 PM PDT by Marathoner (When Obama fails, freedom prevails)
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To: Carry_Okie

The millionaire count is from 2011. Take a recount, come up with a lower number, and beat the Dems with it.

If Rauner is smart he’ll run an aggressive campaign. Democrats have run Illinois into the ground. If he wins, there’s little he can do, but it’s a start.


8 posted on 03/23/2014 4:59:55 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: reaganaut1

Exhibit A on why states like New York, California, and Illinois are leftist, economic wastelands. Taxing the productive citizens to give to a bunch of moochers. Genius idea Illinois. Your road to failure just became much easier.


9 posted on 03/23/2014 5:14:52 PM PDT by dowcaet
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To: reaganaut1

Conservatives should put some traffic signs around Chicago pointing to the state’s borders, saying:

“All roads lead from Nero’s Rome - Chicago”.

Billboards: “Millionaires, conservatives, patriots, believers and self-thinkers not wanted in Illinois”
(Hattip to Gov. Cuomo for his biggoted thoughts)

Democrats’ classwarfare song - “You’ve Got It, I want It” (Detroit Emeralds)

Democrat Party’s slogan: “What’s Mine is Mine and What’s Yours is Negotiable” (hattip to Brezhnev)

Democrats’ official Obamacare/HealthCare policy: “You can’t live forever and we are going to make sure of that”.

Rahm Emanuel’s favorite ballet: “The Nutcracker”

Ezekial Emanuel’s favorite medical professor: “Dr. Joseph Mengele”, of the University of Genocide and Eldercide.

Democrat Party of Illinois slogan: “We never met a crook we didn’t like, or own”.

And:

“Obama: Illinois favorite Kenyan son”.

so much to work with, so little time!!!


10 posted on 03/23/2014 5:39:23 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Organic Panic

Sure Dems, kill capitalism, take away incentive to achieve, tax the millionaires to death and help the billionaires like Soros on top of the heap kill the eonomy, and make sure no one has jobs. Way to go!


11 posted on 03/23/2014 5:41:38 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: reaganaut1

I hate Illinois Commies.


12 posted on 03/23/2014 5:42:18 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Hell doesn’t begin in eternity. Hell begins on earth.


13 posted on 03/23/2014 5:44:41 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

Owning all crooks. That’s Luciferian all right. What happened to the indie crooks of old?


14 posted on 03/23/2014 5:45:55 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: reaganaut1

Some people work for a living and the government punishes them for it.

Other people vote for a living and the government rewards them for it.


15 posted on 03/23/2014 5:46:54 PM PDT by Bob
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To: Marathoner
“Well, if they’re in Illinois today, they’re probably so much in love with Illinois that they’re not going to leave,” Madigan said. “We’ve done this because we feel that the millionaires in Illinois are the ones that are better equipped to support education than others.

Yeah, for chirrun.

No, we don't love the state so much that we'd stay here to get soaked any more. They're lying will class warfare words, but what's new?

Their words are killing the higher end of the housing market. People that still have a decent job here and can afford a $800k+ house figure they'll just keep their home in the more modest $350k range and save up their saved tax money for when they do have to escape this Dem hell hole.

HF

16 posted on 03/23/2014 5:49:06 PM PDT by holden
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To: holden
"will class warfare..."

...should be "with class warfare..."

HF

17 posted on 03/23/2014 5:50:47 PM PDT by holden
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To: reaganaut1

The Dems pander to a sin as old as mankind. Then they steal the wealth of productive citizens to buy the votes of the “takers”.


18 posted on 03/23/2014 5:55:55 PM PDT by windsorknot
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To: reaganaut1

As predicted. A good friend is on Rauners campaign staff running the media strategy. Told him months ago that the Democrats were going to “Mitt Romney him” playing him as a rich guy who doesn’t understand average Illinoisan’s.

My advice to him then was that Rauner should stick it right back to Quinn by being proud of his hard work that resulted in his successful business’ and that Illinois OBVIOUSLY needs someone who understands how the real world works to fix this states problems.

We’ll see soon if my friend took my advice, hope they do, Pat Quinn has been a DISASTER and if he gets re-elected the 66% income tax hike he signed will not only become permanent! the Democrats are already planning on raising it AGAIN and instituting a “millionaires” tax too.


19 posted on 03/23/2014 6:07:38 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: reaganaut1

The class warfare BS could be shot down rather easily by simply asking the rats where rich people come from. Surely not even dems are dumb enough to believe someone just goes to bed one night and wakes up a millionaire the next morning.

Of course, when I pointed this out to a bunch of commies on deviantart, I got the most insane of excuses...when they even bothered to make excuses and not just parrot what their gods Lenin and Marx told them to think.

Of course, the lesson will be driven home rather well if they do get their taxes passed and either drain every millionaire of his millions or send them off to more tax-friendly countries.


20 posted on 03/23/2014 6:12:03 PM PDT by RWB Patriot ("My ability is a value that must be earned and I don't recognize anyone's need as a claim on me.")
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To: reaganaut1
Kind of makes me wonder if all those Boeing executives who moved from Seattle in Washington State (with NO income tax) to Chicago regret their decision?
21 posted on 03/23/2014 6:21:10 PM PDT by Robert357 (D.Rather "Hoist with his own petard!" www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1223916/posts)
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To: RWB Patriot
The class warfare BS could be shot down rather easily by simply asking the rats where rich people come from. Surely not even dems are dumb enough to believe someone just goes to bed one night and wakes up a millionaire the next morning.

The Rockefellers, Pews, Fords, Carnegies, Packards, etc. that fund the left are NOT the people who built those great fortunes. They hang onto all that lovely money by gaming the system through their tax-exempt foundations.

22 posted on 03/23/2014 7:32:29 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The tree of liberty needs a rope.)
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To: Robert357

The Boeing brass moved far away from the employees to make it easier to slash the work force and not get picketed.

The 787 Diversityliner shows how they intend to shift much production to foreign countries.


23 posted on 03/23/2014 7:51:49 PM PDT by Rockpile
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To: reaganaut1

Dividing Americans is what democrats excel in.


24 posted on 03/23/2014 8:40:32 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: 1010RD
If Rauner is smart he’ll run an aggressive campaign. Democrats have run Illinois into the ground. If he wins, there’s little he can do, but it’s a start.

Fact is, the Illinois State Legislature is dominated by Democrats to the point of Super-Majority status in both houses of the legislature.

If all Rauner does is prevent them along with Mike Madigan (IL Speaker of the House, lifetime career politician and Democrat) from making the 66% tax increase Quinn passed 4 years ago permanent and rolls it back, I'd consider a Rauner Governorship to be successful.

25 posted on 03/23/2014 8:46:03 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: RWB Patriot
The class warfare BS could be shot down rather easily by simply asking the rats where rich people come from.

It can also be shot down by asking Democrat politicians why they have never proposed a tax on accumulated wealth. They are quick to tax the creation of new wealth, but never ever ever tax the wealth they have already accumulated themselves. They are the epitome of the elitist class, protecting their own, but working feverishly to ensure that no one else ever joins their ranks.

26 posted on 03/23/2014 8:52:31 PM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: Carry_Okie

The money has to be created and earned before anything can be done with it.


27 posted on 03/24/2014 2:40:28 AM PDT by RWB Patriot ("My ability is a value that must be earned and I don't recognize anyone's need as a claim on me.")
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To: usconservative

Madigan is afraid. That’s why he’s pushing the entire class warfare scheme. Rauner will have a bully pulpit. He can call them out on spending and corruption.

It will kill their super-majority because it’s held together by money and favors. That’s the start of the crack. He’s seen what has happened in Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana.

Once that door opens and the voters see they have an alternative it’s lights out. That said, this is Illinois. They’re as likely to reelect Quinn as they are to breathe.


28 posted on 03/24/2014 6:16:03 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: RWB Patriot
The money wealth has to be created and earned before anything can be done with it.

There, fixed it, as if you needed to explain that to me. The problem is that these wealthy Marxist brats of industrial genius are pissing away wealth while making more money, usually by means that is little more than resource racketeering by regulatory means. These are the same people who sponsor those who print it for a living (see "Fed").

It is not only a fair political game but a profitable one to point out that this is how socialism benefits only the extremely rich (which is who cooked up Marxism in the first place). Conservatives can and must win the class warfare argument (you know, the subject of the thread) by turning it against the Slave Party and going after these creeps, if necessary prosecuting them for what are in essence crimes of fraud, graft, and tax-evasion.

I don't need your kindergarten talking-point instructions on economics. Learn the lesson and apply it, please. These blind blandishments on the real advantages of free enterprise while ignoring criminal abuse of the system paint us into a political corner.

29 posted on 03/24/2014 6:20:28 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The tree of liberty needs a rope.)
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To: 1010RD
Rauner will have a bully pulpit. He can call them out on spending and corruption.

I don't see how Rauner has the bully pulpit since he's given tens of thousands of dollars to the Democrats also (quite a bit to Rahm Emmanuel.)

Go look at Rauners political contributions. He's bought into both parties. IMO he's as crooked and corrupt as the rest of them.

Why do I say that? Ask yourself this question: What's a guy who earned $53 million dollars last year doing spending upwards of $12 million on the Illinois Governor's race, for a "job" that pays less than $200k/year.

I sure don't think he's doing it out of the goodness of his heart or because he "loves Illinois" ..... Rauner's expecting a payoff for his businesses. Whether that's increased business through the state of Illinois, "tax favors" or getting relatives hired to cushy state jobs.

That's what always happens in Illinois. That's why four of our past seven Governors have gone to Federal Prison, and that's why I'm highly skeptical of Rauner. (I personally know Rauner's media campaign strategist --- another slimeball.)

30 posted on 03/24/2014 9:45:28 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Organic Panic
Peace, Organic Panic,

Democrats never want to bring people up. Just tear down everyone in to their miserable cesspools. With themselves exempted of course.

I'll disagree as at least one Democrat, Me, is working to build America up. I don't exist in a miserable cesspool nor do I push for exceptions to rules. I'm all for a return to a constitutionally limited federal government and true equality in the eyes of such government, i.e.: no special exemptions.


James R. McClure Jr.
Jeffersonian Anti-Federalist Democrat candiate for IN09

31 posted on 03/24/2014 10:58:36 AM PDT by James R. McClure Jr.
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To: James R. McClure Jr.
"I'll disagree as at least one Democrat, Me, is working to build America up. I don't exist in a miserable cesspool nor do I push for exceptions to rules. I'm all for a return to a constitutionally limited federal government and true equality in the eyes of such government, i.e.: no special exemptions. James R. McClure Jr. Jeffersonian Anti-Federalist Democrat candiate for IN09" While I find your goals admirable I must disagree with your choice of associating with the democrat party. The vast majority of the party leadership sees us citizens as helpless waifs, and those that aren't are evyil rich white people holding people back. When Harry Reid is on the senate floor lying about private citizens how can you support that? How can you support a party that celebrates the watering down of American society by supporting racist policies such as affirmative action, supporting La Raza type racial supremacy groups, and holds abortion as the most important sacrament to progressive democrat beliefs? There is nothing inspiring or uplifting in a party lead by Obama, Reid, and Pelosi. They have broken America, the great melting pot, in to little victim groups hating another group. The heroes of the democrat party are impeached womanizers, a drunk driver who killed a woman, communists, and a KKK grand wizard. The nation has a democrat president who can't even give an address to 6th graders without a teleprompter. The nation is hurting and the only solution democrats offer is welfare and a message that you are helpless and can't make it without federal overseers. When confronted with any disagreement they scream racist. I am sick and tired of being an accused racist. I can not, and will not ever, support a party with such core contempt for America as founded nor can I ever support a candidate that would attach themselves to the democrat platform.
32 posted on 03/25/2014 11:57:20 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Organic Panic
Peace, Organic Panic,

The vast majority of the party leadership sees us citizens as helpless waifs, and those that aren't are evyil rich white people holding people back.

You won't get significant disagreement from Me that progressives do hold those views. The leadership of the Republican party (Boehner, Ryan, Cantor, McConnell) isn't much better, in My experience.

When Harry Reid is on the senate floor lying about private citizens how can you support that?

When Boehner is working to allow twelve million illegal alien invaders amnesty, how can you support that?

large rant omitted

Being a member of a party does not mean that you support all the policies or practices of that party nor does it mean you agree with or admire the leading figures within that party.

The nation is hurting and the only solution democrats offer is welfare and a message that you are helpless and can't make it without federal overseers.

Yes, the United States is in danger, which is why I'm running for office. No, this Democrat is offering a constitutional solution to our problems.

When confronted with any disagreement they scream racist. I am sick and tired of being an accused racist.

I don't make ad-hominem attacks and I have been called My fair share of names, so I understand your frustration.

I can not, and will not ever, support a party with such core contempt for America as founded nor can I ever support a candidate that would attach themselves to the democrat platform.

I don't attach Myself to the progressive agenda. I stand for the Constitution, limited government, personal responsibility, and State sovereignty. If you oppose someone who stands with and for the Constitution just because they have a (D) after their name, I suggest you examine you priorites very closely. That is no better than those who blindly support someone because they have a (D) after their name.


James R. McClure Jr.
Jeffersonian Anti-Federalist Democrat candidate for IN09

33 posted on 03/27/2014 12:47:45 PM PDT by James R. McClure Jr.
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To: reaganaut1

Good. Let them go for it. Maybe more businesses and tax paying residents will leave and take their money with them.


34 posted on 03/27/2014 12:50:18 PM PDT by jersey117
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