Skip to comments.Now Is The Time To Use Anger Strategically (Illinois Education Assn. demands many tax increases)
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 states 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 dont just support the Governors 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 states financial problems, we will battle year in and year out over the same issues. As long as we fail to fix our states 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 states other budget needs.
But most importantly, demanding to fix the states 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.
The Illinois Eductaion Association Demands:
Raise the income tax!
Raise corporate taxes!
Raise services taxes!
Raise sales taxes!
Raise commuter taxes!
Make Illinois state taxes a Progressive tax system!
And a mere 1% across-the-board tax increase isn't NEARLY enough!!!!
Socialism/Communism is a mental disease.
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.
Wait. You mean it's possible that the quality of education goes down?
LOL! I call BS!
You beat me, but I was just going to ask how anybody would notice the decline in “service”...
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.
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.
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?
American patriots can only be pushed so far. We will have our day and it is coming soon!
The only Pension for Public Employees should be Social Security
“If you the union would cull out the dud teachers it wouldnt 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.
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.
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!
Property tax revenues are down. Teachers are being laid off. So let’s raise the sales tax....a moonbat solution to a problem.
hire ex military or ex businessmen....
Didn’t Illinois just float bonds to pay for its pension?
I have no sympathy for Democrats.