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Tax the Top; Not Mom and Pop

A letter to the politicians in Illinois who want to solve the State's financial woes on the backs of the Middle Class.

While I understand that the State of Illinois is in dire financial shape, I do not see why politicians, like yourselves, think it is wise to balance the budget on the backs of the very people who voted for you and who have done everything they were asked to do during their working lives. 

To attempt to take away or diminish the pensions of State Employees will not balance the budget, only increasing state taxes will do that. Why not employ a graduated income tax so that everyone pays his/her fair share? 

As a retired educator and a tax payer, I think this would be a fair way to put the state back on its feet. I would willingly pay more taxes to help balance the budget. 

Please tax the top; not mom & pop! 

Esther Allman

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Will County Resident January 14, 2013 at 06:12 AM
Reducing pensions will in fact lower the deficit. You see, when you pay people less, you reduce expenses, and when you reduce expenses, you lower the amount we have to borrow every year.
June Whitehand January 16, 2013 at 01:41 PM
Squabbling like 3rd graders will do absolutely nothing to solve any problems, no wonder the politicians think they can do what every they will without any consequences!
Ooftus Gooftus January 16, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Quinn,Madigan,Cullerton, reps and senators, need to donate their collective brains to science, and their finacial gains from companies, set up to profit from their constituent's no-other-choice trust in a failed system. All these years the pension systems were either raped or underfunded because of failed due dilegence of these yahoos.
Kenny Banya January 16, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Immediate change-eliminate all current pension, recalculate based on Social Security tables. Retire prior to age 65 and suffer substantial reduction. Just like all the rest of the tax-paying, working stiffs.
nick January 20, 2013 at 06:29 PM
Illinois and the nation: gaming the system. All great democracies have committed financial suicide somewhere between 200 and 250 years after being founded. The reason? The voters figured out they could vote themselves money from the treasury by electing people who promised to give them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them. The United States officially became a Republic in 1776, 231 years ago. The number of people now getting free stuff outnumbers the people paying for the free stuff. We had one chance to change that in 2012. Failure to change that spells the end of the United States as we know it.

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