Secession Fever Jumps from CA to IL
A couple of months ago Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone called for the southeastern part of California to secede from the rest of the state. “We have businesses leaving all the time, and we’re just driving down a cliff to become a third-world economy,” he said, correctly.
Now Secession Fever has hit Illinois, another state with a socialist government driving its people into Third World status. Reports the Wall Street Journal:
Now two downstate Republican lawmakers think that they’ve found a solution for … disgruntled Illinoisans who want to escape but can’t: Cut off the pesky tail that’s wagging the dog—separate Chicago from the rest of the state.
That’s the legislative initiative of State Reps. Adam Brown and Bill Mitchell, who think politicians from the Windy City have blown the state too far left. “At every town-hall meeting I hear, ‘Can’t we separate from Chicago?’” says Mr. Mitchell.
It’s a similar story to that in California, but with bad weather. A more populous, politically concentrated area of each state located on a coast is robbing the rest of the state blind.
In Illinois, the coastal area is Chicago. In California, it’s the area from Los Angeles up through Marin County. In both states the Robber Coasts are made up of government-union elites, rich liberal elites (Hollywood, Silicon Valley in California; the Daley-Rahm Emanuel crowd in Chicago), nepotistic political dynasty elites (the Daleys in Chicago, the Browns in California), powerful Democratic party elites and inept Republican parties.
In 2008, lawmakers in Springfield cobbled together a $530 million rescue package for Chicago’s transit system, which was on the brink of collapse because of sky-high labor and legacy costs. Just this week they pushed through $300 million of tax credits for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago Board Options Exchange and Sears to prevent the businesses from fleeing to lower-tax climes.
In California we have massive subsidies for the stem-cell research ($6 billion), the California High-Speed Rail Authority ($9.9 billion) and the bankrupt Solyndra (a $25 million tax break from the state).
Both Indiana and Ohio have been aggressively poaching Illinois businesses, especially since January, when [Illinois] lawmakers raised the state income tax to a flat 5% from 3% and the corporate tax to 9.5% from 7.3%.
In both cases, secession is a great idea. If the tax-increase areas of a state want tax increases, let them have the increases — but separate from the areas that want lower taxes. For both states, it’s time for a divorce.
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another…
Dec. 22, 2011
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