Jumping for joy about Cubs, Role of the tax increase in Illinois, A Knife in the Dark

Heavenly joy, earthly angst, bloody murder

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By Jim Bowman


* Priest-homilist yesterday a.m. in Andersonville, in re: "more joy in heaven over one repentent sinner," etc., likened that joy to the joy manifested by Cub fans jumping up and down outside Wrigley the night before. Which I thought was a nice shot.

 * Meanwhile, back in The Village,in the Oct. 18 CLAIM meeting at Julian, Rep. Lilly unhesitatingly recommended higher taxes.

 Asked what "tough vote" she might cast to raise needed revenue, she right away said she would vote to "raise taxes," calling it a "very difficult" vote. She and Sen. Harmon, "did budget revenue rally," she said, and came up with "good ideas," all of which "will have impact on some entity in our state." We'd love to hear those ideas!

 Good ideas or not, however, "someone is not going to like [such a vote]," but "we're going to need revenue to [make sure] families and individuals have quality lives."

 Sen. Harmon took another tack, blaming that beast Rauner. Where would he be without him? You need someone to blame. No blame for Mike Madigan?

 "Everyone knows we need to raise revenue," Harmon said, "but we don't have enough votes to override the veto. All of us [Democrats] voted for the temporary income tax [increase], and we will vote again, because we need to do it."

 tax, tax, that voter base. (To the tune of Tex Williams' "Smoke that cigarette.")

 His colleague Sen. Lightford went further, arguing that the temporary income tax increase should never have been temporary in the first place, because its non-renewal took away "our $5 billion."

 The state was "meeting obligations and then a $5 billion hole fell on top of us. Our debt now is even greater [than] before we took first vote on a [tax increase]."

 Indeed. I am waiting for a Democrat to say no to a tax increase. Just once. Or to specify any down side whatever to raising a tax, apart from political.

 As for down side, consider this: High taxes make people want to go somewhere else. That's what the Paul Simon Institute found in a recent poll. Almost every other resident would rather not live in Illinois, the poll found -- 47 percent, to be exact, including 57 percent of millennials and 58 percent of people aged 35 to 50.

 What's the problem? "The high cost of taxes," the institute found.

 So Rep. Lilly and the two senators were right about that. A tough vote indeed. Not a very wise one either, it would seem.

 * A book I liked: G.D.H. and Margaret Cole, Knife in the Dark . Husband-wife author team, 1942 in an English university town. Moves smoothly. Mrs. Marple-type character is perceptive and sympathetic. War-time, good on social climate. Much about refugee immigrants and hostility they aroused. Quite nicely done, murder's identity saved to last few pages, of course. Not a gloomy book but neither Panglossian. Buy it (very expensive), or have a Chi Public Library card-holder get it for you. (Some one you know better than me, if you don't mind.)


Email: jimbowman7@aol.com Twitter: @BlitheSp

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