The “Language” of 377

Here is an open question of fairness: was it fair last year for property values to go down and yet, our property taxes went up?

Another question:  are we really helping the poor by raising the property tax on their home?

I submit that the answer to both questions is no. It is neither fair nor does 377 help the poor who are struggling right now just to make ends meet.  Take a look at this article from the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Patch.

Here is a graphic that explains just how bad it really is in McHenry county:

How fair would adding additional property tax to these families?

How fair would adding additional property tax to these families?

These are just current foreclosures mind you.  These do not include the homes that are “distressed” or otherwise behind.  Is it fair that good, hard working people cannot find meaningful work?  I don’t.  This tax would make these numbers increase.  And here is the important point that so many people fail to see.

STOP 377As people lose their homes we lose their taxes.  We lose their revenue.  I would submit the the City of McHenry is not happy about missing the property taxes of 101 homes.  How do we make up for that shortfall in the budget?  Do we raise taxes even more to make up for the 101 who didn’t pay?  If we raise taxes does it increase the foreclosure rate?  What happens to those homes that are in “distress”?

You end up paying more on your property taxes – but even worse – the poor end up paying more and that is not fair.  This tax hurts the poor the most.

Many people came up to me in January and February complaining about their property taxes.  I simply said it was your local government that is causing this and you need to get involved.  It just isn’t your village or township, but all the taxing bodies that the state of Illinois has…

… but that is for another 377 article.

No on 377 Board

STOP 377I have thought long and hard about the referendum to establish yet another taxing body in McHenry County and Illinois.  Frankly, its tough in knowing that what the people are proposing with the 377 board have good intentions.  We all do.  We all want to help the poor, sick, and disadvantaged.  Left or Right, Republican or Democrat, we are human and all of us want to do the right thing.

However, the politics of good intentions versus the reality of what actually happens are two very different things.   The intentions of the proposed 377 Board are good, the actions would devastate families in and around McHenry County.

Our economy is not strong right now.  In fact – people are moving out of Illinois.  We rank 41 out of 50 in business friendly states.  It is getting harder and harder to open a business (ie create jobs).  McHenry County experienced growth of .1 percent.  Every town, village, and township is claiming to have to “tighten the belt” to try to get by.  Yet, our taxes go up every year.

In Fox River Grove we had our property values decrease and our taxes went up.  Our water bill rate was raised last year – twice.  As of this writing there are 24 foreclosures happening right now to our family, friends, and neighbors in Fox River Grove.  If there are this many foreclosures, how can we afford yet another tax?  These are good people in hard economic times.

I plan to write about this more as we get closer to the election.  Good people can disagree on this.  I refuse to make this personal or otherwise practice in the politics of personal destruction   This taxing board is not economical.

Here are some links for you to digest as you make an informed decision on the 377 Board:

Northwest Herald says 377 Board will raise your taxes $60 on a $200,000 home.
McHenry County Budget Summary for Fiscal Year 2012.

David McSweeney Holding The Line in Springfield

State Representative David McSweeney

David McSweeney continues to represent all of us in the 52nd District very well.  David recently introduced legislation that not only had bi-partisan support, but actually made it out of committee.  This is truly incredible considering how Springfield works.  I would like to share his op ed with you all and let you judge for yourselves.

This is something both Republicans and Democrats can agree with.  I often talk about articulating conservatism and David is doing just that.  It is not controversial.  It isn’t even illogical.  It just takes work and patience.

Mr. McSweeney is doing both.

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The New Faces of Conservatism

Senator Rand Paul

Yesterday, March 6th, 2013, may be a day that will be known forever as a watershed moment.  Yesterday the junior senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul, took to the senate floor and filibustered the nomination of the future CIA director because of what he perceived as problems with using drones against American citizens on American soil.

No doubt many of the old fogies running around the senate waited patiently for the train wreck.  Gawking.  Goading.  Uncontrollable Smirks.  Old GOP stalwarts like McConnell, McCain, and Graham were content to just sit back and wait… but something wonderful, brilliant, magnificent happened.  I had appointments.  I had meetings.  However, watching Rand Paul was must see TV – even if it was CSpan2.

Conservatism was on display for all to see.

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Explaining Sequestration and the Debt Limit

TruthI have had many friends ask me about the impact of sequestration and our debt limit.  Some have said that we have a revenue problem (ie we do not tax enough) while some say we have a spending problem.  Which is it?  So many Americans just “tune out” when people try to explain the problem.  The numbers are astronomical ($16,000,000,000,000) and frankly, even someone who loves to work the numbers can have trouble quantifying dollar amounts like this.

So I would like to show you a short video about simple economics and the debt limit.  It is 3 minutes and 9 seconds.  A number easily quantifiable.  It is non-partisan and it illustrates just how out of touch our congress and president are – both sides.  And in the end, this may effect me a little, but who this is going to severely impact is our children.

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Losing Andrew

breitbartToday marks the one year anniversary of losing Andrew Breitbart.  For me personally, it is the greatest loss I  have experienced politically in my life time.  You see, Andrew was an inspiration and a mentor.  Andrew just did the right thing… because it was the right thing to do.  No political calculations required… it was the right thing to do to.

Breitbart was fearless, he confronted the the Occupy movement while “prominent Republicans” capitulated.  Andrew totally understood that there was no compromise with the Occupy movement even though “senior advisers” thought the movement could be swayed.  The Occupy crowd would never come to their senses.   Meanwhile, our “Dear Leaders” in the Republican party stressed moderation of the message and a softer tone.  How did that 2012 election turn out for you moderates?

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