Category Archives: State of Illinois

Sen. Harmon’s Fair Tax not the real Fair Tax

The real Fair Tax has been around a while, and it’s just the opposite of Harmon’s definition. Again, he spins and spins and spins. Objections abound from Fair Taxers from around the country in Wed. Journal comments, as here, ripped from the online pages of the Wednesday Journal:

Uncommon Sense
Posted: March 26th, 2014 9:03 PM
Is this Fair Tax going to be like the Affordable Care Act? With liberals you can always count on the exact opposite of whatever they name their bills.

Jim Bennett from Summit, NJ
Posted: March 26th, 2014 5:21 PM
This group has improperly used the name “Fair Tax” to identify their movement. THE FairTax(R) is a movement to promote a national retail sales tax to replace Subtitles A, B, and C of the Internal Revenue Code and to phase out the IRS over a three-year period. For more information, go to www.fairtax.org.

Beverly Martin from Fulton
Posted: March 26th, 2014 5:00 PM
Using the name “fair tax” is dishonest since the name “FairTax” is protected by copywrite law and would end the income tax which includes any type of flat tax which still depends upon income reporting and taxation. Many people and organizations have deliberately used the term fair tax to mislead and confuse voters. This explains the difference between the FairTaxHR25 and the flat tax. learn more at www.fairtaxnation.com

Kenneth Smith from Sunnyvale, CA
Posted: March 26th, 2014 1:48 PM
I agree with Randy Fischer. The Fair Tax is trademarked and stands for legislation currently pending in both houses of Congress at the federal level. Randy explains it well in his comment. Further detailed information can be found by simply Googling Fair Tax. We need to make this happen by insisting that our U. S. congressmen/women and U.S. senators co-sponsor and actively support the Fair Tax.

Randy Fischer from Ocala
Posted: March 26th, 2014 1:24 PM
Senator Harmon must stop appropriating and misusing the name Fair Tax or any derivation of that name. It is a violation of trademark to do use it and it is being used contrary to the purposes of the group that have the name. HR-25 is proposed federal legislation seeking to replace the income tax, death taxes, dividend and interest taxes and corporate taxes with a national retail sales tax. Income taxes are inherently evil and punish hard work and thrift. Stop using that term.

And the latest (11:45 or so) in re: Harmon’s “fair tax” from Capitol Fax’s Rich Miller:

* The House Revenue Committee has voted down a proposed constitutional amendment for a graduated income tax while approving Speaker Madigan’s “millionaire’s tax” – a three percent surcharge on income over $1 million.

Today, by the way, was the “Fair Tax” Statehouse lobby day. The group has focused more of its progressive tax efforts on the Senate, but it got a taste of harsh reality in House Revenue today. A rally is scheduled for noon.

Madigan one, Harmon nothing?

 

Tags: Fair+tax, HR+25, progressive+tax+Illinois, Sen.+Don+Harmon, Rep.+Mike+Madigan, millionaire’s+tax

 

Don Harmon’s fairness runneth over. End cometh for unfair tax?

Senator Don and others had a problem last June, how to pay for things. Voters were waiting, hands outstretched. But the wherewithal was running short, he judged. So he decided to return to the well. Amend the constitution, ditch the one-size-fits-all flat tax, and raise more moolah!

He filed the senate bill on the last day of the session, early enough to “build momentum” in the months ahead, he told The Daily Herald, even get people used to the idea of paying more to live in Illinois. It would be by way of a brand-new progressive income tax. A fair tax, he called it on the hustings last summer, and the bill’s synopsis has it.

Gone will be the “non-graduated rate . . . [so] that this may be a fair tax,” It says. Which is b.s., as if this amendment is a new bill of taxpayer rights, when it’s for moolah. The vote’s a-coming. We are to find out who has the fairest tax in our land, hoping the answer will be our great state of Illinois!

Meanwhile, some have more to give and must do so. Get into the deep pockets, therefore. Save the state, save the programs.

How deep the pockets for this pursuit of extra moolah? Deep starting at $18,001 a year, covering all those people who would otherwise be cruising along unfairly, even outrageously. Let them cough up.

Especially those at the top, making over $500,000 a year. Don’s fellow (or sister) Dem in the House wants 9% of their overage — her bill is “nearly identical” to Don’s — up from the flat 3.75% which is to succeed the current (temporary) 5%.

She wants 8% of what’s over $195,000, 7% of over $95,000, 6% of over $58,000, 5% of over $36,000, and finally 4% of the aforementioned $18,000.

Make more than a princely $18,000, you get a tax increase. It would be “one of the largest transfers of wealth in the history of Illinois,” says the Illinois Policy Institute, and “not from the wealthy to the poor – but from the general public” to unionized government workers.

Senator Don wants this. Give it to him. He’s a man of the people. Deep-pocket citizens, unite! Give Senator Don your vote, give him your money. It’s fair!

Psst! Don Harmon has an opponent in the primary

He’s Bob Galhotra, of Galewood, a public defender in Cook County since 1990, past president of the public defenders’ union, AFSCME Local 3315, and avid opponent of the pension legislation that Pat Quinn signed in December — and more importantly, that Don Harmon pushed through.

A “painful and difficult” decision it was for Harmon, he told The Daily Herald, the most so of his 11 years in the senate.

Galhotra would like to make it even more painful, as he explained in an open letter in the Sun-Times to “participants in the Chicago Police, Chicago Firefighters, Chicago Municipal Employees, Cook County Employees, Chicago Public School Teacher and Judicial Retirement Systems.”

“Your pension and retirement security is under attack,” he wrote. “Our state government has sent us a clear message: You and I are next. You can’t stop this alone, but we will, together.”

The senate bill “stole the pensions of hard working families,” passing with the minimum number of votes. Change one vote, he said, and “we can protect what’s been promised to us.”

Harmon’s is the only Democratic Senate seat contested in the primary, he said.  “Tell our Democratic Party leaders that there are consequences for stealing our pensions.”

The Herald explained:

That’s the bill [what Galhotra would hope to get passed if elected] Harmon said he and other Senate colleagues preferred, but it didn’t have enough votes in the House. Some estimates say the bill wouldn’t have saved the state as much money as the one that passed — a projected difference between $55 billion and $160 billion.

In other words, what Galhotra wants was not achievable, or so Harmon and other judged.

And though Harmon says he and others have had doubts about the constitutionality of Senate Bill 1 [which became law], “we had to act. We couldn’t politically posture.”

“It doesn’t solve the problem, but I think it gives us a fair amount of headroom to climb out of this hole. When you’re in the bottom of the hole, the first thing you do is stop digging,” Harmon said. “We could not sit on our hands and say, ‘No, we’re just going to let the state sink.’”

In other words again, the senate has just begun to fight; and union members and supporters are bound to have even more to complain about, assuming Harmon wins again.

Not to mention that if he does not, the Dem leadership is bound to find another vote to fend off Galhotra and his allies, because as Harmon told The Herald, the problem remains to be solved.

At Julian Oct. 9, Part One — Superintendent, citizens with questions, four lawmakers

At Julian middle school on Oct. 9, the district superintendent greeted the assembled “citizenry,” come for “tonight’s festivities,” which was putting too fine a glow to it in my book. But this was nothing compared to his effusive welcome “to our legislators,” two state senators and two state representatives, who had come to be grilled, more or less, by three schools-connected ladies, probably each a mother of a district student.

There’s “gridlock in Washington,” he noted, as if to contrast distant Washington with less-distant Springfield, where legislators have been locked in combat about pension reform for many months and only recently received their pay checks after the court ruled the governor out of order for punishing them for being locked in combat for so long.

Additionally, the citizenry had not materialized as expected, to judge by the empty chairs filling half the space in a small meeting room, for a total of 40 or so citizens seated, including two village board members and presumably the school board also. Indeed, on entering this room — from the mall-like entry way to the school — one felt it was like church, with all seated as far back as they could. What’s more, the entire front two rows were reserved and so marked — for whom it was never clear, because they remained unoccupied throughout the 90-minute meeting.

Undaunted, the superintendent proceeded with the proceedings, reading a lengthy “strategic plan” statement, head down, standing at a lectern to the far left of two tables, one for the school mothers, another for the senators and representatives. He did so, he said, so that the senators etc. would know “where our board is coming from.”

This statement included such staples of education-boosters as “challenge” and “risk-takers.”

Having read it, he then read his welcome message, including several paragraphs on “why we are here” and congratulating the organizers of “this forum” of citizen (mother)-questioners and the four legislators on hand. It “took a lot of work,” he said. “It took a year,” spent presumably in prepping the questioners, formulating questions, and (probably most time-consuming) in scheduling the all-star cast of senators and representatives.

He introduced these one by one, asking and getting “a hand” for them, and did the same for the three CLAIM members (Committee for Legislative Action, Intervention and Monitoring) who would do the questioning, and we were off to the races. Let the questioning begin, the superintendent might have said.

– more more more to come of this Oct. 9 Julian middle school gathering of eagles –