Is This Country in Trouble...?

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Is This Country in Trouble...?

Post  News Hawk on Sat May 25, 2013 6:13 pm

Welcome to the Hill Country, Mr. and Mrs. Keats

(Former State Senator and Republican Cook County Board President candidate Roger Keats and his wife Tina are leaving Illinois to live in Texas . They bid farewell to their Illinois friends with the following letter).

Dear friends,

As we leave Illinois for good, I wanted to say goodbye and wish all of you well. I am a lifelong son of the heartland and proud of "The Land of Lincoln" state.

After 60 years, I leave Illinois with a heavy heart. But enough is enough. The leaders of Illinois refuse to see we can't continue going in the direction we are and expect people who have options to stay here.

I remember when Illinois had 25 congressmen. In 2012 we will have 18. Compared to the rest of the country we have lost 1/4th of our population. Don't blame the weather, because most of us love the 4 beautiful seasons of Illinois.

Illinois just sold still more bonds, and our credit rating is so bad we pay higher interest rates than junk bonds.

Junk Bonds!

Illinois is ranked:

• 50th for fiscal policy
• 47th in job creation
• 1st in unfunded pension liabilities
• 2nd largest budget deficit
• 1st in failing schools
• 1st in bonded indebtedness
• Highest sales tax in the nation
• Most judges indicted (Operations Greylord and Gambat)

Five of our last 9 elected governors have been indicted. That is more than the other 49 states added together! Then add 32 Chicago Aldermen and (according to the Chicago Tribune) over 1,000 state and municipal employees indicted.

The corruption tax is a real cost of doing business. We are the butt of jokes for stand-up comics. We live in the most corrupt big city, in the most corrupt big county, in the most corrupt state in America . I am sick and tired of subsidizing crooks. A day rarely passes without an article about the corruption and incompetence. Chicago even got caught rigging the tests to hire policemen and firemen!

Our Crook County corporate tax system is intentionally corrupt. The Democrat State Chairman, who is also the Speaker of the Illinois House (Speaker Mike Madigan), and the most senior alderman in Chicago, each make well over a million dollars a year putting the fix in for their clients’ tax assessments.

Cook County 's property tax system is a disaster: The assessed value of our Chicago home was 50% higher than the sale price. Our home value is down 40%, our property taxes are up 20%, and our local schools have still another referendum on the ballot to increase taxes more than 20% next year.
The Illinois system is unfair and incompetent.

In the Hill Country of Texas (near Austin and San Antonio ) we bought a gracious home on almost 2 acres with a swimming pool. It is new, will cost us around 40% of what our home in Wilmette just sold for, and the property taxes are a third of what they are here.

We are moving to Texas where there is no income tax, while Illinois just went up 67%. Texas sales tax is half of ours, which is the highest in the nation. Southern states are supportive of job producers, taxpayers and folks who offer opportunities to their residents. Illinois shakes them down for every penny that can be extorted from them.

I could go on, but enough is enough. I feel as if we are standing on the deck of the Titanic and I can see the icebergs right in front of us.

I will miss our friends a great deal. I have called Illinois home for essentially my entire life. But it is time to go where there is honest, competent, and cost- effective government. We have chosen to vote with our feet and our wallets.

Our best wishes to all of you.

Roger and Tina Keats


...and the fruit of the Illinois poison-tree is where...?



Maybe he should have waited. Illinois just abandoned a long-standing ban:


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Post  WHL on Sat May 25, 2013 6:28 pm

That is happening more and more. I think it will continue too, unless states wake up.

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Mike Goodson's lawyer: Jets RB unlike Anthony Weiner

Post  fshnski on Sun May 26, 2013 4:58 pm

Mike Goodson's future with the New York Jets remains unclear as the legal process plays out following his May 17 arrest on drug and weapons charges.

A day after a report detailed Goodson's personal problems pre-dating his arrest, his lawyer, Tony Fusco Jr., defended Goodson in an interview with the New York Daily News.

He drew some odd parallels along the way.

"We've had a president who had an affair in the White House. We've had a congressman who took pictures of himself and now he's running for mayor. The only thing that Mike is running for, is for touchdowns," said Fusco, delivering a lawyer-y quip that would make Lionel Hutz proud. "He's not running for president or Congress. He's playing football, he wants to run, and run for his team."

For those who are not up on current events or Eminem inspiration topics from the late '90s, that disgraced congressman-turned-mayoral candidate is Anthony Weiner and the president is Bill Clinton. reported Friday that Goodson was sued for paternity and child support by three women in 2010 and 2011. Additional lawsuits have been filed over an unpaid jewelry bill and unpaid rent.

"Mike is not denying that," Fusco said. "I don't see the relevance of that."

Also something a lawyer would say. Right now, it's hard to see the signing of Goodson as anything other than an early black eye in the tenure of Jets general manager John Idzik.

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