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Letter: Easy spending someone else’s money

Published: Friday, April 4, 2014 11:36 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, April 7, 2014 1:13 p.m. CST

To the Editor:

When most of us are faced with financial challenges, the first thing we do is look for ways to cut our spending. As painful as it is, we know we can do without some things, we must do without some things. Then, if we get a raise, the extra money is used to pay down our bills, not to go further into debt.

That’s us. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and the state legislature don’t operate by the same set of rules. First, they got their own raise: They increased our taxes.

The governor tries to make it easier to swallow by giving homeowners a $500 property tax rebate. This is a trick. The politicians will get their $500 back and then some faster than a homeowner can say “I’ve been robbed.” 

Second, there is no thought to reducing spending. Words and phrases such as “fair share” and “the most vulnerable among us” are used to bolster that position. This is a guilt trip. The trouble is, Gov. Quinn, I don’t feel guilty anymore, I feel disrespected. You look at us taxpayers as though we are just a source of income, with no thought or concern as to how hard we worked to earn OUR money. Total disrespect.

I have often heard the expression “It’s easy to spend someone else’s money.” That, Gov. Quinn, should be your campaign slogan. 

John Malec

DeKalb

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