My New Year resolution is to remind people that elections have consequences.
Colorado voters must take notice. In the state of Illinois, totally run by Democrats, I have read of a number of disturbing things:
- There are more people on welfare in Illinois than there are people working. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports Illinois ranks 48th in employment in the nation with a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 8.7 percent. In 2012, at 19 percent, African-American unemployment in Chicago ranked the third highest in the country.
- In the past 6 months, 292 murders were reported in Chicago, despite having some of the strictest gun laws in the entire United States!
- Judicial activism in the state legislature has been devastating to business. According to the Illinois Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Doug Whitely, "This trend must be reversed or the state's economic status, stagnant population and job growth, unacceptably high unemployment, escalating employment costs, and anti-business reputation will continue to threaten Illinois' economic vitality as employers choose to avoid an environment where there is no confidence in predictability and apparently an ever-increasing exposure to risk."
- Cook County (Chicago) sales tax is 10.25 percent, which is the highest in the country.
- Chicago's school system is rated one of the worst in the country.
- Illinois' pension fund is $78 Billion in debt which is the worst in the country. Federal law prevents states from filing for bankruptcy protection, but Illinois' pension obligations are forcing aside budgets for education, health care, higher education, and corrections (needed to house so many corrupt Illinois politicians and government employees).
- The Huffington Post reported last month that, "two ex-convicts, both former players in city politics, have filed petitions to run for a seat on the Cook County Board." Al Sanchez was the head of Streets and Sanitation before he went to prison in a rigged hiring scheme. Sanchez wants the seat recently vacated by William Beavers, who is also in prison.
All of the elected leadership in Illinois are Democrats. They are blaming each other for Illinois's failure because there are no Republicans to blame. Former Illinois Governors George Ryan and Governor Rob Blagojevich, along with former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife are all in prison.
Now I ask you, do we want Colorado to follow in the steps of Illinois? I don't think so! Vote Republican!
– Dave Hamilton, Ouray County