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This Unexpected US City Is Being WIPED OUT By Muslim Migrants

This Unexpected US City Is Being WIPED OUT By Muslim Migrants

There is an extremely interesting blog written by a woman from upstate New York.

The blog is written as a warning about what happens when Muslim refugees begin to “take over” a city. The city she is speaking of is Utica, New York. From Thermidor:

I’m from the Utica, NY area. Utica is the city nicknamed by the UN “the city that loves refugees!” Soon every American city will be a city that loves refugees! Get ready! So I would like to tell you what it is like living in an area where the major city is about 25% (or more) refugee, mainly Muslim.

It seems odd that so many refugees would be shipped there. It’s hardly a place where one would expect them to be able have opportunities for jobs that they are eventually expected to hold. Not to mention the climate is completely different than what they are used to. She goes on:

Where do I start? Utica had always been “the city that loves refugees” but under Obama things accelerated. Muslim immigrants were suddenly in these local bureaucratic positions where they had power over you. This, in what is probably one of the most corrupt states in the union, where the power of the state is everything.

The social worker at my daughter’s school was a Muslim immigrant. I looked for her profile on the school website, I googled her, I could not find information on her background, resume, qualifications, or educational attainments.

When I began to homeschool my daughter the administrator to whom I had to submit paperwork was a Muslim immigrant. To homeschool in New York State you must submit detailed quarterly reports to an administrator at your local school district. I googled the administrator. He also worked at the local Board of Cooperative Educational Services, but I could not find any other information on his background, resume, qualifications, or educational attainments.

It makes sense that if the Muslim population increases, so too would their employment in the city. At least these people are working. It would be interesting to see the percentages based on the total breakdown of immigrants vs. natives in the grand scheme of things. Regardless, the difference to her was remarkable:

So let me just summarize: the social worker at the school is Muslim, the administrator who ok’s homeschooling is Muslim, the CPS worker is Muslim, the nurse practitioner at the ER is Muslim, the doctor at the ER is Muslim. These are positions of authority that wield a lot of power.

She also makes a stunning revelation that may be worth investigating further:

The Upstate New York economy is one of the worst in the country. That’s why it’s a good place to resettle refugees.

She also talks about how many of the refugees get welfare but they don’t have to get it for themselves, because the refugee resettlement organizations do that for them. Meanwhile, Americans who may need help are shifted to the back of the line because refugees are in the front of the line.

The point that many on the left have forgotten is played out in the following way (emphasis added):

New York State sued our local school district for trying to separate teenage refugees from the rest of the students. I went to a CLE where I sat next to a lawyer for the school district, and she was freaking out over this lawsuit. She was like, The state is coming after us, and we don’t have any money. My county is a Democrat county, and Trump won my county. Issues like this are why. Americans can see that they are being forced to accommodate non-Americans to their own detriment and expense.

Her entire blog is worth the read. If you haven’t dealt with this situation, then it’s interesting to see it from the standpoint of someone who has, someone who is daring to speak out now that she finally fled the area. If she had dared to speak out while still living in the area, she would have been called a racist, an Islamophobe, and a hater.

How many more rural cities and towns are dealing with this exact same issue? How many Americans are being affected by refugees in ways that a majority of us do not understand?

While you may think she’s exaggerating, you have to take a step back and view her world in Utica from her eyes. Whether she is or not, her perception is what is important. The treatment of Americans by the government in these situation is also vitally important. This is real. It’s happening. It’s why Donald Trump was elected.

Trump to take drastic steps to force Democrats to fund border wall

The House Freedom Caucus chairman said that President Trump was ready to shut down the government if the next budget bill didn’t include funding for his border wall. (DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)

 After being heavily criticized for not including funding for a border wall in a previous budget bill, President Trump is said to be willing to take drastic steps to force funding in the next budget. A Freedom Caucus congressman says Trump is willing to force a government shutdown if his border wall isn’t funded.

In in interview with Breitbart News, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said there was enough support for Trump’s ultimatum.

“My conversations with the president have led me to believe that there is nothing less than a full and total commitment on his part to only sign into law a funding bill that actually allows for us to start construction of a border wall on our southern border,” he said. “He’s committed to do that.”

“We’re committed to supporting him in that position,” he continued. “And most importantly, the American people are willing to support him in that and believe that it’s a campaign promise that this president is going to fulfill.”

The border wall has been a contentious promise made by Trump during the presidential campaign, as even some allies admit that it would be extraordinarily and prohibitively expensive. Trump has not acquiesced in saying that it will be built however. During the recent G20 economic summit, he said definitively that it would be built, and Mexico would pay for it, even as Mexico’s presidentwas standing nearby.

“There is nothing more critical that has to be funded than funding the border wall for two reasons,” Meadows said. “One is it is a commitment that the president made to the American people and one that he intends on keeping, but the second part of that is for our national security we must secure our borders.”

“And the American people will accept no less,” he concluded.

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New York Post Cover PUNISHES Mayor De Blasio For Flying To Germany To Mock Trump

New York City is in trouble.  They’ve just had a bad week so Mayor De Blasio decides to skip town and head for Germany.  The day after a police officer was assassinated as she sat in her car.  So The New York Post decided it was time to punish the mayor

Some of the problems de Blasio could be working on as Young Cons noted,

The transit system is so bad that it was declared a state of emergency.

The homeless population is skyrocketing.

You would think that Mayor de Blasio would dig in and get his hands dirty trying to fix these issues.

Nah, he flew to Germany over the weekend to give a speech attacking Trump.

It was an absolutely absurd dereliction of duty.

The New York Post, like they usually do, nailed it with their recent cover.

You’re the mayor of the biggest city in America. You just don’t do that.

New Yorkers are obviously liberal for the most part but you’d think even some of them would consider this a little low brow.

De Blasio didn’t just embarrass New Yorkers.  He embarrassed the entire country.

Colorado Voters De-Registering Before Rolls Turned Over to Election Integrity Commission – Dirty Democrat Fraud

 

Recep Erdogan Proves Trump’s Point

President of Turkey Recep Erdogan confessed that the only reason for being in the Paris Climate Treaty was to receive more funds from the U.S. and other more wealthy nations. Of course with Trump pulling the United States out of the treaty, there’s no reason to expect the financial benefits.

Proving yet again, for the millionth time, that the whole build of the Paris Climate Treaty had absolutely nothing to do with the fake news climate change. It was completely about redistributing the funds of the nations involved.

President Trump’s decision to leave the Paris climate agreement means Turkey is no longer inclined to ratify the deal because the U.S. move ruins compensation promised to developing countries, President Tayyip Erdogan said.

Erdogan was making a speech at the G20 summit in Germany where leaders from the world’s most massive economies disagreed with U.S. President Donald Trump over climate policy, following his announcement last month that he was removing the nation from the accord.

Erdogan said that when Turkey signed the accord France had promised that Turkey would be receiving compensation and for the most part the United States would be footing the bill to aid in their climate compliance.

“So we said if this would happen, the agreement would pass through parliament. But otherwise, it won’t pass,” Erdogan said.

“Therefore, after this step taken by the United States, our position steers a course towards not passing this from the parliament,” he said.

What do you believe about the Climate Accord?

This is a clear signal that Trump was right, but of course, the mainstream media will ignore this and say that Trump is colluding with Turkey to make himself look good. Probably not, but it wouldn’t be surprising.

Another LEAKER DOWN! Nobody Can Believe Who The Army Just Caught

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis must be breathing a sigh of relief tonight!  The Army, together with the FBI,  has stopped a very potentially dangerous situation involving a U.S. soldier allegedly involved with ISIS.

Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang, who has served in the Army since  2001, was arrested Saturday night by an FBI SWAT team at Schofield Barracks in Honolulu.

He has been under investigation for about a year, over multiple incidents of concern that he had become radicalized.  He served in both Iraq and Afghanistan and his father, Clifford Kang, said that his son began studying Islam while there.

The FBI arrested him for allegedly trying to give classified documents and a drone to undercover agents who he believed to be members of ISIS.

It is frightening to think that a threat such as this could be within our military.  Our country, including our President, is committed to obliterating the treat of ISIS from the face of the Earth.  It’s sad to think that the threat could be found right within our own military!

Most of our military men and women, however, are doing their best  and sacrificing so much to keep our country safe and free!  It’s good to know that people are paying attention and caught this threat before he was able to do any damage!

 

The “Russian Lawyer” Just DEBUNKED the Media’s HIT JOB on Don Jr.

The media, desperate to rekindle the debunked “Russia conspiracy” theory, trotted out yet another nothing-burger, this time focusing on President Trump’s eldest son, Don Jr.

The media alleges that Don Jr (also Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort) met with a Russian lawyer who was promising “damaging information” on Hillary Clinton.

Ok, that’s not exactly “illegal,” but there’s still an even bigger problem.

The Russian lawyer says none of that ever happened.

From New York Post

The Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. denied having any dirt on Hillary Clinton — or ties to the Kremlin — in a new interview Tuesday.

“I never had any damaging or sensitive information about Hillary Clinton. It was never my intention to have that,” Natalia Veselnitskaya told NBC News.

 Veselnitskaya said she met with the president’s eldest son in June 2016 to discuss the 2012 Magnitsky Act, which allowed the US to impose sanctions on Russian officials over human rights violations.

In retaliation to the act, Russia banned Americans from adopting Russian children — a move that soured the relationship between Moscow and Washington.

Trump Jr. was told by a middle man ahead of the meeting that Veselnitskaya had potentially damaging information on his dad’s opponent — and that it was part of the Kremlin’s effort to help the Trump campaign, the New York Times reported Monday night.

But the lawyer denied that she had — or promised — any intel.

“It is quite possible that maybe they were longing for such an information,” Veselnitskaya said. “They wanted it so badly that they could only hear the thought that they wanted.”

Trump Jr. has said Veselnitskaya offered intel on Clinton but that it “became clear that she had no meaningful information.”

Instead, he claimed, Veselnitskaya — who’s built a career advocating for the Russian government — pushed the country’s adoption policy during their conversation.

Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his son-in-law-turned-advisor Jared Kushner also attended the meeting, Veselnitskaya confirmed.

Veselnitskaya added that she’s having a hard time adjusting to being thrust into the spotlight.

“Imagine yourself in my shoes. One morning you wake up and all of a sudden you are the focus of all the high ranking, upstream media of the world,” she said. “To summarize, those were not the happiest days of my life, I have to say. I have to break up my holiday. I have to take a trip back to Moscow because I just wanted to be able to answer the questions myself.”

Amy Moreno is a Published Author, Pug Lover & Game of Thrones Nerd. You can reach her on Facebook here.

HAVE YOU NO SHAME?

Throughout the six months of Trump’s embattled presidency one can only be struck by the failure of anti-Trumpers, both left and right, to acknowledge that a judgment of theirs may have been too hasty, not to say embarrassingly wrong. Yet to those not gripped by anti-Trump passions it seems obvious that there have been many such instances where second thoughts were in order.

For example, anti-Trumpers across the spectrum claimed during the campaign and even after his inauguration that he was an “isolationist,” that he would abandon NATO and turn his back on half a century of American commitments to Europe’s defense. But six months into his presidency, Trump has done the opposite. He has affirmed Article 5 of the NATO charter, and has actually strengthened the alliance by shaming its members into meeting the monetary obligations they had shirked for decades. Further, he has inspired an extension of the alliance mandate to oppose terrorism rather than just attacks by sovereign states. These indisputable achievements refute the canard that Trump is incompetent, over his head, and therefore a danger to national security. They should warrant both an apology for the error, and praise for his achievement. But no such reappraisal has been forthcoming.

An equally damning slander has been the accusation that he is “anti-Muslim,” a bigotry that makes him unfit for the office and also threatens American security. According to his detractors, Trump’s anti-Muslim attitudes reveal him to be a dangerous ignoramus and “incompetent fool,” oblivious of the fact that to win the war against ISIS America needs to build a coalition of Muslim countries in the Middle East, not alienate them. Again, this is seen as confirmation of the view that Trump is unfit for the office he holds, and a candidate for early impeachment.

But now Trump has traveled to the heart of the Arabian peninsula to hold an unprecedented meeting with the leaders of 55 Muslim states. He has undone Obama’s disastrous entente with Iran – the chief sponsor of terrorism in the Middle East – and forged a Muslim coalition to further American goals in the region. He has created a military alliance of Muslim states pledged to provide 34,000 troops for the anti-terrorist campaign, and he has urged them to break with extremist versions of Islam. This initiative has led directly to a break in relations between Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States on the one hand, and Qatar – the chief funder of Hamas and similar terrorist entities – on the other. Does this achievement not merit serious second thoughts from Democrat and Republican resisters to his presidency? Apparently not. Hatred for Trump is so irrational that it still over-rides concerns for party, principles and country.

Consider also the most frequent lie about Trump – the claim that he himself is an extraordinary and inveterate liar, somehow even worse than his predecessor or his defeated electoral rival. But the “lies” Trump is accused of telling fall mainly into the category of opinions over which the left differs with him, or the exaggerations of a salesman who makes off-the-cuff claims without bothering to check the facts (not the same thing as a lie proper). The most memorable case of such over-reach seems to be his claim that he lost the popular vote to Hillary because of voter fraud committed by illegal aliens. Since no one can seriously claim that voter fraud is non-existent, the “lie” consists in the number of fraudulent votes – three million or so – that Trump seems to have plucked out of the air. Obviously, Trump doesn’t know that there were three million fraudulent votes cast in the 2016 election. But neither do his critics know there weren’t, since there has never been a national survey of voter fraud, while Democrats have done everything in their power to prevent a system of voter identification from being put in place. In other words, both sides are sustained by unsubstantiated claims, although it is Trump alone who has proposed to settle the argument through a new commission that will look into voter fraud across the fifty states.

Trump has never been accused of telling a lie with the life-altering consequences of Obama’s claim that “ISIS is on the run and al-Qaeda is on the path to defeat,” or that the Benghazi attack was over a video, or that you can keep your doctor if you like him. These led to electoral victories, complacency in the face of terrorist attacks and massive legislative programs. Nor has Trump lied to the FBI, the Congress and the American people about the existence of classified documents which he exposed to America’s enemies, as Clinton has.

I don’t expect that there will be apologies forthcoming for these injustices to Trump – and therefore to the American people whose security depends on him. At least not anytime soon. The campaign to sabotage and overthrow the Trump presidency through slanders will continue. And its modus operandi will remain unchanged: Whenever Trump is attacked by anti-Trump Democrats and Republicans, he himself will be held responsible for the attacks, “his own worst enemy.” Whenever a blow is delivered to his presidency – and through his presidency to the American people – “he brought it on himself.”

Dirty Little Secret Just Revealed On John McCain Dirty Little Secret Just Revealed On John McCain ,

Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain in 2012 turned over nearly $9 million in unspent funds from his failed 2008 presidential campaign to a new foundation bearing his name, the McCain Institute for International Leadership.

 

The institute is intended to serve as a “legacy” for McCain and “is dedicated to advancing human rights, dignity, democracy and freedom.” It is a tax-exempt non-profit foundation with assets valued at $8.1 million and associated with Arizona State University.

From The Daily Caller

Conservative and liberal critics, however, believe the institute constitutes a major conflict of interest for McCain, The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group has learned.

McCain, a former Navy pilot who was shot down over North Vietnam in 1967 and was then a prisoner of war in the infamous Hanoi Hilton until 1973, is a major political force in Washington, D.C. He is presently chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services.

Critics worry that the institute’s donors and McCain’s personal leadership in the organization’s exclusive “Sedona Forum” bear an uncanny resemblance to the glitzy Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) that annually co-mingled special interests and powerful political players in alleged pay-to-play schemes.

The institute has accepted contributions of as much as $100,000 from billionaire liberal activist-funder George Soros and from Teneo, a for-profit company co-founded by Doug Band, former President Bill Clinton’s “bag man.” Teneo has long helped enrich Clinton through lucrative speaking and business deals.

And Bloomberg reported in 2016 on a $1 million Saudi Arabian donation to the institute, a contribution the McCain group has refused to explain publicly.

In addition, the institute has taken at least $100,000 from a Moroccan state-run company tied to repeated charges of worker abuse and exploitation. The McCain group has also accepted at least $100,000 from the Pivotal Foundation, which was created by Francis Najafi who owns the Pivotal Group, a private equity and real estate firm.

The Pivotal Foundation has in the last three years given $205,000 to the National Iranian-American Council (NIAC), which has been a vocal advocate for the Iranian nuclear deal the Obama administration negotiated.

The NIAC web site claims the group “is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the voice of Iranian Americans and promoting greater understanding between the American and Iranian people.”

But NIAC President Trita Parsi has long been an advocate for Iran, including demanding in May 2017 that President Donald Trump and officials in his administration “cease questioning the integrity of a (nuclear) deal.”

The NIAC is “Iran’s lobbyists in Washington,” charged Aresh Salih, the Washington representative of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan. “People inside of Iran know them as their lobbyists in Washington, D.C.,” Salih told TheDCNF.

The NIAC does not file as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, nor does it register as a lobbyist with Congress.

Yet in May 2013, Parsi spoke to a packed Capitol Hill meeting sponsored by Minnesota Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison to argue in favor of the nuclear deal. Ellison was the first Muslim elected to Congress and is also deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

“This is a very real conflict of interest,” Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist at Public Citizen, told TheDCNF. “This is the similar type of pattern we received with the Clinton Foundation in which foreign governments and foreign interests were throwing a lot of money in the hopes of trying to buy influence.”

Liberal consumer advocate Ralph Nader founded Public Citizen.

Lawrence Noble, general counsel for the Campaign Legal Center, told the DCNF that accepting contributions in the name of a sitting senator like McCain raises troubling issues.

“In terms of the ethics of it, it does raise a broad question of people trying to get good will with the elected official,” he said. “From a personal standpoint, I’d rather not see these entities exist.”

Charles Ortel, a retired Wall Street investment banker and philanthropy law expert, told TheDCNF that “high government officials such as John McCain, [former Secretary of State] Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama should not get involved with vehicles like these where substantial sums can be funneled over time in ways that at best, wreak of impropriety and at worse are public corruption.”

WANT A DRINK, FRIENDS? HERE’S THE LAST STRAW.

By John F. Di Leo – 

Reflections on doing business in Illinois in 2017…

The pundit class, and our cousins in the political class as well, have said and written much about the spate of new taxes, spending, and regulations in Illinois that have hit, and will continue to hit, in Chicago, in Cook County, and across Illinois this year.

First, the minimum wage was hiked… Illinois was already a dollar over the national minimum wage, so Cook County passed an ordinance to jump to $10/hour on July 1, 2017, then to increase by another dollar per year through 2020, when it would hit $13/hour… and in case that’s not enough, the County built in formulas so that it would continue to grow. Along with that, the county board added a costly paid-sick-leave mandate, a nice benefit for companies that can afford to offer it, a costly expense for companies that cannot.

Then the Cook County Board of Confiscators added a beverage tax, intended to kick in on July 1 as well, which would add anywhere from 30% to 70% (or sometimes even more) to the bottom line cost of most beverage purchases within the county’s borders   (a judge, unusually shocked by the scattershot approach, put it on temporary hiatus to confirm the mess’ constitutionality).

Then on July 6, the state legislature overrode a gubernatorial veto, to raise the state’s income tax rates by another third.  That’s a 32% increase in the personal tax rate, and a 33% increase in the corporate tax rate.

To use an analogy most familiar to people accustomed to the risks of walking through the crowded sidewalks or shopping centers of a busy place like Chicago, this is like being spun around in a crowd while one pickpocket lifts your wallet from your back pocket and another plucks your checkbook from your coat pocket, as their partner rips the gold chain from your neck and keys from your side pocket… and they’ve all disappeared into the crowd by the time you realize what’s happened.

The Promised Result

In foisting these wonders upon us, the powers that be in Cook County and Springfield, Illinois have promised that they would be worthwhile… because they would solve our problems.

The minimum wage increase will raise the pay of our hardworking citizens, enabling them to rise from poverty to the next class, protecting them from starvation and homelessness.

The beverage tax will enable Cook County to fund its critical expenditures – a court system, stretched by second, fifth, and tenth re-trials of people they’ve convicted and released to commit more crimes, again and again… and a county hospital system, stretched by admissions and readmissions of the knifing victims, shooting victims, and overdose victims of the gang shootings and drugs abuse that a Sanctuary City full of illegal aliens produce in such bulk.

And the Illinois state income tax should bring in another $5 billion per year, a wonderful windfall that will fund our pensions, pay our backlog of bills, and bring back participation in the multistate lotteries.

We are assured that the windfalls provided by these wonderful changes will prove the most dependable of problem-solvers, improving the lives of everyone in Cook County, no, everyone in Illinois, who benefits from the services provided by our local, township, county and state governments.

The Reality We Face

In truth, unfortunately, such tax increases rarely produce the kinds of windfalls that are promised, because the politicians who favor them forget that life is not static.  In fact, people change their behaviors when governments act, and these different behaviors often result in greater unemployment, higher cost of government, and lower tax revenue.

We need only look at Philadelphia , which made the same mistake a year ago,to anticipate the effects of the penny-per-ounce beverage tax.  Some of it is obvious, while some is much harder to measure:

  • First, shoppers who have a choice – and most do – will move some or much of their shopping outside the county. People who formerly bought their 12-packs and 24-packs, and their 2 liter and gallon jugs, of sodas and lemonades, frappuchinos and sports drinks, at grocery stores and Walmarts in Cook County will shop instead in Lake, Kane, DuPage or Will, or even over the line in Indiana or Wisconsin.
  • As people realize what an effect this tax has on their larger purchases, they will move ever more of their entertainment choices over the county line. Fast food and finer restaurants, movie theaters, anyplace one buys drinks; suddenly the non-Cook venues are more competitive, and Cook County’s sales tax revenue will diminish, just as the new beverage tax continues to underperform expectations.
  • As this business is lost, the businesses that suffer will lay off staff and close down. Philadelphia saw the grocery business alone terminate many hundreds of employees, possibly thousands, as people took their grocery business to the suburbs.  The same is sure to happen in Cook County.  The collar counties’ boom will be Cook County’s demise, as thousands of Cook County cashiers, waiters, baggers and stocking positions are necessarily eliminated due to the plummeting  store and restaurant sales.
  • The result will therefore be not only a reduction in tax revenue below what was forecast, but an increase in the cost of government, as unemployment growth means expenditures will rise. Instead of those positions paying in through taxes, these newly jobless will be depending on the welfare state outlays provided by government at all levels.

All because Toni Preckwinkle and her majority wouldn’t crack down and throw out the criminal element that causes the spikes in crime and injuries driving up the cost of county government.

And we can look at Seattle, and any of the other cities and counties that created a super-minimum wage in recent years.  However well-intentioned such a move is, it doesn’t change the amount of money available to the factory, the storekeeper or the restaurant with which to pay their staffs.

  • If a business can afford to pay $39/hour in total salaries for entry-level staff (after benefits, for simplicity of math here), that might be six employees at $6.50/hour, or five employees at $7.80/hour, or just four employees at $9.75/hour, or just three employees at $13/hour.  This increase in the mandatory minimum wage will cause an immediate loss of some ten to thirty percent of entry level positions, denying people not just their hourly wage, but their critical first job, their first step on the ladder of a career.
  • Worse still, since businesses will be unable to cut as many entry level positions as they should, because they simply need the workers to get the job done, this increase in the entry level positions’ cost will cause them to reduce the pay they give to upper-level jobs. The team leader and foreman positions, the shift manager and floor manager positions, every more important position that the entry level staffers aspire to, will suddenly be worth less.  Again, businesses’ revenue isn’t increasing, so they have to shift the spending of that pie.  If we overcompensate the novices starting out, then we have less to pay the experienced workers as they get promoted.
  • So eventually, the businesses – some, many, or most, depending on the industry and the location – find that they cannot remain profitable at these salary levels, in this location. They will move outside the locale affected by the minimum wage. And as long as they’ve accepted the necessity of moving at last, why just move over the city or county line?  Why not move to another state? Or even another country?   Such ideas might never have entered their mind if they weren’t forced to… but now that an unaffordable 50% increase in mandated minimum wages has forced them to consider moving, they may as well look at the entire world for more welcoming destinations.

Yes indeed, virtually every unbiased study has confirmed it: increases in the minimum wage increase joblessness.  They hurt the class they intend to help, by making such jobs scarcer, and by hamstringing even the employed population’s ability to rise in their careers to positions that would enable upward mobility.

All of the above is compounded by the state’s decision to increase income taxes by a third.  Not only will the higher tax squeeze the standard of living of those who remain employed, it also provides a further encouragement for their employers to flee.

  • For decades now, new businesses have sprung up in states without an income tax, and existing businesses looking at moves have favored the income tax free states over those with such a tax, the ones with higher income taxes being the least desirable of all.
  • For decades, the companies that move into Illinois from elsewhere are those that have been given special inducements, tax break packages from city, county, and state, five or ten year promises of lower property taxes and income taxes. As dependent as Illinois has become on such bribes, as exemplified by Boeing, Conagra, and other world-class names, such a situation ensures that companies that lack such fame will never even consider Illinois for a startup or move.  It’s the law of unintended consequences: if you have to be famous to be desirable to Illinois, and you know you’re not famous (yet), then you know better than to even think about Illinois.  Far better to locate in Texas, Louisiana or Oklahoma, then just sell your product into the thieving state of Illinois from a safe distance.

A Veritable Flood

Illinoisans have long been familiar with the concept of a river overflowing its banks, so perhaps that’s the best analogy for our current situation.  We have businesses – plenty of businesses – though never enough to fund the unchecked growth of government spending caused by predatory unions like the CTU, IEU, and AFSCME.

So our businesses have spilled out beyond our borders, just as the water in our rivers sometimes overflows their banks.  The Chicago River, the Illinois and Mississippi, and especially the Des Plaines River, are famous for doing immense damage when their waters splash over the banks and flood the streets and basements of homes nearby.

In much the same way, tax increases and crippling regulations, like Illinois’ unaffordable workman’s comp rates, our super-minimum wages, our outrageous property taxes and the looming behemoth of our unfunded public pension liabilities, all combine to overwhelm our business community, driving some, more and more every year in fact, to move some, many, or all operations over our borders.

Unlike rivers, however, these businesses don’t trickle back into their original homes after a day or two, as water seeps back into its old river after the storm passes.   Any business, or any individual, for that matter, fleeing Illinois for greener pastures, remains gone for good, for years, for decades, maybe even forever.

Once you flee for the welcoming soil of Indiana, Wisconsin, Texas and Florida, why would you ever return?

The undeniable truth is that, even before the shocking changes of 2017, Illinois was losing population and employers at an astounding rate.  Some 95,000 people left Illinois in 2016 alone, that’s a rate of nearly a million people per decade.  Most of these are taxpayers, present or future; many of them are also employers, as the owners of consultancies and small businesses, taking their businesses with them to more welcoming shores.

In the end, this may be the most damning statistic of all to Illinois.  As tens of thousands of people abandon the state, the state’s problems get worse and worse.  To return to our river analogy, it’s like a small current growing into a strong undercurrent, growing and growing until the river has a maelstrom, grabbing and sinking everything in its path.

As Illinois – not just the state, but its counties and cities, its school districts and park boards – all cooperate to make Illinois an ever more miserable place to do business, its revenues will continue to drop despite higher percentage rates;  even 100% of nothing is still nothing, and every company we drive out is free of our tax rates forever.

A Call to our Cities

Largely silent in these debates have been our localities.  Outside of our biggest cities, like Chicago, Rockford, Peoria, etc., most cities stay out of the politics of their county and state issues.  Their police and fire needs, parks and libraries, local streets and sewers, are all quite enough to keep part time mayors and part time aldermen and trustees more than busy.

But Illinois has gone too far this time.  The state of Illinois, the city of Chicago and the County of Cook have conspired to make Illinois a tax and regulatory hell for long enough.  Our cities and villages are watching their sales tax revenue drop as consumers can no longer afford to shop… they can’t collect enough in property tax because home values drop even as rates climb… because nobody in his right mind wants to move to Illinois anymore.

So our cities and towns have begun – just begun, mind you, but it IS a welcome start – to react to these many outrages.

In 2017, nearly a hundred communities have voted to reject such things as the Cook County super-minimum wage ordinance and the Earned Sick Leave mandate.  Rejected them outright.  Said “no thanks, that’s not for us. We can’t afford it!”

The cities and villages had no say in the state income tax; there’s nothing they could do about that.  But they could react to the minimum wage, and did. In droves!  And they could react to the sick leave mandate – nobody denies its value, but you’d have to be blind not to realize that not every employer can afford to offer it.  So these cities and villages, from the northernmost edge in Cubs territory to the southernmost end, deep in White Sox territory, have voted to spare their businesses these fatal errors.

Now one thing remains: at this writing, the beverage tax is on hold, as Cook County attempts to prove that this ridiculously unevenly-applied tax does in fact pass constitutional muster in a state that requires taxes to be evenly applied.  That’s a high bar to meet, for a tax that’s assessed on a person if he pays with cash, check or credit, but not if he pays with a SNAP card.  The same person, the same beverage, subject to it or exempt from it depending on his manner of payment for the transaction at hand.  It cannot possibly be deemed constitutional in its current form by any sane jurist.

But the County board can just attack the problem again, and tweak it until it’s constitutional.   They will find a way to impose it on us if they are not stopped.

It is time for the cities and villages to do the math and realize the damage to be done by this destructive measure.   Time to shout “No More!” to the constant attack on property values, by escalating property taxes, income taxes, sales taxes, soda taxes, and every punitive regulation under the sun.  “No More!” to the constant effort to drive taxpayers and employers out of the state.

It’s time for us to see if those Founding Fathers, so many years ago, were right when they said that the best government is the most local government… That these are the representatives who know their constituents best, who can understand their needs and protect them from distant tyranny.

The cities and villages of Cook County have responded well in recent weeks, on the matters of minimum wage and sick leave mandates; will they rise to the occasion and do the same on the beverage tax, joining the grocers and beverage distributors in their lawsuit? Will they realize that this beverage tax is indeed the last straw, and it’s time to act?

Or will they just sit back, and twiddle their thumbs, and watch their retailers, their manufacturers, their grocery stores and restaurants suffer loss of customers and loss of sales, followed by the inevitable losses in jobs and tax revenues?

Well, mayors and presidents, aldermen and trustees?

What’ll it be?

Copyright 2017 John F. Di Leo

John F. Di Leo is a Chicagoland-based trade compliance manager, actor, and writer.  His columns are regularly found in Illinois Review.

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