Illinois’s Democrat-controlled lame-duck legislature and Gov. Pat Quinn are now scaling back their proposed 75 percent state income tax increase to “only” 67 percent. How generous to taxpayers struggling to make it in this recession! That’s only twice as big a hike as Quinn threatened (I mean, promised) during the campaign to pay off the unions, whose rich pensions are bankrupting the state. That means that if you normally owe $2,000 every year, you will now owe $3,340.

As my wife said this morning over the breakfast table, which of our kids do we not send to camp this summer so we can clean up Pat Quinn’s mess? Here’s another question. If even Barack Obama has finally figured out that you cut taxes during a recession, not jack them up, how clueless must the Democrats running a once-proud state into the ground be?

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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