After Illinois Democrats jacked up individual and corporate income taxes last year, several prominent businesses–including Sears and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange–are threatening to leave the state, citing several lucrative out-of-state offers. So Illinois Democrats are saying no problem and are meeting in special session to pass special tax breaks for these few. If this happens, it will mean that the many will subsidize the few, that the few will be beholden to the pols, and that crony capitalism is alive and well in Illinois.
Three questions: (1) Doesn’t cutting special tax breaks to political contributors violate some kind of law? (2) Doesn’t cutting special tax breaks to the connected violate an ordinary citizen’s right to equal protection under the law? (3) Wasn’t Rod Blagojevich just convicted and sentenced for this kind of garbage?