Yesterday Cook County officials decided to disregard a state law that specifies when the effective date for recognizing “gay marriages” will begin. The law, passed without popular approval, stipulates that the start date is June 1. Chicago officials, however, dispensed with that and started the party yesterday.
Whether it’s Cook County or President Obama, I’m becoming increasingly aware of the willingness–nay, eagerness–of Democrats at all levels to dispense with the letter of the law when it suits their political preferences. Of course, woe unto any Republican who plays fast and loose with “the law of the land”!
Three years ago, the spendthrift Democrats in Illinois rammed through a 67-percent state income tax increase, all the while promising it would be “temporary.” Yeah, right. Well, with the increase set to expire this year, I guess technically it is temporary. But instead of going back to the old rate, it looks like they want to institute a “progressive” system, raising the rates from the current “temporary” level on anyone making more than $18,000 a year. They’re trying to call it “tax reform.” It beats cutting spending, I guess!
What does this have to do with the propensity of Democrats to only follow the laws that they like? Only this: I propose that Illinois taxpayers go back to paying the old rate from three years ago, not the “temporary” tax hike and especially not the new “tax reform” rates that are coming.
After all, if the letter of the law is dispensable for Democrats, why can’t the rest of us choose what laws we want to obey?