It’s been an election year in Illinois with the race for governor nearing its end. We’ve heard lots of bad things about Bruce Rauner and lots of bad things about Pat Quinn, the current governor of Illinois. Between Quinn and Rauner, about $100 million will have been spent, perhaps the most in U.S. history for a gubernatorial race.
Pat Quinn and his largely union cronies have been on the attack the most. We’ve seen countless ads in which Bruce Rauner is supposed to be the devil himself. He has killed old people, young children. He has fired women and threatened to destroy their lives. He is a billionaire with nine luxurious homes! The only reality here is that Rauner is a very wealthy man (but not a billionaire) who does in fact own nine very nice homes.
We’ve heard that Pat Quinn is an incompetent governor; that Illinois is in very bad shape; that Quinn has some serious ethics issues; that despite the largest tax increase in state history, Illinois is still in very bad shape. We’ve heard that jobs are leaving the state as well as residents. Well, all of that is true. Despite the largest tax increase in state history, Illinois is still behind paying its bills by about $7 billion. Meanwhile in the past four years, Illinois has collected nearly $30 billion more in revenue. The state’s credit rating has been dropped 13 times since Quinn became governor. While the state’s unemployment rate has apparently fallen to about 6.7 percent, the real unemployment rate in Illinois is more like 18 percent. Pat Quinn has not one, but two federal investigations taking place into his administration and a judge recently imposed a watchdog to oversee the state’s hiring practices under the Quinn administration.
All of this is fact. It’s not my take or my spin. It’s not a misrepresentation. The above paragraph is fact. Illinois is spiraling out of control and it has to stop. And it has to stop now.
There also have been charges from the right regarding Bruce Rauner. He is pro-life, for gay marriage, is friends with Rahm Immanuel, and his wife is a Democrat, which apparently makes him a liberal. Now, these views are largely factual – to a point. Rauner is pro-choice but does believe there to be restrictions on abortion such as on late-term abortions and parental notification. Pat Quinn believes in unfettered abortion. Even most pro-choice people are against late-term abortions and in favor of parental notification. But in some crazy, twisted logic, some pro-life people would rather see Pat Quinn remain as governor than Rauner. These pro-life folks are OK with someone who believes in unfettered abortions, but not one who believes there should be limits.
Over the last year, I’ve asked many pro-lifers (of which I am one), what will change in Illinois if the Republican nominee was pro-life and not pro-choice. I’ve asked if abortions would somehow become illegal. To date, not one anti-Rauner, pro-life person has answered those questions. The reason? Because they know nothing would change because abortion is the law of the land after the Roe v. Wade decision from the Supreme Court 40 years ago.
On the gay marriage issue, Rauner said it should be up the people of Illinois to decide. However, it is now the law of the land, so Rauner has stated it should remain law. The courts nationwide have been overturning laws against same sex marriage and seemingly it is just a matter of time before it is legal nationwide. Even conservative Jim Oberweis, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, has acknowledged that reality.
Yes, Rahm Immanuel and Bruce Rauner are friends and have vacationed together. Well, while knowing this damages my conservative credentials, I have liberal friends and have vacationed with liberals in the past. Conservative Jimmy Stewart was best buds with liberal Henry Fonda. And, yes, Diana Rauner is a Democrat. Well, going door to door as I have these past few months, I’ve come across many a household in which one spouse is Republican and the other is a Democrat.
Now, let’s get to what really matters: why Bruce Rauner must be our next governor. Because unless something is done very soon, this once great state of Illinois will have reached the point of no return and begin to die under the weight of debt, high taxes, flight and corruption. It has to begin to stop now. Corrupt one party rule in Illinois has to stop.
Rauner is a self-made success story. He is a smart man. He is a practical man. He can begin the process of fixing this state If Illinois is to turn around, we have to begin somewhere. It certainly is not with Pat Quinn and Mike Madigan at the helm. It is with Bruce Rauner leading this state.
With his own resources, Rauner has done more for the African-American community in Chicago than any Democrat and Democrat policy. Rauner has invested in charter schools in the neediest of neighborhoods. He funded a YMCA. He helped create Safe Haven, an organization that helps the homeless and especially homeless veterans. These folks have had a place to stay, have attended schools to develop skills that lead to jobs.
Rauner will work to create term limits and reform redistricting. He is a successful businessman that will be able to attract businesses to come to Illinois and prevent businesses from leaving Illinois. Despite Hillary Clinton’s mantra that “corporations and businesses don’t create jobs,” the reality is they DO create jobs. Illinois needs businesses so people can get jobs. People need corporations and businesses so they can get jobs, which allows them to buy things and begin to make a better life for themselves. People need corporations and businesses so they can get jobs which allows them to get off government assistance. The more people get off government assistance, the better government is and government spending shrinks. The state’s finances improve.
Folks, this election is not abortion. It’s not about gay marriage. It is about the economic condition of Illinois. It is about the lack of jobs in Illinois. It is about the lack of opportunity in Illinois. It is about too much corruption under the Democratic rule in Illinois. It is about what it is best for Illinois. Bruce Rauner is what is best for Illinois.