Monday, January 10, 2011

The Abusive Nature of Illinois Taxes

January 20, 2011 - John DiLeo wrote a great post at Illinois Review about high taxation. He makes an analogy between the abuse dished out by the State of Illinois to business owners and physical abuse. (John's post reminds me of post that I wrote here last July, which use two imaginary burger joints to show the idiocy of higher taxes.) Here's an excerpt from John's post: So, your boss – let’s call him Joe – is just sitting at his desk, diligently working on his computer… trying to see if his business can make it through another year of this painfully long recession without having to lay off any more people... …when, all of a sudden, this guy in an ill-fitting suit walks in, plunks down his state ID, and starts punching Joe in the face. Not constantly, but regularly. About 10.9 times per hour. Finally, at the end of the day, at about 6 or 7 pm, Joe puts on his coat and goes home. A different state employee is there waiting for him. He presents his state ID, and enters the house alongside Joe, and starts punching Joe in the face. Whatever Joe does – sitting in the dining room eating his cold dinner, sitting with his family watching television, dressing for bed, trying to sleep - that state employee is always there, regularly punching him in the face. You could set your metronome by the rhythm, as the punches land at a steady rate of 5.25 times an hour. Continue reading at Illinois Review.... Another must-read post on the subject of Illinois tax madness is by Keith Liscio at Chicago Conservative Examiner today. Keith's piece is titled "Illinois conservative groups united in opposition to lame duck tax increases."