The Missus and I took a trip to Chicago over the weekend. As we approached the first toll booth in Waukegan a Lebaron Convertible with one of those big RECALL WALKER! and the "blue fist" "I stand with the Unions" bumper stickers went flying by us. A few seconds later, we saw the portable message sign alerting drivers that the toll for that plaza will increase from $1.50 to $2.80 per vehicle--effective January 1st.
I have to wonder, did RECALL WALKER! Guy think "Holy (expletive), they are almost doubling the tolls down here!" like I did? Or did he think "Wow, Democratic Governor Pat Quinn is awesome!! He's making everyone pay 87% more to drive the tollways--just so state workers don't have to contribute 12% to their health insurance benefits!"?
I don't know if RECALL WALKER! Guy had to buy gas while in the Chicago area. He would have found an average around $3.51 a gallon--compared to $3.09 that I got at a truck stop station just north of Kenosha. That is thanks, in part, to the higher gas tax in Illinois--69-cents a gallon there (fifth highest in the nation) compared to 51.3-cents a gallon here (11th highest). If he did fuel up, was RECALL WALKER! Guy thinking "(expletive), I'd rather run out of gas then fill up before I get back to Wisconsin" like I did? Or did he think "Way to go Democratic-controlled Illinois Legislature! Make everyone pay 35% more for gas than in Wisconsin so state employees don't have to pay 5% of the retirement benefits!"?
And I can't be sure if RECALL WALKER! Guy bought anything in Chicago. If he did, he would have noticed the 10% sales tax. Would he have thought "(expletive) (expletive), are they providing British or Canadian-style health care down here?" Or would his thought process be "Rahm Emanuel is the MAN!" He's making everyone pay 100% more in sales tax than they do in Oshkosh so city union employees can still get their 4% raises!"
I should also point out that Illinois' budget deficit is eight-BILLION dollars--compared to the zero budget deficit in Wisconsin. Unemployment in Illinois was 10.1% in October--compared to 7.8% in Wisconsin. So RECALL WALKER! Guy: what exactly isn't working here--that is working in Illinois?