I was on my way to court yesterday morning when I heard this ad on WLS attempting to lure businesses from Illinois:
“Hi, I’m Chris Christie, Governor of the State of New Jersey. I know what you’re thinking, ‘Move my business to New Jersey? Really?’ Really. My administration has worked hard to change the direction of our business climate, plus our state has many advantages. We have an incredible talent pool to drive your business. Innovative financing, incentive and assistance programs. And an exceptional quality of life for the people who live and work here. Oh, and one more thing. As long as I’m Governor, I will not raise your taxes. I am proud of the new direction we’ve brought to New Jersey: lower taxes, reduced government spending and less regulation: a better home for business — today and in the future. Don’t let Illinois balance its budget on the back of your business. Choose New Jersey – we mean business.”
Go here to listen to the ad.
New Jersey. New Jersey! You folks who do not live in the Midwest probably do not realize this, and my apologies to the inhabitants of the lovely Garden State, but the popular stereotype of New Jersey here is a land of toxic waste dumps ruled over by the Mafia! New Jersey is attempting to lure businesses from Illinois, and it will probably succeed. Because of the complete blithering idiots who rule my state, and their completely counter-productive tax hike, Illinois has become a bad joke from coast to coast, and many states are picking the bones of the aptly named Sucker State. Businesses are beginning to bail on Illinois, and no doubt many more will follow:
A spokesman for Caterpillar Inc., one of the largest manufacturers in Illinois with 23,000 employees in the state, said in a statement that “such a tax increase will make it more difficult for Caterpillar to compete in today’s global economy from our operations in Illinois.”
I love my home state but if I were just starting out, I would leave it in a second. Illinois is on the path to bankruptcy and the tax increases will ultimately reduce revenues by driving out businesses and our most resourceful and productive residents. Elections have consequences. New Jersey voters got fed up with business as usual and elected Christie. Illinois voters voted for more of the same, and more of the same is precisely what they are getting. Illinois is an object lesson in how feckless politics can destroy the economy, and the future, of a state.