Illinois/North Shore voters are getting lots of referenda red meat on the November 4th ballot – making up, perhaps, for the choice between Democrat Quinn and Democrat-Lite Rauner for governor – and not much else if you are represented by Uber-Democrat Jan Schakowsky. No wonder most of the yard signs are for Bob Dold, who is running in a district that goes north from Scott St. in Glencoe. One sign that says it all might be the one that says, Vote NO. Easy to remember as you wade into the verbiage of the state referenda, plus the special one for a New Trier tax increase.

Here’s a quick look at the reasons to vote NO:

  • Victims’ rights. Sounds nice (as they all do) but this is a gift to the trial lawyers – lots more ways to sue. Vote NO.
  • Voters’ rights. Well, this one aims to make any kind of changes to voting procedures in the future (like voter I.D.) impossible. Vote NO.
  • Minimum wage. Economics 101: when the government forces wage control on private businesses, people get fired. Vote NO.
  • Women’ health. If you think pregnancy is a disease, and you don’t think Sandra Fluke can afford $9 per month for birth control pills, then maybe. Thought ObamaCare already covered this, but maybe not in Illinois? Vote NO.
  • Millionaire’s tax. This revenue enhancer for the man pictured below will not solve Illinois’ pension debt any more than any other tax increase. It will send the money makers packing to Indiana, Wisconsin or beyond. Vote NO.
  • Mental health. Cook County already has more revenues than it can waste. Vote NO.
  • Universal background checks. The 2nd Amendment was included (second) in the Bill of Rights to make sure citizens of the republic had the right to arm themselves against government tyranny. As in Nazi Germany, all lists of gun owners have one purpose: future confiscation of guns. Vote NO.
  • New Trier High School property tax increase. This tax is not for kids, or even teachers unions, but for Supt. Linda Yonke’s building legacy. Do not buy into the argument that property values on the North Shore will be adversely affected by less spending. (Refer back to the predicted result under Millionaire’s tax.) This is the premiere progressive argument. Vote NO.