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Why I am running for Illinois State Senate (9th District)

Glenn Farkas, a Glenview resident for over 10 years, is running for State Senate in the 9th District.

After several years of mounting frustration with our State government’s lack of fiscal discipline and on-going corruption, I decided the best way to make a difference was to get involved in the process.  I was asked by the Republican Party in May to fill a vacancy on the 9th Senate District ticket for this fall’s election, and accepted the challenge to represent the constituents of my District.  The 9th District includes all (or parts) of the following cities: Glenview, Northbrook, Northfield, Winnetka, Wilmette, Glencoe, Kenilworth, Skokie and Evanston. 

If you have paid any attention to what has been happening in Springfield for the last decade, you know that Illinois is in deep financial trouble.  With billions of dollars in deficit spending and a mounting debt load, Illinois' political leaders have proven they are incapable of managing our tax dollars.   Their inability to make tough decisions and continuing incompetence is limiting our survival options.   When compared to the other states, Illinois ranks close to the bottom in nearly every meaningful economic category.  We have lost over 800,000 taxpayers in the last fifteen years (1 taxpayer every 10 minutes), while our neighbors to the north and east have clearly declared their states are open for business.   With our economic future in jeopardy, my campaign will focus on the three biggest issues facing our state:

  • Politicians – No lasting reform is possible without serious change (and penalties) to our political class in Illinois.  There are 118 Representatives, 59 Senators and 1 Governor.   All together, 12 million plus citizens in Illinois can thank less than 200 people for the overwhelming problems we have incurred in this state. 
  • Pensions – The pension mess in Illinois is nothing short of political malfeasance.  The empty promises, backroom dealing and financial mismanagement have put public workers retirement plans in jeopardy.  Only serious and lasting reform will save the public worker plans while not soaking the taxpayers.
  • Medicaid – While saving the Pension funds will be difficult, it will be even more challenging to find a solution to our Medicaid issues.  Billions of unpaid bill have already been rolled into this year’s budget, with no end to the deficit in sight.  The Supreme Court ruling upholding Obamacare, which will add hundreds of thousands more enrollees to Medicaid, will further undermine the State’s budget. 

 

To find out more about my positions and solutions to these and other issues, please visit my website at www.farkas4illinois.com.

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Deadcatbounce July 18, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Hey Dan who will protect us against government bridges collapsing like in Minneapolis in 2007? You remember the bridge that collapsed into the Mississippi due to design failure. BTW, the bridge was inspected by the Minnesota Department of Transportation in 2005 and 2006 and no structural problems were noted.
Deadcatbounce July 18, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Many people want the government to protect the consumer. A much more urgent problem is to protect the consumer from the government. Milton Friedman
Deadcatbounce July 18, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Dan’s praise of government and even more government workers reminds me of something Milton Friedman said … Friedman visited China in the early 1960s and was taken by a government official to see a public works project. Chinese workers were building a canal. Friedman was struck by seeing everyone digging the canal with shovels. Friedman asked the official, "why no heavy earth-moving equipment?" The official said, "oh, this is a jobs program." So Friedman then says to the official, "then why don't you just give them spoons instead of shovels to create even more jobs?" That’s right Dan we should have even more government workers and worthless jobs programs.
Deadcatbounce July 18, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Hey Dan, who is going to protect us from the TSA, you can't even fire these miscreants ... A TSA screener was arrested at JFK Airport for hurling a cup of hot coffee at an American Airlines pilot who told her and some colleagues to tone down a profanity- laced conversation in a terminal, sources said yesterday. The dust-up occurred at about 5 a.m. on March 28, when airman Steven Trivett, 54, who was off-duty, was exiting Terminal 8 and overheard the banter, according to Port Authority police sources. Trivett, of Butler, Tenn., told them they should “conduct themselves more professionally in uniform and not use profanity or the n-word,” a source explained. One screener told him to “mind his own business” and cursed him out. Trivett then identified himself as a “TSA officer” who is an armed pilot. When he tried to grab at the ID tags of screener Lateisha El, 30, she pushed him and tossed a “full cup” of hot coffee on him, police say. Trivett was not seriously injured. El, of Brooklyn’s East New York, was given a desk-appearance ticket on harassment and misdemeanor-assault charges.
Deadcatbounce July 18, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Hey Dan, there's a place for you, a government workers paradise where everyone is a public employee and I hear the pension is just wonderful and everthing is provided for you including health care. That place is North Korea. Why don't you move there?
Glenn Farkas July 18, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Mr. Deadcat Bounce: I need your enthusiasm and persistence on my team. Email me at info@farkas4illinois.com. thx
Guido McGinty July 18, 2012 at 03:51 PM
"Also, your statistic about the 20 private sector workers doesn't consider that government employees keep private sector workers employed by consuming products made by the private sector." Finish your argument. Where did the public employees get their money in the first place? The public employees patronize private businesses with extorted money.
Guido McGinty July 18, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Like any good socialist, you continually conflate society and State. Bastiat: "Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain."
Internet Tough Guy July 18, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Seriously? You actually want to have a troll like deadcatbounce on your team? Are you really that desperate to appear to be a lunatic? I had hoped there would be some trace of reason in you. Obviously, I was wrong.
Internet Tough Guy July 18, 2012 at 04:33 PM
No, Guido, I don't confuse them. Society is a group of people bound together by geography or beliefs or what have you. State is the tool used by society to accomplish its goals. They are very different things. And I, for one, do not believe that Tea Party nutjobs do not want something at all if they claim to not want the government to do it. They just seem to think that the government is incapable of doing ANYTHING at all. Basically, throwing out the baby with the bathwater. There is most definitely waste and corruption in our government. Would you rather give control over the services the government provides to the profit-driven private sector, rather than trying to actually fix the problems? I'd prefer to see public services handled by entities whose motive is (supposed to be) serving the public good, rather than their own needs and desires, aka profits.
Guido McGinty July 18, 2012 at 05:43 PM
"Would you rather give control over the services the government provides to the profit-driven private sector, rather than trying to actually fix the problems?" Thus begging the question on the necessity of services. "I'd prefer to see public services handled by entities whose motive is (supposed to be) serving the public good, rather than their own needs and desires, aka profits." Well at least your intentions are pure. Nevermind the historical litany of failure in the results department. Greed has done much more to lift people out of poverty than any State can ever claim.
Dan Walsh July 18, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Deadcatbounce, please tell me what practical experience Milton Friendman ever had. Did he ever run a business, run a government, run an educational institution? Or was he always an intellectual ivory tower think who taught at the University of Chicago for his entire academic life? Also, deadcatbounce, tell me where Milton Friedman's economic theories were implemented and were found successful or has that just not happened yet? They haven't worked here in the US. So have they worked in Europe, Asia, or Africa? Some planet perhaps I don't know about. Milton Friedman was also the guy who Alan Greenspan based his entire economic theory on, which Alan Greenspan admitted was completely erroneous and the biggest mistake he made as head of the Federal Reserve. He blamed the economic collapse on his misguided reliance on the same theory that Milton Friedman espoused. In sum, Milton Friedman may have said things you like to hear, but he has no practical experience and the implementations of his theories have proved dismal failures. Prove me wrong.
Dan Walsh July 18, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Guido, tell me how the defense industry survives without the government. Tell me how the airline industry survives without the FAA. Tell me how businesses protect their patents without the US Patent office. Tell me how those businesses get their workforce educated trained without the government. Tell me how those businesses get their product without the waterways, highways, and railways built and managed by the government. Please explain how private sector greed would do these things. How would greed assist parentless children, AIDS victims, Huricane victims, any victims? Wouldn't greed see these people as exploitable?
Deadcatbounce July 18, 2012 at 09:21 PM
How would greed assist parentless children, AIDS victims, Huricane victims, any victims? Wouldn't greed see these people as exploitable? Dan you would be surprised to here this, but there is such as thing as charity. Places such as Misericordia, that by the way is owed $3M by the state of IL.
Dan Walsh July 18, 2012 at 10:14 PM
So deadcat, your answer to how greed would help assist victims and would thereby render the government's help unneccessary is to point to a charity that relies on government money to survive? Do you even see how ridiculous that is? But I asked that question to "Guido." I asked you DEADCAT to defendant MILTON FRIEDMAN. I contended he was someone without practical experience and that his theories have been called a failure by Alan Greenspan and that his theories have never worked anywhere. I asked you to prove me wrong. So prove me wrong.
Deadcatbounce July 18, 2012 at 11:29 PM
What about Chile ... http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703411304575093572032665414.html
Deadcatbounce July 18, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Sorry Dan, Misericordia does not rely on government money to survive. as you can see the government owes them $3m. I have to ask, are you just clueless and just say anything that pops into your little brain. Misericordia has no problem fundraising, I think it's the state of IL that has a problem with their finances.
Deadcatbounce July 19, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Really Dan, You listen to Alan Greenspan.  The guy who said No Chance Of Default: US Can Always Print More Money. Well, okay then.
Dan Walsh July 19, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Deadcat, I never listed to Alan Greenspan, but Alan Greespan listed to Milton Friedman and that was part of the problem. As far as Chile goes, it had no place to go but up since its days of Pinochet. But did you know that Chile has national health insurance, (kinda like Obamacare) the government owns and operates the entire copper mining industry. That's socialism, not free market enterprising. And, there are both socialist and communist representatives in parliament. It's hardly a government formed on Ayn Rand principles or Milton Friedman's philosophies. But what really troubles me is the article you quote. There's no byline, in other words no self respecting writer would take credit for that meaningless piece of drive. It's printed by the Wall Street Journal which was once a reputable newssource. However, now is a part of Fox News Corp. In typical Fox fashion, the article provides no facts or statistics or comparisons but merely states its conclusions in support of its tribute to Milton Friedman, and apparent dislike of Naomi Klein.
Dan Walsh July 19, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Deadcat, go ask Misericordia if they would turn the government money down. I think you would be surprised what you hear. Misericordia could not do one tenth of what they do without government funding. They rely on government funding. Payments by the State of Illinois may be late, but Misericordia has received millions of tax dollars from the State of Illinois in the past. If you don't believe me, go ask Misericordia.
Dan Walsh July 19, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Take a look at this Deadcat. You may begin to see that Misericordia is not the self sufficient charitable organization that you think it is. It's not something that is funded by the donations of enlightened self-interested people, or greedy people as you might also call them. It's main source of revenue seems to be from Medicare and Medicate payments, not charitable donations. http://www.faqs.org/tax-exempt/IL/Misericordia-Home.html
Dan Walsh July 19, 2012 at 05:46 AM
Interesting too, deadcat, according to the above-web site the employees at Misericordia have a pension plan. That means your contributions help fund the employees' pension fund. That sounds really socialist don't you think?
Dan Walsh July 20, 2012 at 02:49 AM
deadcat's response: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hk_-XWpUFmU&feature=fvwrel
Dan Pritzker July 20, 2012 at 07:46 AM
Deadcat was recalled by The Kremlin and won't be back is my guess.
Deadcatbounce July 20, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Dan look more closely, a little more than half the revenue is charity. And that doesn't include the 1000s of hours of donated services? Sale of assets and securities are individual donations.
Dan Walsh July 20, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Deadcat, are you at least conceding then that nearly half of the revenue is taxpayer supported funding from Medicare and Medicaid and other government funding sources? That takes Misericordia out of a self funded charity (funded by good greedy people) and into the realm of a government contractor. Your point therefore that victims, the sick, the elderly, the indigent can be assisted by Misericordia (and other charities) without government assistance or taxpayer funds is not entirely accurate. Will you take back the following statement that you made: "Sorry Dan, Misericordia does not rely on government money to survive. as you can see the government owes them $3m. I have to ask, are you just clueless and just say anything that pops into your little brain. Misericordia has no problem fundraising, I think it's the state of IL that has a problem with their finances." Now that you know Misericordia receives nearly 30 million in government funds are you willing to take back your previous statement, like a man?
Sully July 20, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Deadcat, I haven't read all your posts on this thread, but I do want to respond to the comment you made about the Minnesota bridge collapse. First of all, the bridge was built in 1967 so it was forty years old at the time of the disaster. The design flaw occurred at the time it was built. Infrastructure has long been an area that republicans do not want to fund- there is no debate on that point- and Pawlenty and his administration in power from 2003 to 2011, were no different. Surveys conducted before the collapse had shown the bridge to be structurally deficient, but there were no funds available for meaningful repair. Instead, bandaid approaches were used just in order to prolong the time before a disaster occurred. This republican party has not shown the foresight to try to prevent any future catastrophes under the guise of "we can't afford it right now". At some point, the future will be now and more infrastructure disasters will occur. Republicans can only hope it doesn't happen under their watch. U fortunately Pawlenty was in office during the Minnesota incident, so he had to appear to be troubled. He could have put more emphasis on infrastructure when he came into office in 2003, but he didn't. The point is, when you say "the government" derogatorily as you do, you are including republicans as well as dems. Don't pretend this is only one party's fault.
Deadcatbounce July 20, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Dan you really hate charity, don't you. Like most liberals you consider private charity a retrograde phenomenon -- a poor palliative for an inadequate welfare state, and a distraction from achieving adequacy by force, by increasing taxes. Also, Medicaid automatically covers the disabled. Why would miscericordia turn it down?
Deadcatbounce July 20, 2012 at 06:12 PM
The bridge was expanded and the original design was not meant to withstand the additional load. Go ahead and blame the republicans. It's always their fault, even though the state of Minnesota has one the highest tax rates. Minnesota's personal income tax system consists of three separate brackets with a top rate of 7.85% kicking in at an income level of $77,370. Among states levying personal income taxes, Minnesota's top rate ranks 6th highest nationally. Minnesota's 2010 state-level individual income tax collections were $1,219 per person, which ranked 6th highest nationally. How much of that tax collection went to pensions I wonder?
Dan Walsh July 20, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Deadcate, I think charity is fine. It's just, in my humble opinion, insufficient to deal with complex problems of a modern industrialized nation. As far as this discussion goes, it just seems every time you lose an argument, you engage in personal attacks. So I take it you won't walk back your original statements about Misericordia being sufficient, without government help, to deal with the homeless, the sick, the elderly. They just are glad to accept available government help in the tune of thirty million a year?

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