Illinois Rep: People Ready To Shoot Tax Increasers

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April 17, 2009 5:37 a.m.

Via ThinkProgress, Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) thinks Illinois residents want to shoot their elected officials.

“I think that the decision to raise taxes by 50 percent in Illinois is political suicide,” Kirk said of [Illinois Governor Pat] Quinn’s proposal to raise the tax rate to 4.5 percent from 3 percent, coupled with an increase in the personal deduction. “I think the people of Illinois are ready to shoot anyone who is going to raise taxes by that degree.”

From 3 to 4.5 percent. In the wake of the Tea Party protests, we’ve been following mainstream conservatives’ and elected Republicans’ flirtations with the extreme right, and we’ll continue to do so.

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