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The Not-So-Mighty Quinn

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Gov. Pat Quinn has been trying all year to persuade House Speaker Michael Madigan to raise the state income tax from 3 percent to 4 percent. Lately, he’s been trying to enlist a new ally in his campaign for a “surcharge” to pay for education: you, the voter. Quinn has been insisting that a vote for him is a vote for higher taxes. If he wins re-election, it will be a “mandate” for a tax hike.

    “Vote for me and I’ll raise your taxes” doesn’t sound like an effective campaign slogan. By the end of this campaign, the governor is going to have a new nickname: the Not-So-Mighty Quinn. We even have a song for him, inspired by Bob Dylan.

    Everybody wants to build roads and schools
    But everyone needs to realize Illinois is run by a fool
    Everybody’s in despair
    Every lass and bloke
    Because thanks to Quinn the Governor, the state of Illinois is broke

    Oh, come all without, come all within
    We’ve got no money under Governor Quinn
    Come all without, come all within
    We’ve got no money under Governor Quinn

    He wants to raise the income tax by thirty-three percent
    While Napoleon shivers in his rags and Mona Lisa can’t pay the rent
    A laid-off man in a trench coat is feeding pigeons under a limb
    So when Quinn the Governor campaigns, everybody’s gonna run from him.

    Oh, come all without, come all within
    We’ve got no money under Governor Quinn
    Come all without, come all within
    We’ve got no money under Governor Quinn

    He freed a thousand prisoners because we couldn’t afford the cells
    Then he gave a thousand raises to a thousand Springfield swells
    Can he borrow five billion from you? He needs financial support
    ’Cause when the Quinn the Governor’s in charge, you know we’re gonna come up short

    Oh, come all without, come all within
    We’ve got no money under Governor Quinn
    Come all without, come all within
    We’ve got no money under Governor Quinn