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Illinois moves into the top 20 personal income tax states

If you are in Illinois and upset over the personal income tax hike, well now Illinois is the 16th worst state to be in.

Here’s a list of the states with highest average income tax rates:

California – 7.75
Oregon – 7.73
Minnesota – 7.53
Maine – 7.23
Vermont – 7.18
Hawaii – 7.01
New York – 6.05
Wisconsin – 5.94
North Carolina – 5.49
Connecticut – 5.4
Massachusetts – 5.1
Idaho – 5
New Hampshire – 5
Tennessee – 5*
Utah – 5
Illinois – 4.95
Iowa – 4.92
Rhode Island – 4.83
West Virginia – 4.8
Delaware – 4.71

“The tax increase isn’t a solution to (the state’s financial problems),” Labell said. “The impact of this hike would be felt much sooner than the budget impasse. There would be more economic stagnation and more people will leave the state, and the more people who leave the state, the worse it will be for those who stay.”

The economic downfall of Illinois is already bad. I have not closed on my new property as of yet and i am tempted to just cancel it and work on moving to a better state. Illinois is beyond fixing. The second quote is exactly what will happen. When businesses and residents flee the state the increased tax rate won’t do much with the lousy spending the state is doing. The only way Illinois gets out of the debt and avoid becoming a junk state is to cut 70% of it’s expenses. That means a ton of layoffs, something that no state wants to do but without a budget and without a way to pay off the debt there won’t be a state for people to live in. And that means the entire state will suffer.  For starters IL should shut down their emissions air quality control and cut all road construction and only focus on the roads that desperately need repairing.

When i had a budget crisis of my own i had to make some tough choices. I couldn’t buy any new clothes, couldn’t buy any cleaning supplies (only when i really needed it) and i only drove to work and home. I was still losing money but it wasn’t a whole lot and i got it back during tax time. I am already going to see if i could claim myself as a dependent on state income taxes but that means i won’t be able to spend that money.. and it’s a bit of a headache with that and usually it’s easier to just let them take the money they need out. But if they are not getting paid every week they may have to make more cuts. In the end it won’t matter as the extra money they are trying to get from people will be lost when people are moving out of Illinois. The only solution to fix this is something that the Illinois politicians are not willing to do, but it needs to be done if we are to get out of this budget crisis.

Taxes in Illinois is already horrible. The fact that now it increased has more people fleeing the state. What Illinois’ New Budget Means for Residents

So what does this mean, more people are selling their homes and if they could even sell their home in the first place because people do not want to live in Illinois due to it’s ridiculous tax rate. So the housing market will crash. People spending less will cut job hours, cutting more profits for Illinois. This tax rate will not solve the budget crisis Illinois has. They need to budget and they need to cut a massive amount of expenditures. Now some people might think this tax rate will help Illinois.. It won’t. It’s only going to further destroy Illinois credibility. And at this point, i just want to leave the state because it’s become too costly to live in Illinois. Without an effective budget this state will simply fail.

Illinois fails to come up with a budget. Gov. Rauner responds to state lawmakers failing to pass state budget. So what happens? They try doing a sugar tax on drinks. Judge blocks Cook County soda pop tax 

Even though it’s supposed to curb obesity and raise health overall all it’s really going to do is cause people to spend less money elsewhere. Meanwhile Illinois politicians are fattening their wallets, because of a dysfunctional budget it’s a great excuse to extort taxpayer money. Illinois is falling apart. How Illinois became America’s most messed-up state

Illinois already has the worst tax rate in the US, ILLINOIS HAS HIGHEST OVERALL TAX BURDEN IN THE NATION – Let’s understand why Illinois has the highest property taxes
Translated: Illinois residents are being robbed from their income. Other states do not have these ridiculous tax rates. You may heard the phrase, “taxation is theft”, well in this case Illinois fits it perfectly. Millions politicians are thieves. Since they can’t come up with a budget, they are increasing taxes and of course they are doing just that which makes Illinois the worst state in America, Tax increase approved by Illinois House heads to Senate; Gov. Rauner threatens to veto

No more tax increases Illinois!

Several lawmakers called for people to act with courage and support the tax hike.

“I hate tax increases, hate them, and it will hurt small business to do this, but it also hurts small business to ask them to do business with the state and then we don’t pay them,” said Rep. Terri Bryant, R-Mt. Vernon.
“We have an opportunity to keep our state afloat and stop being an embarrassment,” said Lou Lang, D-Skokie.

Next stop is over at the Senate, which reconvenes at noon Monday.

House Speaker Mike Madigan was celebrating the votes Sunday. The bill does not include any of the reforms the governor wanted.

So this is the response from the Republican party. Enough already, as an Illinois resident i am sick and tired of having my hard earned money taken away because the politicians can’t come with a budget. Everything from soda taxes to higher rates at the gas pump to higher tolls, everything in Illinois is going up. The only thing that is going down is the population and property value.

Something needs to be done here and it’s along the lines of kicking these politicians out of office and getting people who know how to do a strict budget without raising the taxes. In fact taxes need to go down. Illinois residents are already hurting because of the poor mismanagement of taxpayer money and high taxes. At this point, the only thing Illinois can do is go bankrupt and let the surrounding states handle the former Illinois state because at this point, Illinois is too far gone. With the soda tax in Cook county, it’s only a matter of time before people just leave Cook county and Illinois all together. The tax increase is only going to make things worse for Illinois. Not having a good budget is making things worse for Illinois.

It might be too soon, but R.I.P. Illinois.

Star Trek: Discovery Premiere Date Is At Long Last Announced

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When i first heard about a new Trek series i was interested, at first… but since CBS stated they will be airing this on All Access only, with only the first episode being broadcasted on thier network i was bummed.

Now before someone says, ‘well you can’t pay 8 bucks to see the show?’, it’s the logic that is flawed. First, another prequel series is not particular appetizing. I would have preferred to see a continuation of ST TNG, Voyager and DS9. I would have liked to see more adventures with the Enterprise E. Doesn’t need to be with the original crews from that era but i get so tired of reboots. JJ Abrams Star Trek wasn’t exactly good, while i enjoyed it, at the same time.. it left a bad taste in my mouth, especially with Into Darkness. Starfleet’s mission is to explore space and seek out life, not destroy it. Well at least the third one, Beyond was pretty decent.

The look and feel of Discovery isn’t exactly welcoming but that is among one of the reasons i’m not going to pay money just to watch it. With the PC nonsense surrounding Hollywood these days, some rumors about Discovery isn’t exactly welcoming either. I have already removed cable tv from my home and i plan to do the same with the cable internet service. The reason is to conserve money. I need to use it for other things and paying $40-60 for internet is just not going to work out for me. I can use Wi-Fi from my parents place or maybe a neighbor. But if anything it’ll only be once a week for an hour. I still have my smartphone but i’m limited at around 2GB, but for the price i’m paying for the phone service it’s reasonable. Besides, i think it would be for the better so i can start focusing on other things i have been neglecting for too long. So i may still be around just not as much.

I just won’t be seeing this new series, unless CBS decides that making it All Access only was a foolish idea and puts the show on their network. Just after i typed all this up i happened to come across this article, Star Trek: Discovery to ditch a long frustrating Trek rule this doesn’t sound too good, considering Star Trek is a Utopian universe. Regardless of whether it actually is going to damage the theme of Star Trek i won’t be able to watch it, not worth the money.

Note: Before i continue i’d like to remind people that this is post is not to hate on a minority, as it’s a perspective that needs to be addressed.

A while back i came across this article, No, I Don’t Have To Tell You I’m Trans Before Dating You

Apparently You’re ‘Deeply Transphobic’ If You Don’t Want To Sleep With A Trans Person

Uh… Re: No, I Don’t Have To Tell You I’m Trans Before Dating You (Part 2)
Yes, You Absolutely Need To Tell Someone You’re Trans Before Dating

The idea that some transgenders and people in general think you shouldn’t be concerned over who you are getting involved with is really disconcerting. While there are some counter articles saying you need to absolutely tell someone you’re trans, what can people do to ensure they are really dating who they think they are? This is among one of the reasons i reluctantly refuse to date. I don’t want to offend a biological woman by getting a background and a DNA check on them before dating them. It just sounds disrespectful to me and i don’t know whether or not they would but it would be uncomfortable. So to avoid that awkwardness i refuse dating all together. As a 38 year old who has been single most of my life that just seems to just be that way.

Transgender and transgenderism is a mental illness.

The argument that a male can become a woman and vise versa is illogical.  “Transgender”: A Word that Defies Reality
I’ve seen the future that transgender activists are fighting for… and it’s terrifying
Trans Activists Don’t Want Compassion. They Want Science Denial And Heresy

The insanity just doesn’t stop there..

Transgender Ladies ask your men if hed
The left has gone completely insane art this point regarding transgender

Seriously? A lot of ladies are going to be single in that case.

Professionals blindly support transitioning as a treatment for people with gender dysphoria.

I don’t completely disregard the idea that people have gender dysphoria, but using transitioning as a treatment is just not a viable course of action. There are other alternatives but it won’t work if people do not seek them. Not saying that therapy conversion is the only answer but people like Kenneth Zucker are shut down because transgender activists do not want people with gender dysphoria to be ‘cured’ or as they like to say, ‘brainwashed’.

Laverne Cox speaks out against people who don’t see transgender women as real women

But, she said, “when we say that transgender women aren’t women, that is a way to discriminate against us.

“That is a way that folks use to deny us access and deny us healthcare and jobs, and it’s a reason that people perpetrate violence against us.”

That isn’t a legitimate reason to say that transgender women are women. If you are transgender you are discriminated regardless if you are called a woman or a fake woman. Covering up the fact that you are in fact male is deceptive, doesn’t matter if you intended it or not you are misleading people to think you are female when in fact you are male, you have male DNA and genitalia, therefore saying you are a woman is a deception. Transgender activists like to abuse the word of gender, the idea behind it that gender is a social construct and is not inherent to sex, regardless that gender has been inherent to sex. It has been followed by generations and because the 0.001% of individuals did not follow these guidelines does not make it the absolute truth that gender is separated from sex.

Male=Man
Female=Woman

That is the absolute that has existed since the invention of the word gender. Our society is built on that and the transgender activism is attempting to dismantle everything regarding what civilization considers gender to be. So is a transgender woman a woman? No, they are transgender. It is real easy for a person who has a mental illness to say transgender women are in fact women. That’s just the way it is though, you can’t change biology. You can try to alter it and make it appear that you can but in essence, if you are born male you will die a male.

Transgenders as we know it are violent, prostitutes and a hazard to society.

The first incarnation of transgender i have heard of back in the 80’s they were often violent.. most of the time the news articles referred them to as “a male dressed in woman’s clothing and makeup committed murder” and you heard it often a couple of times a year generally forgetting that it ever happened. I know there are a lot of psychopaths out there and it was one of those things where it was like “wow that guy is mentally ill, dressed as a woman and killed two kids”.

Media Silent About Massacre Committed By “Transgender Woman” Who Hated All Men

It only seems fair that now they are often being quiet in crimes being committed by transgenders. Transgender activists want people to think that they are the victims by claiming they are the ones being attacked. Well which is true, but it’s the only thing the media reports regarding transgender violence is that the transgenders are the victims. Bat-wielding man hurls threats, hate at transgender Bronx couple Of course no one deserves to be attacked no matter if they are in the wrong, but i am going to say that it’s that way. Transgenders are being attacked left and right for being transgender. They are being deceptive by calling themselves women, posing as female.

“Do you feel good about deceiving people?”

The gang called the two “f—–s” and “Transformers,” according to police.

That is a regular thing, especially in social media. But in order to dig up dirt on transgenders, it’s a challenge considering the fact the media is more concerned with giving transgenders the spot light instead of showing what is actually going on.

Transgender conditioning in children is child abuse.

LGBT community celebrates 8-year-old drag queen. Critics call it child abuse

Are you freaking serious!? Another article that grinds my gears is that people are actually celebrating an 8 year old drag queen. Now, drag queens are another story that well.. seems to be festered with sex symbolism and a part of transgenderism came from drag queens. But, if people are going to be enraged over this they should also be enraged over the idea of transgender kids. WTF!? Allowing a three-year-old to be transgender is insane

Prominent Feminist Claims Puberty Blockers For Transgender Kids Are “Criminal”

At least some people are upset that kids are being given puberty blockers and even allowing children to be transgender in the first place. If we are going to try to stop this, we will have to make transitioning illegal, at least with children for now. Children do not need to be exposed to transgenderism. It is child abuse..

Transgenderism is unhealthy and should not be encouraged.

Being transgender in America may be hazardous to your health, study shows

Being transgender is a hazard, dangerous and it is recommended to stay as far from the ideology as much as possible. It is time to fight back here. Otherwise more victims will be at the hands of the transgender activism. More violent attacks, verbal attacks which leads to suicide. Transgenders are mentally ill, that is the truth here. They need protection from themselves and others. Professionals need to be more helpful instead of promoting transgenderism in both children and adults. They are not helping the situation any and it continues in this downward spiral.

The madness isn’t ending.  These people are not thinking logically and it’s ending up being a war between whether transgenders should exist or not. A literal social and civil war. It shouldn’t come to this, having to write article such as this to try convincing people that being transgender is simply wrong. It’s illogical, counterproductive and it doesn’t help in the long run. When we have things like this happening, Transgender “girl” track star with mustache crushes female competitors
This Doctoral Student Identifies As A Hippopotamus ‘Tranimal,’ Says It Makes Him Feel ‘Sexy’

Transgender insanity has gone too far and for far too long, Barbara Kay: Transgendered advocacy has gone too far

We live in a Godless society. Blind transgender acceptance is a symptom of societal collapse.

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Illinois end-of-year budget deficit to top $6B

Illinois has a total of $14.9 billion deficit. And no one is doing anything about it. The result, higher taxes and population decrease, Illinois loses more residents in 2016 than any other state / https://www.illinoispolicy.org/reports/still-leaving-illinois-an-exodus-of-people-and-money/

This also drives up the constant violence Chicago faces, 8 shot in Lawndale: ‘This is just the city we live in’

High taxes and poor education isn’t helping much in the state of Illinois. The biggest problem is that there isn’t anything being done to rectify the deficit. The increase in taxes won’t help, Illinois Senate Passes Budget, Tax Increase

“You pay the highest property taxes in America. We’ve got to change that. We’ve got to bring our property taxes down over time. And the way to start is to do a true, long-term property tax freeze and give you – all the people of Illinois – the power, the ability to decide, if and when and how your property taxes move,” Rauner said during the Facebook Live. “That’s what we’re pushing for. We’ll never give up on that push. And that’s the stumbling block right now.”

Consequently people are leaving Illinois. Why pay ridiculous tax rates when you can move somewhere where taxes are not as high.

700+ days without an Illinois Budget; Local school district could close if nothing passes

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Bottom line is Illinois has leaders who have no idea on how to budget. Illinois needs to stop spending money on useless things such as researching on whether they want to build a road, in fact they should stop building new roads and fix the problems with the roads they do have. Increasing tolls, taxes, gas prices and the overall cost of living will only hurt the state in the long run. Illinois has to come up with a budget that cuts all the useless spending out. And with a $14.9 billion deficit, i think it’s time to cut unnecessary spending.

Kathy Griffin has quickly found out how doing something very wrong has some pretty pricey consequences. Please note, this is not a post to harass anyone, including Kathy Griffin. So don’t come on my blog saying i’m being mean or whatever.

Kathy Griffin

Kathy Griffin apologizes for photo shoot with bloodied Trump mask, says she ‘went too far’

After seeing that photo, it took me a bit to figure out what she has done reading some of the articles and needless to say what Kathy has done was unacceptable. To find this funny you have to be some kind of sick individual to begin with. Shortly after she posted these photos, a whole bunch of people were furious and she knew right away that what she did was wrong, immediately apologized and begged for forgiveness. However, if you are creating a life like head of someone, bloody it, then post it like a barbarian you already know what you are doing. And she thought this was a joke? It seems to me she was pretty serious about wanting Donald Trump dead. Using her comedy routine to vent frustration over Trump being president isn’t exactly the best thing.

Then this happened, Barron Trump Thought Kathy Griffin’s Beheaded Trump Image Was His Dad

Trump family sources tell us Barron was in front of the TV watching a show when the news came on and he saw the bloody, beheaded image. We’re told he panicked and screamed, “Mommy, Mommy!”

As it was put to us, “He’s 11. He doesn’t know who Kathy Griffin is and the head she was holding resembled his dad.”

Melania called out Kathy, saying what she did was disturbing, wrong and “makes you wonder about [her] mental health.”

Could you imagine a kid, having to go through the possibility of one of your parents being dead, murdered no less. Some people also believe Barron is autistic although i couldn’t find any concrete evidence of that.  Trump Family Has ‘Made It Very Clear’ What They Think of Kathy Griffin

If that’s not enough..  ‘He broke me’: A defiant, tearful Kathy Griffin slams attacks by Trump and his family

“I’m not good at being appropriate,” she said. “I’m only good at doing comedy one way. It’s in your face. I’m going to make fun of the president. And I’m going to do it more now.” 

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Kathy Griffin loses remainder of her tour gigs in wake of Donald Trump severed head scandal after dramatic press conference

Here is the full Kathy Griffin press conference,

After watching the video, she does seem sincere in her apology but at the same time she has some kind of mental illness. Many people won’t forgive her for her misdeeds and that is a big problem in this world today. Not to mention there is a whole lot of hate going around, Kathy and Trump are both catalysts for hate. The masses just follows, it’s basically “hate spreads like wildfire”.

As a Christian, we follow the mindset of forgiving people for their misdeeds, even if they do something really awful such as what Kathy Griffin did. At the same time, we must learn from our mistakes. Some people refuse to learn from their mistakes, such as the transgender activism. They often blame others for their own actions and instead of saying “ok, well people feel really strongly about being against transgender people so we need to talk to the doctor and find another form of treatment besides transitioning” they say and continue to say “your a bigot, you are uneducated, i hope people like you become extinct like the dinosaurs” which again fuels hate and rage. We can’t have some sort of common ground and with the Kathy Griffin scenario, there is a lot of hate being spewed around.

We live in a Godless society where people are doing what they want and ignore the consequences of their actions or their actions affecting other people in a negative way. With the media, slamming Kathy Griffin.. constantly berating Donald Trump there is no way to really see things other than intense hatred. This leads to violence and war. As a Christian we are taught there is a heaven and hell and when we die, we go to the one that we are judged with. What we do in this life will matter in the next. However, today we are living in between heaven and hell, to some it’s heaven, other’s it’s hell. Do we create a heaven here on earth or do we let it fall into the depths of hell? What we do matters!

(sorry for the potato video quality)

I like using the media for showing what i am talking about and what music or tv show can relate to. Shows like NCIS, The Walking Dead, Star Trek has a lot of different lessons.

But some haven’t learned them (i read recently about how people don’t need to respect robots)

The idea that Data is a sentient being is pretty complex. In reality we should be respecting all life, but to some it isn’t possible. They lack the spiritual guidance and chances are they think they are God. Star Trek Voyager revisits this with the Doctor, a hologram that clearly has shown he is a sentient being. Some people may have a saying “Ghost in the Machine”, well there’s a lot we don’t know about energy, about our souls. God created us in his image and i guess we are creating in his image as well.

Here are the songs (yes it’s death metal lol) that reflect the problems society has. If you don’t like the music, you can click on the lyrics. People will interpret the lyrics in different ways. I also added the lyrics to “Pitch Black Progress” by Scar Symmetry because it bears posting on the main page. So you can skip down if you’d like. On the surface the song is mostly towards consumerism, but at the same time it speaks to how our society functions. People don’t think for themselves, if one person sees another doing something, they’ll do the same thing no matter how crazy, stupid or insane it might be. It’s relevant to what this article is about, but at the same time, this article is only scratching the surface. “Pitch Black Progress” speaks to our very existence, what we are doing here with our time on earth. It is very limited and often times we’re on a one track mind. There is so much more to life than to work, watch tv, drink or to hang out, but we limit ourselves. We are caught up in this place called life rushing around to our next job that we don’t think about what we are doing.

(lyrics for After Life is at the bottom of the page)

(If you like this song, check out the rest of their album)

(Pure: DarkLyrics)

(Dead Harvest: DarkLyrics)

(Seven Are The Sins: DarkLyrics)

(Into Shadow: DarkLyrics)

(Pitch Black Progress: DarkLyrics)

Pitch Black Progress

This landscape mechanical
Well-oiled black machinery
Bio-driven computers
Programmed for slave labor

For slave labor!

Structure made in urban design
Kills the evolution of the mind
Marching on a dead end path
With misplaced concentration

It’s a pitch-black progress
It’s a dead end process
It’s a pitch-black progress
No more, no less

Digital temples monitor the population
Supplying the masses with what they see fit
Programming digital dreams for the consumers
A zombie nation devoid of improvisation

[Solo: J. Kjellgren]

Electro-hypnotic messages
Downloaded directly to the brain
Endless chanting subliminal
Hammers down the-will to resist
Progressing into a pitch black future
Leaving behind an analogue past
Promoting all of their new ways
Whatever the cost may be

[Solo: P. Nilsson]

It’s a pitch-black progress
It’s a dead end process
It’s a pitch-black progress
No more, no less

Introducing a pitch-black approach
Taste the horns of the future
Swallow the sulphur of the new order
To resist is to non-exist

I could list more songs but i think this may overload someone’s phone or something lol.

Last but not least here is the lyrics to “Break The Silence” by After Life. The song is about animal abuse but look a little deeper…

Each and every life

On earth has as much right
To be here as you and me
There isn’t a right way
To kill someone who doesn’t want
To die!

People don’t
want to hear
The truth about themselves
Closed and ignorant
We are totally blind

Without compassion
And respect for innocents
Our souls end up in Hell
Indifferent

Time to live thinking about
The struggles of survivors
To make a world free of your lies
Paradise?

Break the silence
We can see our Paradise?
Break the silence
Can we name it a Paradise?
I am the Voice of Voiceless
And i’ll say loudly that isn’t said
I am the Voice of Voiceless
A Voice to scream that isn’t said
End of endless lies…
Blinded innocence

Freedom, justice for them
Too many murders on our hands
Broken inside, acts of violence
Prayer, for a future
Free of cruelty and cowardice

Equality
We must not forget that hopeful world
Unforgiven
Mistakes of the past, to break the silence…

It’s really up to society to determine the path to take. Our world needs a ton of prayers.

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