He reminds me of Ronald Reagan.
Smiling most of the time, except when he’s serious. Then he sounds sincere.
Republican candidate for Governor Bill Brady spoke to a room where most of the chairs were filled in the basement of the American National Bank this morning.
He was introduced by State Rep. and McHenry County Republican County Chairman Mike Tryon, who said, “This election cycle is a defining time.”
Commenting on the state’s fiscal situation, Brady referred to what Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels had told Fox News.
He said that Illinois was facing the biggest tax increase in Illinois history and homed in for the kill:
“I guarantee that means more jobs for Indiana.”
Brady, of course, has been adamant against raising Illinois taxes.
How long will it take to work off the approximately $6 billion in overdue bills?
Two to three years is his estimate.
But his pitch was that “this election is about family…bringing back opportunity, (so our kids will have the same opportunity we had).”
Brady went through the state’s liabilities, including 75 billion in unfunded pensions, $5 billion in unpaid bills, over $130 billion in all “one-half incurred in the last eight years when (the Democrats were in power).”
He pointed out that Illinois has a worse bond rating that Afghanistan.
The GOP gubernatorial candidate extolled the potential for the exploitation of the energy resources of Illinois, holding out the tantalizing factoid that Illinois has more energy in its coal than Saudi Arabia has in petroleum.
But “Illinois is the only large state still reported to be in a recession,” he said.
With the world’s 11th largest economy, Illinois has the potential to regain the 800,000 jobs lost in the last decade, if predictability can be provided to business.
“You can’t be for jobs and against business anymore than you can be for eggs and against chickens.”
“It can and must be done,” he said to reversing the financial problems Illinois faces. Brady pointed to Indiana, New Jersey, Virginia, Louisiana and “Florida, when Jeb Bush was governor.”
But first, he pointed out, business is “looking for defined stability. It is worried about the future. We need to bring certainly to the minds of people.
“If we do that, we’ll bring back the 800,000 jobs.”
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