In Friday’s Chicago Tribune John Kass column, the Dee Beaubien (Ind.-Madigan) campaign was referenced.
It was in a tongue-in-check piece about fines that should be levied against politicians.
Consider the Chicken Tax: Aimed at former State Senator Barack Obama, who voted present many, many times. $100,000 for each offense.
Consider the Double Dipper Tax: For those politicians receiving two pensions from two governments. Fine would be $1 million.
Or the Boomerang Tax: “If they raise salaries by 2%, then their salaries shrink by 2%. And, if they increase income taxes by 67%, they lose two-thirds of their salaries. Kind of makes you think before you vote, right?”
And, then there’s the In-Kind Tax:
“Any campaign donation made by a politician to another politicians must be matched with an in-kind contribution to the state debt.
“So, if, say, House Speaker Michael Madigan, the boss, slips an ‘independent’ candidate $250,000 for a campaign, he must pay an equal amount into the general revenue stream, to deal with all the problems Madigan has ignored while he’s been busy raising case and bossing governors and mayors around.”
Actually, the last time I checked, direct contributions from Madigan’s Political Action Committees was $306,000.