By: Diane Benjamin
Years ago I attended a MoveOn rally outside the Bloomington Public Library. I only went to hear what they had to say. The speaker recognized me, made a few comments, I responded with if anyone wants to talk I’m available.
Several people did. I found out they despise corporations: The owners or CEO’s get paid too much and they don’t pay their fair share of taxes. Simple economics says corporations don’t pay taxes, they build those into the price of their products as an expense just like heat and lights.
I mentioned that corporations provide jobs. If any of them were phased by such an astonishing statement (ha) they didn’t show it.
If you read this story: https://blnnews.com/2017/11/13/why-jobs-and-people-leave-illinois/, you would know that Springfield is full of legislators who are anti-manufacturing.
What party dominates Springfield?
Now consider that Normal Township is holding up approval of the giveaways to Brandt to supposedly bring hundreds of jobs to the area. The township approval is a minimal part of the giveaway. So far the other taxing bodies have gone along with the plan the Economic Development Council negotiated.
I think the deal is ridiculous considering the amounts of rebates, but that doesn’t change the facts that everybody else thinks the jobs are worth it.
So what is the Township’s problem?
The last election may explain it:
Elections have consequences. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the parties apart. Sometimes it’s easy.
If you hate corporations vote for Democrats, otherwise don’t.