Not sure what to make of this, but Lech Walesa -- yes that Lech Walesa -- has endorsed Adam Andrzejewski, a tea party favorite, in the Illinois governor's race. (Andrzejewski has been praised as "politically numinous" and "a Rubio" by Erick Erickson of RedState; he's also loved in Breitbart Land.)Indeed, Andrzejewski is the new Teabagger darling. What does he want to do with a state facing billions in budget holes? Guess.
Walesa spoke on Andrzejewski's behalf at a tea party event in Chicago on Friday; the event was sparsely attended ... but Andrzejewski is allegedly surging in the race for the GOP nomination, according to some conservative organization or other's internal poll.
Andrzejewski, who lives in Hinsdale, would launch his administration with two far-reaching executive orders.Yep, massive spending cuts made by the guy with the eight-figure net worth. Guess what government programs he considers to be wasteful? Local Illinois governments:
First, he would use the Internet to open the state's books "down to the subcontractor level, where the checks are cut and the corruption exists."
Second, Andrzejewski would do a top-to-bottom forensic audit of spending. He argues Illinois could save $3 billion to $5 billion a year.
"Dollars in Illinois need to start following people in need, people without political power," he said.
Despite calling for transparency, Andrzejewski did not provide his net worth, saying he is a multimillionaire in the "low eight figures."
Hinsdale businessman Adam Andrzejewski said if elected governor he would reduce or eliminate "revenue sharing to local municipalities," which could include the state withholding local government's portion of the state's income tax. The state currently shares one-tenth of income tax revenue with local governments, which totaled nearly $1.2 billion in fiscal year 2009.
"If you look at it and peel back the layers on it, that would be the single largest property tax increase in the state's history. You're going to push the state's problems on municipalities and local taxpayers," said Mark Fowler, executive director Northwest Municipal Conference, which represents area governments. "This isn't money that creates a slush fund for municipalities."
Force city and county governments to slash spending by simply refusing to give them the money to spend. That'll help people in need. Looks like the "dollars flowing to people in need" will be flowing to this guy's administration, and not the people of Illinois. Hit the people least likely to be able to afford it to save your own skin: that's the Teabagger way. I got mine, screw the rest of you assholes.