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WarCry - How the SSM “anti-polygamy” movement turned into Animal Farm - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJ
Some monogamists "marry" underage kids, too. But that's breaking the law, same as it would be if polygamy was made legal. You're using deviant cases like Warren Jeffs to paint a picture of a whole host of people, and that's no more justified that calling the entire Catholic church pedophiles or all men serial killers because of John Wayne Gacy. You cannot paint with that broad of a…
Quijote57 - How the SSM “anti-polygamy” movement turned into Animal Farm - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJ
The Founding Fathers most likely did not intend for political liberty to include freedom to practice immorality. Liberty is too often confused with license. Yes, some of the Founders had immoral relationships (the supposed relationship between Jefferson and his female slave, for instance), but I don't think they intended for those to be codified as legal in all the states. And I don't think…
Quijote57 - How the SSM “anti-polygamy” movement turned into Animal Farm - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJ
You make valid arguments except this: in some instances, the polygamist marries an under-aged teenager who does not or cannot consent.
WarCry - How the SSM “anti-polygamy” movement turned into Animal Farm - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJ
For those of you who are throwing out "Why not polygamy??!!??!" like it's some sort of moralistic insult or challenge, I have a question for you: Why NOT polygamy? As long as everyone involved is a legal, consenting adult, why the hell would you care what they're doing? Guess what? There are a LOT of multi-partner relationships going on in this country RIGHT NOW and it's not affecting…
qfingers - How the SSM “anti-polygamy” movement turned into Animal Farm - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJ
Actually there's no reason for the state to issue a marriage license at all. Read the history of it: http://macquirelatory.com/Marriage%20License%20Tr...

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Poll shows opposition to extending tax hike

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As Gov. Pat Quinn prepares to deliver his annual budget speech Wednesday, a new poll shows Illinoisans strongly oppose extending the state's temporary income tax increase.

The results of the survey by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale mirror the tough choices facing Quinn and members of the General Assembly as they head toward a May 31 target to have a new spending plan in place.

Although the poll showed 60 percent of the 1,001 registered voters strongly opposed extending the tax increase when it begins to roll back on Jan. 1, it also found opposition to cutting money for schools, prisons, police, parks, pensions and programs for poor people.

John Jackson, one of the SIU political scientists directing the poll, said the results "point to a basic incongruity in public opinion."

"This contradiction has produced the state’s structural budget deficit, which has proved to be very difficult for political leaders to address," Jackson said.

Quinn, who is in the midst of a re-election battle against Republican Bruce Rauner, will outline a financial blueprint Wednesday that is expected to address how he plans to deal with the reduction of the state's income tax rate from 5 percent to 3.75 percent.

The estimated $1.6 billion in lost revenue from the rollback comes as costs for some programs are on the rise, bringing the total funding gap to about $2.3 billion, according to Democrats in the Senate.

To highlight the tough choices facing lawmakers, lawmakers held a hearing Friday in which Quinn's top aides outlined what would happen to various state programs if a 20 percent budget cut were imposed.

Along with closing multiple state prisons and slashing funds for schools, the aides said such a reduction would gut spending on programs for seniors and poor people.

Quinn originally was scheduled to deliver his budget address more than a month ago. He has not said how he plans to handle the tax cut.

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