Lawrence Oliver for State Representative District 95
Our State is in a Financial Crises
When I was out canvassing for signatures to get on the ballot, I heard repeatedly from Republican voters how they felt discouraged because voting Republican no longer seemed to mean what they believed. I completely agree. What’s the point of voting for Republicans if they help pass tax laws which are widely opposed by their voters? Worse, by supporting the tax increases, the short-sighted incumbent Republicans are playing into the hands of their opposition. The long game of Madigan and his party was to threaten to raise the gas tax by 38 cents so some Republicans would “compromise” at 19 cents. This allows Madigan to claim the gas tax and fee increases was bipartisan. In turn, this would bolster some of the more vulnerable members of their party by both allowing them to vote against the measure so as to curry short term favor with fiscal conservatives, and by discouraging Republican voters in those districts. Republican challengers in those districts would be forced to explain Republican support for the increases to now skeptical voters. In other words, Madigan played the Republicans and made it more difficult for Republicans to gain more representation.
The Illinois Republican party has compromised too long and too much. As the minority party with little hope of becoming a majority anytime soon, compromise may be inevitable. However, unless they want to bargain their way into irrelevance, Republicans need to develop better strategies for advancing the interests of our voters. We must offer a real difference if we want support from voters who are begging for relief from constant tax increases and burdensome regulations.
I provide a clear perspective on these issues and will work to develop strategies which both strengthen the Republican Party, represent the desires of the people of this district and bring much needed relief to the citizens of Illinois.