The question I posed to listeners Tuesday, the day Illinois lawmakers head to the final week of the fall veto-session, was what would you do if you were dictator for a day?
Well, here's what I would do about the major issues of the day:
Same-Sex Marriage--I would abolish the state issuing marriage licenses all together.
The state shall not sanction any relationship, but through contracts in civil court. The state will continue to provide the judicial system to deal with civil contract issues.
As dictator, I would also allow, and encourage through tax breaks, insurance and retirement policy companies to work with couples wanting to join in a civil union agreement to share in benefits *and* responsibilities.
Fathers can also use the judicial system to maintain their rights as parents.
This is just the beginning to reasserting the true role of government and that is to provide for the framework and infrastructure for securing and maintaining individual liberty.
Now, how about that $100 billion pension liability ...
First I would find alternative revenue streams like legalization of marijuana with a large tax for purchase.
As dictator, I would also legalize gambling in limited capacity near select areas that would be conducive to the heritage and tour industries of southern Illinois.
Yes, Chicago, you can have a casino too, but you have to use it to fund your schools, because the Dept. of Education would be severely cut back. More funding would stay local to fund education.
I'd also end the income tax in Illinois. There would be a massive restructuring of the government with a new constitutional convention.
Now, that's just the beginning ...
What would you do if you were dictator for a day?