Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Name of the Day...

...is also the most appropriate: Jeff Crank is the president of Aegis Strategic, the latest front group for the Koch brothers.

Hat tip: Tom Hempfling.

P. S. While I'm on the subject, I keep hearing that "EVERYONE'S LEAVING ILLINOIS!"

I think it's the Illinois Policy Institute, another group associated with the Kochs, that's spreading this "information." According to their website:

Between 1995 and 2009, the state lost on a net basis more than 806,000 people to out-migration.

That's 57,571 per year, or .004 (four-tenths of one percent) of Illinois' population (12,880,580 as of 2014).

And even that estimate may be high. According to this piece:

Between July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2014, the state lost 9,972 people.

But let's take the Illinois Policy Institute's numbers. As I said, it's still less than one-half of one percent. Isn't that what you'd call a . . . rounding error? In fact, statistically it may be within the margin of error. In other words, that many people may have moved to Illinois as left.

But let's assume their figures are correct. If nothing else, it's very misleading to hang your whole "turnaround agenda" on. (Turnaround agenda, by the way, is a euphemism for "redistributing wealth up," to people like Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Kochs.)

So this whole "EVERYONE'S LEAVING ILLINOIS!" meme is, at the very least, disingenuous. But it should make you ask yourself, if they're misleading you on this, what else are they misleading you on?

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