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Rauner says “collectivist economy” is “crushing” Illinois

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2016

* Gov. Rauner sat down for a few interviews yesterday. The Tribune editorial board appears to have had the most detailed of any I’ve seen, but it’s so long and detailed that we’ll have to take it in chunks. Let’s start here

Rauner, who described himself as a free-market conservative, went so far as to say that Illinois is being damaged by a “collectivist economy,” employing a term generally used to suggest communist or socialist influence.

“We’ve become a collectivist economy in Illinois. It’s crushing us. And no problem is going to get fixed unless we bring more economic freedom into the state. And I believe that very passionately,” the governor said.

“That’s going to kill us in the long run. I’ve got to change that. And the other issues, we can debate, but that one I have to stay very strong on,” he said.

“Economic freedom” is his favorite slogan, by the way. It explains most of what he is as a person and politician.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

96 Comments
  1. - Stark - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 9:27 am:

    This is exactly the kind of attitude that has led to the transfer of trillions of dollars in wealth from the middle class to folks like Rauner. Anti-collectivism means not caring about your neighbor. If anyone has shown not to care about anyone but themselves, it’s Bruce Rauner.


  2. - Handle Bar Mustache - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 9:28 am:

    Odd that such a fervent free marketeer made such vast personal wealth by exploiting government contracts and managing government pension funds.


  3. - DuPage - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 9:31 am:

    Rauner is crushing Illinois.


  4. - Groundhog Day - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 9:32 am:

    Economic Freedom aka: Robber Barons


  5. - Dome Gnome - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 9:32 am:

    “We all do better when we all do better.” ~Paul Wellstone


  6. - train111 - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 9:34 am:

    So is he like a lot of businessmen who want to capitalize the profits, but socialize the losses?


  7. - uptown progressive - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 9:35 am:

    What Stark said: “Anti-collectivism means not caring about your neighbor” This is the only explanation for a refusal to pay for programs that meet the needs of the folks pushed to the margins. Some of us can not look away from the suffering of our fellow human beings.


  8. - pundent - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 9:35 am:

    Never has someone said so much and so little at the same time.


  9. - Curious - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 9:38 am:

    That is political posturing of the worst kind. Not even Ayn Rand would sit idly by while poor kids can’t afford college. How much economic freedom do those kids and their families have? And what about the businesses and service providers living on IOUs? Get over yourself and pass a budget.


  10. - ILPundit - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 9:38 am:

    Ayn Rand is our Governor


  11. - Nick Name - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 9:42 am:

    “Economic freedom” — code for Ayn Randian, every-man-for-himself nightmare, where the strong crush the weak.

    It’s also code for “privatize, privatize, privatize.”


  12. - illini97 - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 9:44 am:

    Ignoring whether Illinois is or is not Socialist, isn’t a culture of just not paying contracts hurting the business economy?


  13. - BIG R. Ph. - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 9:45 am:

    Amen Governor!

    We give out Billions and Billions in transfer payments and what do we get?

    Generations of people that are so dependent on government and deficits for future generations that cannot and will not be paid.

    If it were me I would have added “crony capitalism” and “insider trading” to the comments.


  14. - Carhartt Representative - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 9:46 am:

    It takes chutzpah for a billionaire to make a claim like this as he’s destroying social services.


  15. - Anon221 - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 9:47 am:

    Rauner is channeling his mentor Friedman. Just use the Google- collectivism Milton Friedman to see numerous examples.


  16. - Robert the 1st - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 9:49 am:

    =every-man-for-himself nightmare, where the strong crush the weak.=

    What have been the most successful societies in human history? Where has the politically loved “middle-class” prospered the most? And what economic models have failed time and time again?


  17. - @MisterJayEm - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 9:51 am:

    “We’ve become a collectivist economy in Illinois. It’s crushing us.”

    By his own estimate, Bruce Rauner’s fortune exceeds $500,000,000. We should all pray that our children might be as “crushed” by Illinois’ “collectivist economy”.

    – MrJM


  18. - frayedcat - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 9:52 am:

    As we look for models, Do we want to be MN or Kansas? I would like to follow the healthy model of State economies.


  19. - Huh? - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 9:53 am:

    I am sorry. Words fail me. The inability to see the needs of others when he has so much is mind boggling.


  20. - Elgin - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 9:55 am:

    A lot of voters thought, “hey, he’s not a politician; he’s a businessman, a pragmatic problem-solver. And instead we got a dogmatic ideologue.


  21. - illinois manufacturer - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 9:59 am:

    And he made that alleged 500million…because we have not seen his full tax returns……mostly off of state contracts.


  22. - Baruch - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 10:01 am:

    The Governor speaks as if he is unaware that IL has the 5th largest economy in the nation, that worker’s comp was reformed in 2011 and gave an 8% decrease in costs to providers.
    I wonder what specifics he has in mind, or is he just tossing rhetoric: “collectivized” “economic freedom” “free market”.

    No one in their right mind really wants a Free-Market. They just say that without knowing what it describes.


  23. - Dance Band on the Titanic - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 10:03 am:

    If Illinois truly were a “collectivist economy” then wouldn’t Rauner be the head of the central planning committee and have enormous power?


  24. - Illinois Bob - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 10:05 am:

    @Illinois manufacturer

    =And he made that alleged 500million…because we have not seen his full tax returns……mostly off of state contracts.=

    I also understand that money his firm invested had returns well above average for the system. Seems he got his money the old fashioned way….he Earrrrrned it! (with apologies to Smith Barney and John Housemann)


  25. - Michelle Flaherty - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 10:06 am:

    Borg for Governor
    Welcome to the collective.
    You will be assimilated.


  26. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 10:07 am:

    IM, if you mean “state” in the general sense, maybe, but if you mean “state” as in “State of Illinois,” that statement is absolutely and demonstrably false. Citations available if you want them.


  27. - Robert the 1st - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 10:11 am:

    I do think it’s curious Rauner used this wording. By his agenda, I believe he sees himself as fighting against specific entrenched special interests (government unions, trial lawyers, politicians). Not battling some grand socialist scheme for the unwashed masses.


  28. - Delbert Grady - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 10:11 am:

    I am an ardent supporter of Economic Freedom too, Bruce!

    For instance, if I was a Bed Pan Changer at your Nursing Home. I’d want to make more than minimum wage. Of course thats going to cut into your profits and you and I might have to have sirloin steak instead of Prime Rib for dinner.

    So I’m guess the Benefit Package at the Nursing Home includes Food Stamps, Section 8 Voucher, ObamaCare, ObamaPhone, etc, etc…right? But you want to get rid of those.


  29. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 10:11 am:

    You may never see this under my handle again, but….IL Bob is correct. The last time I checked, the GTCR funds in which a State pension fund had invested had performed far better than comparable funds of the same vintage year.


  30. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 10:13 am:

    Darwinian Republicanism lost favor some time ago even among Republicans, and for good cause.


  31. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 10:17 am:

    A collectivist economy in which Bruce and his pals collect most everything and leave you and I with as little as possible!


  32. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 10:18 am:

    If we have a “collectivist economy,” the vanguard of the proletariat (Rahm and George Lucas) can solve it all by selling off our parks to the highest bidder. Sheesh!


  33. - Saluki Matt - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 10:19 am:

    I’m sure everyone remembers Candidate Rauner arguing that Illinois must be a compassionate state. Has he put his money where his mouth is? No budget for social services. Now calling the Illinois economy “collective” and implying that the programs associated with social welfare are crushing the state. Rauner is a case study in the old saying “actions speak louder than words.”


  34. - Vole - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 10:26 am:

    Funny how capital has collectivized itself into fewer and fewer hands. Not funny how these capital collectivists have hurt the economy.


  35. - That's fine - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 10:28 am:

    He has every right to believe that, but he should be honest about what his true policy goals are to end “collectivism.”

    He has said in the past we shouldn’t have a minimum wage. He told groups of legislators in breakfast meetings last year that there is no longer any need for collective bargaining. I suspect he believes we should privatize public schools and universities through use of a vouchers system.

    Governor, have the courage of your convictions…make eliminating the minimum wage, no collective bargaining, and privatized education your Turnaround Agenda. That’s how to beat collectivism. Right?


  36. - illinois manufacturer - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 10:29 am:

    He did get performance but the source of his capitol was still close to the ultimate in collectivist.


  37. - JPC - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 10:30 am:

    “Collectivist”? ILpundit called it–it’s the Ayn Rand lingo. It’s the Tribune letter-to-the-editor who was elected.


  38. - Annonin' - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 10:31 am:

    A “free market conservative” who made his living conning public pension funds into givin’ him $$$ to invest in various schemes. Hard to understand how this kind of B* jive doesn’t get challenged by the Tribbies


  39. - northsider (the original) - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 10:31 am:

    There is no social agenda in the free market.

    So THAT’s why Bruce doesn’t have one!


  40. - Ron - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 10:32 am:

    Rauner is wrong about one thing, the long run is now. Illinois is in a death spiral of outrageous public employee unions holding the citizens hostage. It took a long time to get here, but we are here.


  41. - cdog - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 10:32 am:

    In Winnetkastan, where the compounds are as secure as in the Third World countries, a toast will be in support of their neighbor.

    “Progress,” they will cheer.


  42. - Thoughts Matter - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 10:32 am:

    Isn’t he the governor of the entire state, democrats and Republicans alike? Didn’t he get votes from Democrats? Illinois is expected to go for Clinton this fall without question. Why would he deliberately thumb his nose at the population of our state. Just as democratic lawmakers aren’t going to vote to bust unions- the population isn’t really going to go for eliminating the social safety nets- once they actually notice they’ve been eliminated.


  43. - @MisterJayEm - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 10:35 am:

    “Good to see most of you have received your morning dose of Madigan kool aid”

    Because… Commissar Madigan!!1!

    – MrJM


  44. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 10:45 am:

    @Ron
    Tell that to your local fire fighter and police officer next time in the middle of the night while looking in the mirror.


  45. - Delbert Grady - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 10:46 am:

    Another word with *ist* at the end to frighten Older, White Males.

    Something the national guy does all the time.


  46. - JS Mill - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 10:53 am:

    =Where has the politically loved “middle-class” prospered the most?=

    I believe that happened in the post war period, roughly 1950-1970 when income tax rates were at or near historical highs.

    Exactly how does it help when a few individuals, with massive wealth, increase their wealth exponentially? They do not put that wealth back into the economy.


  47. - Huh? - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 10:53 am:

    === “Economic freedom” is his favorite slogan ===

    1.4% has the economic freedom to do whatever and wherever he wants. He brags about his wealth, drops millions of dollars on his pet PACs, bought the governor’s office, coerced the Republican party into blindly following his agenda. The list could go on forever.

    When will he be satisfied? When will he say he has enough money?


  48. - Ron - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 10:55 am:

    I am a democrat that voted for Rauner and I strongly support him still.


  49. - Enviro - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 11:00 am:

    “collectivist economy”

    Is that what is causing the growing income inequality in Illinois?


  50. - Jorge - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 11:04 am:

    Why won’t the guilded age gentry just go away….


  51. - Love - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 11:07 am:

    So he is basically saying that his goal is to destroy social services.

    Wow!!!! Please people vote accordingly.


  52. - Augie - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 11:08 am:

    Wow he can’t decide if he wants to be like Paul Ryan, Donald Trump or Scott Walker. He really is not much of a thinker on his own is he.


  53. - Stark - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 11:09 am:

    =I am a democrat that voted for Rauner and I strongly support him still.=

    Any particular reason why?


  54. - Carhartt Representative - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 11:11 am:

    =I also understand that money his firm invested had returns well above average for the system. Seems he got his money the old fashioned way….he Earrrrrned it! (with apologies to Smith Barney and John Housemann)=

    By donating to politicians to steer contracts his way?


  55. - Harry - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 11:13 am:

    Tough message–Rauner is not a credible voice for that argument.

    The GOP was the Democrats’ junior partner in creating this “collectivist” (really, crony capitalist; cf. John Kass, “The Combine”) economy. And Rauner and his friends at the Civic Committee were some of the biggest cronies feeding at the trough.

    So, yeah, but not coming from Rauner.


  56. - Delbert Grady - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 11:21 am:

    *Economic freedom* is like *religous liberty*. Good from some, but not others if your NOT in the right group. Funny that the man promoting it got his dough from feeding at the government trough.


  57. - Keyser Soze - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 11:40 am:

    I don’t think that the governor is referring to the trade unions.


  58. - Streator Curmudgeon - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 11:42 am:

    Because, as we all know, tinkle-down economics works so well.


  59. - RNUG - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 11:52 am:

    To me, “economic freedom” means being able to cut the best deal / get the highest wages I can.

    If I can do that as an individual, what is wrong with banding together others and doing g it as a group? Isn’t that EXACTLY what union do?


  60. - TinyDancer(FKA Sue) - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 11:56 am:

    =I also understand that money his firm invested had returns well above average for the system.=

    Talkin’ down Illinois credit ratings
    - jackin’ up Illinois yields
    -buyin’ Illinois debt?


  61. - SweetLou86 - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 11:59 am:

    “Collectivist”? You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.


  62. - TinyDancer(FKA Sue) - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 12:06 pm:

    All this blamin’ and spinnin’ and deflectin’ and dancin’ around must be hard work - the governor looks like he’s been rode hard and put away wet.


  63. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 12:20 pm:

    “We’ve become a collectivist economy in Illinois.–

    Geez, that’s embarrassing.

    Don’t use words when you don’t know what they mean, Dartmouth Dude.

    In a “collectivist economy,” the state would own all the means of production and dictate the distribution of the common wealth.

    News flash, governor: You, Grif and Uline, would just be regular schmucks like everyone else in a “collectivist economy.”


  64. - Ron - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 12:23 pm:

    If I can do that as an individual, what is wrong with banding together others and doing g it as a group? Isn’t that EXACTLY what union do?

    Public employees should not have the right to disrupt taxpayers due to outrageous benefits that we pay for. Bust em.


  65. - Molly Maguire - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 12:31 pm:

    I tried to tell my upper middle class friends and neighbors that Rauner was a radical, but they took a flier on him to get Quinn out of their sight. They may regret it now, but not many are feeling it.


  66. - Honeybear - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 12:44 pm:

    –Illinois is in a death spiral of outrageous public employee unions holding the citizens hostage.-

    That’s just so sad and pathetic.


  67. - Rabid - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 12:44 pm:

    Wow what a thought process exercising citizen Rauner agenda is different than govenor Rauner agenda, two different people? Are you for yourself or the people?


  68. - Triple fat - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 12:51 pm:

    I wish this Governor along with private equity firms and hedge funds would follow Ayn’s advise by going on strike. Hey - that wouldn’t work to their advantage. Their business model would have to produce something of value for it to work. Too bad they mostly destroy companies; declaring dividends to themselves and then selling off the remaining assets…


  69. - Daniel Plainview - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 12:55 pm:

    Great, another supposed adult leader who bases his philosophy on dystopian fantasy novels. Did he not make it past a Jr. High reading level?


  70. - Triple fat - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 1:35 pm:

    Makes me wonder if the Governor is a disciple of Ayn Rand? I wish there was a better Figure that he could follow as a Disciple. A Figure that urged a wealthy man to give away all that he had and then follow me. Maybe Someone urging others to help poor and sick. If only…


  71. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 1:37 pm:

    Honeybear:

    Ignore him. He’s not hear to have a conversation. He’s here to do drive by’s that are clearly antagonistic. Let the troll be.


  72. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 1:37 pm:

    not HERE. Sheesh.


  73. - WETHEPEOPLE - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 1:43 pm:

    I think this is an excellent example of the true Rauner. This makes great fodder for the media. I hope they pick up on his position and inform all of Illinois how compassionate our governor isn’t.


  74. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 2:03 pm:

    “That’s just so sad and pathetic.”

    It is very sad and pathetic. Illinios has the 4th highest tax burden in the country. 2nd worst population loss rate in the nation. One of the highest unemployment rates and slowest job growth rates in the country.

    Increasing taxes to pay outrageous public employee benefits will not correct the situation.


  75. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 2:05 pm:

    ==to pay outrageous public employee benefits ==

    Another victim.


  76. - Stark - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 2:07 pm:

    -Ron-

    Is this the part where you complain about state employee salaries and they fail to come up with the number of what you yourself think they should be making? What a substantive argument.


  77. - d.p.gumby - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 2:12 pm:

    “All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others” and then there is Brucie.


  78. - Ron - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 2:27 pm:

    “All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others”

    Yep, private sector citizens in Illinois vs. public sector. It’s completely outrageous.


  79. - Stark - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 2:35 pm:

    You do know public sector salaries are lower compared to the private sector, right? In fact, governments offer what they do just to get SOME of the talent that usually flees to higher paying private sector opportunities. You want a state that is ran by unqualified folks because we can pay them on the cheap? What a great approach to governance.


  80. - Stark - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 2:36 pm:

    Also, still waiting on what you think state workers should be paid. If you say they make too much and offer no alternative, you have no argument.


  81. - Outback Joe - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 2:37 pm:

    Collectivist Economy……Hmmmm I wonder how the Wildebeasts feel about that when the Lions are hungry!!


  82. - TinyDancer(FKA Sue) - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 2:37 pm:

    So, Bruce….. collectivism or dictatorship - which is it?
    You can’t have it both ways -

    they are diametrically opposed.

    col·lec·tiv·ism:
    noun
    the practice or principle of giving a group priority over each individual in it.

    dic·ta·tor·ship:
    noun
    government by a dictator.


  83. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 3:18 pm:

    What a load of crapola. Rauner made hundreds of millions of dollars while living and doing business in Illinois. Ken Griffin made $1.7 billion dollars here last year.

    Who believes this stuff?


  84. - RNUG - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 3:50 pm:

    == Ignore him. He’s not hear to have a conversation. He’s here to do drive by’s that are clearly antagonistic. Let the troll be. ==

    He’s probably being paid to be a troll here … or it’s just Bruce amusing himself.


  85. - Honeybear - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 4:04 pm:

    He’s probably being paid to be a troll here

    I’ve long suspected IPI of hiring some young pups to do just that.


  86. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 4:11 pm:

    Ron has changed his name. You might be able to guess what his prior name was.


  87. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 4:35 pm:

    Rich, maybe when I agreed with uh, “Ron” is when he decided he had to change it.


  88. - Steve Schnorf - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 5:06 pm:

    Folks, you’ll wait forever for a real answer to a real question from Ron.All he has is drive by sound bites to troll with


  89. - Honeybear - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 5:08 pm:

    Ron..ald McDonald?


  90. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 5:14 pm:

    I think I recognize Ron’s tone.


  91. - Mama - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 5:19 pm:

    == no problem is going to get fixed unless we bring more economic freedom into the state==.

    It appears ‘economic freedom’ is Rauner’s new buzz word for destroying the unions.


  92. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 5:41 pm:

    –It appears ‘economic freedom’ is Rauner’s new buzz word for destroying the unions.–

    I’m thinking “economic freedom” is “not paying your bills,” in the governor’s vernacular.

    Dishonoring contracts you’ve signed and getting goods and services for free is very economical, if you can get away with it and you can live with being a deadbeat.


  93. - PENSIONS ARE OFF LIMITS - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 6:02 pm:

    I too could amass a great fortune if I forewent paying all of my bills.


  94. - PENSIONS ARE OFF LIMITS - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 6:08 pm:

    “Economic freedom”
    “Right to work”
    “Liberty Principles” PAC

    Penn & Teller did a good piece on the varying degrees of BS. It describes all of these perfectly. (Madigan, and the magic acts he controls!)


  95. - Qui Tam - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 6:24 pm:

    =I think I recognize Ron’s tone.=

    - I think I recognize Ron’s t- Tone. - Fixed it.


  96. - peon - Tuesday, Jun 21, 16 @ 6:24 pm:

    “Collectivism”, really ? For a fascinating insight see Ayn Rand interviewed by Mike Wallace and her comments on collectivism (final comments are quite revealing about where we are now):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bO3p1VHMcI0


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