There’s not much politicians in both parties agree on.
When they do it’s either really obvious why or really, really bad.
But a would-be 2024 presidential candidate dropped jaws by actually celebrating a trend even his own party calls a nightmare.
In keeping with recent trends, another blue state is bleeding businesses because it has been badly mismanaged by Democrats.
Tough talk notwithstanding, residents are sure to be worse off for it.
Far too many politicians in both parties get their jollies by spreading Americans’ hard-earned tax dollars to their cronies.
And every politician no matter how upstanding and fiscally prudent would agree the tax base fleeing is never a good thing for them.
Well almost, because now, Illinois’s Democrat Governor J.B. Pritzker actually just celebrated his state getting poorer as those left behind pay more.
J.B. Pritzker thinks his failed turn at the helm of the state of Illinois makes him the next Barack Obama.
In fact, despite being a billionaire heir to a Hyatt hotel fortune he’s been making the rounds begging for support for a future run and the Democrat nomination for President.
It hasn’t been going well.
And he really stepped in it when the Illinois Governor actually celebrated the departure of two GOP billionaires and one of the state’s biggest businesses at a weekend gathering of Democrats in Florida.
Pritzker called Ken Griffin, CEO of hedge fund Citadel, a “spoiled rich kid” and said the decision to relocate Citadel to Florida was because his favored gubernatorial candidate lost last month’s Republican primary in Illinois.
Pritzker said, “Griffin announced he was taking his toys and leaving Illinois. Again, really sorry about that.”
Griffin was, until recently, the richest man in Illinois and for his part cited Florida’s lower crime rate and more hospitable business environment as reasons for the move.
In an email to employees, Griffin wrote, “Miami is a vibrant, growing metropolis that embodies the American Dream – embracing the possibilities of what can be achieved by a community working to build a future together. I am excited to have recently moved to Miami with my family and look forward to rapidly expanding Citadel in a city so rich in diversity and abounding with energy.”
Before the move Griffin had told the Wall Street Journal that he was contemplating the possibility.
In an interview with that outlet in April, Griffin said, “I’ve had multiple colleagues mugged at gunpoint. I’ve had a colleague stabbed on the way to work.”
Illinois has seen three major companies announce plans to exit the state in the past two months: Caterpillar, Boeing, and Griffin’s Citadel.
One major factor behind the business exodus is surely the skyrocketing rate of crime in Chicago.
Murders in the Windy City are up 60 percent in 2021 compared to the previous two years.
Additionally, shootings were up 66 percent and car theft was up 19 percent during the same time period.
Pritzker’s speech made things a little awkward for Democrats in attendance.
Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) is now running statewide for Senate against incumbent Republican Marco Rubio.
When asked whether she agrees with Pritzker’s assessment of Griffin, who will now be bringing new jobs to Florida, Demings refused to comment.
Pritzker, again a member of the family of heirs to the Hyatt hotel fortune, calling someone else a “spoiled rich kid” is well, rich.
And of course, he will no doubt personally be unscathed by his chasing businesses away from his state but now Illinois is set to lose hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue.
But don’t expect Pritzker or any other Illinois Democrat to cut spending or advocate lowering taxes on the rest of Illinoisans who they’ll force to make up the difference.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.