Illinois, he points out, "is suffering from abject economic, demographic and social decline . . . "
Adelson said political scientist Walter Russell Mead summed up these findings at The American Interest, saying:
"Illinois politicians, including the present president of the United States, have wrecked one of the country's potentially most prosperous and dynamic states, condemned millions of poor children to substandard education, failed to maintain vital infrastructure, choked business development and growth through unsustainable tax and regulatory policies - and still failed to appease the demands of the public-sector unions and fee-seeking Wall Street crony capitalists who make billions off the state's distress."
"At times, it seems almost as if President Obama wants to impose the failed Illinois model on the whole country," Adelson wrote.
"I feel obligated to speak up and support the American ideals I grew up with - charity, self-reliance, accountability. These are age-old virtues that help make our communities prosperous.
"Yet, sadly, the Democratic Party no longer seems to value them as it once did. That's why I switched parties, and why I'm now giving amply to Republicans. . .
"The Democratic Party just isn't what it used to be."
Food for thought on a watershed Election Day.