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Forum: Let Obama have his way

Updated: March 20, 2013 6:38AM



I go along with several pundits who believe that if the Republicans were smart, they’d give carte blanche to anything that President Obama and his Democratic liberal cohorts wanted.

Then the Democrats wouldn’t have anyone to blame except themselves and their stupid, liberal ideas on how to improve our economy.

The GOP would only have to make sure that the public (voters) knew where to put the blame at the 2014 midterm election and in 2016.

Obama’s idea is to spend our way to prosperity. Doing so would put a huge crimp in everyone’s pocketbook, and we’d be on our way to becoming “Greece West.”

Bob Schaack

Oak Forest

Supports Cook County gun law

I would like to applaud Cook County for its new gun control ordinance that will help minimize gun violence and make public places, especially schools, safer for citizens.

The average number of guns per household and the number of gun deaths and homicides is burgeoning. The idea that all gun violence will be eliminated by tougher gun control laws is esoteric, but this law and others will help set strictures on gun usage, which in turn will help limit who is capable of purchasing guns.

Imposing greater penalties for violating gun laws, as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel suggests, is a fine idea because that will help deter people from possessing a firearm without a legal permit.

There is no way to exterminate gun violence, but it can become less prevalent with strict laws and harsh punishment. Cook County is taking the right step in bettering its community and subordinating gun violence.

Amy Kruse

Crestwood

No bailout for Illinois

The federal government should not bail out Illinois’ massive pension debt. Bailouts reward recklessness and punish success. Why should taxpayers in more fiscally prudent states subsidize the reckless decisions of Illinois politicians?

Gov. Pat Quinn should publicly state that he will not request or accept a federal bailout for Illinois’ pension debt. As long as a federal bailout is on the table, state and local governments will continue to delay making the tough choices necessary to get their fiscal houses in order.

The simple fact is that taxpayers are tapped out and pension funds are broke. Only major reforms, such as those heavily centered on 401(k)-style plans and eliminating compounding cost-of-living raises for retirees, can get the problem under control.

Going to Washington, D.C., with a hand out doesn’t fix the pension crisis. It merely forces taxpayers in other states to delay Illinois’ day of reckoning.

Jonathan Ingram

Director,

Health Policy and Pension Reform

Illinois Policy Institute



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