Forum: Democratic double standard
May 23, 2013 8:36PM
Updated: June 25, 2013 6:33AM
Seeing President Barack Obama and four former presidents at the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Texas reminded me of the media and Democrats harping at Bush because he hadn’t vetoed any legislation during his presidency.
Query: How many pieces of legislation has Obama vetoed? Hello, media and Democrats.
Dennis M. Dohm
Illiana Expressway not needed
The bureaucrats of the transportation departments in Illinois and Indiana would have us believe the Illiana Expressway is necessary, as they contrived it.
It’s not. Why would truckers going north on interstates 55 or 65 want to switch south of Wilmington, Peotone and Beecher to a tollway and pay through the nose to do so? They can cut across earlier, or later, without having to pay.
The Illiana had been planned as an extension of Interstate 355 from Interstate 80. It would have gone to Peotone and on to Interstate 65, but it became too expensive as subdivisions expanded in fast-growing New Lenox.
The whole Illiana mess is designed to skirt the unwanted, unneeded third airport near Peotone. These are twin boondoggles, joined at the hip.
Destroying farms is a horrible way to help communities tens of miles to the north. Pollution is not “green.”
Increased wage, increased wealth
Scott Reeder, a spokesman for the conservative Illinois Policy Institute, recently made some claims in his column that cannot go unchallenged.
One of those is that raising the minimum wage will result in lower employment with a subsequent reduction in the health of the economy.
Reeder apparently has not read recent statistics comparing states with high and low minimum wages with the growth in their gross domestic product. It seems that while Wyoming has the lowest minimum wage, it is also the state with the lowest rate of economic growth.
Most states of the top states have medium to high minimum wages, including five that are among the highest: Oregon, Massachusetts, Connecticut, California and Washington.
Higher minimum wages help to keep adult workers out of poverty and influence better wages in the entire economy. As wages rise across the board, consumer demand increases. As demand increases, businesses hire more workers.
To be sure, minimum wages raised to significantly high levels would be deleterious but raising them, at the least, to 1960s rates, adjusted for inflation, would be a boon to the economy.
Mr. Reeder should be more concerned about the growing income gap between CEOs and their average employee.
That gap represents as great a danger to our democracy as it does to our economy.