President Obama, with his “I don’t know” Teflon administration, has abused the power of the office, with Benghazi-gate, while using the IRS against the his political enemies during the November elections and then intimidating his own bureaucracy’s whistleblowers by subpoenaing the phone records (office, cell and home phones) of the Associated Press reporters under the guise of homeland security.
Obama’s perfect storm of scandals — Benghazi, the IRS and the seizure of Associated Press phone records and now Fox News-Gate — should frighten the American people as to whether Obama’s team is abusing their power, then lying to cover up their corruption or lying to …
When a person is charged with a crime, taken to jail by Rockford police or Winnebago County deputies, booked and placed in a cell, the entire process, including the jail and courtrooms, is paid for by the taxpayers in the city and the county.
We pay for the prisoner’s food, and healthcare (healthcare that is better than many of our law-abiding citizens have access to in our area). The process takes money that could be used for economic development and increasing jobs in Winnebago county, because taxpayers pay so much to house and prosecute and defend criminals.
The National Transportation Safety Board sent out a report to the states urging them to consider (which means do it or else lose your federal road funds) reducing the legal limit for drunk driving from 0.08 to 0.05, a 37.5% reduction.
The board says new approaches are needed to combat DUIs that they say claim more than one-third of the lives in annual U.S. highway deaths. In the example used in the Rockford Register Star, the driver’s blood alcohol level was over the legal limit at 0.115, not 0.05.
Todd Maisch, the executive vice-president of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce writes that the Illinois Department of Revenue is trying to bypass the state legislature (similar to Obama’s – the Chicago way - bypassing Congress) to enact a delivery tax as a service charge to be paid anytime a delivery is made.
Legislators in Illinois, and a lot of other states, often debate the merits of a new tax on services. Differences of opinion on the merits of a service tax can be stark, but there is consensus on one thing: the legislature is the body with Constitutional authority to
James McNamee, President of the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association, wrote in response to Scott Reeder’s column, Don’t worry about pension lawsuits; worry about savings, that “An unconstitutional reform is no reform at all. It might feel good to all those who have been advocating that public employees are the problem. Not the fact that not paying what you were supposed into the retirement system.”
It’s not that public employees are the problem; it’s that the legislature over the years has voted for pensions that are unsustainable, regardless of the funding and were doomed to bankrupt the state without …