Guns, English, Taxes and Immigration: What About Common Sense?
By Glenn Mollette
Guns - Second amendment advocates believe every American citizen should have the right to own a gun. I own guns but criminals and the mentally ill do not need guns. We must develop some checks and balances that will help save us from movie theatre, school and mall shootings. Not everybody is qualified to drive a car in America and not everyone is qualified to carry a gun.
English - People from around the world are flooding into our country. I understand they have different language backgrounds. I accept that. However, we cannot have 25 different languages on every highway sign in America. I respect my Spanish friends but what about my friends from France (Mollette)? On one sign we could have STOP written in English, Spanish, French and ten other languages. It’s only common sense that we focus on one national language - English.
Taxes - Demanding more income taxes from anyone is killing this nation. Regardless of your income you can’t afford to pay out more federal or state income tax. Our government must reform the current Internal Revenue Service. Every year Americans try to figure out how they can keep some of their hard earned money. People itemize and try to come up with a zillion ways to keep or get a little money back. This is pathetic. Common sense calls for a simple flat sales tax of eight to ten percent. Can you imagine what you might buy if you did not have to pay federal income tax? You might be able to afford a new car. You might buy some clothes or new furniture. Yes, you would pay tax on your purchases but you would have a lot more money with which to make the purchases. If you want to drive a $60,000 car then you pay the tax. If you want to drive a $16,000 car then you only pay the tax on the amount spent and not on what the IRS wants. The tax is only on what you spend but at least you would have something to spend. Our economy would boom with people having more available cash.
Immigration - Amnesty is ignorant. Why should we reward people with citizenship who have been breaking our laws for years? Let’s use some common sense. Millions of these people are great, hard working people. I’m all for giving immigrants citizenship based on the following: All illegal immigrants should A. Pay a fine for entering our country illegally. B. Pay taxes on the years they have lived in our country. (We’ve all been paying taxes to this point). C. Have a clean record. We don’t want them to stay in the country if they have committed other crimes while living here. D. Pass an English and Civics test. E. Show they have been involved in a five-year process of education and training so they can take care of themselves. We don’t need more people on government assistance. Each of them should fill out the paperwork putting them on a five-year citizenship path. They receive their permit to work, are legal and free to pursue their dreams.
Our President and Congress need to sit down and work toward reasonable common sense solutions. That’s why we sent them to Washington.
Glenn Mollette is the author of American Issues: Every American Has An Opinion and nine other books. Contact him at GMollette@aol.com. Like his facebook page at www.facebook.com/glennmollette.
One Man’s Opinion
A Guest Column By Jim Sacia
My good friend Cris Cray once told me, “Politics is a blood sport”, and certainly I accept that. To me that means whatever you have or haven’t done is subject to scrutiny. What it doesn’t mean is that you can lie about anything regarding your opponent.
Along came “Super Pacs”, I don’t know how they came to be, but I believe they have done much to degrade the political process that I cherish.
This is not an article for or against any political candidate. It is an article asking you to do what my good friend, Auctioneer Dale Devries of Pearl City, would often ask his bidders, “study your lesson”.
By Brian Stewart
IL State Representative, 89th District
What prompts this article is a Super Pac that is running a commercial chastising our State Treasurer and two State Senators who are candidates for Governor for supporting the income tax increase in Illinois three years ago. They were further accused of voting for their own pay raises. All I ask is to do as my good friend Dale Devries would ask, “Study your lesson folks”. It is all a matter of public record and you the voters deserve better and owe it to yourself to be informed.
Why should everyone in the business community invest in economic development? As you may recall in my recent columns I have been writing about the ‘Team” approach to growing our economy. To maximize efforts and ensure success the best approach has always been proven to be a public/private partnership and investment.
There are many private companies and individuals that invest in economic development organizations in the 89th District. Their investment is greatly appreciated; however, there needs to be more, many more. There may be some of you that are thinking why my company or business should invest in economic development. The result is when our region continues to retain and attract new jobs, we all benefit. To me one of the biggest benefits is the ability to recruit, attract, and retain qualified staff. If you are a local employer you are quite aware, and you will constantly hear, how tough it is to find qualified staff. That is even with the third highest unemployment rate in the country and Illinois being ranked dead last for job growth in 2014. This applies in many industries from manufacturing and technology to retail, fast food, service, and even government agencies. Ask your local Sheriff, Police Chief, or Fire Chief how tough it is to find qualified staff for their department hiring lists.
What does that mean for your business and your investment in economic development?
The more people employed, the better our local economy improves. The more good paying jobs available, the more we retain the families that are here and the easier it is to attract new workers to the region. As you may recall from last week’s column Illinois has the second largest outward migration numbers of any state. This is all the more reason to invest locally to do our part to grow Northwest Illinois.
Whether you are a Seattle Seahawks or Denver Broncos fan, last Sunday’s Super Bowl was the most watched television event ever and to Seattle’s credit they know what it takes to have a “championship team”, as their entire community was involved in their success.
Likewise as I have said before, we all need to be engaged in the process. That means the business community, no matter how small or large of a business you are, needs to invest in economic development and get involved. Yes, being a small business owner myself, I am well aware of limited budgets and dollars available. However, your investment combined with those new and renewed investments from your villages, townships, cities, counties, school districts, park districts, library districts, or community colleges will go a long way in our continued prosperity. It really is everyone’s responsibility to make this a better place.
I read a quote from Simon Mainwaring recently that related very well to my article today, “Creating a better world requires teamwork, partnerships, and collaboration, as we need an entire army of companies to work together to build a better world within the next few decades. This means corporations must embrace the benefits of cooperating with one another.”