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Citizens Express Frustration, Dold Agrees

Congressman learns how angst with Congress is growing at two Rotary events.

Unhappiness with the effect of the partisan nature of Congress on lawmaking is growing on and frustrating the groups he encounters when he appears at events in the 10th Congressional District. 

Dold ran into Congressional criticism when speaking to the Northbrook Rotary Tuesday and the Glenview Sunrise Rotary Club last Thursday. Bob Wise of Glenview was very direct with Dold Thursday. “If Congress is so dysfunctional why should we reelect any of you,” he asked. 

The North Shore Congressman answered with some frustration of his own. In the year he has been in the House of Representatives he has had to adjust to operating a small business to working with people who put party above the nation.

“In business we have a plan and everybody gets on board. When we realize we may be wrong we say ‘my mistake’ and we go a different path. Not many people in Washington can admit to a mistake,” Dold said. “Take a good look at your representative and hold him accountable.”

Only in Congress a year, Dold is learning to bring his business attitude to work with him. When House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) recently tried to utilize a conference committee to work out differences with the Senate over extending the payroll tax holiday, Dold originally went along.

A few days later Dold realized Boehner’s idea was not working and to ask the Speaker to go along with the Senate version. Within an hour and with pressure from others outside the House Republican Caucus, Boehner relented.

“In a Presidential year everything will be looked at through a partisan lens,” Dold Said. “(Senate Minority Leader) Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has said he wants to make President Obama a one-term President. We need to put people before policy and programs before partisanship.”

Dold was critical of Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) as well for not allowing votes on measures which have passed the House with more than 400 votes. “These bills will increase access to capital,” Dold said referring to new . “He (Reid) won’t allow a vote.”

Jim Kucienski, a Northbrook Rotarian, wanted to know Tuesday what Congress was going to do to make sure the financial meltdown in 2007 and 2008 does not happen again. Though Dold talked about some of the partisan roadblocks, he explained his position on regulation.

“We need regulation. We don’t need excessive regulation,” Dold said. “Existing laws were not followed,” he added referring to some of the excesses which led the mortgage crisis. His idea of appropriate regulation might allow different rules for community banks than those imposed on larger institutions.

“One size fits all does not work,” Dold said referring to the Dodd-Frank bill. “There are still hundreds of rules to be written. Banks won’t hire when they don’t know the rules.”

One rule Dold would change is allowing banks to disregard some collateral provisions of the new law for performing loans. After the meeting, current on his mortgage recently asked to add equity to the property because it had fallen in value.

“You go to a bank to borrow money, not put more in to your business,” Dold said. “These are performing loans.”

Sully January 12, 2012 at 07:05 PM
You enjoy yourself down there now, ya hear (that's Southern speak for those of you who don't know)? "Rick Scott has hit a new low in PPP's Florida polling with only 26% of voters now approving of his job performance to 58% who disapprove... Scott's numbers with Democrats are pretty much unchanged compared to then (June) and his standing with independents has gotten a little better. What's really caused the bottom to drop out for him is that even Republicans are starting to really sour on his leadership. In June Scott had a 63/30 approval spread with them. That's now dropped all the way down to 46/31." "Scott is the most unpopular Governor in the country in PPP's polling." "Scott would lose a hypothetical rematch with Alex Sink 53-37. 21% of Republicans say they'd choose Sink before they would vote for Scott again, and she has a 48-36 advantage with independent voters as well...Scott would have even more trouble though if Charlie Crist decided to change parties and challenge him. Crist, running as a Democrat, would crush Scott 55-32. In a hypothetical head to head Crist gets 25% of the Republican vote and wins independents by a 52-32 margin." further- "Marco Rubio's poll numbers have declined every time PPP's polled Florida this year and voters are now evenly divided on him with 40% approving and 40% disapproving." http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2011/12/scott-hits-a-new-low.html
StandToReason January 12, 2012 at 07:06 PM
In one post you call for more regulation (less freedom) and in the next you note that North Koreans can't afford anything. So how is moving toward the government control model going to fix the inequities? Owning an iPod, for some individuals, is called pursuit of happiness. Individuals are happiest when they are free to make their own destinies and responsible for the outcomes of their own decisions. It sounds like in your world you are not only content to let someone else decide what is best for you, me, and the rest of the tribe but you encourage it.
RB January 12, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Right on time, Relentless. Perry is going after the Treasury and Fed today. He switched off of the Romney vulture capitalism claim. Right there with Hannity and Rush. Don't expose the real problems with trickle down BS. Get in line now....what's next? Mr, Obama going to Hawaii....heard that already, several times. Mr, Obama caused the national debt? Heard it already, enough to get tired of the right wing lies. A bunch of sore losers!
RB January 12, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Justice Department approves Obama recess appointments. Hey Rich, there he goes again...working! The President got something done again, despite the Republican sit it out till the election bull. a bunch of sore losers!
Gary January 12, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Good point Ellen. The demand side takes money? Well strictly speaking that's not true. Money is simply a place holder for value, or wealth. To "demand" something is to offer something of value to trade for something else of value. So a person with no money at all can offer their services as their value which would create "demand" from nothing at all. In fact, that's how economies on my no-so-theoretical castaway island would boot strap themselves in the absence of any physical objects of value. The economic pie grows when people convert their time and ideas into real world value, services or objects, that others want. Therefore, the people of NK CAN create demand, even if they have no money at all. So you say that NK's economy is bad because people don't have money, and the reason they don't have money is that the government spends it all on the military. OK. What if the NK government decided to kick start their economy and gave everyone 10,000 won... and told them to start rubbing. What would happen? BTW: Please present evidence that this North-Korean-demand example is from Republican right wing talking points. I have never heard it before and as far as I know I was the one who originated the idea. If that's true, and if you keep insisting that everything I say is from Republican talking points, then that means you are now dealing with the person who is the source of all Republican right wing talking points, so you better bring your "A" game.
StandToReason January 12, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Perry's late to the party - he's only switched off now because Ron Paul kicked his butt in Iowa and New Hampshire. I don't believe Perry, or Obama, or any candidate other than Paul, would ever take the Fed to task - because they all take big bucks from the banking and financial services industries. Hannity and Rush are blowhard entertainers - no different than Olbermann or Maddow - and I don't rely on any of 'em for "news." So, I'm sorry - you won't get talking points from me - only facts which are easy to confirm. Go back and read (and challenge!) any of my previous posts if you don't believe me. Everyone here is so wrapped up in the left/right paradigm that in all of the sniping we fail to see we all want the same thing for all individuals - freedom and happiness. And I have yet to see anyone post any credible solutions to our economic crisis.
Gary January 12, 2012 at 08:29 PM
"we all want the same thing for all individuals - freedom and happiness" That's not what I've seen. There are quite a lot of people who don't care at all about freedom, and many who clearly want to make others unhappy. I offer these threads as evidence.
StandToReason January 12, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Food for thought to be sure, Gary. Keep up the good work!
RB January 12, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Second on my list if I became President. First? Show me the Aliens.
Sully January 12, 2012 at 09:58 PM
What freedoms are being denied? The right to pollute the planet? The right of the wealthy to pilfer from just about everyone else? The right to prey on the economic and personal welfare of those with the greatest needs? The right to buy or sell the government for the right price? The right to tell a woman what she can or cannot do with her body, or to tell a couple they are not allowed to love each other because they are of the same gender? Are these the freedoms you speak of Gary?
Sully January 12, 2012 at 10:01 PM
RB, I agree. Show me Area 51 first.
Tony January 12, 2012 at 10:08 PM
@Gary: Excellent points. @Ellen and most of the other liberals on this comments chain are economically illiterate. Anyone who disagrees with them is an "evil right-winger" spewing talking points. It is a common tactic to avoid debating the issues.
Richard Schulte January 12, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Hmmm, that's not too difficult to answer. Private property rights for one. Freedom of religion for another. The right to keep and bear arms for a third. Then there is that "life, liberty and pursuit of happiness" thing. Imagine a Demcrat being concerned about buying or selling gov't for the right price- that's all Democrats do. President Obama was here yesterday selling gov't in exchange for campaign donations. Imagine somebody being concerned about civil rights, but who supports abortion. Don't unborn children count? What happened to the "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" for children who aren't born yet? Of course, your response is that those unborn children are humans yet. Well tell me when an unborn child becomes a human?
RB January 12, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Economically illiterate? Try starting two wars, prescription drug benefits and two tax cuts all at the same time! That's economically illiterate!
RB January 12, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Texas kills more prisoners than any other State. Perry has decided he is against Abortion even in the case of rape and incest. Tell me, Richard. When is a prisoners life not a human life?
Tony January 12, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Sully... this is really just liberal-drone talk. Childish and anti-intellectual. Come on. Is there really some corporation or a wealthy neighbor of mine who is preying on me or denying me my chance to achieve success? Give me a break. Buying and selling the government for the right price goes on in both parties. It's called crony-capitalism. It's wrong. But the answer to combating crony-capitalism is not bigger government, higher taxes, extreme regulations. The bigger the government, the more you increase the likelihood of crony capitalism because we are all beholden more and more to the government.
Tony January 12, 2012 at 10:45 PM
RB: Economically illiterate means that you have blinders on and are incapable of seeing the world around you and the greatness of the free market system. The "spontaneous order" as it is said of the millions of transactions that occur in our day to day life that have worked to create the greatest standard of living in human history. All you see is 1%... 99%. Simplistic liberal emotional clap trap. My job is not to convince the liberal drones on this site who seem to want so much from their government and love to play the victim card. My job is to teach my son that our economic system while not perfect, yet still the best hope for our society. More than likely, my son will end up having to take care of the likes of you and your ilk.
RB January 12, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Wrong. Who said I am against capitalism? Your lovely corporations need regulation. Free Market does not mean no rules. I worked for several corporations and am not against them at all. If you want to teach your son something teach him to love his neighbor and the environment. Talk to him about how Fox News is a corporation not a teacher. Talk to him about how President Obama is a self made man, not a trust fund baby. Tell him about how the right wing claims 'freedom rings' each time they take away another right. Then, he'll be learning something.
Richard Schulte January 12, 2012 at 10:56 PM
RB: "Texas kills more prisoners than any other State. Perry has decided he is against Abortion even in the case of rape and incest. Tell me, Richard. When is a prisoners life not a human life?" That you for the softball question. Prior to the State of Texas executing a defendant, the defendant is give a trial and then there are multiple appeals where the death penalty is the sentence. For instance, Cameron Todd Willingham was convicted of murdering his two children in Corsicana, Texas by setting fire to his home. The murders took place a few days before Christmas in 1994 (if I recall correctly). After his sentencing, there were 9 appeals of his conviction and the execution sentence. The sentence was carried out in 2006. In other words, it took the State of Texas more than 11 years prior to Willingham being executed. (All of this is from memory-the dates could be wrong.) I guess I have no problem with abortion if the unborn child is convicted of some capital offense in a court of law and is given multiple appeals and the death sentence is carried out 11 years later, but by then the child would be 11 years old. To compare the execution of an offender convicted in a court of law and given multiple appeals of the conviction to abortion is absolutely assinine. The execution is carried out with due process, while in an abortion, the child has no legal representation, nor is the child condemned to death by a jury of the child's peers.
Sully January 12, 2012 at 11:16 PM
In other words Rich, it's okay to take a human life when YOU believe it is right. I guess those that are actually innocent are just collateral damage. By the way, are you still so sure Willingham was guilty? Well, of course you are because Perry would never have executed an innocent man even if the evidence was terribly shoddy and the investigation afterward nixed by, oh wait, wait... oh yeah, by Perry. Tony- I never said only one party buys and sells. I am quite aware that ALL politicians are for sale and anyone who can afford it will pay whatever they have to to have the laws, or lack of laws, favor them. And Tony, I am no victim. Don't worry- your son will never have to take care of "the likes of me or my ilk". Lastly, You are very naive if you believe fewer regulations and lower taxes will do anything to help anyone but those most well off. Why do you think those people give a damn about you? If you were in the way between something they want and something you have, you'd be a goner.
RB January 12, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Softball if you feel human life is a legal status.
Tony January 12, 2012 at 11:21 PM
RB.... B.S. You act like we are starting from scratch, like there aren't already pages and pages, thousands of regulations on corporations. My son loves his country and he does not believe in the liberal anger spewed towards his neighbors through class warfare rhetoric. He wants his neighbors to succeed as it is inherent to my/our conservatism to wish this. You are so worried about so-called lost rights taken by right-wingers or corporations yet you are so willing to confer so much power to liberal-temporary-politicians in Washington. And who the heck cares about Fox News. Should he get his "Truth" from MSNBC? Right. Let me get this straight. You are smart enough to understand that Fox New lies all the time but the millions of viewers they get are just stupid mouth-breathers, the great unwashed who can't figure this out. That sums up alot of liberalism, don't trust the people, the elites have to control the message.
Sully January 12, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Oh Richard, sorry, I forgot about you. To continue, freedom of religion? You don't have that? The right to bear arms. Again, you don't have that? Private property rights? Such as? Of course there is that eminent domain thing like what Keystone likes to threaten, but I guess it's okay if it creates phantom jobs.
RB January 12, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Tony, I forgot one thing. Teach him that dad is not always right!
Gary January 12, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Sully, "A just government helps the individual protect their rights to life, liberty, and property. Anything less is a dereliction of duty, and anything more is an abuse of power." That is my philosophy for good governance, and guess what... it just happens to be the law of the land! The Constitution protects me from all kinds of abuse at the hands of government. If it isn't explicitly listed in Article I, Section 8, then the Federal Government can't do it. That means I am protected from being forced into the Social Security and Medicare Ponzi schemes. I am protected from ObamaCare. I am protected from being forced to pay for the thousands of programs the government has no right to fund. I would be a perfectly happy guy if the Federal Government would simply limit itself to its Constitutionally restricted duties. I only ask the government to obey its own law. How about you? Do you want the government to obey the law, or do you like it as it is now where we are ruled by whoever gets 51% of the vote? You do realize that the Constitution is there to protect the 49% from the 51%, not give the 51% unlimited power over everyone? Sadly, we are now a lawless nation, and there are no limits on what the government can do to us. Remember, a government big enough to give you anything you want is big enough to take everything you have. (No, that's not an original Gary talking point)
Richard Schulte January 12, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Sully: "By the way, are you still so sure Willingham was guilty?" Yes, not a doubt in my mind. I reviewed the entire transcript of Willingham's trial-I am going to go out on a limb here and say that you didn't review the trial transcript before you came to your (expert) conclusion. He confessed to his wife that he set the fire two weeks before his execution. I believe Willingham's wife (and since you didn't interview her either, there is no way for you to dispute her statement). And if you review the transcript of the sentencing hearing, you will find out what a sorry excuse of a human being Cameron Todd Willingham was. None of the evidence produced in the sentencing hearing was permitted in the trial. Of course, since facts don't matter to you, none of the above is relevant to you.
RB January 12, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Richard. Just so I understand your position. The unborn, right to life. Prisoner, right to appeal. Sex abuse victim, no rights. Is that your position?
Sully January 12, 2012 at 11:51 PM
So since YOU think he was a sorry human being, well then, he MUST've been guilty and HAD to be killed by state sanctioned murder. Got it, Rich. Yes, I've studied the incident that has you feeling so glum. They didn't want little Richie on the investigation so his feelings got hurt. I don't know if he was guilty or not, but there was no justification in killing him regardless. Seems like you're playing God there, Rich.
Sully January 12, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Pols. and CEOs would never go for this kind of leadership- it would take too much power and too much money out of their own hands. http://www.ssireview.org/blog/entry/true_leadership_means_wrestling_away_the_steering_wheel?utm_source=Enews12_01_12&utm_medium=email&utm_content=3&utm_campaign=Tafel
Sully January 13, 2012 at 12:04 AM
What doesn't the government have the right to fund? Obviously there are religion-based entities that would interfere with separation of church and state, and of course government shouldn't fund hate groups who wish to oppress others (even if it does make them happy), and there's organized crime and the such. But what in a civilized society should government not be able to fund in order for the further development of the social good for the country?

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