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Dold, Schneider Show Differences in Last Debate

Candidates express variations in ideas on taxes, health care and same sex marriage.

A few clear cut differences emerged during a debate Tuesday on WTTW between Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) and his Democratic opponent, Deerfield management consultant Brad Schneider.

Though the two traded jabs on Schneider’s business background and Dold’s votes for the House Republican budget, their differences emerged on tax policy, health care reform and same sex marriage. This was their final debate before the Nov. 6 election.

Earlier: Dold Discards Norquist Pledge in Debate With Schneider

Though Dold told Patch Oct. 14 after a League of Women Voters debate in Lake Forest he will consider increasing the revenue of the federal government to help balance the budget, he does not like the notion of raising taxes now.

“I don’t think it’s a good idea,” Dold said. “Keeping tax rates low will help the economy. How will it (raising taxes) help more people get employed? How will it help small businesses to hire one more individual?”

Schneider wants to keep existing income tax rates in place for those earning less than $250,000 per year but require those making more to pay the prevailing rate before the current reduction was passed in 2011 at the urging of former President George W. Bush.

“I stand with the President (Barack Obama) on this,” Schneider said. “We have an economic imbalance. We need to go back to the tax rates of the Clinton year years. (It is) a step to bringing balance back to our economy.”

Home Mortgage Deduction Should Stay

Moderator Phil Ponce asked Dold and Schneider whether certain deductions should remain in the tax code. Both want to keep the deduction for home mortgages though Schneider will consider some limits on second homes.

Both men want to retain charitable deductions but Schneider wants to tax capital gains at the rate in place during the Clinton Administration and Dold wants no alteration.

When it comes to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, Schneider and Dold take a different approach as well. Dold, who has voted to repeal the law, has concerns about the bill’s shortcomings while Schneider sees it as a beginning.

“The Affordable Care Act is not perfect, but it takes us in the right direction,” Schneider said. “I owned and managed a life insurance company for seven years. Every year they (the health insurance company) came in and told us about double digit increases. We had to put it on the employees or pay it ourselves.”

Candidates Clash on Obamacare

Dold worries about the additional costs contained in the Affordable Care Act and how it could make things harder for working people.

“There are 21 new taxes in it,” Dold said. “What is wildly troubling is a small business owner saying how can I pay the penalty (for not having insurance) and tell someone (the employees) they are on their own for health insurance.”

Another difference between Schneider and Dold is their position on same sex marriage. Dold favors civil unions but stops short of marriage while Schneider will support allowing people of the same gender to wed.

“I don’t want to prevent two loving individuals from having a life together,” Dold said. “Civil unions could be acceptable but I do believe marriage is between a man and a woman.” After talking to students at Lake Forest High School in February, Dold told Patch his stance was on religious grounds.

dold's supporter October 25, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Dold told Patch his stance was on religious grounds." Crook, what grounds is your stance based on regarding overtime? Why don't you pay your employees at Rose Pest any, ei? How can you go to church knoing that week you screwed at least 7 guys out of at least 60 hours of overtime that week...how can you? Do you sing religious hymns because you are happy your employees are scared you'll fire them if they talk or because you're happy no one caught on your paying scheme? Dold, really, you need to stop your ways of doing business like a plantation owner. People are stupid to care because they don't work for Rose Pest but you, as the beneficiary of those money due your employees but kept by you...how do you feel, when entering the church? You are a very young crook, you should have some conscience left...Do you? Pay your employees now and when you come back in January (you are losing this election) be a decent, human business owner and PUT THE NUMBERS OF HOURS WORKED on the paycheck so the dummies could really see what you steal from them is not $30-$50 but rather in the hundreds, every paycheck. Is not right for you not to provide the total numbers of hours worked and is not right for you to steal the due overtime and is right for you to be a Republican-the one in Indiana said rape is God's will, maybe you believe stealing from employees is also God's will :) Some of you Republicans are really something...
dold's supporter October 25, 2012 at 02:03 AM
I ask all of you Dold fans who will surely attack me for exposing this crook: is your employer disclosing the number of hours you worked during the pay period on the paycheck? Dold's Rose Pest is not doing that. So go ahead, have a problem with me but pray you never work for someone like Dold because you don't know evil until you work for it. This scam artist told everyone "no more overtime" then removed the total hours worked for the two week period of the paycheck. Now, no one knows how many hours they worked but is easy..if you start before 0800 hrs. and are driving home around 1830 hrs 5 times per week...you are owned overtime. And if you are called 2 Saturdays a month on top of that...you are due overtime. Dold doesn't pay overtime! Today, in 2012, the crook is getting away with murder because you imbeciles attack me instead of calling him and asking him about it. that's why he doesn't give a damn..you Republican clowns will vote for him anyway. I wish he will win and turn the 10th District into serfs'land because that's what you deserve: an employer and a congressman like Robert J. Dold.
chris October 25, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Have you and or other employees filed a claim with the Wage and Hour division of the Illinois Labor Board? Did they do anything? If not, have you tried consulting a labor attorney? There are Legal Assistance Foundations and other no cost or low cost legal options. I don't think it's legal for an employer to not keep track of hours.
Lauren Beth Gash October 25, 2012 at 04:33 PM
When you look at their positions on issues, it becomes clear that they simply are not the same. Bob Dold is simply too conservative for our area. He doesn't reflect our values, and Brad Schneider does. Looking ONLY at their viewpoints on SUBSTANTIVE issues, Schneider is clearly the only candidate in this race who will absolutely protect a woman's right to choose, treat people equally no matter who they are and whom they may love, and work toward a fairer tax system that not only benefits the middle class, but raises ALL boats - including not only the poor and the middle, but even the wealthy. Society benefits when we all benefit. The best policies reflect that. That's what our country was founded on. Everyone gets a fair shake, and everyone plays by the same rules. PLEASE vote for Brad and help us move toward making our country a better place! Forward, not backward :)
Rorkesdrift October 25, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Don't feed the trolls. Don't waste your time. He has been posting the same thing for months and has never addressed similar questions. Just comes to rant whenever there is an article that mentions Dold.
Pat Craig October 25, 2012 at 05:49 PM
It would be well to remember that Lauren Beth Gash is the President of the 10th. Dems for Obama, so her opinions are possibly slightly slanted. "Americans are so enamored of 'equality,' that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom!" Tocqueville The audacious notion of taking personal responsibility for one's self, indeed one's own destiny, is unthinkable to liberals, who currently dominate and control the system. They prefer "slave mentality," and they actively promote it, indeed insist on it, at all levels of government. The idea of the sovereign individual, magnificent and irreplaceable, each capable of great individual accomplishment (when government gets out of the way), is unimaginable to liberals. In order to be "good slaves," we are required to think of ourselves as ever-incapable, uninspired, untrustworthy, and permanently dependant. As another thought, if everything that both sides have said about the other sides' candidate is true, then neither of them is worthy of being elected.
Tim Froehlig October 25, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Lauren Beth Gash is also the same person who wanted to pre-screen all of my questions as a journalist back in 2000, when she was running against Mark Kirk for congress, and I was a reporter with Lakeland Media. I'm not kidding.
Lauren Beth Gash October 25, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Yes, Pat - I am not claiming to be non-partisan. However, my comments about how good it was to work with Julie back when I was a state representative are not negated by the fact that I am an active Democrat. I can still tell the difference between a great public official and partisan talk. As a partisan, I am supporting Julie. As a former legislator who actually truly worked with her, I am ALSO supporting her. :) For the record, just found this from the Chicago Tribune in the 90s -- and I do know the difference between partisan activity and being a legislator: "Democratic Rep. Lauren Beth Gash had the most independent voting record of any House member this year, followed closely by Jeff Schoenberg. That independence, and her continued leadership on education, child welfare and crime issues, make her responsive to her constituents and valuable to the state. Gash is endorsed over Joel Gingiss, a prosecutor and former businessman."
Pat Craig October 25, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Nice deflection Beth, I wouldn't expect any less from an experienced politician. I notice you had no comment on personal responsibility.
RationalTht October 25, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Lauren - I have to question what is meant by "independent" - if that is being allowed by Madigan to vote against party policies that are sure to pass, that is not saying much. Did you still vote for Madigan as speaker? He and the democrats have done wonders with their control of IL.
dold's supporter October 25, 2012 at 09:56 PM
@chris: done in June 2012 (il dept of labor, no verdict yet) and Aug 2012 (federal lawsuit, no verdict yet). @rorkesdrift: victims to you are trolls. You're pathetic, just like your Dold. Just because Dold has money to burn it doesn't mean he's king...he's just a small-time crook who will face the music eventually. Ignore what I say and keep defending your Dold but when he falls I bet you will be the loudest critic of him hahahahha and how "shocked you are." Parasites licking their master's boots, hoping for a pat on the back...or a letter from prison because that's where Dold is going. Remeber, you read it here first, 2 years before it happened.
Harry Steindler October 25, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Pat - who do you identify as not taking personal responsibility? Please explain who those people are and what specifically "they" don't take responsibility for.
Pat Craig October 26, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Harry, Specifically I am addressing those who are looking to the government to solve their problems for them. Those looking for an easier, softer way where they are willing to give up their independence and freedom for the false security of a nanny state government whom they believe will take care of them from the cradle to the grave. Folks who seem to be willing to trade their franchise to whomever will grant them a few bucks from the public treasury or a "free cell phone". Folks who believe that government "creates jobs" when , in truth, it creates nothing but bureauocracy at the too high cost of personal freedom. Folks who call priviledges rights and mistake license for freedom. Your milage may differ
Ashley Howard October 26, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Doing the same thing over and over again ..while expecting a change..insanity. Want to add to the black hole of Illinois's financial abyss? Elect those who will be in Madigan/ Cullertn's pocket..more Democrats. As far as the House of Represntatives..WHY would we ever want to put up someone who has a totally fabricated resume(Schneider)...and will never answer the lies he throws at Dold. Read the Tribune and the Herald who both endorsed Dold. This may be the kind of person you want, Ms. Gash...but don't insult the residents of the 10th .
RB October 26, 2012 at 02:22 AM
“Privilege is not in and of itself bad; what matters is what we do with privilege. I want to live in a world where all women have access to education, and all women can earn PhD’s, if they so desire. Privilege does not have to be negative, but we have to share our resources and take direction about how to use our privilege in ways that empower those who lack it.” ― Bell Hooks, Homegrown: Engaged Cultural Criticism
Harry Steindler October 26, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Pat - paste the following in your browser and read this article; who isn't assisted by federal, state and local government? http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2123809,00.html I have to say - I know very few people, see very people, hear about very few people that fit your description. I know of many people who because of disabilities, horrible misfortune, illness, accidents, etc wouldn't survive without government assistance. I know of those who with government assistance in one way or another have been able to become independently productive; without that assistance they would have been burdens on the rest of society - or maybe worse. There is an important role for government (which is really just representing you and me) to play in bringing social services to those who need it - but still not sure of whom you are talking - beyond the platitudes, tell us who these "freeloaders" are.
Pat Craig October 26, 2012 at 10:27 AM
Harry I have answered your question, you respond by pasting a link and mouthing the usual general pro-government platitutdes. Sorry, I don't play the Alinsky game. Have a nice day.
Bobbyfan October 30, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Speak for yourself. Not all people in our area are liberal brain dead Obamabots.
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