Schakowsky, Dold Differ on State of the Union

Local members of Congress like ideas on education but differ on other issues.


Local members of Congress who sit on opposite sides of the political aisle found areas of agreement in address Tuesday, but their initial reaction was very different.

heard a strong vision for the country from the President, while thought Obama was offering campaign themes in his speech. “It was more of a political speech than a State of the Union,” Dold said.

Schakowsky, who has been a strong supporter of the President since he first ran for the U.S. Senate in 2004, heard a leader with a plan for progress who will act by executive order if necessary.

“The President laid out a vision for real progress for working with the Republicans,” Schakowsky said. “If they obstruct what needs to be done he indicated he will act alone (with executive orders).”

Changes Proposed to Tax Code

One of the major ingredients of the President’s proposals is revising the tax laws so billionaires like Warren Buffett will not pay a lower percentage of income in taxes than a secretary.

“Tax reform should follow the Buffett rule: If you make more than $1 million a year, you should not pay less than 30 percent in taxes,” Obama said in the speech. “If you make under $250,000 a year, like 98 percent of American families, your taxes shouldn’t go up.”

Schakowsky, , applauded the President’s idea. “It’s clear we’re going to have to address the unfairness in the tax code,"  she said. “Each of us has to play by the same rules.”

Dold wanted more information on the President’s ideas on changes to the tax laws before forming an opinion. “Everything is on the table,” Dold said. “But I have to know what he means. What income is he taxing at 30 percent?”

Schakowsky and Dold liked what they heard about public-private partnerships to prepare people for jobs. The President described cooperation between Siemens and a community college in North Carolina. Schakowsky and Dold both cited local examples.

“Oakton Community College has been developing important programs with nanotechnology,” Schakowsky said. “They are doing a good job of preparing people for 21st century jobs.”

Dold has been praising the efforts of Wheeling High School and other local institutions to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education for nearly a year. He believes it brings more jobs to the area.

“I was pleased to hear him talk about STEM education. We need more local opportunities for education now in Lake County,” Dold said. “We have opportunities for jobs here that won’t be pulled to Ohio or Iowa,” he added, referring to efforts between a business in Waukegan and the College of Lake County.

President Calls for Smart Regulation

Though Schakowsky and Dold may agree on the need for appropriate regulation, they received different messages when the President discussed the subject.

“We need smart regulations to prevent irresponsible behavior,” the President said in the speech. “Rules to prevent financial fraud, or toxic dumping, or faulty medical devices, don’t destroy the free market. They make the free market work better.”

Dold liked what he heard on the subject and said he would work with members of both parties for smart regulation. “The first bill I introduced was about dumping,” he said.

Schakowsky credits the President with wiping out unnecessary regulations, but criticized Republican efforts to eliminate requirements that she believes harm the environment.

“He has already done that, 500 rules have been removed” Schakowsky said. “The House has passed bills that get rid of EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) regulations that keep our water clean and our food safe,” she added referring to action she considers harmful by the Republican majority.

Deadcatbounce January 28, 2012 at 02:39 AM
What about the state and cult figures like hitler, Stalin, Mao! Kim Jong-il. Are you a fool?
Jon Hall January 28, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Don't you look silly. Big Guffaw. Was it Sharpsburg? Or was it Gettysburg? Or was it Antietam? Was it 1862? Or was it 1863? Your sources of information are confused. No wonder you haven't figured out the how realpolitik works. You've set yourself up to learn the hard way, and that's right up my bloody road. Take your spanking, stop your sniveling Abner. I learned a long time ago that no facts are better than wrong facts. If you know better then you're a liar. If you don't, then you're just another dolt.
Jon Hall January 28, 2012 at 03:47 AM
And also... thanks for flattering me with the Mammy Yokum compliment. According to one of my coveted sources comparing me to Mammy and you to Granny Clampett, "Mammy is probably stronger than Granny, but I think Granny has more of a mean streak. Mammy believes that "good is better'n evil becuz it's nicer," and has a certain amount of affection for her son and daughter-in-law, while Granny lives in a constant state of rage and fury against everyone, even those closest to her". Describes you and Schulte to a T. Good night Granny. You're in my pipe, and I'm smokin'
Deadcatbounce January 28, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Sully, hitler had many hates ...The exterminations that took place certainly were not only conducted on Jews. Gypsies were exterminated; retarded people, mentally ill, and homosexuals were routinely exterminated. Generally, all people that were considered inferior were exterminated. Polish people were among the first to be exterminated.
Daniel Krudop January 28, 2012 at 12:37 PM
I made the mistake of trying to refute Mr. Hall's statement that religion has killed more people than any other cause. I gave a link to a source that began with the following caveat "On these pages, I have collected a variety of body counts for all the major atrocities of the 20th Century and set them out for you to examine. I have tried to keep commentary to a minimum, although I would have to be a robot to avoid passing occasional judgement on the accuracy of some of these estimates. (You might want to read my introduction on the uncertainty of atrocity statistics, and my footnote on the morality of atrocity statistics, if you haven't already.) Some of these sources inspire more confidence than others. Often the least authoritative sources (such as dilettantes like me or partisan propagandists) are the most accessible, while the most authoritative (serious scholars with no vested interest) are the most obscure, but I have generally accorded all sources equal weight. My intention here is not to dictate that you believe one chosen number; instead, I'm more interested in letting you see the limits of the debate -- the upper and lower estimates and the spectrum that runs between them. A useful rule of thumb is that if you are faced with a wide spread of differing estimates, it's safer to believe one from the cluster in the middle than one alone at the upper or lower edge."


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