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Opinion

Suburban Life Sound Off: July 10-16

Republican concerns
are founded in reality

Social Security is broke. [My mother] gets one-tenth of what she had paid into this debunked system per year. Not enough to live on. Plus you stated forced savings – illegal in all concept (Democrat approved). Plus broke is broke. I’ll get nothing plus your lip service and more Democrat glib garbage. And a balanced budget. How about the additional subsidies added each year? How about elimination of 75 percent of subsidies? How about forcing lazy individuals to actually work that keep a nonworking paycheck for free? Can you handle your tax when 100 percent decide not to work and you get the privilege to support them for life when you know there is work? And how is voter ID discrimination? I got a card from the state! It was free! ... Any corporation that fails to pay taxes is very heavily fined and sued. You are ignorant on this issue as well.

Social Security not broke, Obamacare not forced through

Social Security was not a forced savings plan. It was Old Age insurance. This is why there was an age of 65 (now 66 to 67) to receive the insurance benefit. If you don’t have a car accident or your house doesn’t burn down in a year, do you expect the insurance company to refund your premiums? It is risk distribution, aka insurance. Social Security is not broke; there is $2 trillion in the Social Security trust fund. ... As for Obamacare being forced through, it was debated publicly for a year before being passed into law. You want to see forced through, look to the Republican disgraceful handling of their repeal and replace. ... Obamacare did provide premium assistance to lower-income Americans by raising the taxes on the wealthy. Medicare for all is the only solution to bring down the cost of health care. ... And for voter ID, just one of the Republican voter suppression tactics, it sounds simple and reasonable. Until you look into its implementation. Take Texas, for example, a large state with few driver’s license facilities where a resident must go to obtain the “approved” voter ID.  Now if you are a working “stiff,” can you afford to lose a day’s pay to travel several hours to obtain such a voter ID?

Taxes, taxes, taxes

I hope everyone is ready to appreciate what our politicians are about to do to us. First, the state income tax increase. It would be nice if they could use some of this money to fix the roads. They say that we are broke, well, we did not have a budget for two years, which meant no money was going out. But what they did not tell us was that for the last two years, money was going into the state (sales tax, income tax, gas tax, cigarette tax, liquor tax, etc.). Well, with all this money going in and nothing going out, they must have a pile of money by now. Another gift from Cook County is the proposed 1 cent an ounce soda tax. What will this mean? Will we hire a new branch of law enforcement? The soda tax police. Will we see checkpoints along Cook County borders checking for untaxed soda smugglers? Will we see a new soda tax stamp, like cigarette tax stamps? And what will the penalty be if we are caught with untaxed soda? And will we see soda bootleggers like we had in the 1920s?

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