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Dold Town Hall Crowd Blasts Republican Leadership

Local congressman spared some of the criticism.

A crowd of more than 60 people lashed out at Congressional leadership and partisan bickering in Washington during a town hall hosted by Saturday in Wheeling.

The attendees, while angry, spared the North Shore legislator some of their wrath.

“You are one reasonable man in a sea of politicians who are thinking like politicians and not about us,” Vernon Hills resident Rich Lachman told Dold Saturday. “Please act like a reasonable man for the people who pay your salary.” 

During Dold’s opening 40-minute presentation, the congressman said the federal government had . 

Jodi Wilson of Northbrook jumped on the leadership issue. 

“You say there’s a lack of leadership,” Wilson said. “What about Mitch McConnell? He has said his sole purpose is defeating President Obama. What kind of leadership is that?”

Breaking from the party lines

When questioned after the meeting, Dold told Patch he broke with his party as recently as Sept. 30 when he voted against the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act

Dold was one of three Republicans to join 166 Democrats, including , opposing legislation that would have required the Environmental Protection Agency to consider the economic impact as well as the environmental consequences of businesses' actions. 

“Companies like Exelon [the parent corporation of ] have had enough time to comply,” Dold said. “They should be able to plan for it now.” 

A number of people, like Highland Park resident Skip Jacobs, questioned Dold about letting the tax cuts passed during the administration of former President George W. Bush expire as a way to reduce the budget deficit. 

“One way to reduce the budget is to curb expenses,” Jacobs said. “No one is talking about revenue. Taxes are a way of meeting the budget. There is a ying and a yang.” 

Earlier, Dold had said he wants to reform the Internal Revenue Code to lower the corporate tax rate—a level he calls one of the world’s highest—and eliminate loopholes. 

“This will broaden the revenue base and level the playing field for small business [to compete with larger corporations].” 

Questions about jobs, taxes

When Juli Cicarelli of Arlington Heights asked if he signed Grover Norquist's pledge to never raise taxes, which has been signed by a number of Republican politicians,

"Wouldn’t he [Norquist] consider [corporate tax rate reform] a tax increase?” Wilson asked.

“He would,” Dold responded, giving another example of his departure from what some in the room consider "Republican orthodoxy.” 

When it came time for questions, Elizabeth Bloom Albert of Highland Park made it clear to what was important to many in the room. 

“Jobs, jobs, jobs,” she said. Many wanted to know Dold’s position on President Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act. 

“I agree with ,” Dold said. “We need to find the areas where we agree and pass those. Nothing will pass without broad bipartisan support.” 

Dold has said on many occasions, and repeated on Saturday, that the government should create an atmosphere of certainty so the private sector feels comfortable investing in growth and hiring more people. 

“We have 29 million small businesses in this country,” Dold said. “If we can create an environment where half of them hire one person, we’ll be much better off.” 

Lachman, who described himself as a small business owner, was one of several people who expressed concerns about health care expenses.

“I pay $29,000 a year for my wife and I to be insured and I’m just glad to be renewed. That’s what keeps me up at night,” Lachman said. 

Dold responded that the health care legislation passed into law by the Obama administration two years ago, before Dold became a member of Congress in January, was the current law of the land. 

Richard Schulte October 12, 2011 at 01:13 AM
Yes, everybody who disagrees with Sully is "brain damaged". There sure are a lot of "brain damaged" people in America.
Richard Schulte October 12, 2011 at 01:16 AM
President Bush is no longer the president and he has served two terms. President Bush is no longer eligible to run for the presidency. Hence, the information above is not really relevant to the 2012 election. The 2012 election is about whether or not President Obama should serve a second term. So far, I haven't seen anyone defend the President Obama's record.
Richard Schulte October 12, 2011 at 01:20 AM
Who's been sitting around? Conservatives work every day. The book deal is just about complete. Thumbs up. Conservatives just keep scratching until something turns up. Thanks for the advice anyway. When a leftist gives you advice, just do 180 degrees the opposite and you'll be just fine.
Richard Schulte October 12, 2011 at 01:30 AM
Mr. Noyes, you've been duped again. The 103,000 jobs includes 45,000 jobs from the Verizon strike. There are 14 million unemployed Americans. Let's give the President the benefit of the doubt and say 103,000 jobs were actually created in September. 14 million divided by 103,000 is 135.9. That means it will take a little over 11 years for all of those unemployed Americans to go back to work at that rate. Of course, that assumes that no new young workers enter the labor force. We know that assumption isn't correct. In other words, at September rates, we should get everyone back to work in about 20 years. Yup, President Obama is doing one helluva job. Oh yeah, I forgot about the Arab Spring, the Japanese tsunami and whatever other excuse the President is using today. 103,000 jobs is essentially the same as zero. In September 1983, 1.1 million jobs were created when Ronald Reagan was the president. That's just one month. And know you know why we call Obama President Zero. President Zero hasn't done anything to help the economy.
Richard Schulte October 12, 2011 at 01:35 AM
There is plenty of demand in America. Who doesn't want a new car and a new house? The problem is fear. It is obvious that the Obama Administration is anti-business, so business just sits on the sidelines waiting to see what's going to happen next and consumers are afraid to spend money. So, of course, there is no demand. Lower taxes allows business owners and consumers to keep more of their money and use that money as they see fit. Business and ordinary Americans know better than the government how to spend the money they work so hard for. Government by its very nature is inefficient. Americans keeping their own money are far more efficient than gov't could ever hope to be. And that's why lower tax rates help the economy and why higher tax rates impede the economy. It's simply about efficent use of capital.

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