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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.”

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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