- Lee Hamilton: President, Congress should work together on military intervention
- Ethnic Parade and Festival Sunday, Sept. 21
- Symphony begins 80th season Sept. 20
- Vikings bar Adrian Peterson from team activities
- Mr. Green Car: A car from your printer
- Candle Crest owners to open their first store and manufacturing operation in Rockford
- Rockford hosts America’s largest World War II-era re-enactment Sept. 20-21
- DuPont ordered to pay $1.85M for killing trees
- Guest Column: Former alderman: Rail station should be on Cedar Street
- A visit to The Wall That Heals
To the Editor: Government should leave business alone
Congress recently sent a $40 billion “Small-business credit, hiring bill” to the White House. As usual, the Democrats believe the way to prosperity is to prop up the business community with borrowed, government money. That money always provides less than its cost, and has strings attached to it, making each recipient more obligated to its governmental benefactor.
If, instead of raising taxes to fund these giveaway programs, the government were to cut back on taxes and leave the business of private enterprise to its own devices, we would see long-term, sustainable growth.
A Democrat-controlled Congress committed nearly $1 trillion to a failed jobs bill just over a year ago. That wonderful program took our unemployment rate from under 8 percent to 10 percent. With a history like that, they want to replicate it?
The definition of insanity is repeatedly doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome. This administration has gone way beyond insane in its pernicious, backward approach to rebuilding our economy. In November, let’s elect some responsible, conservative Republicans who will be true and faithful stewards of the tax dollars we must send to Washington and Springfield.
From the Oct. 6-12, 2010 issue