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The Federal Reserve may be independent of politics, but it is not independent of the stock market or interest rates would have crept up slowly since 2008. For many years, banks have not provided incentives for individuals savers. The average American can’t afford the services of a physician, plumber or auto mechanic without the parasitic insurance industry. Conservative politics are based on free market capitalism and the myth of many buyers and many sellers. But what evolved are oligopolies run by CEOs who take what compensation they want and have no national allegiance.
Cassandra, Tinley Park
JK from Tinley Park is blaming the NRA and the Second Amendment and selling handguns to the general public for the shootings in St. Louis. What JK is forgetting about is it takes a person to pull a trigger. If you take all the guns away from law-abiding people, who’s left with the guns? Do you think that person in St. Louis was worried about an authorized FOID card and proper registration of a handgun? Only the criminals will be left with the guns. They’re already out there.
There is a large apartment complex with 100 units. 90 tenants have electric cars. Where will they charge them? In Chicago many renters park on streets. When everyone has electric cars, where will they charge them? I see a green utopia in our future.
The controversial SAFE-T act is supposedly about income equality and its relation to the law. In short, people who can afford to get bailed out get bailed out, and those who can’t stay behind bars. There are always exceptions, but typically we do not see the wealthiest of Americans or professional workers committing violent crimes. When’s the last time you saw a corporate CEO attack someone with a box cutter on the red line? When’s the last time you read about an investment banker carjacking someone at gunpoint in Bronzeville? I’ve never heard of a group of dentists doing a smash and grab robbery.
Joan, Oak Forest
Many years ago, I ran for student president and unfortunately I lost. Where were the Trumpettes and Donald when I needed them. I lost the election 10-1. The only vote I got was from my sister who was threatened by our parents. All I needed was a measly five votes my way. Nothing changes.
YCM, Orland Park