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Steve Balich Will County board questions the need for Building permits for maintenance items


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Some building permits questioned in Will County

Will County homeowners who need to replace a door, window, siding or roof are required to get a building permit, but county board member Steve Balich, R-Homer Township, wants to change that.

Most people don’t know they need such a permit or they think it’s “absurd,” he said at a recent meeting of the board’s land use committee.

“Why have a law if people don’t even know it exists?” said Balich, a committee member, adding that it is “illogical” to require a permit for routine maintenance work that does not change the structure of the house.

“People don’t want to pay for permits for maintenance items,” he said.

Committee members agreed to discuss the issue, with some saying that a permit should be required for matters of “life safety.”

According to the Land Use Department, it costs $50 for a permit to replace a door or window and $8 more for every $1,000 of construction cost.

Mike Smetana, director of the building division, outlined several reasons why these permits are required:

•To ensure doors and windows provide a reliable way out in case of a fire

•To ensure that any structural changes to the rough opening will not result in structural failure

•To make sure contractors doing the work are licensed, bonded and insured

•To meet the manufacturers’ installation specifications to prevent voiding the warranty

•To guarantee compliance with the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code

Building permits also are required for installing a new furnace, plumbing or electrical service, but not for installation of cabinets, countertops, flooring, and minor plumbing, Smetana said.

“Some of these things make sense, others don’t,” said committee member Judy Ogalla, R-Monee.

Committee chairman Tom Weigel, R-New Lenox, said he would not support eliminating permits when it relates to a life safety matter.

But Balich said the laws “should be consistent with what people do. You are saying people cannot replace a door or window without hiring someone.”

County board member Don Moran, D-Romeoville, said permits are “to protect the residents and future residents, not to be a hindrance.”

If there is “shoddy workmanship,” the homeowner is “left in the lurch,” he said.

In 2017, there were a total of 2,069 complaints, including 62 for building without a permit and two of those were for doors and windows, Smetana said. “There are not copious amounts of people complaining.”


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Trump News October 12, 2017/ America needs to fix the tax system

The current tax code is a burden on American taxpayers and harmful to American job-creators. It has grown out of control in length and complexity so that many Americans must rely on professional help to file even the simplest return. Our outdated tax code also makes our businesses uncompetitive as other nations provide lower tax rates, and incentivizes American businesses to move their headquarters or offshore jobs. President Donald J. Trump is working to reform our tax system so that Americans are treated fairly, can keep more of their hard-earned money, and companies can bring jobs back to the United States.


Tax Relief Puts American Businesses First 
Last night, President Trump traveled to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to deliver remarks on tax reform. Joined by truckers, small business owners, manufacturers, and local leaders, the President stated, “The biggest winners from this transformation will be everyday families, from all backgrounds, from all walks of life, and our great companies, which will produce the jobs.”

“As the central link in our nation’s supply chain, and the top employer in 29 states, the trucking industry knows tax reform will create tens of thousands of middle-income jobs for drivers, mechanics, technicians, warehouse workers, and more,” said American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear in a tweet posted by @TRUCKINGdotORG.

Why do Americans and American businesses need tax reform? Explore the facts and learn more about the President’s Unified Framework at whitehouse.gov/taxreform.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Visits White House 
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump greeted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and Mrs. Grégoire Trudeau on the South Portico of the White House yesterday. Later in the Oval Office, the President and Prime Minister spoke on the special relationship that the United States and Canada share, as well as on the future of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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Celebrating International Day of the Girl 
Yesterday, in honor of International Day of the Girl, the Trump Administration reaffirmed its commitment to promoting the empowerment of more than one billion young girls growing up around the world. “Ensuring young women have the access, education, and training they need to reach their full potential is critical to ensuring that the power, intellect, and skill of our best and brightest young women is unleashed for the betterment of all,” President Trump stated.

The Trump Administration has launched several efforts in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, expanded access to vocational training and apprenticeships that will benefit women and girls, and worked in communities around the world to help girls understand their rights, increase their self-confidence, and motivate them to pursue leadership roles in their communities.

Read the President’s full statement on International Day of the Girl here.


First Lady Melania Trump and Mrs. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau of Canada | October 11, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)


Today, President Trump will sign an Executive Order to promote healthcare choice and competition. Later in the afternoon, the President and Friday Lady will participate in the announcement of the Secretary of Homeland Security nominee. The Vice President will join the President for both events.


Tomorrow, the President will deliver remarks to the 2017 Voters Values Summit in Washington, D.C. The Vice President will be in New York talking tax reform.

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Trump Tax Reform


– Lawrence Lindsey, The Wall Street Journal

Lawrence Lindsey, president and CEO of the Lindsey Group, writes in the The Wall Street Journal that if President Trump’s tax reform package passes through Congress, “we can expect economic growth to accelerate to roughly 3.2% for the next three to five years,” which history suggests will ultimately result in higher “real” wages for workers. The bill also encourages entrepreneurship and small-business formation, “the ultimate driver of productivity growth,” Lindsey remarks before commenting that a “rise in real wages” would “lead to the first sustained decline in income inequality in more than 40 years.” If the plan passes, “The American economy will finally start working in the interest of the great middle class and not simply those at the top,” Lindsey concludes.
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On the tax reform push, Laura Olson of The Morning Call reports President Trump will pitch his tax plan to “roughly 1,000 people, including lots of truckers,” in Harrisburg, PA on Wednesday. The President plans to speak about how his plan “will benefit truckers by lowering their tax rates, boosting manufacturing, and making it easier for families to pass their trucking business onto their children,” Olson writes.


Regarding the need for a tax overhaul, U.S. Treasury Department Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Tony Sayegh writes in Wisconsin Business Voice that “it is time for lawmakers to put partisanship aside and come together to get our economy and wages growing at a much faster rate,” calling President Trump’s tax plan a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to put “America first.”


And in the Washington Examiner, Joseph Lawler reports President Trump’s tax reform plan looks to “increase the typical family’s earnings by $4,000,” an estimate that remains consistent with his argument that lowering the corporate tax rate and reforming corporate taxes will raise earnings for the American people.


In labor news, Andy Puzder, opinion contributor at The Hill, comments that the 16-year low unemployment rate of 4.2 percent is a result of President Trump’s deregulation efforts, which have led to “businesses across the country are [sic] hiring and more Americans are [sic] working better jobs for higher pay.”

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‘Tariffs protect all Americans’

This article was originally published on Gary North’s Specific Answers on March 1, 2017.

Whenever the government intervenes, there are winners and losers. Follow the money.

A popular slogan in favor of tariffs is this one: “Tariffs protect Americans.” It is an accurate slogan. The question is: “Which Americans are protected?” Another question is: “Who pays?”

In this world, you don’t get something for nothing. If some Americans are protected, then other Americans are paying to grant them this protection.

Who are the winners? Who are the losers?

The winners are a relatively small percentage of American workers who produce goods at higher prices with lower quality than imported goods offered to consumers. The only reason why these workers need protection is because they are not efficient workers.

Who judges efficiency? Consumers do. The heart of the free market system is this: people who spend money have final authority in the economy. This means consumers. Any attempt by the government to intervene in the economy to help special-interest groups always comes at the expense of consumers who would have bought whatever it was that competitors were offering for sale, but who are unwilling or unable to buy the goods because of some government regulation.

A tariff is a sales tax on imported goods. Therefore, the sales tax is discriminatory. It is not paid by everybody. It is paid by those members of the workforce who are facing foreign competition. It is also paid by exporters in the United States, because foreign buyers cannot get access to the domestic currency, precisely because foreign exporters cannot get buyers in the domestic currency. So, exporters are hurt and importers are hurt. This means that American consumers are hurt.

Defenders of tariffs basically do not understand economics. They really are economic ignoramuses. They do not understand economic cause and effect. They do not understand the fact that consumers are being hurt by the tariffs. They call for these discriminatory taxes, and they do it in the name of liberty. They do it in the name of fairness. Yet discriminatory taxation is inherently unfair.

Everybody wants somebody else to pay the tax. A tariff is a specific tax on imported goods, and it is an implicit tax on exported goods. Defenders of tariffs never talk about the fact that the tariffs are discriminatory against the exporters in their own country. They are intellectually incapable of following even a simple economic argument. They do not recognize that when foreign sellers cannot sell their products in nation A, exporters in nation A cannot find as many buyers in nation B as a result of the restricted trade.

This is basic economics. It has been basic economics ever since 1752 when the Scottish philosopher David Hume wrote his essay on trade. These people are not too bright. They really cannot follow basic economic logic. It is unfortunate, but most people are not too bright, and among those who are bright enough to follow an economic argument, they had never heard the argument.

Am I saying that all supporters of tariffs are economic ignoramuses? No, but most of them are. A lot of them are simply hired economists who are paid by labor unions and by inefficient American producers. In other words, they are on the take. They promote bad ideas to other Americans because they are well paid to do this.

The justification for tariffs in the United States was based on the fact that the federal government was restricted by the Constitution from taxing individuals directly. They did with respect to luxury taxes, primarily the production of liquor and cigarettes. They did this from the very beginning. But most of the revenue came from tariffs. This taxation structure protected the average American from intrusion into his life by tax collectors. That was the justification of tariffs, but it was always misused by special interests, most notably domestic sugar producers. That began in the 1790’s, and it has never changed.

Once the government announced the lie, which it was, that the 16th amendment had been legally ratified, the government was able to impose an income tax on American citizens. From that point on, tariffs lost their Constitutional justification. Once the federal government can get its hands on your bank account, tariffs are just another discriminatory tax — a tax that no longer provides political benefits for liberty. It imposes a tax on economically ignorant people who cannot follow economic logic and who therefore call for the tax despite the fact that they are discriminated against as consumers by the tax.

The vast majority of economists agree with my economic analysis here. This was Adam Smith’s position in 1776. This is the position of the Chicago School economists. It is the position of Austrian School economists. The major economist of the 20th century who favored tariffs was John Maynard Keynes. He reversed himself in 1931 and proposed a tariff.

The anti-tariff position is not taken seriously by people who believe that the civil government really has their best interests at heart and who also believe that they can be protected by the federal government. They pay dearly for their economic ignorance and for their naïveté regarding Congress and the federal government generally.

Unless you want to stand strong alongside John Maynard Keynes, I suggest that you abandon the idea that tariffs are a benefit to the United States or any other country and that they really do protect most Americans. Tariffs protect inefficient Americans who do not produce goods that meet the demands of American consumers. This is why these people call on the federal government to protect them — not against foreign exporters, but rather against Americans who want to do business with foreign exporters. They find it politically advantageous to blame foreign exporters, and they find it advantageous to remain silent about stealing from their fellow Americans who would like to purchase goods from foreign exporters.

— Gary North

Gary North has a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Riverside (1972) and is Director of Curriculum Development, Ron Paul Curriculum (2013-present), and is the author of many articles and books. Read his full biography.

Source: Will County News

Rules for Radicals dedicated to Lucifer is Progressive guide

Saul Alinsky merely simplified Vladimir Lenin’s original scheme for world conquest by communism, under Russian rule. Stalin described his converts as “Useful Idiots.” The Useful Idiots have destroyed every nation in which they have seized power and control. It is presently happening at an alarming rate in the U.S. Recall that Hillary did her college thesis on his writings and Obama writes about him in his books.

Died: June 12, 1972,
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Education: University of Chicago
Books: Rules for Radicals, Reveille for Radicals
Anyone out there think that this stuff isn’t happening today in the U.S.?
All eight rules are currently in play
How to create a social state by Saul Alinsky:

There are eight levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a social state. The first is the most important.

1) Healthcare – Control healthcare and you control the people

2) Poverty – Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to
Control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.

3) Debt – Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase
Taxes, and this will produce more poverty.

4) Gun Control– Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.

5) Welfare – Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income)

6) Education – Take control of what people read and listen to – take control of what children learn in school.

7) Religion – Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools

8) Class Warfare – Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

Does any of this sound like what is happening to the United States?

Source: Will County News