State passes law, takes money away from entity tasked to enforce law, making criminals of gun owners

Well, here’s a new one. Illinois passed what is called the FOID card registration for gun owners. In short, you must have one of these cards to purchase ammunition or firearms in the state of Illinois. Ok, fine.

The Illinois government gives the job of processing the FOID cards to the Illinois State Police. Ok, fine. They allot money in the budget that goes to the State Police to process and get these cards mailed out to applicants. There is a background check and the like to make sure you are not a jerk. If you are a jerk, you will not be allowed to purchase a gun. I suppose they are weeding out the dangerous sorts. Ok, fine.

Recently, the Illinois state government purloined $30 million from that special fund that the ISP use to support their work of processing the FOID cards, without which you cannot purchase a firearm or ammunition. The ISP also processes the conceal/carry cards for those qualified for that.

Can you see where I’m going here? People are waiting months to get their FOID cards  after they have expired. So does this make them criminals since they don’t have the FOID card, that the ISP can’t process because Illinois took all their money? Is this a back door way of accomplishing what the lefties really want, which is to hinder and frustrate gun owners and get rid of all guns? Yep, folks, that’s what it looks like. Some lame brain in our state government came up with this scam recently, I’d say.

Do not ever assume your government is looking out for you, the little guy. That is over in our country. They are actually looking for ways to: 1. get more money from you to cover their misspending so they don’t have to change; and 2. take your guns from you so you can’t fight back if they get more repressive. We the people have lost our power. BUT, I don’t think it is too late. President Trump being elected gives me hope. Government by the people, for the people and of the people is coming back, you just wait and see.

And how about that newly elected Democrat Virginia assembly? They allocated more money in their budget (from the citizens’ taxes) to cover expected new expenses of jailing law-abiding gun owners in that state when their newly hired enforcement team comes to confiscate the weapons the assembly plans to make illegal. How about that? Take the guns AND make the taxpayers foot the jail bill and the pay for the guys to do it ? That’s just so insulting on so many levels. Can anyone say Boston Tea Party? I guess they think citizens are just going to lay down and take it, otherwise, why would they push on the people like this?

Watch Virginia.

Concerning other matters…

The Horowitz report…it finally came out December 9, 2019 and Mr. Horowitz himself testified on Capitol Hill on December 11.

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The House’s “impeachment” of President Donald Trump on two rather vague charges…abuse of power and obstruction of, wait for it, Congress. Speaker Nancy Pelosi decides to hold those charges close to her vest and not send them to the Senate. What is she waiting for? More evidence? Exactly. Charges first, then we find the evidence. Uh-huh.

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The Texas church shooter, who killed two at a church service the last weekend of December, but got clipped in the head by armed security team member Jack Wilson (see below)…that didn’t work out well for the shooter. Apparently the guy was upset because the church wouldn’t give him any money. The video of the whole event is on the internet. And now the incessant 24/7 media conversation turns to guns in church…

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As an afterthought, or maybe not, how many of you knew John Kerry’s (former Sec. of State in the Obama administration) daughter married an Iranian national and physician, Dr. Brian (Behrooz) Vala Nahid, who has extensive family ties to Iran, according to the Daily Caller. His best man at the ceremony was the son of Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. Zarif was also Kerry’s chief counterpart in the nuclear deal negotiations during the Obama administration. Cozy crew, eh? Sort of gives new perspective to the idea of being “in bed” with the Iranians.

Well, anyway, it’s looking like it will be an exciting year.

 

Just Thinking Out Loud

A prior post looked at the state’s thinking and planning concerning the gaming industry. Or maybe it’s the gaming industry’s plan, I don’t know. Maybe they put their heads together to decide the rules. Oh yeh, I think that’s called lobbying.

There’s something else that’s been rolling around in me the past couple of weeks. When one stops to really THINK about the fact that townships and local governments can TAKE from the taxpayers every year a guaranteed 5% increase on their levies (no matter what the inflation rate is)….just think about that for a minute. 5% every year…in four years that’s 20%; in 10 years’ time, that’s a whopping 50% increase in government spending (and taking from the private sector). My question is this…can the private sector ever possibly keep up with this? While many younger people are out there peddling their bikes as fast as they can to get ahead during their child rearing years, do any of them see an increase of 50% in income in 10 years? I know some may, but the average person, which is what most of us are these days, will not.

So my point is, while local governments can automatically, and by law, take an extra 5% every year and spend it, doesn’t this practice really just keep digging into the private sector’s pockets and diminishing their spending habits, which makes the economy go round and keeps business going? And this doesn’t even touch on what the state of Illinois is doing to the private sector. (“Here a tax, there a tax, everywhere a tax tax.”) What I’m touching on in this post is local governments, townships, villages, etc. It’s no wonder gaming is such a big hit around White County and a lot of money is being spent in that sector, and then the winnings too are being spent.

Here are some interesting stats from the internet about White County.

White County is 8th in Illinois out of 102 other counties in Female residents. (Hey guys, move here. There are more women to choose from.)

White County is 8th in Illinois out of 102 other counties in Residents 65 or older. (If they are going by income taxes to make the median income, this age group would not be it necessarily, but some in this age group have provided for themselves by saving, however this would not be working income, as younger age groups would have.)

White County is 9th in Illinois out of 102 other counties in Race – White, not Hispanic or Latino.

White County is 15th in Illinois out of 102 other counties in Residents younger than 5.

White County is 17th in Illinois out of 102 other counties in Race – White,

To sum it up, White County has a lot of females, and if they are young, they are raising children, hence the higher population under the age of five also. And if they are divorced, they are most likely in a very low income bracket. White County has a lot of over-65-year-olds. Many in this group are struggling to get by also due to life circumstances. I have heard it said this is a good county to retire in, but the person never said why. White County is predominantly caucasian in race. Not sure that means anything, but it might.

Here are figures of the median income for White County, which I was surprised to see. I thought those figures would be lower, but we are an oil-producing county, so perhaps that bumps it up a bit.

2018: $49,507 
Updated: Dec 13, 2019

Not sure what (+more) means., but almost $50,000 is not a bad median income to have. But if Walmart is the largest employer in the county, that wage would not apply to the majority of those employees.

If you are so inclined to continue reading, here are some interesting stats about the state of Illinois at large. The median population growth must be a mistake, because the stats claim an increase, but the numbers stayed the same. Not sure how they figured that, or it could just be government-think.

From https://datausa.io/profile/geo/illinois/

In 2017, Illinois had a population of 12.8M people with a median age of 38 and a median household income of $62,992. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Illinois grew from 12.8M to 12.8M, a 0.00378% increase and its median household income grew from $60,960 to $62,992, a 3.33% increase. (This seems hard to believe.)

 

The population of Illinois is 61.2% White Alone, 17.2% Hispanic or Latino, and 14% Black or African American Alone. 23.5% of the people in Illinois speak a non-English language, and 92.9% are U.S. citizens.

 

The largest universities in Illinois are University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (12,994 degrees awarded in 2016), Northwestern University (9,127 degrees), and Chamberlain College of Nursing-Illinois (7,845 degrees).

 

The median property value in Illinois is $195,300, and the homeownership rate is 66.2%. Most people in Illinois commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 27.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Illinois is 2 cars per household.

Illinois borders MichiganIndianaMissouriWisconsinKentucky, and Iowa.

 

The economy of Illinois employs 6.01M people.

The largest industries in Illinois are Restaurants & Food Services (382,623 people), Apparently us Illinoisans like to eat!

Elementary & secondary schools (353,850 people),

I’m actually surprised this is considered industry. These are public sector jobs, which must be supported by the private sector. There is no direct private sector interest here. It is entirely supported by other people’s money since it generates none of its own. But I suppose we could attribute indirect private sector interest when the schools turn out productive members of society who start businesses or work in the private sector. I wonder what the stats on that might show.

Hospitals (313,180 people), and the highest paying industries are Securities, commodities, funds, trusts & other financial investments ($162,577), Petroleum refining($114,177), and Computer & peripheral equipment manufacturing ($113,871).

 

Median household income in Illinois is $62,992. Males in Illinois have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $53,388. The income inequality in Illinois (measured using the Gini index) is 0.482, which is higher than than the national average.

 

So there you have it, some food for thought on a Saturday morning.

Update: In discussion with a friend, it was pointed out that the 5% increase in levies every year is on the current levy, which, as it increases each year and 5% of that amount is added to it, actually makes the total increases much higher than 20% in four years and 50% in 10 years because the base amount keeps increasing.