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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regarding solar energy…and wind power companies

I don’t have a solar farm, but I harness the power of the sun every day. When the sun comes out, it warms my home. And I didn’t spend any money to get it to do that. AND, get this, I save fossil fuel usage. Now just think about that.

Up in Douglas County, Illinois, the citizens there are desperately trying to keep the land from being cluttered with forty or more 600 feet (or so) tall wind turbines that won’t at all bother the land leaseholders WHO DON’T LIVE THERE.

Not to mention, they are battling on several fronts.

First, we have a planning committee (WECS) who will recommend to the board to pass an application for a permit that violates their OWN ORDINANCE. The county board is scheduled to vote this morning on the permit WHICH VIOLATES THEIR OWN ORDINANCE. Even the county engineer voted AGAINST the permit yesterday in a committee meeting (and I didn’t even know that county engineers had an official vote in county business).

This company came to an incorporated town in the neighboring county and tried to BRIBE them to let the turbines come inside of their established perimeters. The bribe: they would paint their water tower.

Two townships in Douglas County who would be surrounded by wind turbines put zoning requirements in place; the company then took them to court.

The Illinois State Assembly stepped in, proposed a law in February 2019 and passed in April 2019, (wow, that was quick) effectively stating that TOWNSHIPS HAD NO ZONING AUTHORITY in this matter; only county zoning laws counted. Apparently, before the law, townships DID have this authority. That’s interesting.

This is a GLOBAL COMPANY, perhaps backed by China, if the name gives any indication.

Folks, I am here to tell you, especially Illinoisans…these big companies don’t give a lick about the little guy (that’s me and you). The Illinois State Assembly doesn’t have enough representatives and senators that give a lick about me and you. And apparently, the county boards don’t give a lick either.

I believe it’s all about the money. The company comes in, knowing communities need money, make a lot of big promises (lies), that I’m not at all sure they can prove, and elected officials swoon at the thought. I watched a gaming company come into a board meeting the other night. (Yeah I know this is off topic, but follow me.) This kid made a promise (promotion?) to a financially needy little town of 200 people that their little convenience store could bring in $14,000 a year if they would have gaming. Really? Looking at the gaming revenue added to other villages, I say this: Maybe they can get $14,000 in five years!

My point is this. We live in unparalleled (for us) times. Corruption in government entities is creating a lot of the financial difficulties we are experiencing. Elected officials are always “buying votes” using the taxpayers’ money. Corruption in businesses looking for a leg up or to game the corrupt system of government is probably at an all time high. Take off the rose colored glasses, elected officials. It’s a line of bs. Taxpayers are fed up. We don’t believe YOUR LIES and we don’t believe the lies the companies are selling you either.

It’s entirely possible that government subsidies are about to come to an end for these wind and solar companies. That, combined with increased legislative demands that energy companies obtain a higher percentage of their electricity from “renewables” that cost 70% more than fossil fuels to claim, is probably “fueling” (haha!) the push to get more wind farms up and more solar farms going.

Just remember, the sun heats my house every day that it’s out…and I don’t pay a dime for that.

You can follow the progress of the Douglas County battle on The Dawn Coyote Facebook page. (Get it…Don Quixote)

It’s Been a Great Week!

Special Counsel Robert Mueller serves it up in a news dump on Friday night.

Hey, it’s just the bun! There’s no meat.


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Then, it must be…

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One Democrat candidate…

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Venezuela didn’t have a good week…

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But The Day the Music Died is making a comeback…

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One political party has a bright idea…let’s get rid of the electoral college. This looks like Illinois’ recent governor’s election, except in Illinois.

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And…spring is here…or so the story goes.

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Merry Christmas!….Let’s Laugh

In our modern wild and crazy world that we are trying to live in these days, laughter can restore us to sanity, so let’s poke fun at a few things.

First, a government shutdown….

Wind farms…what can go wrong?

 

On building a wall to protect the country…

 

Christmas caroling….

And finally, how good is socialism really?