Monthly Archives: March 2014

A library book-talk you don’t want to miss

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The book is America 3.0: Rebooting American Prosperity in the 21st Century ? Why America?s Greatest Days Are Yet to Come, co-authored by Oak Parker Michael Lotus and James Bennett.

The speaker is Michael Lotus. Date and time: April 9, 7 pmin the Oak Park library’s Veteran’s Room, 2nd floor of 834 Lake Street.

He is one of the library’s scintillating series of author-speakers, the third of six currently scheduled for April andMay ? on books aboutgrowing food and cooking it, how women of all ages can enjoy sex, how children raise parents (yes, it’s not a typo), and walk-racing in the 1870s and 1880s!

Been there, done that — 20 years ago, talking upa book on library time — and it was a pleasure, believe me.

Asthis and the other talkswill be a pleasure for you the book-reader and thinker of great thoughts.

This America 3.0…

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How to win an election intelligently, one point at a time

Alex Sink, Democrat, lost to David Jolly, Republican, in the recent Pinellas County, FL election to Congress by countering her claims point by point; and it worked.

Ms. Sink, for instance, rolled out the GOP-Wants-To-Throw-Granny-Off-The-Cliff line. Democrats beat on Mr. Jolly on seniors’ issues, claiming he wanted to privatize Social Security and cut Medicare. Rather than run from that debate, the Republican reassured voters that he supported honoring current benefits for those in, at or remotely near retirement.

Yet he also made the case for long-term reforms to entitlement programs—insisting that, yes, Social Security privatization needs to be among the options considered. He pointed out that the only folks who have done serious recent damage to Medicare are Democrats who robbed the program to pay for ObamaCare. The district’s large senior-citizen voting population knew this to be true.

War on women?

Democrats also unfurled the “war against women” theme, claiming that Mr. Jolly opposed “equal pay for equal work” for women and abortion rights. He responded that wage discrimination based on gender should be illegal, and in fact already is. He laid out a straightforward pro-life position, highlighting standard exceptions for rape, incest, life of the mother—and didn’t waver from it. The Democrats couldn’t get much traction.

Rich vs. poor?

Democrats simultaneously worked the “class warfare” theme, highlighting Mr. Jolly’s lobbyist past and claiming he was in the race to reward special interests and fleece the middle class. Outside conservative groups ran ads and flyers pointing out the billions the state’s pension fund lost when Ms. Sink sat on a panel overseeing it, and also noting the $8.8 million in compensation she made as a bank executive. Turns out voters are a bit skeptical of wealthy ex-bankers posing as populists.

The Koch brothers?

The left even tried a Conservative-Special-Interests-Are-Buying-The-Election approach, with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee putting out a memo that warned that the billionaire “Koch Brothers” would “prop up” Mr. Jolly to ensure that they have “more power in Washington than Pinellas families.” It was hard for voters to take this claim seriously when the airwaves were blanketed with Sink ads—many paid for by liberal “special interests” such as House Majority PAC.

The writer, Wall St. Journal’s Kimberley Strassell, has advice for Democrats: “Harry Reid, recall your strategist.”

Same goes for Republican strategists, including here in the great state of Illinois, of course, including the great village of Oak Park.

Sen. Harmon’s Fair Tax not the real Fair Tax

The real Fair Tax has been around a while, and it’s just the opposite of Harmon’s definition. Again, he spins and spins and spins. Objections abound from Fair Taxers from around the country in Wed. Journal comments, as here, ripped from the online pages of the Wednesday Journal: . . . .


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Cook County Republican chairmanship election a true contest

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There’s”a tug of war” among Cook County Republicans over leadership, Sneed reports in Sun-Times, citing Illinois Review, with Bruce Rauner backing chairman Aaron Del Mar, Palatine township committeeman, over challenger Chris Cleveland, “hard-charging 43rd Ward GOP committeeman.”

Hard-charging indeed. At the Feb. 5 joint city and county GOP meeting atParthenon Restaurant, Cleveland showed a video of TV news clipsshowing how he and his fellow city Republicans worked Mike Madigan over, getting him to withdraw his perennial pseudo-Republican opponent.

Cleveland came onsharp-as-a-tack, an energetic guy with a lot to say. Same for the city GOP chairman, Adam Robinson, in his talk to the group at meeting’s end. Del Mar was a no-show.

Clevelandpresents a credible challenge to Del Mar, whom Sneed’s “party purists” consider “lethargic and lazy and [who] didn?t even attract enough endorsed candidates to fill out a party ballot,? according to “a top party source.”

That’s something…

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Japan pays attention . . .

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. . . to Oak Park:

OAK PARK, Ill.—When I walked along the snow-covered sidewalk, my feet made a slight crunching sound. A cold spell lowered the temperature to 15 degrees below zero, making me hunch my shoulders. When I looked up though, my eyes were drawn to houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the maestro of modern architecture. . . .

. . . writes Eiji Hirose, Yomiuri Shimbun Correspondent for The Japan News. For him or her it was a “Trip Through Time,” about “Turning a suburb into a masterpiece,” with attention (naturally) to Frank Lloyd Wright.

In case you Oak Parkers and others have gotten blase about it all.

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Fairness in America, via America 3.0, co-authored by Oak Parker Michael J. Lotus

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James C. Bennett and Oak Parker Michael J. Lotus on fairness in America, from their America 3.0: Rebooting American Prosperity in the 21st Century?Why America’s Greatest Days Are Yet to Come :

State of the question:

Americans . . . expect others to work and earn what they get, and to be paid what they have earned. They think that the rewards of life should be granted to those who have earned them in an open, competitive process, while recognizing that there is a certain amount of luck involved.

Major problem:

Crony capitalism, where the winners routinely get picked based on political clout, is a system that contradicts and degrades all of these values, and seeing it in operation angers many Americans.


The “Chicago way,” where clout and connections determine all the important outcomes, has not been America’s way in most places, and we don’t want it…

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Don Harmon’s fairness runneth over. End cometh for unfair tax?

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Senator Don and others had a problem last June, how to pay for things. Voters were waiting, hands outstretched. But the wherewithal was running short, he judged. So he decided to return to the well. Amend the constitution, ditch the one-size-fits-all flat tax, and raise more moolah!

He filed the senate bill on the last day of the session, early enough to “build momentum” in the months ahead, he told The Daily Herald, even get people used to the idea of paying more to live in Illinois. It would be by way of a brand-new progressive income tax. A fair tax, he called it on the hustings last summer, and the bill’s synopsis has it.

Gone will be the “non-graduated rate . . . [so] that this may be a fair tax,” It says. Which is b.s., as if this amendment is…

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Vote Vote Vote Vote Early Early Early Early If not, then March 18 Republican

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Republican Updates: March 2014

1. Early Voting is now until March 15.You are encouragedto vote early, BUT BY ALL MEANS, VOTE REPUBLICAN IN THE MARCH 18th PRIMARY. Your vote counts! and our numbers count.

2. SAVE THE DATE! April 9 Oak Park Library. Michael Lotus, author, speaks on his book America 3.0.

3. Poll watchers are needed especiallyfor Friday, March 14 visits to senior living residences. Call me if you are able to help.

4. The Rauner campaign has been in regular contact with Oak Park. They brought window and yard signs for anyone who wants one. Call me! There will be a phone calling night March 12 at Rauner headquarters 601 N LaSalle, Chicago. Please let me know if you will attend and if you need a ride. Callers are needed any time between 3 pm and 8 pm…

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Truax for U.S. Senate. His new radio ad

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Doug Truax hits the air waves tomorrow. Listen up.

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To like Ike or not to like Ike, that is our question

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Let us now praise Ike Carothers, or at least point out how he is not an absurdist candidate, made for horrifying Democrats and amusing Republicans.

First, he has a point about being forgiven, of course, even by voters. Depends what he did badly and what he did well and (frankly) how his constituents fared, comparatively speaking, especially in Chicago and Cook County, where standards are lower.

The question in any case is how, all things considered, a candidate stacks up against opponents. There are no paragons here. As for Republicans, we live where Democrats decide and others reside, so primaries matter. A.

Consider, therefore, the bad old Ike. In June 2006, when City Hall patronage chief Robert Sorich was standing trial, prosecutors had a list, not a little one, of clouted job seekers and their political sponsors. Ike’s name turned up more . He was the kind of clout-wielder…

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