The Baby Cage

Originally posted on wretchedshekels:

I could never use this, but it does make for an interesting post!


In the 1930s, London nannies lacking space for their young ones resorted to the baby cage. It’s exactly what it sounds like: a wire contraption, patented in the U.S. in 1922, that lets you claim that space outside your city window for your infant. Risky? Maybe, but so convenient.

It seems that this historical oddity is one that constantly comes in and out of the media and causes incredible public shock and outrage every time. It is amazing how attitudes change, so that something invented in the 1920s to do nothing but good now leaves us struggling to believe it ever happened.

In 1923 Emma Read patented the Portable Baby Cage. It was designed to solve the problem of large high rises in urban areas which left families with no open spaces to allow their young children…

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Sky’s the limit for taxers, spenders, and their ilk

Harmon’s “fair” income tax for Illinois from the horse’s mouth

Listen up, via a puffy Springfield TV-news report:

Senate Democrat Don Harmon’s proposal would have those making less than $12,500 pay a tax rate of 2.9%, those making between $12,500 to $180,000 would pay at a rate of 4.9%, those making more than $180,000 would pay at a rate of 6.9%.

Egad, that’s as opposed to the 3.75% one-size-fits-all flat tax rate set to take effect at year’s end.

So making twelve-five, you pay at 4.9%, says Don Harmon, which is a 33.3% increase. So Don Harmon wants people making $12,500 a year to pay more. As in more more more and 1/3.

It’s Democrat tax reform with a vengeance.

But wait! It’s an addition of 1.15 percentage points, so it’s only a 1.15 per cent increase, as Harmon and the other Dems figure it, complaining about Republicans’ higher figure. And if the rate were doubled, it would be a mere. 3.75% increase!

“You sigh, the song begins, you speak and I hear violins, it’s magic,” the song has it. It’s Don Harmon magic!

Wearing the tax-increase jacket

Always a problem. Republicans consistent here:

Madigan’s legislation would authorize the City Council to levy $50 million more during each of five years, starting in 2016, to devote toward city pension costs. By year five, that tax levy would stand at $250 million more than today, but Republicans added up all of the revenue collected during that period and dubbed Emanuel’s handiwork as a $750 million property-tax increase that they wanted no part of.

“A $750 million property tax-increase is the last thing we need in Illinois,” said Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, who voted against Madigan’s legislation in committee. “This is outrageous. This is going to kill jobs. I oppose this tax increase.”

Compounding the no-new-taxes issue, of course, is the distrust that the city will use the extra money for pensions. Give them money, and with their longstanding penchant for meeting immediate needs, why should people think it will go where they say it will go?

America 3.0: The mess we’re in is a long-festering bipartisan matter

From America 3.0: Rebooting American Prosperity in the 21st Century, —Why America’s Greatest Days Are Yet to Come, the book under discussion April 9 at the library:

It is important to realize that the [recent] global financial crisis . . . has deep roots reaching back many decades, and that all was not wonderful with the United States through either the second Bush or Clinton administrations, despite the partisan claims of various flavors.

Hey, say the Bush and Clinton-lovers, cut that out!

The institutions of America 2.0 had been growing increasingly unworkable over previous decades, and it was only by a combination of the deep reserve strengths of America (the culture, not the government) and a series of one-time tricks pulled by various administrations that had allowed prosperity to continue, at least in fits and starts.

Izzat so? cry GW and Bubba supporters, equally offended.

The institutions of America 2.0 . . . emerged in response to a series of real problems, and for the most part managed to fix or at least alleviate those problems. Yet in solving them, they created new ones, in many cases problems that would not show themselves fully for decades, often under conditions never anticipated during the Progressive era.

The Progressives and New Dealers believed that business was consolidating itself into fewer and fewer large corporations, who among themselves would plan the future of technology and lead the economy permanently. So long as this corporate structure could be regulated and steered by the government, and so long as the individual workers could be given security and stability through membership in government-approved labor unions, this was all fine with Progressives.

What were they thinking?

They believed this was the natural direction of social evolution, and that the main problems they faced were those of stabilizing this economy and making it fairer.

You don’t think so? Come and argue with America 3.0 co-author, Oak Parker Michael Lotus at the library April 9, 7 p.m. He’ll be delighted.

Don Harmon straightens up and flies right

Sen. Don Harmon is one of top legislators in carding miles on state airplanes.

SPRINGFIELD – Despite its budget woes, the state of Illinois continues to operate a fleet of executive aircraft that ferries legislators, Supreme Court justices and statewide elected officials between Springfield and Chicago. 

The cost of operating the planes far exceeds alternative forms of travel such as Amtrak and driving.

He’s #4:

State flyers on state plane

It is true that airplanes are the only way to fly. Yet and still . . .

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

Originally posted on Oak Park Newspapers:

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: . . . .


Read the rest . . . 

Cook County Republican chairmanship election a true contest

Originally posted on Oak Park Republicans:

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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