Does this man have Sen. Harmon’s number?

In a May 12 letter to Oak Leaves, Oak Parker Daniel Hefner finds Ill. Sen. Don Harmon (D) in a classic dodge, switching absolute percentage to relative:

Sen. Don Harmon’s recent explanation for the necessity of the state income tax increase . . . was laughable.

The good senator pontificates, What are we asking of taxpayers? A temporary increase of the individual income tax rate of 2 percentage points.

[But] (a)lthough the base tax rate increased from 3 percent to 5 percent, the overall increase to taxpayers is 66 percent! The state’s corporate income tax also had a temporary increase from 7.3 percent to 9.5 percent ­­ a 30 percent increase! The senator forgot to bring this information to his letter.

Hefner also uncovers an unfortunate reality hidden in plain sight from most of us, referring to fellow Oak Parker Harmon as “a career politician.” So are they all, to be sure, with exceptions so rare I can’t think of one right now.

In any case, it’s good to be reminded that almost all elected officials are careerists — and be duly suspicious of them, especially when they call a 2% actual tax increase a mere 2% relative one, without saying that’s what they are doing. Fie, Sen. Harmon!

Harry Truman vs. military

Ran across this while looking for something else. Give-’em-hell Harry looks not so hot in this comment by a Korean War airman:

Unlike World War II there was not a great deal of enthusiasm or support for the Korean war. It was often referred to as Harry Trumans war and with good reason. After WW II Harry Truman miscalculated our military needs and decimated the strength of our military. He then made the mistake of informing the world that we would not come to the aid of any country west of Japan, that included South Korea. With this assurance that the United States would not intervene North Korea made its move. Then after the war was underway he refused to fight to win.

The airman is Herbert A Rideout, summing up his recollections while stationed at Kimpo Air Force Base as a radio man for the 45th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, which did photo reconnaissance in P-51s, or Mustangs. The first to arrive at a target, to prepare for the attack, and last to leave, to record results, the Mustangs flew low to get their pix. It was very dangerous work.