Local Dems go to market, scrambling for votes

Columnist Hubbuch is obliquely half-serious in his rather well done column about Oak Park Dems and elicits some very good comments. This one I especially like:

Resigned from River Forest, Illinois

Posted: September 9th, 2014 3:52 PM

I will say this: I admire them for their dedication to their message. Taking the author’s point, maybe if they focused their energy on another suburb (say, Wheaton?) they might find some resistance, and a moderated message. Instead, here in OPRF they are singing to the choir. What’s the fun in that? The best hope for us all is divided government. Citizens who vote for Quinn thinking his policies are effective deserve what they get.

Another good one, moments later:


Posted: September 9th, 2014 4:18 PM


I open a booth at the Farmers Market next to DPOP called “Not ‘Dem” with an arrow pointing at their booth? Our message will be “think for yourself”. Our logo will be an angry donkey wearing an SEIU sweater kicking IL with its hind legs.

And another, about the Dems’ local spokesman/pitchman:


Posted: September 9th, 2014 4:34 PM

I failed to mention that Bob Haisman, our illustrious DPOP messenger in question, retired in 2000 at age 55 and has raked in approx $1.5M in pension benefits so far. So $1.5M in retirement BEFORE we’re even eligible to collect SS…all not subject to IL income tax …$130K this year…retired a dozen years before the rest of us can. He, and the rest of his DPOP ilk, telling us how we should vote.

Well said, that. Sen. Don Harmon’s heart goes out to public-union pensioners when he’s on the stump. For Haisman?

Quotation of the Day…

. . . offered by the excellent Cafe Hayek, Don Boudreaux proprietor:

… is from pages 11-12 of Hayek’s 1948 collection, Individualism and Economic Order; in particular, it’s from one of Hayek’s most profound and important essays, namely, his December 1945 Finlay Lecture in Dublin, “Individualism: True and False”:

[Adam] Smith’s chief concern was not so much with what man might occasionally         achieve when he was at his best but that he should have as little opportunity as possible to do harm when he was at his worst.

. . . See the rest at Cafe H.