The Oak Park senator in 2013 promotes taxes as fiscal solution, but fudges on what to call them

Originally posted on Berkeley on the Prairie:

We left the Senator at the Carleton Hotel, June of 2013, assuring Oak Park’s Business and Civic Council and other concerned citizens that the fiscal crisis in Springfield was being overblown by over-zealous Republicans.

The senator continued in a vein of all-conquering optimism with praise for the January 2011 temporary income-tax rate increase — from 3% to 5%, which he helpfully explained was a 2% raise, though “Republicans [the rascals!] say 67%.”

He also helpfully ignored well known Republican outlets such as Christian Science Monitor, New York Times, and Huffington Post, each of whom called it a 66% raise, the latter unconscionably adding that it was a “massive increase.” Conspiratorially.

So what? The senator had something else in mind, a “fair tax” — higher rates for higher earners — that would satisfy budgetary and vote-getting needs simultaneously. He was being clever about it, rebranding the graduated or “progressive,”…

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Founding fathers’ guiding light. Do Catholic leaders echo this?

The founding fathers quoted John Locke (1632-1704) more than any other non-biblical writer. A pungent sample:

It cannot be supposed that they [free people] should intend, had they a power so to do, to give to any one, or more, an absolute arbitrary power over their persons and estates, and put a force into the magistrate’s hand to execute his unlimited will arbitrarily upon them.

Arbitrary the significant word.

This were to put themselves into a worse condition than the state of nature, wherein they had a liberty to defend their right against the injuries of others, and were upon equal terms of force to maintain it, whether invaded by a single man, or many in combination.

State of nature: before government.

Whereas by supposing they have given up themselves to the absolute arbitrary power and will of a legislator, they have disarmed themselves, and armed him, to make a prey of them when he pleases; he being in a much worse condition, who is exposed to the arbitrary power of one man, who has the command of 100,000, than he that is exposed to the arbitrary power of 100,000 single men; no body being secure, that his will, who has such a command, is better than that of other men, though his force be 100,000 times stronger.

One in charge not to be presumed better than other men.

Question: Have we ever heard our Roman Catholic church so praising freedom and warning against absolutism? Tell me, please.

Short History, contd: The senator in calm, peaceful Wood Dale

Originally posted on Berkeley on the Prairie:

Next stop for the Senator was far suburban Wood Dale, where he partnered with Rep. Kathleen Willis, of Addison, an Elmhurst College librarian recently elected for the 77th house district.

Twenty-five or so citizens turned up to hear them at Wood Dale City Hall On July 23, for the third and least contentious of the town hall meetings of 2013.

For instance, when questioned about the lack of urgency in solving the pension problem, the Senator was more circumspect than he’d been in a Wednesday Journal column, where he had put “crisis” in quotes. This time he called it a crisis “according to a tough standard,” namely “assuming pensioners live to 90″ — which some of us consider a perfectly reasonable standard. By that standard, he said, the state had 32 years before the money would run out  — which some of us consider neither reasonable nor reassuring.

He also…

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A ban that bombed

Who’d a-thunk it? Unintended consequences from a bottled water ban on a college campus? – AEI | Carpe Diem Blog » AEIdeas.

. The bottled water ban did not reduce the number of bottles entering the waste stream from the university campus, the ultimate goal of the ban. With the removal of bottled water, consumers increased their consumption of less healthy bottled beverages.

Gosh. You try and try to make things better, and then what? (Sigh)

Pope Francis: Back to anti-modernism a la Pius IX?

Originally posted on Company Man:

The Return of Catholic Anti-Modernism

Commentators are sure to make the false claim that Pope Francis has aligned the Church with modern science. They’ll say this because he endorses climate change. But that’s a superficial reading of Laudato Si.

In this encyclical, Francis expresses strikingly anti-scientific, anti-technological, and anti-progressive sentiments. In fact, this is perhaps the most anti-modern encyclical since the Syllabus of Errors, Pius IX’s haughty 1864 dismissal of the conceits of the modern era.

This is getting where the progressives live, believe me.

For the rest, go here.

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Woe is the world, says Pope Francis, it’s full of glasses half empty

Originally posted on Company Man:

More from the remarkable Steven Malanga in an excellent short takedown of Pope F as in his gloom-filled encyclical.

The pope’s assuming of the apocalyptic tone of the environmentalist is, in the end, ironic. It is the Church’s gospel that offers us the true Apocalypse, which is a hopeful revelation of God’s coming and cause for joy among the good. Laudato Si, by contrast, is perhaps the least hopeful, most joyless document to come out of the Vatican in my lifetime.

via Brother Glum, Mother Earth by Steven Malanga, City Journal June 19, 2015.

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Pope Francis is from Argentina, something to keep in mind

Originally posted on Company Man:

In his Brother Glum, Mother Earth in City Journal of June 19, Steven Malanga makes note of Pope Francis’s background:

Early on, Francis said that his papacy would be shaped by his experiences serving the poor of Argentina—a place where, as economic historian Pierpaolo Barbieri wrote in the Wall Street Journal, “Government takeovers [of private businesses] and crony capitalism are the enemy of genuine development.”

More than any recent pope, his vision has been shaped by this distorted view of how modern trade and commerce work. One result is that Laudato Si devolves into a long rant against consumerism that ignores the many benefits produced by human innovation through free markets.

Something to keep in mind whenever he addresses the ills of the world.

via Pope Francis is from Argentina, something to keep in mind.

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Short History: The Senator and Rep. Lilly at the Oak Park Library, mid-July, 2013, continued

Originally posted on Berkeley on the Prairie:

Mid-July at the Library, continued:

Rep. Lilly had said she was confident in passage of same-sex-marriage legislation, which she said was “in [her] heart.”

A man identifying himself as a Certified Public Accountant followed the softball question about same-sex marriage with a hard ball question, addressing the senator: “If you do anything in Springfield in our very corrupt state, do something about corruption.” He specified “gerrymandering,” complained, “The way it’s set up, candidates know they will win,” continuing at length in this vein.

“Each of us is vulnerable in a primary,” replied the senator. If an opponent surfaced, he might have said. Lilly, appointed in 2010, had run unopposed in primary and general in 2012 and would do so again in 2014. The senator had run unopposed in the general election every year but one — he said nothing about this — since he was elected in 2002. He was…

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Where do all the shooters go, where do they go?

Not to NRA meetings, but to churches, schools and Fort Hood, where “law-abiding citizens are largely prohibited from possessing guns for self-defense,” whereas people a an NRA meeting “may be heavily and openly armed.”

As for Fort Hood and other stateside military bases, soldiers are “mandated to be unarmed.”

Nor to Walmart, where “law-abiding shoppers . . . can and frequently do carry guns to protect themselves and their families.”

Shooters know where the targets are easy.

Lex orandi, lex credendi never looked more threatening . . . Eco-salvation on its way

Originally posted on Company Man:

Pope’s eco-manifesto looks like a game-changer in the US | Crux.

Today’s sermon, Friday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time, day after promulgation of eco-manifesto by the reigning supreme pontiff:

You have heard it said (just heard it, in fact,  Matt 6.19-23),

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,
where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal.
But store up treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.

But I say unto you (now that Francis has spoken), the earth itself is a treasure . . .

(Transmission garbled for rest of message . . . )

Get ready, all ye churchgoers, there’s more to come . . .

Also this scenario, sure to eventuate:

Penitent: Forgive me, Father, I have sinned. It’s…

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