I agree strongly with Dan Haley's June 11 column, "Bricks over bucks." Catering to Whiteco (Trader Joe's) eventually killed two indigenous grocery stores and weakened the two Oak Park business sections that they anchored, which Haley could have mentioned. The Lake and Harvey yuppification subsidy may also be a market threat (and an insult) to Fair Share, my favorite Oak Park business.
Healthy societies survive and thrive via healthy economies, a point illustrated in any study of successful and unsuccessful communist movements. Our trustees seem to think that Oak Park's businesses will thrive if government flirts with rich people rather than taxing them: They'll share their money with us voluntarily? That's how they got rich? They'll take care of us if they end up in bankruptcy court?
In healthy economies, affluence is approved, but every person's personal income must be taxed progressively each year to deter greed and to finance our social welfare. One hundred years ago, our 16th amendment became law and forced the (U.S.) Supreme Court to stop blocking income taxation. Some 20 years later, President (F.D.) Roosevelt had to yell at the 1930s Supreme Court to stop blocking New Deal legislation designed to share and circulate our wherewithal. As the only child of the fabulously rich Sara Delano (Roosevelt), FDR knew how to take rich peoples' whining about taxes, but he once said it took him 10 years to persuade Congress to institute the progressive income tax (top bracket over 90%) that enabled us to finance our recovery from the Great Depression, WWII, the GI Bill, the Marshall Plan, the United Nations, postwar U.S. prosperity, affordable health care, the Great Society, revenue sharing for affordability in public and higher education, mental health care, and new community colleges such as Triton (plus lots of things left out).
One of today's problems comes from having quite a few Republicrats in Oak Park, Springfield and Washington D.C. who don't seem to know how to yell or when.
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