This is the April 23, 2015 edition of Left, Right and You

The Smiling Conservative and I want to thank State Senator Jim Oberweis for calling in and clearing up the whole Illinois car dealerships not being allowed to open on Sunday snafu. Even I have to agree with Jim on this one.

OberweisWe also want to thank Mike, Dan and Pascal for calling in and, not only keeping us honest with the facts, but making some cogent points as well.

Then Larry and I finished up the show with the second half of our how to be an effective social activist group primer. We love it when you get involved, but if you’re gonna expend all that time and effort, please do it in a way that gets results!

On Monday! We will invite Sheriff Don Kramer on the show to provide an opportunity for him to explain his current budget woes. To that end, we’ll be delving into the fact that Illinois state statute counts on countywide politicians being reasonable in order for government to move forward. And don’t forget Treasurer Michael Frerichs next Thursday. Until then…

4 thoughts on “This is the April 23, 2015 edition of Left, Right and You

  1. I listened to the show and was a little surpised that Oberweis wasn’t more educated on the subject of why car dealerships closed on Sundays back in 83. I googled the subject for like 5 mins and found out that it was the car dealerships that went to the legislature to make it a state wide law. And back in 19882-83 the car industry was very sluggish and it was a way to cut costs, they also had no lobbyist at the time in Illinois. It was also a way to provide their workers with a “family day off”. I agree stupid law, BUT I wonder if it was a business that didn’t fit Oberweis’s values…like a gay marriage wedding banquet hall, just wonder if he would be so pro-business.

  2. Regarding our budget conscious Kane County Sheriff (no sarcasm there), did you see the news story about Baird negotiating w/ the feds to get those prisoners in Kendall? Maybe we could just contract w/ Kendall to cover us until the next election.

  3. After listening to Oberweis on the show, I also was a little surprised. This wasn’t a stealth law passed in the dead of night with no discussion; I’d only been in the state a couple of years and I remember when it was passed. His comments, though, did bother me in two main respects.

    1. When I pointed out to you why, as a consumer, I thought the law should be left as is, you stated you hadn’t considered that point of view, now had, but still thought the law should be changed. Respectful disagreement, I’m cool with that. Oberweis unfortunately reverts to his form as a serial candidate and equates disagreement with his proposal as being some kind of Stalinist stooge. “This is the kind of thing they do in Russia”. Inflammatory rhetoric has always inflamed me, usually opposite the way intended.

    2. In one breath Oberweis talks about how wrong it is to regulate the industry. Then in the next breath he talks about alternative proposals to allow closing Saturday or Sunday. (In fact he’s proposed 3 laws: open 7 days a week, open 6 days plus 2 hours on Sundays, open 6 days but closing either Saturday or Sunday) Well, if he thinks it’s okay to only allow 2 hours, or to only allow 6 days but choose which to close, then he’s saying it IS okay to regulate the industry this way. So then why spend the time and money to change the status quo? If he really thinks it’s wrong, he shot himself in the foot proposing the alternatives. He should have just gone with his main bill.

  4. I understand the thinking behind changing the law.

    However, strictly from an economics standpoint changing the law would actually create an economic loss. This is a simple prisoner’s dilemma situation where the competitive response results in a less than optimal solution. That is to say most car dealerships will open on Sunday, incurring increased expenses, and those that don’t will simply lose sales to people who go to a different car dealership on Sunday, rather than a different day of the week.

    Car sales in aggregate may increase slightly however operating expenses will increase the number significantly. Those costs will need to be absorbed, either by the car dealer or by the consumer, but likely both.

    The main reason I say sales will increase slightly is because currently, Indiana and Wisconsin both also have a ban on Sunday sales in their states. Any net gain in car sales would be from consumers who would like to buy a car and can only do it on Sunday and are willing to drive across the border to purchase a car.

    As of right now I think the best thing for Illinois, in aggregate, is to leave the law in place, unless Indiana and Wisconsin change their laws,resulting in a change in the competitive landscape.

    I wish politicians had a better grasp of economics. I get very frustrated the notion that “All government regulation is bad for both business and the economy”. Generally that is sound reasoning but not in all situations and they should be able to identify the differences between the two.

    Additionally,Jim’s company is afiliated with the Chamber of Commerce, which is a lobbying or “special interest” organization that attempts to influence policy and laws through their efforts. I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with lobbying or the Chamber of Commerce. I am saying Jim Oberweis is a hypocrite for saying it’s NOT okay for the auto dealers associations to lobby for what benefits them but it IS okay for his company.

    Prisoner’s Dilemma – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prisoner%27s_dilemma
    Nash Equilibrium – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nash_equilibrium

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