Stories of the Day
They don’t care about the overall American economy. “This proposal to force employers to get the approval of labor unions for relocation decisions would hurt the American economy for the benefit for a major Democratic party constituency.” The next painful NLRB regulation
Will continuing to pander to the low information voters work? “A White House adviser had to walk back the oft-repeated myth that women make 77 cents on the dollar that men make after being questioned about the figure during a conference call Monday.” White House: The ’77 cents’ wage gap figure
Do as I say, not as I do. “If the actual wage gap is just five cents, then the White House may be worse than the national average. And even if the twelve-cent gap turns out to be smaller due to the same circumstances, Barack Obama’s executive order efforts should start with his own staff, no? If he wanted to set an example for equal pay regardless of job assignment, then Obama should start by looking at his own budget rather than poke his nose into everyone else’s. Hey, we don’t discriminate as bad as you all isn’t exactly a winning political message, after all. This administration issues a lot of clumsy and ill-advised defenses for its policies, but this has to rank somewhere in the top 25. They’ve had months to come up with a response to their hypocrisy and dishonest calculations on the gender gap, and this is the best they could manage?” WH: Hey, our gender pay gap is less than average!
Why does the Left continue to lie about every single one of their causes? “But every “full-time” worker, as the BLS notes, is not the same: Men were almost twice as likely as women to work more than 40 hours a week, and women almost twice as likely to work only 35 to 39 hours per week. Once that is taken into consideration, the pay gap begins to shrink. Women who worked a 40-hour week earned 88% of male earnings. Then there is the issue of marriage and children. The BLS reports that single women who have never married earned 96% of men’s earnings in 2012.” The ’77 Cents on the Dollar’ Myth About Women’s Pay: Once education, marital status and occupations are considered, the ‘gender wage gap’ all but disappears.
The Left will NEVER quit on this one. “How old am I? I’m old enough to remember when the only people on whom government wanted to put electronic bracelets were criminals. Attorney General Eric Holder testified yesterday on Capitol Hill about gun-safety programs promoted by the Department of Justice, which wants almost $400 million in the next budget for “common sense” regulations like electronic bracelets for firearms. [Snip] “Common sense” would be to leave law-abiding citizens alone. Of course, “common sense” would also be to not traffic rifles to drug cartels across the border into Mexico without any way to track them or retrieve them, so we know what role “common sense” plays in Eric Holder’s DoJ.” Holder: Maybe lawful gun owners should have to wear electronic bracelets to use them
Protection racket. “All politicians are against “special interests,” by definition. They all want their own supporters to have the right to free speech, but not those individuals and groups so benighted as to support their opponents. Even in an age of polarization and gridlock, the one area in which it is easy to get bipartisan support in Congress is in passing campaign-finance laws, restricting how much money can be spent publicizing political candidates. What congressional Democrats and Republicans have in common is that they are all incumbents and they all want to keep their jobs. Publicity is necessary to win elections, and incumbents get millions of dollars’ worth of free publicity from the media. Incumbents can all pontificate in Congress and be covered by C-SPAN. They can be interviewed on network television, have their pictures in the newspapers, and send out mail to their constituents back home — and none of this costs them a dime.” A Halo for Selfishness: Campaign-finance laws are a scam to protect incumbents.
Bummers for them. “Democrats are facing a senior problem that could get even worse this year. The party has traditionally had trouble with older voters, losing the group aged 65 and older by 21 points in 2010 — when Republicans picked up 63 seats — and by 12 points in the 2012 presidential race.” For Dems, a Problem with Seniors
Freedom of Speech
From a person whom I think is one of the clearest thinking people on the planet. “31 years of broadcasting, and 40 years of writing, I have never advocated a boycott of a product. Quite the opposite, in fact. During the 2012 presidential campaign, when the Left attempted to destroy Chick-fil-A for its owner’s views on same-sex marriage, I suggested on my radio show that the Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, stand in front of a Chick-fil-A restaurant while enjoying some Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. [Snip] All these years, the Left, after coining the term “McCarthyism” in order to disparage the Right, had fooled most people into believing that it is the Right that suppresses liberty. The truth, of course, has been the opposite. [Snip] The reason to boycott Firefox is not that it is run by leftists. Nor is the reason to support the man-woman definition of marriage. It is solely in order to preserve liberty in the land of liberty. [Snip] The battle over Firefox is the most important battle in America at this particular moment. If you use Firefox, uninstall it, and use Internet Explorer, Chrome, Opera, or Safari. For Windows, try Pale Moon, which is based on the Firefox engine and will import all of your bookmarks; for mobile devices, you can try Puffin. America can have liberty or it can have Firefox. Right now, it cannot have both.” Uninstall Firefox: Boycotts should be rare, but Mozilla’s intolerance calls for one.
May it fall much, much further. Personally, I uninstalled it, and don’t miss it. “Firefox’s market share has been dropping for some time, but it has now fallen to third place behind Google Chrome for the first time.” Mozilla Firefox Falls to 3rd Place, Hits Lowest User Level Ever
“A narrative is emerging that the entire Brendan Eich evisceration campaign was a public relations stunt by OKCupid. That narrative is emerging from the left, based on facts uncovered by the right. Chuck Ross of The Daily Caller was the first to report that the founder of OKCupid, who also is the CEO of Match.com, donated many years ago to an anti-gay marriage congressman:
Sam Yagan, who is currently CEO of the Match Group, which controls OkCupid, donated $500 to Barack Obama in 2007 and 2008 back when he still opposed gay marriage.
While president of the tech company Metamachine, Yagan also gave $500 to Republican Utah Rep. Chris Cannon. In 2006 Cannon voted in favor of the Marriage Protection Amendment, which would have defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman in the Constitution.
So when does the boycott of OKCupid start? After all, the people who took down Eich did so based on the, ahem, purest of principled judgments.” So, was evisceration of Brendan Eich “a PR stunt … nothing but a PR stunt”?
Fighting authority until they became the authority. “For decades, we’ve heard from the Left about the need to fight authority and to resist conformity. Now it is clearer than ever that it wants to wield the former to impose the latter. Brendan Eich is probably not a culmination so much as a sign of things to come.” The New Conformity: The Left is quick to abandon its live-and-let-live pose once it gains power to impose its morality. This story got big play today because it got past the Gatekeepers of the Leftist Information Fortress and was reported in Mother Jones. See, when the Daily Caller reporter a fact, exclusively, it didn’t matter, but now Mother Jones reports it and it officially Matters.” AllahPundit had speculated earlier today about Yagan’s next steps vis-a-vis his Inquisitors:
He’s going to say one of two things in his defense (or both) once OkCupid comments on this. One: His donation to Cannon wasn’t about gay issues, it was about something unrelated — tech policy or whatever….
Two: He’ll claim that he’s changed his mind on gay rights, just like Obama but (apparently) unlike Brendan Eich. (Yagan also donated to Obama in 2008, back when O was dutifully posing as a traditional-marriage supporter.) Eich never renounced his donation to Prop 8; Yagan will, presumably, happily renounce his Cannon donation now to avoid the dreaded charge of hypocrisy.
How did AllahPundit do? Nailed it.” The Endless Purge: OKCupid Executive Discovered to Have Made Contributions to Anti-Gay-Marriage Congressman
“Bruce Chapman, a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau who is now with the Discovery Institute, told me that today’s climate could similarly “chill democracy.” “We don’t make the votes of people public, we don’t make how jurors vote public, and we keep Census data private for 70 years,” he says. You would think that liberals who like to rail against the publication of anti-Communist blacklists in the 1950s would appreciate such arguments. But some of them are cheering on the pitchfork persecutors or, as happened a lot during the days of the Hollywood blacklist, simply remaining silent.” The New Pitchfork Persecutors: Eich and others who opposed same-sex marriage, even years ago, are being punished.
“The Christian-led civil rights movement took decades of patient appeals to biblical and constitutional principles before it prevailed. Although its leaders suffered mightily along the way, they eventually persuaded America that it was both un-Christian and unconstitutional to deny people full human rights based on their race. The “marriage equality” movement has made no such case, because it has no such case. It has no grounding in the Constitution. It defies the very tenets of Christianity. And its leaders have suffered little more than the occasional unkind tweet. To throw out empty clichés like “marriage equality” or insulting jibes like “The Bible also says that eating shellfish is an abomination” shows just how intellectually bankrupt the movement is.” What Mozilla Has Taught Us
“The radicals in liberals’ clothing feed this chaos-induced “need” for government protection by drumming up carnal emotions about race, class, gender, sexuality, even religion. Ask yourself what you first noticed about the above-quoted paragraph: The fact that radicals have an aversion to liberalism, or the racism apparent in their expression “White liberal”? Like magicians, radicals distract their audience by demographically baiting them, all the while performing slight-of-hand with Constitutional freedoms.” Conservative is the New Liberal: Time to embrace the seismic shift in our political culture.
“Welcome to the world of forced perspective; where Eich can get pilloried for voting the wrong way on Proposition 8 and Kevin Rose can get picketed for being able to buy stuff from the people who are picketing him. It lifts the lid on a strange world. A place where Vladimir Putin, al-Qaeda, and or asteroids from space don’t exist except as things that George Bush should have taken care of; it gives a glimpse into a universe where gas drilling is just a bad word and the armed forces a job where crazy people earn a living whenever they’re not driving pickup trucks; it provides a peek into a tableau where people actually think food comes from the store and gas comes from the gas pump and money to house everyone in the woods will come from Google’s $3 billion in spare change. Brother can you spare a tera-dime? And yet for some reason the glimpse is not reassuring. One could just turn the page and dismiss these as scenes from a freak show, except in the characters in this exhibition are on the stage of an industry with the power of life or death over our privacy; except for the vague fear that this is how America wandered into the Obama era in the first place.” Vanishing Point
“Over the last five years, those long-held strategic principles have largely been ignored or rejected by the Obama administration. There is real doubt today that the U.S. would risk coming to the aid of South Korea, Japan, or Taiwan. If Putin tomorrow sent a division into Estonia to deliberately provoke an Article V NATO response, he might well not get one — and therefore may well try. If Iran tested a bomb next year, the U.S., for all its now-trite “unacceptable” and “outrageous” talk, would likely shrug and assume that a nuclear Iran was analogous to a nuclear Pakistan or Israel and thus no big deal. Our allies assume that since 2009 American friendship is mostly rhetorical or ceremonial, but no longer exists in the sense of any serious guarantees.” America’s New Anti-Strategy: Our allies and our enemies have seriously recalculated where the U.S. stands.
“But this election is unlike any other Hillary has ever contemplated because no matter how little she may be pressed on her record at State by Thomas Friedman, every day is another day where serious journalists might get close enough to begin –just begin– the long and close inspection of her record, juxtaposed at every step with the reality of the world, not the fantasy sports league world of elite media wishing only to believe that global climate change is what makes the world safer for women, and that the people of Crimea, like those of Syria and many other places, don’t matter much to American voters. “What difference at this point does it make?” many of her fans in MSM will ask (in very different way of course.) All the difference in the world the real journalists will answer.” What Hillary Said And Didn’t Say. What Hillary Was Asked And Wasn’t Asked.
The Koch Brothers
“Here is the funny thing: when KochPAC, Koch Industries’ political action committee, donated money to Schumer’s 2010 Senatorial campaign, Schumer thought the Kochs were wonderful.” CHUCK SCHUMER: I WAS FOR THE KOCH BROTHERS BEFORE I WAS AGAINST THEM
“Where the Democrats are trying to defend incumbent senators, their problem is that voters’ principal focus will inevitably be on the incumbent’s record. They can, of course, attack the Republican challenger (although in some instances, that challenger remains unknown at present), and they will. But it is the incumbent Democrat, not the Republican challenger, who has to face up to his or her vote for Obamacare, the stimulus, $17 trillion in debt, and so on. Understandably, the incumbents want to change the subject, but it is hard to believe that voters will be much distracted by attacks on private citizens who are not on the ballot.” CAN THE DEMOCRATS RUN AGAINST THE KOCH BROTHERS?
The rest of us continue to suffer for Leftist stupidity. “In some bizarre way, stupidity often works. Not for the citizens who have to suffer its effects, but for governments.
If there were a homo economicus, if the rational actor of market theory really existed, then neither Obama nor Chavez would even be elected. Those who criticize president Obama’s lack of belief in American exceptionalism should look at the counterargument from his point of view. “If America is so exceptional then how come I am president?” The real problem with believing in the Law of Supply and Demand is accounting for the existence of an apparently endless market for stupidity.
Which in my view remains a mystery.” IS THERE A MARKET FOR STUPIDITY?
“There is a pastime among liberal pundits — the latest is Nicholas Kristof — to quote a new center left global ranking (with unbiased titles such as “The Social Progress Imperative”) and then to decry that the United States is behind its major industrial competitors in things like “Internet Access” and “Ecosystem sustainability.” The subtext of these rants is that an illiberal, reactionary U.S. does not spend enough on government entitlements to promote parity, equality and social justice among its citizenry. These pessimistic rankings increase the angst about the American condition when viewed from scowling perches in Washington or New York. Not surprisingly, the winners in these periodic gloomy assessments are usually smaller or intermediate quasi-socialist nations, with mostly homogeneous ethnic and religious populations (e.g., Switzerland, New Zealand, Iceland, Denmark, etc.). And the result is that Americans are scolded to tone down their pride at being exceptional and to begin to emulate such supposedly more livable societies.” Why Aren’t We Number One?
“The Progressive faith of the modern American left is devoted to rule by experts, to unlimited government, to repeal of the distinction between public and private. Thus the constant erosion of the structures intended to protect us from the manipulation and control of the state. Government without end, Amen. It is, dear readers, un-American. Kevin Williamson usefully assimilates the Mozilla moment into a larger pattern in “The Liberal Gulag.” Williamson doesn’t address Mozilla’s statement explaining itself. It is an important document in its own right, for it supports Williamson’s thesis, suggesting that we are entering the world that George Orwell wrote about in 1984, i.e., the world of the Gulag.” ROOTS OF TOTALITARIAN LIBERALISM
It’s not working as President Obama promised. “The analysts conclude that the ‘increases are largely due to changes under the ACA.’” Here’s How Much Health Plan Premiums Spiked Over The Last Four Years Of Obamacare’s Rollout
But. But. But… President Obama told us we’d all be paying less… Survey: US sees sharpest health insurance premium increases in years
“It’s a question that has been at the heart of the health care debate for the past five years, and one that has been the source of plenty of confusion and misinformation: How much does Obamacare actually cost? Over at the newly launched vox.com, Sarah Kliff has a piece attempting to offer an easy explanation of President Obama’s health care law. Kliff is always worth reading on health care policy, but when describing the cost of Obamacare, she writes, “Expanding health coverage to millions of Americans is expensive; it will cost more than $1 trillion over the next decade.” In reality, the Congressional Budget Office estimated this February that the cost would be slightly more than $2 trillion.” How much does Obamacare actually cost?
“As mentioned above, that $2 trillion cost had about $500 billion in offsets. But the penalty payments from employers and individuals has been delayed and now the $200 billion in Medicare Advantage cuts/offsets is cancelled, or so says the imperial presidency. That, of course, doesn’t change the cost, it only increases it. Short term political pandering aimed at winning elections as usual from this administration. Ironically, it has been more effective than the Republicans in dismantling portions of the atrocity known as ObamaCare. So, thanks to the mid-terms, Republicans get one of the cuts they wanted reversed cancelled. Of course they won’t get credit for it – but then that’s the plan isn’t it?” White House cancels Medicare Advantage cuts
“Barack Obama’s presidency is failing. Despite what he and his cheerleaders in the press think, he is still losing the argument over ObamaCare. The program has posted a few non-catastrophic enrollment numbers lately, but a lot of the public has already made up their minds. They never liked the program much to begin with, and now that they know what’s in it, they like it even less. The economic recovery, such as it is, continues to be slow, painful, and jobless. The president’s foreign policy is spinning out of control in all directions. So the left is doing what they always do when their policies fail: make everything about race, instead. If the Obama presidency itself is what’s failing, then his whole presidency—the one that was supposed to usher in a post-racial era—must be all about race, too.” Why Obama’s Presidency Has to Be All About Race Now
Lying hypocrites. “Advocates for the poor do not ordinarily live by what they preach. The President has informed us that, “We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times.” Yet during a recent trip to China the first family and their staff of about 70 stayed in the presidential suite at the Westin Chaoyang Hotel, which USA Today reports costs about $8,400 a night. Clearly the elite live by a different standard and have for a long time. Communist defector Victor Kravchenko recalled that during the famine in the Soviet Union, “I found myself among men who could eat ample and dainty food in full view of starving people not only with a clear conscience but with a feeling of righteousness, as if they were performing a duty to history.” The Poverty Hoax