At then end of the day, in today’s political atmosphere we’ve gotta take what we can get. And, when the taking is the right thing from the get go, perhaps even the better. But it would have been nice if we could have come to this conclusion without having to experience what love means first had:
CINCINNATI – Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman said Thursday that he now supports gay marriage because one of his sons is gay.
Ohio’s junior senator made the disclosure during an interview in Washington, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
“It’s a change of heart from the position of a father,” he told three reporters during the 45-minute session in his office. “I think we should be allowing gay couples the joy and stability of marriage.”
I’m not so sure that this signals a tipping point in the GOP, after all, Cheney supports gay marriage, but I could be wrong; this could be the beginning of the thaw.
If only Mr. Portman could have arrived at this conclusion under different circumstances.
If the decline of the union means that American companies begin hiring more people, I’m all for the decline of the American union:
Last July was a good month for factory workers in Anderson, Ind., where a Honda parts supplier announced plans to build a new plant and create up to 325 jobs. But it was a grim month in the Cleveland suburbs, where an industrial plastics firm told the state of Ohio it was closing a plant and laying off 150 people.
Nearly all of the Ohio workers belonged to a labor union. Workers at the Indiana plant don’t. Their fates fit a post-recession pattern: American factories are hiring again, but they’re not hiring union members.
But nationally, is there a trend that would suggest that union shops are doing better than or worse than non-union shops?
U.S. manufacturers have added a half-million new workers since the end of 2009, making the sector one of the few bright spots in an otherwise weak recovery. And yet there were 4 percent fewer union factory workers in 2012 than there were in 2010, according to federal survey data. On balance, all of the job gains in manufacturing have been non-union.
This isn’t rocket surgery. It’s been a fact for a long time now that unions are nothing more than modern day racketeer outfits. While they may provide better compensation for their members, they restrict the number of jobs that otherwise might have been available. Further, and perhaps more insidious, is the fact that the monies generated from their members goes straight into the hands of politicians.
Razor thin margins everywhere.
Back in August I had this to say:
I’m out on a limb with Virginia and Colorado while Obama is pretty much a lock in every state going blue in the map above.
I no longer think I’m on a limb in Virginia, possibly Colorado. But Romney seems to have stolen New Hampshire. And I think Iowa breaks Red.
Again, there is plenty of “limbness” going on here, but…and this is a significant but, if Romney moves even one single state such as Nevada, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio or Pennsylvania, it’s over. Going back to August again I said this:
I think Obama will carry the big Ohio and Pennsylvania states with Florida going for Mitt.
I’m now more sure of Florida and less sure of Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Net/net – I am really demoralized that the Union states of Michigan and Ohio are supporting Obama as strong as they are. The President made a clear power play there with the auto bailouts and then the ensuing bankruptcy that he totally manipulated. Add in Wisconsin to that Union dominated list of states and you have an election dictated by Unions.
In a night dominated by the republican presidential nomination there is another primary race being decided. That of democrat Dennis Kucinich.
Remember, just last cycle the man was running for President. Today he’s lost his bid to be the democrat candidate for the House of Representatives.
Just another example of the positive impact of the republican wins in 2010. Mr. Kucinich faced a democrat challenger only because districts were remapped as a result of those 2010 elections.
Got a bunch of baseball cards in the attic? Beanie Babies maybe? How about some old CD’s?
Now, say ya wanna sell ’em. Everyone knows that if you start the bidding to high you won’t get any takers. Bring the price down and you can sell almost anything.
Simple: More expensive, fewer people buy. Less expensive, more people buy.
Which makes this so mind boggling:
Eight states will ring in the New Year with a higher minimum wage, under state laws that require wage floors to keep apace with inflation. San Francisco, one of the few cities that sets its own minimum wage above the federal level, is also raising wages for the lowest-paid workers in the new year. It will become the first big city in the country to require companies to pay their workers more than $10 an hour.
The minimum wage increases in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont and Washington will be 28 cents to 37 cents an hour, according to the National Employment Law Project. That is an extra $582 to $770 a year for a full-time minimum wage worker, and resets these states’ minimum wages to $7.64 to $9.04 an hour.
At that higher end is Washington State, which will become the first state in the nation to set its minimum wage above $9 an hour. For reference, the federal wage floor for most workers is $7.25 an hour.
I get it, I do. No one’s time should be worth so little. However, by forcing businesses to pay more for labor than they otherwise should, they will buy less labor. And lastly, should an individual be free to bargain for the value of his time?
Posted in Economics, Economy, Liberty, Politics: National, States Behaving Badly
Tagged Arizoona, Colorado, Florida, Minimum Wage, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont, Washington
Liberals love to scream that corporations influence elections in an unfair manner. They have tons of money and are able to exert influence that ordinary people can’t.
Strangely they are silent when that exact same influence is wielded by unions:
The nation’s biggest labor unions spent nearly $30 million to repeal the law. That was more than twice the amount spent by Republican-affiliated groups backing the law.
30 million dollars. 30. Million. Dollars.
Listen. The Left complains that abuses take place all the time by “actors” of the right. Rules are broken and advantages are exploited. But make no mistake. The REAL complain isn’t that those rules are really important or that advantages shouldn’t exist. The REAL complain from the Left is that they aren’t the ones benefiting from ’em.
Once again we have Unions using illegally obtained money to elect officials and pass laws that benefit the Union.
Occupy Ohio people, Occupy Ohio.
The story of Kelley Williams-Bolar is a sad one. At least I think it is. And, and it’s a good one. The story is about a flawed mother who, in this case, is simply looking to do right by her kids.
In America, that’s about as noble as it gets.
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The rest of the nation is moving on the public sector unions. The inertia is clearly in favor of those who wanna reign in the influence of those unions.
However, that doesn’t mean the fight is over; far from it. For example, recent developments in Wisconsin show how delicate the balance really is:
MADISON, Wis. – The monthlong saga over Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to drastically curb collective bargaining rights for public workers in Wisconsin took a turn Friday that could force a dramatic rebooting of the entire legislative process.
A judge temporarily blocked the law from taking effect, raising the possibility that the Legislature may have to vote again to pass the bill…
It isn’t over folks.
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I have already introduced the races where there is a Democrat retiring. This morning I’ll introduce the retiring Republican seats.
There are 5, 1 more than retiring Democrats. [Technically they count the MA Senate race as a retirement, but since it has already been run and won, I won’t be counting that here].
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Posted in Politics: National, Senate
Tagged 2010 Election, Barack Obama, Democrat, Kansas, Kentucky, Left, Missouri, New Hampshire, Ohio, Politics, Republican, Right