In which a small business owner explains how the relationship between labor value and wages works. Amazing to me how many people don’t get this. I’m going to start branding this on people’s foreheads: “The feds can mandate a higher wage, but some jobs don’t produce enough economic value to bear the increase. If government could transform unskilled entry-level positions into middle-income jobs, the Soviet Union would be today’s dominant world economy. Spain and Greece would be thriving.”
Piss off those allies, Obama administration. Just piss ‘em off, one by one.
Whatever your views on gay marriage, Cruz is absolutely correct on the legal question. As National Review notes, there is no affirmation of federalism (an absurd argument the Left has been making this week) in letting federal circuit courts dictate marriage laws, overriding the votes of the people in the state.
Selfish, EVIL conservatives.
This is so good. Must-read by Kevin Williamson. The Left’s seething hatred for home schooling:
If you have not followed the issue closely, it is probably impossible for you to understand how intensely the Left and the government-school monopoly hate, loathe, and distrust home-schooling and home-school families. Purportedly serious scholars such as Robin West of Georgetown denounce them as trailer trash living “on tarps in fields or parking lots” and write wistfully of the day when home-schooling was properly understood: “Parents who did so were criminals, and their kids were truants.” The implicit rationale for the heavy regulation of home-schooling — that your children are yours only at the sufferance of the state — is creepy enough; in fact, it is unambiguously totalitarian and reduces children to the status of chattel.
Contrary to all of the sanctimony surrounding them, the government schools are in fact the single most destructive institution in American public life, and they are the bedrock of the Left’s power, providing billions of dollars in campaign contributions and millions of man-hours for Democratic campaigns. But they do more than that: They are the real-life version of those nightmarish incubator pods from The Matrix, and home-schooling is a red pill. We entrust our children to the state for twelve or thirteen years, during which time they are subjected to a daily regimen that is, like the school buildings themselves, more than a little reminiscent of the penitentiary: “bells and cells,” as one of my teachers used to call it. They are instructed in obedience and compliance, as though the most important skill in life were the ability to sit quietly and follow instructions; those children who are more energetic than the authorities care for are given psychiatric diagnoses and very often put on psychiatric drugs: Since the 1980s, the rate of antidepressant prescription for children has increased five-fold, while the rate of antipsychotic prescription has increased six-fold. Locking children up for the largest part of the day, in a dreary room with 20 to 30 other children all born within nine or ten months of each other, is a model that make sense — that is something other than insane — only if you think of children as batches — if you believe, as our president and those who share his views believe, that the children are the government schools’ product rather than their customers.
The Left’s model of society is still the model of Marx and Bismarck: one big factory to be managed by experts. The government schools are an assembly line for human widgets, who are in theory there to be taught what the state requires them to know in order to fulfill their roles as workers, administrators, and other bits of human machinery. That is the assumption behind President Obama’s insistence that “if you quit on school, you’re not just quitting on yourself — you’re quitting on your country.” Students are also there to be instructed in the official, unspoken state ideology: submission to official power.
The Left’s organizing principle is control, and the possibility that children might commonly be raised outside of its control matrix is an existential threat from the progressive point of view. Institutions such as free markets and free speech terrify progressives, because they are the result of arrangements in which nobody is in control…The Left’s war on school choice is mostly about money, but its jihad against home-schooling is about power.
Home-schooling isn’t for everybody, but every home-school student, like every firearm in private hands, is a quiet little declaration of independence. It’s no accident that the people who want to seize your guns are also the ones who want to seize your children. Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s desire to imprison people who hold the wrong views on climate change and Harry Reid’s plot to gut the Bill of Rights are not aberrations in an otherwise genuinely liberal agenda; the Left desires to put every aspect of every human life under political discipline, from which history books your children read to what kind of cheese you eat.
“Liberals” can tolerate anything…except people who disagree with them. Charles C.W. Cooke has a good write-up about Scripps College’s shameful George Will disinvite.
The iPhone 6 is sexist because – like anything else – if you rub your made-up face on it, some makeup comes off. Women have it so good in this country that they have to FIND shit like this to complain about.
LOL. Assad just thought of four more chemical facilities that had slipped his mind before.
Terminally self-absorbed, marginally famous mediocrities act foolish in one last attempt to get fools to vote. If you don’t know who the Vice President is and can name more Kardashians than Supreme Court Justices, please don’t vote.
LOL. Andrew Sullivan didn’t actually read the chart he posted but wrote a sneering, arrogant post on it anyway. I give him credit for admitting his mistake though.
Your daily reminder that fun is banned.
Yes, thank you. I’m bored by the whole gay marriage fight at this point. (I would prefer the state got out of marriage altogether, but that’s never going to happen). But the phrase “marriage equality” drives me nuts.
“Wi-Fi is a human right,” says stupid person.
Thanks for all the laughs and good times. Now go fuck yourselves.
This has to be true.
Next time someone pretends like the only thing between you and a horrible death is government food inspection, mention this:
A food inspector for the U.S. Department of Agriculture who was suspended for failing to discover that rats had infested a pasta-making plant has won a fight to overturn his punishment and get back pay. Now, a federal labor board has directed an arbitrator to consider whether taxpayers also should reimburse the $67,589-a-year federal worker for legal costs–which his union already covered–even though the food inspector didn’t notice rat feces in a storage room where a bag of flour was ripped open
This is absolutely insane. We all recognize that this is insane, yes?
A Nebraska school district has instructed its teachers to stop referring to students by “gendered expressions” such as “boys and girls,” and use “gender inclusive” ones such as “purple penguins” instead. “Don’t use phrases such as ‘boys and girls,’ ‘you guys,’ ‘ladies and gentlemen,’ and similarly gendered expressions to get kids’ attention,” instructs a training document given to middle-school teachers at the Lincoln Public Schools. “Create classroom names and then ask all of the ‘purple penguins’ to meet on the rug,” it advises. The document also warns against asking students to “line up as boys or girls,” and suggests asking them to line up by whether they prefer “skateboards or bikes/milk or juice/dogs or cats/summer or winter/talking or listening.” “Always ask yourself . . . ‘Will this configuration create a gendered space?’” the document says…Furthermore, it instructs teachers to interfere and interrupt if they ever hear a student talking about gender in terms of “boys and girls” so the student can learn that this is wrong.
Speaking of the Left embarrassing itself, “feminists” now want the iconic statue of the WWII statue kissing the nurse removed because it’s “sexual assault.” Fucking lunatics.
What. The. Hell. Grand jury for police raid with grenade thrown in crib says innocent family should have lived elsewhere.
In which Damon Linker notices that “liberals” are not actually liberal and that they no longer want a diverse civil society.
You cannot be serious. How embarrassing.
This Peter Hessler profile of a Cairo garbageman is fascinating.