In a sharp pullback, economic growth slowed to 0.1% for the first part of this year. Economist are blaming this in part on severe winter weather, and expect a return to stronger growth. (Unfortunately, we are experiencing another bout of severe weather right now.) Read more about the economy here.

The chart below, from the American Enterprise Institute, demonstrates that the majority of jobs “recovered” since the recession ended are in low-wage industries.

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We have lost 976,000 high wage jobs and 958,000 mid-wage jobs. We have a total net loss of 83,000 jobs since the recession ended.

Peter Robinson interviews the governor he calls a “working, practical politician.” Topics include healthcare (and Obamacare), pension reform, budget reform, education reform, etc. This is a good introduction to Governor Scott Walker for those outside of Wisconsin.

One of the things I love about Robinson’s Uncommon Knowledge is that he gives his guests enough time to answer his questions.

According to a report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration:

(B)etween October 1, 2010 and December 31, 2012, more than 2,800 employees with recent substantiated conduct issues resulting in disciplinary action received more than $2.8 million in monetary awards and more than 27,000 hours in time-off awards. Among these, more than 1,100 IRS employees with substantiated Federal tax compliance problems received more than $1 million in cash awards and more than 10,000 hours in time-off awards.

In other words, our tax dollars went to pay for bonuses for IRS employees who broke the law. These same actions by private citizens would result in audits, fines, penalties and perhaps jail time. But government officials can break the law, and they not only get away with it, they are rewarded.

“Across the country, inequality is lower in Republican districts than in Democratic ones”

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Multiple, recent studies have demonstrated this “surprising” finding. From California to New York, progressive policies and programs have led to greater income inequality. Read more here.