March 29, 2016
March 28, 2016
It seems a little strange that Bill Clinton would point out that for the last eight years, 80% of workers have not received a pay raise. But he said it, and it’s true:
March 25, 2016
This short article by the Wall Street Journal’s Andy Puzder neatly describes the effects of expensive government mandates. Healthcare costs rise. Minimum wages rise. Companies use affordable technology to replace workers. It has happened in retail. It has happened in the airline industry. And now it is happening in food service.
Of course, the mandated rise in minimum wages is meant to increase the availability of “living wage” jobs. And healthcare mandates are supposed to provide affordable medical care to more people. Ironically, the actual result is fewer entry-level jobs and a net growth of people living in poverty. (Puzder points out San Francisco’s widening standard of living gap as a perfect example.)
One effect that Puzder does not include is the closing of many small businesses. Large businesses can afford the initial investments costs of automation. They can also afford a bump in health care costs. Small businesses cannot. This is one reason why big companies, especially technology companies, support expensive government mandates. Big business can absorb the costs, while their smaller competitors cannot. But since 52% of all workers are employed at small businesses*, the effects of company closures are significant on the American workforce overall.
*According to the U.S. Small Business Administration
March 22, 2016
The tragic attack in Brussels underscores the threat of radical Islam to Europe and beyond. David Wroe, of the Sidney Morning Herald, describes the terrorist threat as “beyond the control” of European authorities. Mike Gonzalez, of the Daily Signal, calls Europe a “breeding ground for terror.” And Geopolitical Future’s Lili Bayer points out that the attacks “… highlight Europe’s new reality.” This is not a new threat, but an old one that has been ignored or mishandled for some time. As Tony Blair pointed out in a 2014 speech:
For the last 40 to 50 years, there has been a steady stream of funding, proselytising, organising and promulgating coming out of the Middle East, pushing views of religion that are narrow minded and dangerous. Unfortunately we seem blind to the enormous global impact such teaching has had and is having. … The threat of this radical Islam is not abating. It is growing. It is spreading across the world. It is destabilising communities and even nations. It is undermining the possibility of peaceful co-existence in an era of globalisation. And in the face of this threat we seem curiously reluctant to acknowledge it and powerless to counter it effectively.
Given the growing violence in Paris and Brussels and other places in Europe, it seems he is correct.
March 18, 2016
Senator Rubio was not able to translate his vision into a winning campaign this year, but he did give us something important – a clear description of where we are and why. This is from his concession speech last Tuesday.
The politics of resentment against other people will not just leave us a fractured party, they are going to leave us a fractured nation. They are going to leave us as a nation where people literally hate each other because they have different political opinions.
That we find ourselves at this point is not surprising, for the warning signs have been here for close to a decade. In 2010, the Tea Party wave carried me and others into office because not enough was happening and that Tea Party wave gave Republicans a majority in the House, but nothing changed. In 2014, those same voters gave Republicans a majority in the Senate and, still, nothing changed. And I blame some of that on the conservative movement, a movement that is supposed to be about our principles and our ideas. But I blame most of it on our political establishment.
A political establishment that for far too long has looked down at conservatives, looked down at conservatives, as simple-minded people. Looked down at conservatives as simply bomb-throwers. A political establishment that for far too long has taken the votes of conservatives for granted, and a political establishment that has grown to confuse cronyism for capitalism, and big business for free enterprise.
The politics of resentment have been perfected by the Democrats and are now being adopted by the Republicans. The politics of resentment have shut down free speech on college campuses and have shut down free assembly at a major rally for a presidential candidate. The politics of resentment have fostered violence on the left, with riots and looting, and on the right, with violence against political opponents and journalists. The politics of resentment have prevented us from solving the real problems we face at home and abroad. We are less safe, less free, less successful and, yes, less American today because of the politics of resentment.