Now Daily Kos calls on Harry Reid to do away with the filibuster for Presidential appointees and judicial nominees. I reject this call -- rather, I call upon the Senate to make their members sustain a filibuster by actually talking for hours on end about a subject. But this short-sightedness is appalling -- does Daily Kos not remember that a mere eight years ago Republicans wanted to eliminate the filibuster for judicial nominees? Do they remember what they thought about it then? I do. I hope Mr. Reid merely means to make Mr. McConnell cave on a few nominees, like Messrs. Perez and Cordray.
David Koch thinks getting rid of the minimum wage will help the poor. Because getting fewer dung pellets always helps them! As a side issue: does a putative "avalanche of regulations" create "a culture of dependency"? I think regulation prevents a culture of dependency -- a culture of dependency upon corporations. And it's hard to say you're "dependent on government" when it's your government. One more thing: when Mr. Koch talks about "the mobility of labor" I'm pretty sure he wants to exercise that mobility, not you.
As you know, federally-subsidized student loan rates doubled on July 1, and the Senate, again, couldn't agree on a way to cut it back. Which is to say, only 51 of 100 Senators wanted to keep the old 3.4% rate. I maintain that getting rid of the filibuster is not a solution -- if we made Senators work for their filibusters, they'd make fools of themselves and they'd filibuster less. Speaking of fools, I'm starting to wonder whether we'd all have been better off with another term for a do-nothing moderate in Maine than with Angus King.
From the "This Used to Be the Future" file: CNN wonders why we don't all work 15-hour weeks, like our intelligentsia thought we would by now. And takes 11 paragraphs to get to the obvious answer: because we wouldn't make enough money! And still mainly blames consumerism, which I'll grant doesn't help. Should I give them credit for noting, right off the bat in paragraph 11, that "income gains (in recent decades) have been disproportionately distributed"? Not as much as I'd give them if they'd said "technology has made workers more productive -- and delivered the wealth that production created to their bosses."
Indiana "reforms" its criminal code, with the "unintended" consequence that any same-sex couple filing for a marriage license in Indiana could get 18 months in jail! Also, any state official or clergy member performing a gay marriage could get six months in jail. The Supreme Court would strike down that restriction on Indiana clergy with a quickness. No, I'm not kidding.
Finally, Elizabeth Hasselback, until two days ago the token right-winger on ABC's The View, will join Fox and Friends in the middle of September. And THAT! IS THE MOST! SURPRISING! THING! I! HAVE EVER! HEARD!