Zachary Bernstein writes about "How to Save Entitlements Without Really Trying." Long story short: he'd get rid of the cap on payroll taxes for Social Security and Medicare -- subjecting income over $113,700 to the payroll tax, which would raise revenues dramatically -- but then cut the payroll tax rate itself. I'd be happy to do that if it got the cap lifted! I suspect Republicans would be less eager to compromise.
Washington Governor signs $8.7 billion (over twenty-seven years) tax break for Boeing -- but Boeing already hasn't paid state corporate taxes in years. Boeing has received some $96 million in state tax breaks since 2003, but this bill "entitles" them to $322 million more annually. Nice work if you can get it!
Some Bush Mobb-types think it's OK to call the rocky healthcare.gov rollout "Obama's Katrina." I guess Condi Rice would call that an "opportunity," in the sense that when you screw up as badly as Tha Bush Mobb did in New Orleans, you then get to equate any of your political opponents' screwups with your screwup. You'd just have to hope nobody notices that the Affordable Care Act, whatever its faults, has put exactly zero floating bodies in the Gulf.
Think Progress has taken to calling big corporate retailers' efforts to sell even more holiday gifts by forcing their workers to work Thanksgiving Day the "War on Thanksgiving." Loathe as I am to begin phrases with "war" and a preposition, the right wing had this coming, plus it is a bad idea to make workers skip family time on Thanksgiving so their fellow Americans can be even more gluttonous. Way to put the Christ in Christmas, corporate overlords.
Finally, in a classic hostage situation, the Lafourche Parish (LA) Council Chair wants to divert $800,000 from library funding to build a new jail -- because there's no other way to fund a dilapidated jail! Mr. Toups also claims that, in the library, "(t)hey're teaching Mexicans how to speak English," then goes on about "junkies and hippies and food stamps (sic)." Used to be they said "Speak English or Die," but now they just say "die." Anyone ever heard of Lindel Toups before? Me neither. Now let's never speak of him again.