The Center for Effective Government instructs us that corporate tax cuts don't create jobs. In stark terms: corporations that pay higher taxes are actually more likely to create jobs, while corporations that pay much lower taxes are far more likely to shed jobs. And collecting taxes at the nominal 35% corporate tax rate (versus 12.6%, the effective average corporate tax liability) would have cut our deficit by almost $400 billion. Am I beating a dead horse? In these times, beating a dead horse is an act of courage.
Surprise, surprise, the NSA sent its employees home for the holidays with talking points they might use in conversation with their family and friends. But surely the NSA knows by now (never mind how!) that hardly any family members who differ about politics ever talk about politics at the holidays anymore.
Study finds immigrants less likely to commit minor crimes or engage in "antisocial" behaviors than their American counterparts. I'd have expressed skepticism at the fact that the study relies almost entirely on self-reporting by subjects, but official crime stats tell a similar story, and the study also finds that the earlier young immigrants come here, the more likely they are to act in an antisocial manner. That's not a reason to "blame America," but it is a pretty good reason to blame our stupid, venal elites and the sick, immoral, and decadent culture they've made in America.
UCal Berkeley economist finds that food stamp use, at least during pregnancy and early childhood, actually increases economic self-sufficiency when those kids grow up. How? Well, when you can get access to food, you can get access to better health and reduced stress, too. And all of these things happen over the long term, which the right-wingers who slam food stamps hardest claim to care about. The article explains the nuts-and-bolts of Ms. Hoynes's research, plus it slams Newt Gingrich for birthing the fact-free culture that now envelops Congress and "liberal" media debate.
Finally, Tea Party radio host claims that "Jesus Christ is weeping in heaven" over Pope Francis's remarks excoriating mammon-worship (though the Lord is not crying, presumably, over the Pope's secret ministry to the homeless of Rome). Go ahead and click through to said radio host's World Net Daily piece, which defines "socialism" and "capitalism" however it pleases, pretends that only governments ever use the "threat of violence," and reads the Parable of the Talents as if it could only ever be about money. And then ask yourself how likely it is that the author ever actually does anything about his professed hatred for "crony capitalism" when there are food-stamp recipients for him to pick on. And then? Never think of him again.