David Sirota tells us about Good Jobs First's report "Subsidizing the Corporate One Percent." Spoiler alert: most big corporations aren't made up of can-do types, but rely heavily on state and local government money to be successful, and since most of that money goes to the largest corporations, you can't even say it helps the little guy get the hand-up to succeed. That's not to say that state and local governments just shouldn't try at all, but that they should try harder to avoid the corruption that comes with big corporations running everyone down.
The Congressional Progressive Caucus released another budget proposal last week, but you'd never know it if you got all your news from the "liberal" media. Thus the "liberal" media defines President Obama's budget proposal as the only "liberal" alternative to all the various noisy right-wing budget proposals. And that's how you drag political discourse rightward as Americans would prefer to go leftward.
In a peripherally-related story, Robert Reich explodes the "everyone's paid what they're worth" myth. You know by now that bankster CEOs paying themselves bajillions in bonuses don't work harder than we do -- indeed, we may debate whether they do any useful work at all -- but you may not have known that, 50 years ago, GM's workers made four times what WalMart workers make in today's dollars. I just wish he'd explained that "hidden subsidy" a bit better, though; it could be explosive PR.
Hot on the heels of its report on how badly we do at identifying MIAs from previous wars, ProPublica offers four ways that process could improve. Spoiler alert: they include using DNA more effectively, start a massive PR campaign asking for more DNA from missing soldiers, disinter over 9,000 unknown soldiers, and accept help from nonmilitary organizations. I can see options 2 and 3 being rejected because they'll cost money, option 4 being rejected over confidentiality issues, and option 1 being rejected over turf wars, but none of these are insurmountable.
Finally, Michele Bachmann (E-MN) laments that the "gay community have (sic) so bullied the American people." She must hate it when the gay lobby beats her up when she tries to discriminate against them. Oh, wait, they didn't beat anyone up; they merely spoke out (as did many of the rest of us) en masse and shamed, not "intimidated," politicians trying to discriminate against them, just as it should work in America. If she thinks speaking out equals bullying, or shaming equals bullying -- or, more likely, if she merely wants you to think these things equal bullying -- then there's no hope for her. Now let's never speak of her again.