Believe it or not, payday loan supporters do have their own talking points, and the Consumerist demolishes them here. Even in places where banks fear to tread, you're better off going to a credit union or a state loan program than getting a payday loan with its high interest and onerous fees. Also, payday loans don't "create jobs," they create debt. And would you believe some folks justify payday loans by saying they're preferable to rioting, even though people generally don't riot in the states that ban payday loans? I mean, you can justify any dumb idea by comparing it to imaginary violence.
Citizens for Tax Justice shares "five key tax facts about the health care law." It's admirably short, but I'll try to improve on that: the law provides lots of subsidies, both to individuals and small businesses; almost all of the bill's tax increases affect income over $200,000; only 1 in 50 Americans will have to pay the mandate penalty; and the corporations whining the most about the medical device excise tax may not be paying enough taxes to begin with. None of that will convince your crazy right-wing uncle, but this message ain't for him; it's for the sane people who might accidentally pay attention to him.
Newt Gingrich thinks the solution to "an election process that radically favors billionaires and is discriminating against the middle class" is to let "candidates...receive the same amount of money as super PACs." If he somehow untangled that Moebius strip of an argument, the Washington Post didn't report it, but the Post did write an overly flattering headline -- "Newt Gingrich says wealthy donors like Sheldon Adelson have too much influence" -- when a more accurate one would have been "Newt Gingrich proposes solution to billionaire election influence that would make problem much worse."
PPP poll finds Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett losing his 2014 re-election bid to a generic Democrat by a whopping 56-34 margin. But I think the poll's sample of Democrats is a bit huge (49%? Come on, even I'm a registered independent!). Also, Mr. Corbett won't run against a generic Democrat, but a real one, and none of the ones running are all that impressive -- the likely nominee, Tom Wolf, especially strikes me as another let's-all-get-along-after-all-I'm-a-businessman type, and I'm tired of those.
Finally, Occupy.com reports on the Danish island of Samsø, which creates 100% of its electricity from solar and wind power and 70% of its heat from renewable resources. And it all started with a state-sponsored competition! We just better hope the Koch brothers don't get to pick our next President, or else we might "find" "terrorists" there, and "have" to invade.