According to Bloomberg, friction between small businesses and large corporations has developed over corporate tax reform. Their story suggests that small businesses want highest-bracket income tax reductions along with corporate tax rate reductions, since small businesses would more likely be subject to the personal income tax. But big "small business" lobbies, not actual small businesses, are pushing this narrative, and there simply aren't that many "enterprises like restaurants and hardware stores that would be hurt by higher marginal rates." We've killed this zombie already, but it keeps getting up.
Daily Kos diarist finds that, beginning in 2013, "new voter registrations originating via (North Carolina's) public assistance (welfare) offices had suddenly and inexplicably collapsed by 66%." And that fact may well be breaking federal law, the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, which mandates that states must actively try to register every citizen who uses state services. I'm sure this is all a complete coincidence with a perfectly reasonable expl ha ha sorry I couldn't even type that in jest.
Tea Party House Rep changes his position on foreign aid (he was inflexibly opposed) once he visits Ethiopia and Kenya and sees the good foreign aid can do. I hesitate to criticize Mr. Emmer too much -- we don't learn everything by thought experiment, and actual real world experience can be just the right tonic for radical ideologies -- but he could just be grabbing attention for himself with a statement he never intends to follow through upon. Shame it's come to the point where I think that whenever a Republican starts making sense, but it has. I'll certainly apologize if I find I'm wrong.
In a post-Citizens United world, corporations are trying harder than ever to get their employees to donate to political causes of their choosing. Again, it's stunning to see how easily people can be bought -- BP employees who donate a dollar for every $40 they make get choice parking spots, and yes I've worked enough jobs to see how something like that could be tempting, but grown-ups know how to avoid such temptations. Corporations offer the usual protests (we don't require employees to do anything nudge-nudge, we don't tell them which party to donate to wink-wink), which are, I imagine, just true enough to keep them out of jail.
Finally, Jeb Bush, who earlier suggested that he'd have invaded Iraq just like his brother did, now says that, given the "failures of the intelligence community," of course he wouldn't have done something so stupid. The reversal is almost Romneyesque. Three things: one, I knew the case for war was horsedoodle back in 2002, so I'm not impressed with arguments that suggest "we all got it wrong"; two, the "intelligence community" didn't fail us anywhere near as much as our leaders failed us, and three, these jerks took a huge dump all over the country I love with their little Iraq adventure, and "knowing what I know now" is their way of pretending they didn't.