Scott Walker proposes a giant dung sandwich for working families -- making the entire country "right-to-work," eliminating the National Labor Relations Board, repealing the Davis-Bacon Act, and replacing overtime with comp time, all of which he calls "reform" and "modernization." I thought he'd at least pretend he wasn't such a bastard, but apparently the pressure that comes with Not Being Donald Trump is too much to bear. If he gets the nomination, and tries to pull an Etch-a-Sketch on the electorate, he'll need a lot more "liberal" media help than Mitt Romney got.
Buried in this fluff piece about Great and Awesome American Real Super-President Mitch McConnell is his rather absurd claim that "(b)usiness leaders" have told him they have "a hard time finding people to do the work because they’re doing too good with food stamps, Social Security and all the rest." You're tempted to respond that science is more than just collecting anecdotes, but you might also contemplate the possibility that these "business leaders" can't find people to fill positions because they're trying to pay them in dung pellets. (Hate to pile on -- OK, I don't -- but why does he think "the most successful people" are the people who make the most money?)
Casey Quinlan at Think Progress asks "Why Graduates Of For-Profit Colleges Are Struggling To Pay Back Student Loans." Long story short: for-profit schools promise rather more in the way of career prospects than they deliver and commit a good bit of fraud, and of course the financial services meltdown made everything a lot worse. But it sure is a good thing Marco "Corinthian is my constituent" Rubio would get rid of the "elitist" college accreditation system so that even more Americans can enjoy endless debt.
It's not just the for-profit college students who have trouble: ProPublica reports on the large amount of debt low-income NYU and UCal students pick up. Their job prospects are better than if they went to some Corinthian college, but still. We also learn that low-income Vassar College students leave with very little debt, thanks in part to its "need-blind" admissions policy and its reliance on grants instead of loans. (NYU's response has its slimy arguments, like the one ProPublica takes apart in paragraph 18. But at least NYU didn't step in it the way the Harvard official does at the end.)
Finally, Citizens for Tax Justice studies Jeb Bush's tax "reform" plan, and surprise, surprise, the top 1% get over half the relief from Mr. Bush's tax cuts. Oh, and it would eliminate the Estate Tax and the now-patched Alternative Minimum Tax. You just keep partying like it's 1999, Jeb!