Robert Pollin reminds us that we can-so create jobs and beat climate change at the same time. "(B)uilding a green economy requires hiring workers at much greater rates than maintaining the world's currently-dominant fossil fuel-based energy infrastructure" does, and I don't even think very many fossil-fuel workers will lose their jobs as a result -- nobody's ever heard of "retraining"? -- and the "higher costs" of renewable energy will tumble as renewable energy efforts expand (and at least one international organization has already found parity between renewable and fossil fuel production costs). Big corporate CEOs will have to forego gilding the plumbing on their 19th vacation homes, of course, which is always why we can't have nice things.
Surprise, surprise, Scott Walker's new work requirement for the Wisconsin food stamp program has kicked 15,000 good Wisconsin citizens off the rolls just in time for the holidays. Nobody could have predicted that making your "job-creation" program entirely into a corporate welfare program would actually induce businesses and jobs to flee the state, leaving folks with much less opportunity to meet work requirements! Nobody, that is, except for the various hands inside Scott Walker's puppet head. I long for the day when we think of this guy when we hear the name "Scott Walker," and not America's Worst Governor.
Ho hum, Glenn Greenwald notes the preponderance of "experts" who are consistently wrong about foreign policy on CBS's flagship Sunday morning news program Face the Nation. Reminds me of the time some "liberal" media flak condemned the possibility of Sen. Feingold as Senate Foreign Affairs Chair. Someone who was always right about Iraq in charge of the Seante Foreign Affairs Committee? Perish the thought.
Ted Rall picks apart the "Phony Generosity" of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Read the whole thing, as the devil is in the details, but note two points: one, that "(n)o one can work hard enough to earn one billion dollars," and two, that Mr. Zuckerberg could be creating jobs right now by hiring some 24-7 customer service reps -- which I presume he doesn't do now because Facebook has a virtual monopoly on its kind of social media and thus you'll just eat whatever service problems you're having (I haven't had that many, admittedly, but Facebook hasn't dealt with them in a timely manner, either).
Finally, another day, another moronic politician blaming someone other than Robert Dear for the Planned Parenthood shootings, except that this Colorado state Rep blames Planned Parenthood and only Planned Parenthood for the shootings. How many times must I tell these pimps! Blame the shooter for the shooting. Right-wingers say things like this to liberals all the time, but I bet the only reason they wouldn't like it if you blamed the World Trade Center for 9.11 is that it obstructs you from blaming Muslims.