Surprise, surprise, a lot of the businesses blasting the North Carolina government for its pro-discrimination law HB 2 gave big bucks to the politicians who made it possible. More precisely, these businesses gave millions of dollars to two D.C.-based organizations, including the Republican Governors Association, that then funneled that money to the North Carolina Republicans who brought about this monstrosity. Perhaps that's why it doesn't seem to occur to them that they helped enable the very thing they now denounce.
In a peripherally-related note, Ian Millhiser at Think Progress suggests that the Mississippi "religious liberty" law may die an ugly death at the hands of the Supreme Court. Why? Because the Court ruled, in Romer v. Evans, that Colorado's notoriously anti-gay Amendment 2 "singl(es) out a certain class of citizens for disfavored legal status," and Mississippi's HB 1523 does the same, granting "an unambiguous permission slip to engage in discrimination" that "religious" folks can use against "a certain class of citizens," and only that class of citizens -- namely LGBT folks. Question for far-right evangelicals: does sending a trans girl home until she comes back to school dressed as a boy sound remotely like a way to win hearts and minds for Christ? Or does it sound more like a way to act out about the world not being exactly the way you'd like it to be?
In case you were letting your guard down about this economic "recovery" of ours, the incomparable David Dayen tells us a Princeton/Harvard study on the "1099 economy" -- composed mainly of temp, on-call, freelance, and contract workers, but also of independent contractors -- grew from 10 percent of the workforce in 2005 to almost 16 percent today. Some right-winger, somewhere, will try to sell this as a boon of "freedom" and "independence," but it's not -- these workers get no health care, no workers comp, no overtime, no paid leave, and now there are 9 million more of them than there were a decade ago. So this development "certainly informs this anti-establishment, anti-business-as-usual political moment." One answer: multi-employer benefit plans.
Sarah Anderson has a good idea: framing the "financial speculation tax" as a "Wall Street sales tax," as in, "if we have to pay sales taxes, why doesn't Wall Street?" The "financial speculation tax," the "financial transaction tax," and even the "Robin Hood tax" haven't caught fire, so maybe the "Wall Street sales tax" will. I hesitate only because I oppose sales taxes generally, but this "sales tax" wouldn't even be like the sales taxes we put up with -- it would hit higher-income traders using computers harder, because they make more trades, often hundreds in a day. Now I'm thinking the "Wall Street sales tax" should be higher than 1 percent. After all, you and I pay over 8 percent on average.
Finally, Florida Gov. Rick Scott reveals his improbably thin skin by saying the woman who chewed him out at a Gainesville Starbucks "refused to Pledge Allegiance to the flag." No, that's a quotation, dropped in clearly to provoke his more rage-addled supporters. Apparently, in her previous life as a city commissioner, Ms. Jennings rose to say the pledge at meetings but did not always recite it. Gosh, and they say liberals are the Thought Police? They say liberals are politically correct? (As an aside, "one statement, inexplicable" was a pretty funny lede. Kudos to writer Jason Silverstein!)