Thursday, August 03, 2006

Democrats Oppose Minimum Wage Increase

Senate Democrats just defeated a measure that would have raised the minimum wage to $7.25... I guess raising the minimum wage wasn't that important to them afterall. They'd rather have the issue.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Think Progress: Like the Wall of a Bathroom Stall

It's nothing new, but I'm still amused by the - to paraphrase Dane Cook - ignorant shit that comes out of "progressives" mouths and keyboards. Take a look at this post at Think "Progress" that references a benign comment House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) made about reforming Social Security: Boehner Pledges To Privatize Social Security: ‘We’re Going to Get Serious About This’
    #262 i think alll good americans ought buy and send john a pack of his favorite smoke. c’mon john, smoke, smoke, smoke. are ya smoking yet? that sweet carolina smoke.

    Comment by jeff johnson — August 1, 2006 @ 12:55 pm

    #265 Give B-O-N-E-R a ton of Vigra please > he will become so stiff that he will not be able to move or destroy Social Security, then give him to Jeff Gannon for his pleasure > lol.

    Comment by Jay Randal — August 1, 2006 @ 1:44 pm

    #267 It’s spelled ‘Boner’ but it’s pronounced ‘Dickhead’! ...

    Comment by Robert Sawdey — August 1, 2006 @ 1:59 pm
Brilliant, guys. Brilliant.

Monday, July 31, 2006

I Know Where I'll Be 3/30/07

Call it -- on March 30, 2007 I will be at opening night for TMNT. It's looking more and more like 2007 is going to be the year for big screen versions of cartoons from childhood. The Simpsons (well, childhood and adulthood). Transformers. Etc.

Rave: Lindsay Czarniak

Today's Rave: Lindsay Czarniak, NBC4's latest sports girl, following in the footsteps of former rave Nicole Zaloumis.

Lindsay combines city-girl class with midwest charm, and she likes sports. What more can you ask for?

Her age also gives those of us in the neighborhood hope that we might see her out in Georgetown and be able to gawk from afar while thinking of all of the things we'd say to her if we had a pair.

Crime Emergency!

I can't think of a single issue on which I've truly agreed with Matthew Yglesias -- except this one. He writes:
    "Turning the DCPD into a 5,000-strong squad should, in other words, bring about a 9.5 percent reduction in crime. Based on 2005 crime statistics that would mean over 18 fewer murders, 330 fewer robberies, 360 fewer assaults, and 700 fewer stolen cars -- that's nothing to sneer at."
The comments are kind of lame. "We don't need more cops," they exclaim -- but more money for "youth programs" and such to reduce crime. Right. Because the people committing crimes are the ones who are going to youth programs.

One presumably conservative commenter likens the need for more police to the liberal trope that more money would boost failing schools. Unlike the latter, the former has proven its effectiveness at meeting its objective: lowering the crime rate which, I might add, is one of the few legitimate functions of any government.

Wal-Mart, Enemy of the People

For a glimpse of what U.S. government would look like under Democrat rule, you need only look at Jeffrey Birnbaum's glowing review of Sen. Byron Dorgan's (D-ND) book that, in painful detail, describes the evils of capitalism, globalization, and the freedom of individuals to enter into contracts themselves -- without the approval or oversight of Uncle Sam.

To see how far left the Democrats have strayed - if Ned Lamont's candidacy were not enough proof - read this from Birnbaum:
    "Dorgan also sounds what has become a major rallying cry for the political left -- a full-throated assault on the nation's largest retailer. 'Wal-Mart,' he writes, 'is the poster child for what has gone so terribly wrong in this global economy.' He complains that the company 'trades American jobs for cheap foreign labor' and 'pushes wages down here in the United States.'"
Wal-Mart? Wal-Mart is the poster child for everything that is "so terribly wrong?" Wal-Mart, where I'm greeted by a nice retired man in a bow-tie; where I can buy 12 Mach 3s for less than the local CVS sells 4; where I can still find Little Debbie snack cakes that haven't been outlawed by my betters?

This is the Democrat Party in 2006.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

House Approves Pension Reform

Last night the House GOP led passage of the first significant reforms of our nation's pension laws in more than a quarter-century. From AP:
"The House approved an ambitious overhaul of the nation's pension laws late Friday, hoping to prolong the traditional employer-based pension plans relied upon by millions while also promoting new savings options and protecting the government from future taxpayer bailouts.

The reforms in the bill 'represent the most sweeping changes to America's pension laws in more than 30 years,' said House Majority Leader John Boehner, Republican of West Chester.

He said the bill 'will ensure that workers and retirees can continue to count on their hard- earned pension benefits.'"
Pension reform isn't as sexy nor does it whip up conservatives the way talk of reforming Social Security does. But it's an important victory nonetheless - politically and policy-wise.

Politically, the uncertain mood that's fallen over the country has been caused by a number of things: the ongoing Global War on Terror, high gas prices, rising health care costs, etc. Another big one is the fear of losing retirement benefits. Most people know Social Security isn't worth a damn, so they rely on their pension savings. As news has picked up of troubles in the airline and steel industries (just to name two), workers have been concerned. This bill should give a lot of people piece of mind that their benefits will be there for them when they retire.

Policy-wise, the bill will actually force employers to keep their promises to workers. The idea of the government sticking its nose into private commerce is appalling to me, but any good conservative should agree that one of the key roles of government is to enforce privately agreed-to contracts. If employers are breaking their contracts with their employees, there should be consequences. For too long there weren't any. This will change that.

So as we head into August, the House GOP has another victory notch to put on their belt. Here's hoping they can parlay that into positive coverage and - come November 7 - votes.

George Washington: He'll Save Children, But Not the British Children