Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Cruising the Web

The Detroit News says that government central planners could learn a lesson in their city's woes with the People Mover.

California politicians want to make sure
that domestic employees get minimum wages, workmen's comp, rest and meal breaks. This would cover maids, housekeepers, babysitters and perhaps house-sitters and dog-walkers if they're over 18 years old. Gee, I wish someone had mandated rest breaks when my children were small. The state now wants to regulate every possible economic transaction that anyone might make.

Hans A. Von Spakovsky eviscerates
all the liberal arguments that requiring an ID for voting is equivalent somehow to Jim Crow laws.

No wonder Jimmy Hoffa wants to go to war to help reelect Obama - he's sure rewarded them for their support for him win election in the first place. Just count the ways, he's given them special benefits and neglected to criticize them for all the sorts of things he is happy to criticize businessmen for.

President Obama might have had nice rhetoric in Detroit about how unions are all about shared sacrifice. But not in Michigan. There the public employee unions were quite happy to put the screws on non-unionized public employees.
Obama is speaking to union members from the state of Michigan, where then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm rescinded a 3% pay raise for non-unionized state employees while allowing the 3% raise scheduled for union employees to proceed....Far from sharing the sacrifice, Michigan unions sloughed the sacrifice off onto non-unionized workers during the budget crisis. In fact, unions even opposed the idea of paying 3% of their salary into their retirement fund to offset costs. As the state budget floundered and non-union public employees took a hit, unions mounted fierce protection of their pay. And, they did so despite the fact that between 2007 and 2009 only "one group is actually becoming richer in Michigan: government employees," as the Detroit News noted in a March 12, 2010 editorial.

That's neither shared sacrifice nor shared prosperity.
Paul Gigot writes that Sarah Palin might have been a contender, but she never took the steps after the 2008 race that might have helped her be a realistic candidate. I agree.