Ok, radio's over for a little while so tv begins again. See ya on Kudlow & Co. on CNBC tonight about 5 pm EDT, talking about terrorist profiling at airports and other such. Lots of SGO, none of it good.
The Spectacle Blog
Oh, but Dave, it can be such a profitable strategy in the short run. That's why Wal-Mart's CEO has urged an increase in the minimum wage. In the long-run, of course, you give the left more power to determine what you can and cannot pay employees. But in the short-run, such a policy makes labor costs higher for Wal-Mart's competitors--you know, all those Mom-N-Pops the left always accuses Wal-Mart of driving out of business? They go out of business, and Wal-Mart expands its market share.
Of course, getting the left to understand that about the minimum wage makes one feel like the proverbial one-legged man at the a** kicking contest.
The Democrats seem to have confused a corporation that provides jobs (and, by the way, is now toeing their line on emergency contraceptives, the environment, and health care) for a political opponent. At least Mayor Daley gets it ($): if you keep legally harassing Wal-Mart about wages, they'll just up and leave.
It is worth noting, as Mr. Hogberg often does, that corporations often don't understand that appeasing the left is not a fruitful strategy. Wal-Mart has given many inches, and will end up having to give miles.
Writing in today's NY Times (subscription required), Scott Atran, a research scientist at the National Center for Scientific Research in Paris, says that Israel and the U.S. should deal with Hamas.
Although Hamas is sworn to the destruction of Israel, Atran writes:
Hamas's top elected official, Prime Minister Ismail Haniya, now accepts that to stop his people's suffering, his government must forsake its all-or-nothing call for Israel's destruction. "We have no problem with a sovereign Palestinian state over all our lands within the 1967 borders, living in calm," Mr. Haniya told me in his Gaza City office in late June, shortly before an Israeli missile destroyed it. "But we need the West as a partner to help us through."
After two days of prominently placed page 1 stories on Sen. George Allen, the Washington Post has relegated its coverage of his re-election campaign to its previous spot, the Metro section, practically burying today's story in a tiny corner at the bottom of page B1. Evidently it's not big news that Sen. John McCain stumped for Allen yesterday in Norfolk, or that Allen's opponent James Webb drew all of 40 people to his appearance in safe, ultra-liberal Arlington (I think I drew more than that when I once spoke to the Arlington Kiwanis, the group Webb addressed yesterday), or that Webb supporter Wesley Clark included war hero McCain among the Republicans he says have let military veterans down.
Of course, the "macaca" story was replayed early in the report, in the weasely way that has come to exemplify liberal media bias, as editorializing fills in where empirical reporting won't or can't go. This, from paragraph 3, about McCain's appearance for Allen:
This is what people power is all about:
BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (news, bio, voting record), a three-term Democrat now running as an independent candidate, leads the man who beat him in last week's primary vote by 12 points in a three-way race, a poll released on Thursday shows.
Last week I responded to an argument that we ought to open Medicare to all and let it compete with the private sector health insurance. One of my responses was that since the government gets to run Medicare and regulate private health insurance, it was a bit like letting a referee both officiate and play in a game.
You can get a good glimpse of this by looking at Medicare Part C, which was supposed to let private insurance companies offer health savings account-type policies to seniors (called medical savings accounts (MSAs) under Medicare). However, Part C was weighed down by so many regulations that virtually no private insurance plans bothered.
Apparently the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) decided to revamp the application process. Under "Downloads" on the CMS website, there are nine different links for "useful information" and memos before you get to the applications.
Yesterday's Guardian reported that
The resident Cominternist at the Washington Post, Harold Meyerson, scoffs at talk that Joe Lieberman's defeat in Connecticut means the Democratic Party has moved left. But then he happily informs readers that not only Ned Lamont is anti-free trade, but so are other key Senate candidates Bob Casey, Sherrod Brown and Bernie Sanders.
Another Ned Lamont endorser: Michael Schiavo, the devoted husband who couldn't wait to pull the plug on his wife last year in order to remarry. He's devoting his free time to opposing every politician who sided with his wife's parents in the case. Thus, he's backing Democrat Angie Paccione in a Colorado congressional race. In welcoming his support, Paccione chose language that was, shall we say, unfortunate. "We need more individual citizens like him to step up and put an end to it."