If the story of the old woman and the snake was not written by a politician, it should have been. Anyone who has ever muttered a dejected “lesser of two evils” while shuffling out of a voting booth knows the sting of fangs and the burn of venom that follows an election.
We are hearing of all manner of aberrant behavior in Wisconsin in response to the state taking back control of its budget from an angry, unionized public sector workforce. As talk of a general strike persists, public workers need to be reminded of what makes the American labor market so great.
One hundred years after the smoke cleared, the 1911 tragedy at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory is still good fodder for political haymaking. While the antagonism over collective bargaining escalates in Wisconsin, the president’s unspoken decision to keep out of the conflict after his “assault on unions” remark has forced White House staff to come up with creative ways to let labor know that Mr.
You know times are tough when state officials looking for ways to bridge budget gaps put senior citizens in their sights. Most politicians would rather have their teeth pulled without the benefit of Novocain than defend a record of taxing the elderly.
The recession did not make American students stupid. It did not make taxpaying parents stupid, either, though the latest talk from Washington warns that we are on track to become a nation of dullards. The label will be deserved if we swallow the latest crisis dreamed up by the president and spending happy congressional Democrats.
John Boehner owes heartfelt thanks to organized labor. It would be difficult to top the gift of boundless opportunity presented by the protests and school shutdowns in Wisconsin. Outraged at a proposal to save jobs and the state’s economy by requiring public employees to pay more than a pittance toward their benefits, unions demonstrated just how important it is to break their stranglehold on state budgets right here and now.
Newly-elected Senator Mark Kirk has added his voice to calls to allow states to bail out of their financial obligations by declaring bankruptcy. Kirk’s home state is the poster child of the moment for fiscal irresponsibility. Illinois just gifted its hapless residents with a massive tax increase that will not solve the state’s financial woes, or fix the public pension system that is largely responsible for the problem (see: Live in Illinois?