In a column helpfully titled "Scary New Wage Data," economist David Cay Johnston looks at wage and employment trends and concludes the obvious: middle- and low-income wages are stagnant or declining, while upper-income wages are booming. The trickle-down theory is a load of crap, in other words.
It's a long piece, but well worth your time. The bottom-line is that in their frenzy to get re-elected, politicians of every stripe have sold working-class Americans down the river.
This actually makes a lot of sense. We become the Memphis Kings and they become the Sacramento Grizzlies. It makes too much sense to actually happen, of course, but still... And I'd love to watch the Priscillas Dance Team.
Must be the week for nutty ideas from gun-freaks. It seems that after luring sandhill cranes to the state for 17 years with a feeding program that interrupted their natural migration, Tennessee is seriously contemplating opening a hunting season on them. Ummm. Fresh-killed cranes. Tasty!
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Jeff Woods at the Nashville Scene's "Pith in the Wind" blog reports on a troubling exchange between GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam and a gun rights advocate at a meeting of the Tennessee Firearms Association. At least, it's troubling to me. The bottom line: Haslam promised that if a bill came before him that allowed people to carry guns anywhere they want in Tennessee without a permit, he'd sign it. Here's the relevant exchange, as quoted by the
Leonard Embody ... opens the questioning on the audio tape of last night’s meeting. He succinctly states the gun nut philosophy on the matter of state permits.
“I don’t need a permit to go to church. I don’t need a permit to walk down the street. I don’t need a permit to talk. Do I need a permit to carry a handgun in the state of Tennessee? And if I don’t, are you going to support legislation that’s going to change the way the permit system is in this state so that citizens have the right to bear arms and they don’t have to beg the state for a permit?”
After Haslam expresses some resistance, Embody and his buddies pounce:
Q: Really, is it a privilege or a right?
Haslam: I think it’s a right. But here’s the reality. I’m a mayor, governor. We have to live in the real world.
Q: In your opinion, does pragmatism always trump the Constitution?
Haslam: No it doesn’t at all.
Q: What other parts of the Constitution do you want to do away with? The right to keep and bear arms is enshrined in the United States Constitution and the Tennessee Constitution. What other parts of the Constitution do you want to throw away for practicality? Just because it’s inconvenient.
Haslam: No, no, I’m just saying …
Q: Just because you don’t like it yourself.
Haslam: No, that’s not it at all. That’s not what you heard me say at all. I’m just saying, what could really get passed in the legislature ...
Is there any real doubt that the GOP loons who run the state legislature will pass such a bill? What kind of intellect must Haslam possess to fold in the face of such a ludicrous argument? A gun permit doesn't infringe on anyone's right to bear arms anymore than a driver's infringes on a person's right to drive a car. The Second Amendment says a "well-regulated" militia is necessary to the security of a free state. What is a gun permit if not a "regulation."
Politics and public opinion are pendulum-like and usually self-correcting. Right now, the pendulum has swung way right — and way wrong. Republicans will live to regret allowing regressive neanderthals to hijack the party. And Bill Haslam has no balls. For the record.
The economy is so bad that...
I got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.
Wives are having sex with their husbands because they can no longer afford batteries.
CEOs are now playing miniature golf.
Exxon-Mobil laid off 25 Congressmen.
I saw a Mormon with only one wife.
I bought a toaster oven and my free gift was a bank.
Angelina Jolie adopted a child from America.
Motel Six won't leave the light on anymore.
A picture is now only worth 200 words.
They renamed Wall Street "Wal-Mart Street."
When Bill and Hillary travel together, they now have to share a room.
The Treasure Island casino in Las Vegas is now managed by Somali
I was so depressed last night thinking about the economy, wars, jobs, my savings, Social Security, retirement funds, etc., I called the Suicide Hotline. I got a call center in
Pakistan, and when I told them I was suicidal, they got all excited, and asked if I could drive a truck...