How Much Should Union Workers Make?


Suppose public workers really do make more than private sector workers. Who’s to say that the problem is public workers making too much, rather than private sector workers making too little?


If Illegals Get An Education Who Will Pick My Corn?

Here’s some not so breaking news. Republicans in Congress are still hellbent on killing the Dream Act, which would create a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants attending college or who volunteer for military service. But instead writing a long crappy post like I normally do, I decided to just share a few of my thoughts:

1. Republicans believe in letting people find success by working hard and pulling themselves up by their boot straps. Unless they’re a minority or a woman. In which case they had some unfair advantage like affirmative action or the benefit of growing up a poor and/or a non citizen.

2. Personally, I hate the Dream Act. I’d much rather these kids stay poor and uneducated. Instead of getting a job they can just rely on the social programs conservatives hate. Hello supply, meet demand. I don’t know about you but growing demand for the welfare state gives me a liberal boner.

3.Thank God immigrants never use their education to create, you know, important or useful things.

4. Somewhere in Mexico, potential illegal immigrants are saying “Fine, if you won’t give my kids Pell grants in fifteen years then we’ll just stay here and starve.”

5. If we punish the children of illegal immigrants, for the crime parents committed, we should imprison the Madoff children for Fraud, Paris Hilton for stealing money from the poor, and George Bush for supporting Nazi’s during WWII.

The Individual Mandate And Congress’ Right To Tax

Considering the high profile nature of the health care debate this quote has my vote for quote of the year. Period. Game over. No more need to wait for the rest of the year:

Opponents of the Affordable Care Act respond that the minimum coverage provision somehow ceases to be a tax because the new law does not use the word “tax” to describe it, but this distinction is utterly meaningless. Nothing in the Constitution requires Congress to use certain magic words to invoke its enumerated powers. And no precedent exists suggesting that a fully valid law somehow ceases to be constitutional because Congress gave it the wrong name.


If you haven’t already, I would very highly recommend that you follow the Center For American Progress’ recent analysis of the health care debate. Of particular note is their extremely detailed and interactive rebuttal to Judge Vinson’s recent decision.