January 29, 2014

Most Americans Don’t Know How Little Impact Obama’s Minimum Wage EO Will Have

In his Tuesday night State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama made the following pledge: “In the coming weeks, I will issue an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to pay their federally-funded employees a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour – because if you cook our troops’ meals or wash their dishes, you shouldn’t have to live in poverty.”

One would have every reason to believe from Obama’s statement that the change will take effect quickly once the EO is issued — but it won’t. Additionally, one would have every reason to believe that when it does take effect, it will increase the pay of anyone currently employed on federal contract work at a pay rate of under $10.10 per hour — but it won’t do that either. Somehow, those “little” problems escaped “fact checkers” Josh Gerstein and Darren Samuelsohn at the Politico, who, while they did catch other problems with the President’s statement, swallowed a clearly false claim about its long-term impact:

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Alan Colmes Ridiculously Claims That Obama Is Not Responsible For WH Gender Pay Inequities

It’s as if it’s still 1965 in Alan’s world, and it’s as if his fave in the White House isn’t responsible anything — not even the White House’s salaray structure.

Watch the whole thing for all sorts of inanity from Colmes, accompanied by refreshing sanity from Fox’s Martha McCallum and the Daily Caller’s Tuckery Carlson (HT Raw Story):

Cincinnati Enquirer Frets Over Fiscal Conservatives on School Boards Affecting How They Have ‘Traditionally Operated’

Though this is a local story, I believe it deserves wider attention. That’s because it likely reflects an attitude frequently found in local media around the nation.

A January 21 story at the Cincinnati Enquirer worried that fiscally conservative candidates who have begun winning local school board elections “may be philosophically opposed to the way public schools have been traditionally operated and funded” – as if that’s automatically a bad thing. Here’s some context the Enquirer’s Michael D. Clark “somehow” forgot to include: “40% of Ohioans need remedial math or English in college.” Gee, maybe “the way public schools have been traditionally operated and funded” isn’t working. Clark also let a former local school board president engage in an unhinged rant about “those that have a goal to destroy public education.” Excerpts follow the jump (a related video called “Radical School Boards” — how objective — is here; bolds are mine):

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Positivity: Calif. archbishop says pro-life walk shows movement’s strength

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:02 am

From San Francisco:

Jan 29, 2014 / 04:05 am

The Walk for Life West Coast held each year in San Francisco is an important opportunity for those in the western U.S. to demonstrate their solidarity with the unborn, according to the city’s archbishop.

“The main purpose it serves is for those who can’t get back to Washington for the March for Life, that we’re still able to gather all of us together…and by virtue of our numbers, bear witness to the strength of the pro-life movement,” Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone told CNA after celebrating a Mass for the pilgrims who had come the Jan. 26 event.

“I know there are walks in a lot of different cities, but I think it’s important to have one key event on the east coast, and one one the west coast: it’s a long ways to the east coast – sometimes people from back east don’t realize that.”

Many of the some 50,000 participants in Saturday’s walk were university students, coming from Berkeley across the bay, Thomas Aquinas College downstate, and even from Wyoming Catholic College, four states away. Alongside Catholics were Lutherans, Anglicans, Baptists, and agnostics as well.

Archbishop Cordileone noted the importance of the Walk’s pro-life witness “especially here in San Francisco, which is always at the forefront of these social changes which are not always in keeping with the greatest respect for human life.”

The archbishop’s homily at Mass, said on the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, had focused on the inter-generational witness of the Walk for Life West Coast, noting both the large number of young people and those who have been defending the unborn for many years.

One of the prayers at the solemn blessing at the Mass’ end, that God, “who endowed you with the teaching and example of the Apostles, make you…witnesses to the truth before all.”

This role of being “witnesses to the truth” is what makes the coincidence “very providential,” Archbishop Cordileone said. “I mentioned in the homily those who have come to the pro-life movement by means of conversion…it does take courage to proclaim the truth, it has in every age.”

“In every generation there has been some reason why it has taken courage to proclaim the truth,” he continued, “and certainly that is the case in our own age; the consequences aren’t as dire as in past ages, but still it will take courage, and in my homily I was trying to bolster that courage among our young people who really have to be strong in standing up for the truth now.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (012914)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.