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Christina Hoff Sommers debunks another Obama State of the Union Lie — “No, Women Don’t Make Less Money Than Men; It’s the bogus statistic that won’t die—and president deployed it during the State of the Union—but women do not make 77 cents to every dollar a man earns.”
More here — “The Gender Wage Gap Lie”
Another group doesn’t like Obamacare — “Health-care law loses support among uninsured, poll shows”
Jerks: “Government shuts down 11-year-old’s cupcake business” Apparently in that part of Illinois, you can’t sell baked goods unless it’s from “a bakery” or a separate kitchen.
Next on the regulatory agenda: Potluck dinners. After all, attendees are “compensated” for their efforts when they exchange baked goods with each other, so why shouldn’t they be shut down? What madness.
The previous item, plus this one, make me wonder why anyone not on the government’s gravy train would want to live in Illinois:
Pam Harris is a mom in northern Illinois whose son, Joshua, needs constant care because of a rare genetic syndrome that causes severe intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Pam receives a modest subsidy from a Medicaid-waiver program that allows her to stay home and take care of Joshua. She isn’t a state employee; she just gets a check so Joshua can be at home and not in an institution.
But in 2009, Gov. Pat Quinn and the Service Employees International Union got involved. Quinn issued an executive order authorizing the state to recognize an “exclusive representative” – a union – for home care providers like Pam.
If your son is disabled and you have to pay union dues just to be able to take care of him, you’re in a place where statism has gotten completely out of control.
At the Washington Times (HT Gateway Pundit, who has a good summary of the scandal’s sorry saga) — “Eric Holder Bars Lead Investigator From Testifying Before Congress in IRS Probe.” I say: Stop all funding of the Department of Justice until that posture changes.
Sanity — “(Alabama Senator Jeff) Sessions Warns House GOP: Immigration Bill Is Bad Politics, Bad Policy.” It’s a suicide pact for the country and the party. There’s NO upside.
Related: “Rubio: Obama’s lawlessness is the biggest impediment to passing immigration reform.” Barring a change of stance at the White House, that irrefutable logic applies the passage of any law during the next three years.
At Ohio Conservative Review — “Common Corruption: What Ohio Can Expect with Common Core.” That’s why it must be stopped.
The unfortunate citizens of Venezueal get no relief — “Venezuela’s toilet-paper shortage oddly worsening, despite Maduro’s ‘new economic order’” On our current path, this is our future.
This guy, a former TSA agent who just identified himself after over a year of anonymity, has shown that the agency is a privacy-invading, over-bureaucratized joke.
Blast from the past, November 2010: “ICE-Sanctioned TSA Sexual Assaults Must Stop.” But they haven’t.
Megan McArdle, on Amazon’s revenue and earnings misses:
fourth-quarter sales of $25.6 billion were considerably below estimates of $26.08 billion, and earnings per share were 51 cents instead of the 69 cents that analysts had been expecting.
That’s not just disappointing for Amazon; it’s also not great news for the U.S. economy. When retail foot traffic and sales were disappointing in December, the standard explanation was that people must be moving their purchases online. Obviously, they weren’t — at least, not nearly as much as analysts expected. Given how dominant Amazon is in e-commerce, this should cause most of us to revise our expectations of fourth-quarter retail sales, as well as growth in gross domestic product. And not in a good direction.