Monthly Archives: April 2014

Surprise! GOP Blocks Minimum Wage Increase

In a completely predictable move, Senate Republicans today voted to filibuster a bill that would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10. I know, take a minute to gather your thoughts, folks. Some Republicans have accused the Democrats of using this issue as a political wedge. Yes, my friends, that’s what politics is: wedges. You […]

United States Supreme Co., Inc.

The news media seem to always be surprised by the decisions handed down by the Roberts court. One can’t help but recall the TV reporters gasping that the Affordable Care Act had been deemed unconstitutional, only to hastily correct themselves when they bothered to turn to  page 2, then 3, and so on into absurdity. […]

Minimum Wage Maps!

The White House has just released interactive maps showing how raising the minimum wage would affect workers in every state. You can see how many workers in each state would get a raise (there are 28 million minimum wage workers in the United States), or how many tanks of gas or weeks worth of groceries […]

SUNDAY NEWS PATROL – April 27, 2014

This week brought a troubling account of the lives of several homeless people living and working in and around the “happiest place on Earth” (not Rockford, Illinois, the other one). Disney World may be an anchor in Florida’s tourism-heavy economy, but it is failing to provide adequate wages to the working people serving the fried […]

Sunday News Patrol – April 20, 2014

I don’t think many will disagree when I say that we all love Walmart. The retail gigantosaur just announced it will soon be offering a money transfer service called Walmart-2-Walmart. They will be offering financial transfer services from one Walmart store “2” another Walmart store at lower rates than traditional money-sending outfits. Here’s an overview […]

Happy Tax Day, America

Every American loves to pay income taxes. This goes without saying. It is an ancient tradition dating all the way back to the beginning of the 20th century. We stand together on this day and say “Yes, I am proud to contribute!” We are the picture of civic-minded lower-case “r” republicanism, shoulder to shoulder with […]