Basic Human Decency

Mike the Mad Biologist

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They’re getting pretty good at hostage taking, and it worked before. Alex Seitz-Wald reports: Despite the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene this weekend, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) today stood by his call that no more money be allocated for disaster relief unless it is offset by spending cuts elsewhere. The Washington Post reported…

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry, in an attempt to win the craziness sweepstakes, has been proclaiming hither and yon that half of all Americans pay no income tax. Call me confused, but I thought Republicans wanted to lower income taxes? Maybe it has something to do with who those non-payers are? Well, who are they?…

This, Too, Should Be Called Default

With all of the S&P hoopla, we’ve heard a lot about ‘default’–that the U.S. government can’t (false) or won’t (with the teahadists, who knows?) pay the money owed on its debt. Well, there’s another kind of default that’s slipping under the radar (italics mine): When the small, beleaguered city of Central Falls, R.I., filed for…

A vote to resolve the debt ceiling political crisis failed last night because House Republicans–who hold a majority in the House of Representatives–opposed the bill. Here’s a major reason why–Pell Grants, which are federal scholarships for low- and lower-middle income students: House conservatives who have stalled legislation to raise the national debt limit are angry…

While I’ve disagreed strongly with Megan McArdle, she recently wrote one of the more humane pieces I’ve read in the mainstream media about unemployment and underemployment (italics mine): I was unemployed for basically two years between the time I graduated from business school in 2001, and the time I accepted a job with The Economist…

So GOP Senator Orrin Hatch has decided to embrace his inner douchebag: “I hear how they’re so caring for the poor and so forth,” Hatch said in remarks on the Senate floor Wednesday, in reference to Democrats. “The poor need jobs! And they also need to share some of the responsibility.” …But it was Hatch…

File this under ‘heartless in the heartland.’ One of the things that is so awful about the current deficit reduction fetish (well, other than at submaximal employment, increasing deficits are not a problem, so we’re keeping millions of people needlessly unemployed) is that budget cuts always fall on the most vulnerable, such as people with…

I’m a bit late to this story, but, if you missed it, the LA Times had a superb article about how IKEA treats and pays workers at its U.S. facilities much worse than at its Swedish factories: Workers complain of eliminated raises, a frenzied pace and mandatory overtime. Several said it’s common to find out…

According to Florida Republicans, these are freeloading parasites not worthy of your tax dollars (Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda/Orlando Sentinel) We typically think of budgets as boring, dry things, the charge of the green eyeshade brigade. But they are a profound statement of what we think is important, of who we fundamentally are. And Florida’s Republican Governor…

On what was essentially a party line vote (one Democrat and one Republican each crossed the aisle), the Republicans in the Missouri Senate voted to strip out most of the legislation passed in a referendum that would have regulated Missouri’s dog breeding facilities. Missouri has been known as the ‘puppy mill capitol‘ because of its…