Monday, June 26, 2017

If only someone had warned them

WashPost: "A ‘very credible’ new study on Seattle’s $15 minimum wage has bad news for liberals."
The costs to low-wage workers in Seattle outweighed the benefits by a ratio of three to one, according to the study, conducted by a group of economists at the University of Washington who were commissioned by the city. The study, published as a working paper Monday by the National Bureau of Economic Research, has not yet been peer reviewed.

On the whole, the study estimates, the average low-wage worker in the city lost $125 a month because of the hike in the minimum.
It's good to have these little social-engineering experiments in place so we can see how claims of "fairness!" stack up against hard economics.

Extra - Fivethirtyeight: "Seattle’s Minimum Wage Hike May Have Gone Too Far."

"Silicon Valley" title sequence explained

Check out the FBI trucks outside of Theranos:

Sunday, June 25, 2017

A playground in Missouri

Big day at the Supreme Court tomorrow.  Reuters: "U.S. top court set to rule on religious rights; travel ban looms."  Plus, there's the whispers about Anthony Kennedy's potential retirement.

Prepare your bookmarks: Scotusblog.  Also from Scotusblog: "And then there were six - the remaining cases."

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Smug and contemptuous

Bret Stephens in the NY Times: "Democrats and the losing politics of contempt."
Whatever their misgivings about Trump, those Republicans weren’t about to give Nancy Pelosi the satisfaction of a national victory. Contemporary liberalism now expresses itself chiefly in the language of self-affirmation and moral censure: of being the party of the higher-minded; of affixing the suffix “phobe” to millions of people who don’t appreciate being described as bigots.

It’s intolerable. It’s why so many well-educated Republicans who find nothing to admire in the president’s dyspeptic boorishness find even less to like in his opponents’ snickering censoriousness. It’s why a political strategy by Democrats that seeks to turn every local race into a referendum on Trump is likely to fail.
I'm one of those well-educated Republicans who did not vote for Trump but is warming up to him only because of the boorish sanctimony of the Democrats.  So keep it up and stick tight to your identity politics and condemnation of the "deplorables."

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Shut up, they voted

WashPost: "Wisconsin lawmakers advance bill to suspend or expel students who disrupt campus speakers."
Demonstrations like the one that interrupted Shapiro’s speech last fall have become an increasingly common sight at universities around the country as debate has roiled over how to curb hate speech while protecting free expression and intellectual diversity. Some demonstrations have turned violent, like the recent protests and riots in Berkeley, Calif., that shut down a planned lecture by conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos.

After nearly four hours of debate Wednesday night, Wisconsin lawmakers approved the Campus Free Speech Act in a 61-36 vote along party lines, with no Democrats supporting it.
Really?  Not one Democrat supported something as anodyne and uncontroversial as supporting free speech or - as a minimum - allowing speakers to present their views without a heckler's veto?

I thought the brief protest against Julius Caesar in New York City was a little silly but maybe some sauce for the gander is required, as a matter of principle.

Leave Nancy alone!

NBC News: "Nancy Pelosi Faces Heat From Democrats After Georgia Loss."  She's fine.

Extra - Twitchy: "Conservatives rally behind embattled House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi."

Also - DNC chair Tom Perez is doing a great job also: "Democrats Raise Paltry $4.3 Million In Worst May Total Since 2003."

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

It's her turn

Daily Caller: "Woman Wins Election, Democrats Outraged."  "The same people who called you a misogynist for refusing to vote for a woman are angry that another woman won something. It’s almost as if Democrats’ ideals and principles are disposable when they interfere with their political goals."

"Nah, we're good here"

Fox News: "Jeh Johnson testifies DNC rejected DHS help on hack, Russia meddling did not alter ballots."  "Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testified Wednesday that the Democratic National Committee last year turned down his agency's offer to help protect its network despite being warned about a hack."

I can't even

Politico: "Sen. Murphy on Dem's Georgia loss: Russia has been a distraction."

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The "shy" voter again

Just a word on the polls: going into the Georgia special election, nobody but nobody reported a Handel lead greater than 2% and (as of now) she's up by nearly 7%, cruising for victory in the most expensive House race ever.

Two weeks ago, the Atlantic Journal-Constitution had Ossoff up by 7%.  Oops.

Update - With 100% reporting, Decision Desk has it 52.7% to 47.3% for a 5.4% win.

Denial at MSNBC

I'm watching returns for Georgia-6 and everybody is showing Handel ahead except Rachel Maddow's show which has Ossoff solidly at 51% and Handel at 49%.

Nobody shows this result except them.

With 50% of the results in, Decision Desk shows Handel up by >5%.  (9:33pm EST).

Before they went "all in" with identity politics

Peter Beinart: "How the Democrats Lost Their Way on Immigration."
In 2005, a left-leaning blogger wrote, “Illegal immigration wreaks havoc economically, socially, and culturally; makes a mockery of the rule of law; and is disgraceful just on basic fairness grounds alone.” In 2006, a liberal columnist wrote that “immigration reduces the wages of domestic workers who compete with immigrants” and that “the fiscal burden of low-wage immigrants is also pretty clear.” His conclusion: “We’ll need to reduce the inflow of low-skill immigrants.” That same year, a Democratic senator wrote, “When I see Mexican flags waved at proimmigration demonstrations, I sometimes feel a flush of patriotic resentment. When I’m forced to use a translator to communicate with the guy fixing my car, I feel a certain frustration.”

The blogger was Glenn Greenwald. The columnist was Paul Krugman. The senator was Barack Obama.
Don't forget about this guy in 1995:



But Democrats needed the Latino vote so principles had to be subjugated to political expediency.  (Hat tip: Power Line).

That means it's working

Deploy Jonathan Gruber to talk Iowa off the ledge.  Hot Air: "Iowa’s Last Obamacare Insurer Asks For 43% Rate Increase For 2018."  Here's the Iowa insurance commissioner explaining what's what:
"We are concerned that Iowa has hit a point within our market's collapse that a 43% rate increase will drive healthier, younger, and middle aged individuals out of the market. Iowa's individual market remains unsustainable and needs a fix from Congress. Iowa will continue to move forward with the proposed stopgap measure."
But if younger and healthier Americans are driven out of the system that will only drive up premiums even more in the future!  It's like the system is in a terminal downward trajectory, similar to the out-of-control gyrations of a plane going down.

Something like that.