August 6, 2013 9 Comments
Welcome to a new feature here at RWCG that I’m calling Smart Takes™. (Yeah, sharp-eyed readers may notice that it’s just the same old thing where I dump some links I’d bookmarked and spew some words about them that I typed half-drunk.) (™.)
I don’t see the problem here. What right do we have to judge other ‘vibrant’ cultures? Shouldn’t we be celebrating their diversity?
It’s impossible to live on minimum wage. It’s a known medical fact that people who accept and work at a job paying their state’s minimum wage die shortly thereafter. (Why do minimum-wage discussions have to be so retarded? There’s basically no non-retarded pro argument.)
Ah Obamacare, incentivizing the great left-wing goal (?) of pushing everyone into part-time jobs.
Why should employers be responsible for the healthcare of a worker that works 30 hours a week, but not one that works 29? In an era where the availability of full-time work is decreasing globally, should the government not try to avoid worsening this phenomenon with arbitrary thresholds? Shouldn’t large firms be responsible for their part-time employees’ healthcare too?
Actually, no. Why would they? Should ‘large firms’ (which BTW, I thought we didn’t like arbitrary thresholds?) also be responsible for giving their employees haircuts, or is there some other way to arrange for allocating them that service? HEY! here’s an idea: firms (‘large’ or small) could just pay their employees in Money**. (**Pro econ tip: “Money” can be exchanged for goods and services.)
The myth of America’s missing software engineers. My one-size-fits-all reform idea is to increase the H-1B or guest-worker sponsoring costs to, like, $25k/year. I’m not sure what objection there can be. If it’s really true that US employers Really Want To Hire That Foreigner Because Of How Individually Special And What A Perfect Fit He Is For The Job they’ll gladly pay it. (If the whole thing is just a craven wage-arbitrage to take advantage of people who will, by definition, end up being indentured to the firm here with a second-tier legal status – then maybe not so much. But of course, companies shouldn’t do that and we shouldn’t want them to. Right, lefties?)
I didn’t even know The Bloodhound Gang was still around. (The one-hit-wonder ‘band’ (?), not the old PBS show, which was awesome.)
Powerline has some source saying the Benghazi/CIA scandal from last week ‘isn’t real’, which is convincing enough, I guess. I mean, I’ll go with it, sure, what the hell do I know? The problem though is that that was how I was defending the admin. in my mind. From the very beginning I have given the admin. lots of benefit-of-the-doubt, and I have also assumed that the weirdness/awkwardness of their response just traces to the fact that Benghazi was a cover for some sort of black op/gun running operation. If that isn’t true after all then I’m afraid I have to revert to the null hypothesis of incompetence bordering on dereliction. And then my original question of how on earth anyone justifies Obama’s post-attack rhetoric blaming the attack on an unknown Youtube video and on our societal insensitivity – if it wasn’t a diversion tactic to distract attention from their covert op after all – has to stand unanswered, as well. Seriously, the Obama admin is much better off just having everyone think there was a CIA op involved.