David Cay Johnston is disappointed with reporting on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s attempt to end collective bargaining for public-sector employees. Why? Because reporters have conflated “benefits” with “pensions,” when they’re anything but. He explains:
Out of every dollar that funds Wisconsin' s pension and health insurance plans for state workers, 100 cents comes from the state workers.
It doesn't come as a surprise to learn that gay marriage isn't a particularly lucrative issue for Republicans anymore. The combination of growing tolerance -- 44 percent support gay marriage, up from 42 percent in 2004 and 37 percent in 2005 -- and a financial crisis have put the issue on the back burner, even for conservatives. As time moves on, and baby boomers die off, I expect "pro-same sex marriage" to become the majority opinion (see this fantastic Onion parody for a sense of what that will look like).
In Wisconsin, Paul KrugmanseesNaomi Klein's "Shock Doctrine" at work:
In recent weeks, Madison has been the scene of large demonstrations against the governor’s budget bill, which would deny collective-bargaining rights to public-sector workers. Gov. Scott Walker claims that he needs to pass his bill to deal with the state’s fiscal problems. But his attack on unions has nothing to do with the budget. In fact, those unions have already indicated their willingness to make substantial financial concessions — an offer the governor has rejected.
On Twitter, the Constitutional Accountability Center notes that today is the one-year anniversary of Goodwin Liu's nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. From the original nomination:
President Obama said, “Goodwin Liu and Robert Chatigny have proven themselves to be not only first-rate legal minds but faithful public servants. It is with full confidence in their ability, integrity, and independence that I nominate them to the bench of the United States Court of Appeals.”