“And then there is Paul Krugman, who would be the most influential columnist in the country if it weren’t for the fact that elected officials routinely refuse to listen to him. Poor Paul Krugman, our Sisyphus of elite opinion, eternally doomed to the same arguments with the same people, forever.”
Alex Pareene, Salon, in an article arguing that the NYT should dump its op-ed writers and start over.
“But it is both a relief and a disappointment that the new [job] numbers offer some assurance that the long-reliable pattern of adding a bit more than two million jobs a year continues apace. The 175,000 net jobs added in February extrapolate to a pace of 2.1 million jobs a year…. The jobs recovery in the United States is astonishingly consistent, astonishingly resilient and astonishingly underwhelming.”
As promised, President Obama signed an executive order today raising the minimum wage for employees of federal government contractors from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour.
But that increase won’t show up in actual paychecks any time soon. First, the increase doesn’t even take effect until January 1, 2015. Second, it will take three to five years to be fully implemented as contracts get renewed.
The procedural vote to move the bill forward took an hour as they were having trouble getting to 60. Eventually, 12 Republicans joined with all 55 Dems, so that there were 67 votes to end the filibuster. Despite the primary challenges they face, both Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and John Cornyn of Texas were among the 12..
The House has approved a clean debt ceiling increase, 221-201, to last until March of 2015.
Twenty-eight Republicans voted for it, none from the deep South. The yes GOP votes came from just ten states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, California, Washington, Michigan, Illinois, and Kentucky.
GOP House Speaker John Boehner is going to bring a “clean” debt ceiling bill up for a vote tonight. He’s counting on almost all Dem support to pass it, with maybe 16-20 Republicans.
Meanwhile, Heritage Action and Club for Growth are telling members to vote no and promising to “score” the vote, which means it will count against them in their final grade if they vote yes. The Senate Conservatives Fund (an outside Tea Party group, not an official Senate group) is calling for Boehner to be replaced as Speaker. I guess they’d rather have the world financial system collapse. It does feel as if we now have three major parties — Democrats, Republicans, and Anarchists.
Nancy Pelosi told House Dems “don’t gloat.” With the complete impasse on minimum wage, unemployment benefits, tweaking Obamacare, equal pay for women, job equality for gays, immigration, etc., there’s really nothing to gloat over.
“I believe it’s immoral for this country to have as a policy extending long-term unemployment to people rather than us working on creation of jobs.”
Congressman Pete Sessions (R-Texas)
Um, Pete, this isn’t a case of “rather than” — you can, and should, do both. Because while you’re “working on” creating those jobs, people need to eat and pay their rent.
But the thing is, the GOP has shown nointerestwhatsoever in creating jobs because that might make the anti-Christ Obama look good and help the demon Dems in 2014. Your party is interested only in making the economy as stalled and sluggish as possible, which means making as many American families as possible suffer.