Dean Baquet, who has replaced Jill Abramson as the executive editor at the NYT, told owner Arthur Sulzberger that Sulzberger had to choose between them. If Sulzberger didn’t fire Abramson, Baquet, the first African American managing editor at the paper, would quit, claiming “humiliation” over the job offer to Janine Gibson, who was going to become co-managing editor for digital.
Sulzberger, knowing he had to face a firestorm over an African American or a woman, decided to fire the woman. He may have rationalized his choice by telling himself that women aren’t really a “minority,” like African Americans. But when it comes to getting jobs like executive editor of the Times, women sure as hell are a minority.
“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.
“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.
A three-month extension of unemployment benefits for 1.7 million of us failed today in the Senate by justonevote. They had 59 votes, which is of course a majority, but because of the filibuster you need 60.
These four Republicans voted in favor: Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Susan Collins of Maine, Dean Heller of Nevada, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
GOP House leadership has given their rank and file talking points to try to justify their opposition to extending unemployment benefits without sounding dickish.
The talking points cite the “success” of ending emergency benefits in North Carolina last July, where the unemployment rate did, in fact, drop. But that’s because people just gave up and stopped looking for work. The labor participation rate in NC is the lowest it’s been in 37 years.
Six Republican senators joined with the Democrats to break a filibuster for a three-month extension of the unemployment benefits that expired on December 28. The vote was 60-37 (Dem Mark Begich of Alaska couldn’t get there).
Thank you to these “good” Republicans — Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Dan Coats of Indiana, Dean Heller of Nevada, and Rob Portman of Ohio — for doing the right thing — at least procedurally — for both our long-term unemployed and our economy.
But now they move to the substantive vote — and they still have to find a way to pay for the thing, so it’s far from done.
Then, of course, it would take a miracle to get it through the House, where 207 of the GOP seats are considered safe, so no incentive to rock the boat there .
I agree with Brian Beutler at Salon that the GOP is opposing an extension of unemployment benefits because they don’t want to do anything to help the economy — besides helping the affected families, an extension would create jobs and raise GDP.
From “GOP’s ulterior motive on unemployment: Economic sabotage?”:
“Congress has never cut off these benefits when unemployment has been as high as it is right now, and the long-term unemployed and chronically poor aren’t equivalent populations. So there’s got to be more going on than just conservative indifference.
“Some Republicans would claim the deficit is too high to renew benefits, but we know that’s not true because the deficit is shrinking fast, and there are myriad, painless ways to defray the cost….
“Unemployment benefits make people’s lives better and buoy a fragile, but possibly accelerating recovery. Some Republicans are apparently reluctant to give Democrats and the economy a shot in the arm right now.”
There are no principles involved here, just pure politics. From now on, it’s going to be all about the GOP retaking the Senate, and after the mid-terms, it’s going to all about the GOP retaking the White House. No governing, just campaigning.
It looks as if extending those unemployment benefits that expired on December 28 for the long-term unemployed is two votes short of passing in the Senate. All 55 Dems are for it, and they have three Republicans — Dean Heller of Nevada, Susan Collins of Maine, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
But a majority of 58 doesn’t matter when you need 60.
Even if it passed the Senate, good luck in the House of Crazies.
The Dems shouldn’t have done the Murray-Ryan deal without an extension of benefits.