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#MTsen: Who does John Walsh think he is? Joe Biden?

Posted by: Phineas on July 23, 2014 at 4:29 pm » 7 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Well, this is embarrassing. The Democratic nominee for the seat once held by Max Baucus (D – Train Wreck), who is now Ambassador to China, has been called out by no less than that arch-conservative rag The New York Times for plagiarizing his Army War College master’s thesis: Democrats were thrilled when […]

 

Surprising no one, California loses another business to Texas

Posted by: Phineas on July 20, 2014 at 8:03 pm » 3 Comments

**Posted by Phineas This time, Perry’s Poachers have snagged Omnitracs LLC of San Diego, a fleet management firm that will be moving to Dallas and taking 450 jobs with it: Fleet management software company Omnitracs LLC will relocate it headquarters to Dallas from San Diego, creating 450 jobs and $10 million in capital investment, Gov. […]

 

Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) apparently has trouble with the Constitution

Posted by: Phineas on July 13, 2014 at 1:52 pm » 1 Comment

**Posted by Phineas So, I’m enjoying a quiet morning and reading an article on the reactions of the various candidates for the US Senate from Alaska to the Hobby Lobby decision, when I come across this howler from the incumbent, Mark Begich: “I believe people, not corporations, have a right to practice their constitutional right to […]

 

#RaiseTheWage: Seattle businesses push back against minimum wage increase

Posted by: Phineas on July 6, 2014 at 2:41 pm » 1 Comment

**Posted by Phineas Rick Moran at PJMedia has an article up about an effort on the part of Seattle business owners to get a measure on the ballot that would roll back the city’s recently passed $15 per hour minimum wage to a more “reasonable” $12.50. You can go there to get the details (there […]

 

Quote of the Day, post-July 4th zinger edition

Posted by: Phineas on July 5, 2014 at 10:52 pm » 3 Comments

**Posted by Phineas From a Ukrainian journalist meditating on his country and ours: Why don’t we use the American Constitution? It was written by really smart guys, it has worked for over 200 years, and they’re not using it anymore. Ouch! It stings because it’s so close to the truth. via Power Line (Crossposted at […]

 

Happy Fourth of July!

Posted by: Phineas on July 4, 2014 at 1:09 pm » 1 Comment

**Posted by Phineas It’s Independence Day here in the US, in which we celebrate our break with the British Empire. We’re 238 years old and, despite what some sanctimonious Lefty scolds might think, I think we’ve done pretty darned good. We’re not without our problems or faults, some of them serious, but I continue to […]

 

#Obamacare: Employees at failed Cover Oregon exchange receiving $650K in bonuses

Posted by: Phineas on June 27, 2014 at 10:42 am » 2 Comments

**Posted by Phineas And yet Oregon might well reelect Governor Kitzhaber, whose responsibility this fiasco is? How do I get a job where I’m paid a bonus for maintaining something that doesn’t work? Given that the DOA Cover Oregon web site cost the taxpayers around $200,000,000 and that it’s estimated another $40,000,000 will be needed to […]

 

It begins: SeaTac businesses add “living wage surcharge” to cover minimum wage

Posted by: Phineas on June 6, 2014 at 2:01 pm » Comments Off

**Posted by Phineas When discussing Seattle’s new, progressive –FAIR!!– $15 per hour minimum wage, I wrote that business owners had just a few choices in response: Critics, on the other hand (and including your humble correspondent), argue that the laws of economics cannot be repealed by legislative fiat: raise the cost of labor, and businesses […]

 

Seattle approves $15 minimum wage, higher unemployment

Posted by: Phineas on June 3, 2014 at 2:01 pm » 1 Comment

**Posted by Phineas I wrote about this last week, when it was still just a proposal, noting how some businesses were already slowing hiring and moving out of the city, and how even progressives were coming to have second thoughts. Well, they did it: Seattle’s city council on Monday unanimously approved an increase in the […]

 

Seattle: $15 minimum wage already costing jobs

Posted by: Phineas on May 28, 2014 at 5:20 pm » 4 Comments

**Posted by Phineas And it’s not even in effect, yet. But, it’s not surprising. Business managers have to plan for the future, and a looming huge increase in their labor cost will force many to rethink how they do business in Seattle, if they continue to do business there at all. Writing for the free-market […]