I’m writing for tomorrow, and I’m feeling a bit out of time from Springing ahead. Falling back is a wonderful gift from the Democrats, redistributing sleep to the people, but Springing ahead is a Republican abomination! What we ought to do here is to forget Springing ahead and to Fall back twice a year! ;-) This is all there is for tomorrow, because I have lots to do in preparation for a volunteer day in prison tomorrow. Please expect little on Wednesday too.
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 3:08 (average 4:34). To do it, click here. How did you do?
From NY Times: Most people, if pressed on the subject, would probably agree that extreme income inequality is a bad thing, although a fair number of conservatives believe that the whole subject of income distribution should be banned from public discourse. (Rick Santorum, the former senator and presidential candidate, wants to ban the term “middle class,” which he says is “class-envy, leftist language.” Who knew?) But what can be done about it?
The standard answer in American politics is, “Not much.” Almost 40 years ago Arthur Okun, chief economic adviser to President Lyndon Johnson, published a classic book titled “Equality and Efficiency: The Big Tradeoff,” arguing that redistributing income from the rich to the poor takes a toll on economic growth. Okun’s book set the terms for almost all the debate that followed: liberals might argue that the efficiency costs of redistribution were small, while conservatives argued that they were large, but everybody knew that doing anything to reduce inequality would have at least some negative impact on G.D.P.
But it appears that what everyone knew isn’t true. Taking action to reduce the extreme inequality of 21st-century America would probably increase, not reduce, economic growth.
Let’s start with the evidence.
Paul Krugman does an uncommon job at documenting how the common wisdom is wrong. Click through for an excellent editorial.
From Upworthy: Back in "simpler times", Americans often Anglicized (made more English-sounding) the names of Mexican children. A little boy named Juan would have his name changed to John, for example.
Ramón "Chunky" Sanchez recounts a time his teachers had a little trouble renaming the new kid.
LOL!! Most entertaining! Viva Facundo!!
From TPM: A man and woman in Decatur, Ala. both suffered gunshot wounds when a gun the man was dismantling while they were lying in bed accidentally discharged on Sunday, according to the Decatur Daily.
Dang!! Don’t Bama Baggers realize that there are better things to do in bed than play with guns?