To understand President Obama’s legislative agenda, follow the money.

At a Houston fundraising dinner last week, Mr. Obama criticized Senate Republicans for opposing the Paycheck Fairness Act, which he called “common sense” legislation “to meaningfully enforce the simple concept of equal pay for equal work.”

Here’s what the president didn’t say. It’s been illegal since the 1963 Equal Pay Act to pay men and women with equal years of service a different wage for the same work. No matter. The Paycheck Fairness Act is a political twofer.

First, Mr. Obama hopes the bill will drive up turnout for the midterms among younger women, where he’s got problems. His job approval among women in the April 13 Gallup survey was 46%, just above his national average—and down from 54% a year ago. This decline was reflected in an April 8 Democracy Corps poll that found 58% of likely unmarried women voters will support Democrats this fall, less support than even in 2010, when Democrats were buried nationally.

Second, the Paycheck Fairness Act would reward one of the Democrats’ most generous sources of ready cash: wealthy personal-injury lawyers.

Consider John Eddie Williams and his wife Sheridan, the hosts of the president’s Houston fundraiser where 55 guests paid between $16,000 and $64,000 to the Democratic Senatorial and Congressional Campaign Committees. Mr. Williams got rich by suing tobacco and drug companies. The dinner was held at the couple’s 26,463-square-foot mansion, complete with five full baths, seven half baths, five fireplaces and an elevator. It is carried on the tax rolls at $17.1 million.

The same day as his Houston fundraiser, Mr. Obama also attended a roundtable with 25 donors at the mansion of Steve and Amber Mostyn. Mr. Mostyn is president of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and made $150 million from lawsuits over hurricane insurance. He vows to spend $10 million this year to help Mr. Obama’s national campaign field director, Jeremy Bird, to “turn Texas blue,” changing the Lone Star State from reliably Republican to comfortably Democratic, starting with this fall’s gubernatorial election.

Messrs. Williams and Mostyn have each contributed millions to Democratic candidates and raised tens of millions more. Mr. Obama would reward trial lawyers like them with the Paycheck Fairness Act. How so?

Section 3 (a) of the bill would remove the presumption of innocence for companies accused of wage discrimination. They would now be presumed guilty unless they can pass three difficult tests, which could be invalidated if a plaintiff demonstrates “an alternative employment practice exists” and the employer refused to adopt it. Just tell your boss what to do and when she doesn’t, sue her.

This is more than an open invitation to lawsuits. It’s practically an order to companies to settle any suits filed against them.

Section 3 (c)(1) allows for punitive damages, ensuring the trial lawyers get more millions to bankroll Democratic campaigns. This section exempts the federal government from paying punitive damages. That’s a convenient exemption because an analysis posted by the American Enterprise Institute showed to the administration’s embarrassment that women in Mr. Obama’s White House get paid 88 cents for every $1 paid male White House staffers.

Section 3 (c)(5) also allows individuals to be counted as plaintiffs for class actions without their consent, which fattens paydays for trial lawyers and provides an additional incentive for companies to settle rather than fight.

To help personal injury attorneys identify possible targets and relieve the lawyers of research costs, Section 8 requires every company to report pay data by sex, race and national origin to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Section 3 (d) would add to lawyers’ fees by allowing the Labor Department to seek additional compensatory or punitive damages, turning it into an unpaid auxiliary of the personal injury bar.

This is public policy in the age of Obama: legislation drafted by West Wing political hacks to boost the Democratic Party’s election chances and reward its financial backers.

Mr. Obama is deeply hostile to extractive industries like oil and gas drilling and coal mining. But there’s one extractive industry—personal-injury lawyers separating corporations from their cash—that the president likes, even if every American ultimately picks up the tab for these lawsuits. Until the election is over and all value has been wrung from the Paycheck Fairness Act, Mr. Obama will use it to further the Democrats’ “War on Women” theme while offering his party’s paymasters images of future big paydays.

vectortovictory:

planed:

Select illustrations from Ladybird Book How It Works - The Aeroplane (1967).

Ladybird Book How It Works - The Aeroplane (1967), series ‘654’ by David Carey, illustrated by G Robinson.

Some men just want to watch the world learn

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"Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence."

— Leonardo da Vinci (via nicky-poisonivy)

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nomosshere:

After being screwed over by the IRS, think of this:

americas-liberty:

If you take every dime you will ever pay in taxes in your entire lifetime, it will only pay 1/1,000th of Solyndra (the failed green energy company propped up by a $536 million government loan). 

Another thing to remember: Solyndra was just one of many failed loans aimed at boosting green energy companies and these green energy loans are just one example of government waste/loss.

Have a great day!

You’ve managed to depress me even more than taxes usually do :((

"For Conservatives, seeing is believing. For liberals, believing is seeing."

— George Will (via nomosshere)

tedbunny:

The Ukrainian Famine of 1932

This famine is believed to have been almost entirely man-made. The year 1932 saw virtually all food produced by Ukrainian farmers being forcefully taken by the USSR, leaving millions without sustenance—the vast percentage of whom simply died of hunger.
One largely unreported fact was just how many Ukrainian citizens resorted to cannibalism. A certain story tells us of a man who murdered his wife and calmly cooked her body in a soup, while others tell of children and babies who were eaten alive by their starving families—all of which took place while the smiling, jovial face of Joseph Stalin was being beamed around the entire world.


6 million was a huge % of the population back then. Keep in mind in WWII ~450,000 US soldiers were killed and even Germany only had ~5 million soldiers killed.

tedbunny:

The Ukrainian Famine of 1932

This famine is believed to have been almost entirely man-made. The year 1932 saw virtually all food produced by Ukrainian farmers being forcefully taken by the USSR, leaving millions without sustenance—the vast percentage of whom simply died of hunger.

One largely unreported fact was just how many Ukrainian citizens resorted to cannibalism. A certain story tells us of a man who murdered his wife and calmly cooked her body in a soup, while others tell of children and babies who were eaten alive by their starving families—all of which took place while the smiling, jovial face of Joseph Stalin was being beamed around the entire world.

6 million was a huge % of the population back then. Keep in mind in WWII ~450,000 US soldiers were killed and even Germany only had ~5 million soldiers killed.

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"A day without Socialism is like a day without starvation, slavery, and murder."

Leslie Bates (via nomosshere)

redbloodedamerica:

It is a strange economic phenomenon that big tax proponents can’t deny; when taxes are cut, revenues increase.

redbloodedamerica:

It is a strange economic phenomenon that big tax proponents can’t deny; when taxes are cut, revenues increase.

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"Today, when a concerted effort is made to obliterate this point, it cannot be repeated too often that the Constitution is a limitation on the government, not on private individuals. That it does not prescribe the conduct of private individuals, only the conduct of the Government. That it is not a charter for government power, but a charter of the citizen’s protection against the government."

— Ayn Rand (via nomosshere)

"

Was there a full-fledged plan to use the full power of the federal government to take the abuse, delay and invasive questioning of conservatives to a new level after President Obama’s re-election? Was there a plan to criminalize the mere act of being a conservative activist? Was there a plan to drum up false charges of “lying” on applications in order to put conservatives in jail?

Lois Lerner’s communications with the Justice Department strongly suggest that there was. The disclosure provides strong, compelling evidence that Obama’s re-election had emboldened many, including government bureaucrats like Lois Lerner, to believe that they could move forward unchallenged to criminalize Americans for exercising their constitutional rights.

How do you think the main stream media would react to this if Obama was a Republican?

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The Terrifying Implications of the IRS Abuse-DOJ Connection | The Federalist Papers (via lesbi-tarian)

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"One of the worst fallacies in the field of economics - propagated by Karl Marx and accepted by almost everyone today, including many businessmen - is the notion that the development of monopolies in an inescapable and intrinsic result of the operation of a free, unregulated economy. In fact, the exact opposite is true. It is a free market that makes monopolies impossible."

— Nathaniel Branden (via craiganthonywells)

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phrux:

pervyelffancier:

daredevilize:

ohmygil:

scratch-the-maven:

"We have…mead pie. Beer pie. And for the truly daring…Fimbulvinter pie."

Avengers #24.NOW

I think we’re burying the lead. Thor made veggie burgers and that is hilarious

Are we not gonna talk about how he did all this shirtless for some reason?

My kitchen.

Legit, my kitchen.

he’s wearing a forge apron

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