Image on right borrowed from Chicago Boyz
Too much free speech? The NYT freaks out. Why, I ask myself, should some businesses be gagged when media corporations, unions, and George Soros is not? The Times Corporation, a de facto arm of the Left wing of the Dem party and clearly enamoured of their own political speech, beclowns itself with pure partisanship masked as sanctimonious purity.
Not an elite. From Brown:
"If you were to tell me growing up that a guy whose mom was on welfare and parents had some marital troubles, and I had some issues growing up, that a guy from Wrentham would be here standing before you right now and going to Washington, D.C., are you kidding me?" Brown said at a postelection news conference.
News from the Middle East: Giant Hummus Plate Astonishes World. And from Betsy, Why doesn't the world community get upset about Saudi Arabia?
New Republic: Ram it through
Fifty-eight percent of those polled by The Washington Post recently claimed they preferred smaller government with fewer services, with only 38 percent favoring a larger government with more services (and, yes, it is a terrific struggle not to place ironic quotations marks around the word services).
This is the highest number for the “smaller government” category since 2002. And a full year into President Barack Obama’s term, most polls, and state elections, tell us that the electorate is walking — maybe sprinting? — back from the progressive economic policies that now dominate Washington.
From the new face of organized labor at NRO:
*A majority of union members in America (52 percent) now work for the government. This is up sharply from 49 percent in 2008. Put another way, Sherk finds, three times more union members now work in the Post Office than in the auto industry.
Union membership in the productive sector of our economy continued its long-term downward spiral, falling from 20.1 percent in 1980 to a mere 7.2 percent in 2009.
A full 37.4 percent of government employees now belong to unions in 2009, up 0.6 percentage points from 2008.
* Private-sector unions lost 834,000 members in 2009. Public-sector unions, in contrast, actually gained 64,000 members.