Stosseled

David Sirota:

Stossel replied with a straight face: “The truth is that people on the margins lose jobs when minimum wages go up. We used to have people washing windshields at gas stations. We don’t anymore because of the minimum wage. There’s no opportunity for kids, for entry-level workers.”
Mind you, Stossel is making this claim at the very same time President Bush is claiming we need a guest worker program because there are actually too many entry-level, low-wage jobs that aren’t being filled. But beyond that, the actual data exposes Stossel’s pathological lying.

More at the link, including how Stossel is wages a campaign against frivolous lawsuits by suing an interviewee for $200,000.

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Reports From The Field

Timely:

President Bush learned of reports that U.S. Marines killed two dozen unarmed Iraqi civilians only after reporters began asking questions, the White House said Tuesday.
Asked when Bush was first briefed about the events in Haditha, an insurgent stronghold in western Iraq, White House press secretary Tony Snow replied Tuesday: “When a Time reporter first made the call.”

From the sound of things, one might suspect the White House had a 24/7 connection to Iraq. You know, to facilitate all that communication Mr. Bush allegedly has with the “commanders in the field.”
I guess the chain of command is only as strong as its weakest link.

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“Occupations Tax” Cut

Since leaders have been contemplating what to do with the State of Tennessee’s budget surplus, here’s an idea: cut the Professional Privilege Tax.
Three years ago this tax was doubled when the state was dealing with a budget crisis. Yes, $400 merely to have the “privilege” of holding a license, regardless if you are currently earning income from it or not.
If the budget crisis has passed, how about reverting the tax back to $200? As tax policy matter, does it really even make sense to levy a tax based merely on the “privilege” of practicing in a designated profession?

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