I’ve got a twofer for you today, Friends and Neighbors! For your consideration, I offer the following:
1. John Boehner, the Speaker of the House, announced in 1996 that he would rather commit suicide than vote for a minimum wage increase. His voting history bears this out. Given that this is a subject that’s coming up again, I don’t expect him to have had a change of heart.
2. And then there’s this, from Arizona, which is just the latest of 10 states to consider legalizing discrimination by businesses against individuals on the basis of the business owner’s religious convictions. Lovely, no? It stinks of ALEC (whenever you get a bunch of different states that just HAPPEN to start pushing the SAME bills at the same time, you should be suspicious). Unlike the other states, though, Arizona’s measure has passed both of its legislative houses and is heading for Jan Brewer’s desk. I can’t tell if I want her to sign it or not; part of me hopes she manages to find some shred of decency in dark recesses of her soul and veto the thing, but the other part of me hopes she signs it and that Arizona gets promptly bitch-slapped with the mother of all discrimination lawsuits.
Watch this space.