How Dare You Disagree With Us!

saharaFrom The Daily Caller

Democratic operatives responsible for creating their party’s platform this year have unanimously adopted a provision calling for the Department of Justice to investigate companies who disagree with Democrats on global warming science.

From The 2016 Democratic National Convention website

…joint proposal calling on the Department of Justice to investigate alleged corporate fraud on the part of fossil fuel companies who have reportedly misled shareholders and the public on the scientific reality of climate change was also adopted by unanimous consent.

And they also call the minimum wage a starvation wage.

Acknowledging that the current minimum wage is a starvation wage, the platform draft already included language declaring that Americans should earn at least $15 an hour, that the minimum wage should be raised and indexed, and that all workers have the right to form and join a union.

Why not call what it really is – a starter wage.

Let’s face it, if you’re past your mid-20s and still making minimum wage, you need to take Al Giordino’s advice and sit down and re-evaluate your decision-making paradigm.

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The Shrinking Middle Class – Is a GOOD Thing!

From Mark Perry:

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It’s a point I’ve been making for many years now on CD (see my most recent post here): the middle class in the US is disappearing but it’s largely because America’s middle-income households have been moving up into higher-income categories. The chart above shows that the share of US household earnings $100,000 or more (adjusted for inflation) has more than tripled over the last half century, from only 8.1% in 1967 to nearly 25% in 2014. Those findings have been confirmed by new research just released by Stephen Rose at The Urban Institute titled “The Growing Size and Incomes of the Upper Middle Class.” You’ll find the whole study here, and related articles by the WSJ here, Alex Tabarrok here, David Harsanyi here, and Jim Pethokoukis here.

Gun Article

Interesting graphs in this story and part of a larger series on guns (I have yet to read).  Some quotes from the article:

African Americans, who represent 13% of the total population, make up more than half of overall gun murder victims. Roughly 15 of the 30 Americans murdered with guns each day are black men.

America’s gun control debate continues to revolve around the exact circumstances of the shooting that is currently on the news. Is a new gun law worth it, or not? That depends on whether it might have prevented this particular shooting. While this is an understandable, human response, it is a terrible way to go about saving lives.

A debate conducted in the aftermath of mass shootings has also prompted a huge public investment in guarding and fortifying public schools against shootings, even though the typical school can expect to see a student homicide only once every 6,000 years, according to safety expert Dewey Cornell.

Since the 1999 school shooting at Columbine high school in Colorado, the justice department has invested nearly $1bn to help put police officers in schools, though Cornell notes there is still little evidence that school security measures reduce crime.

Move Along. There’s Nothing to See Here (Cont.).

Hilary with glassesFrom The Daily Caller

Clinton Foundation officials used an obscure New York state charity board filing to disclose that the non-profit received nearly $18 million in donations from foreign governments while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.

… But a new line was added in the January submission that stated: “All other government grants came from foreign governments.”  The total figure for each of the four years equalled $17.7 million.

In the foundation’s revised 2010 filing, $7.8 million of $8.8 million in all government grants originated from foreign governments, according to the exhibit. In 2011, $2 million of the $3 million were foreign donations.

In 2012, $3.5 million came from foreign governments while only $300,000 came from domestic government sources.  And in 2013, nearly 100 percent of the $4.4 million of the government donations came from overseas governments. Only $23,000 came from U.S. government entities, according to the exhibit.