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Right-to-Work Controversy Continues

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Michigan’s legislature voted on December 11 to make the Wolverine State the 24th in the country to adopt a “right-to-work” law. The governor signed the measure, but the controversy continues. Opponents vow that they will fight the law through the courts and punish legislators who voted for it with recall elections. Supporters vow to push for similar laws in other states.

What’s really at stake here?

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Freedom’s Just Another Word

Michigan Right to Work Protest America is on the verge of losing something very important in Michigan and it isn’t getting nearly enough attention, probably because it’s just one more act in a long-running drama.

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The Irony of Mitt Romney’s 47 Percent

Here’s the irony of Mitt Romney’s 47 percent: he hails himself as an economic savior because he knows how to create jobs, yet many of the jobs he had a hand in creating through his work at Bain Capital fall right into that 47 percent.

To Mitt Romney, the very workers he claims as part of his success story are precisely those he disparages for not paying income taxes and for taking more than they give back to society.

In effect, if Romney follows his own logic, he is far more a part of the problem than he is the solution.

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How Obama Should Respond to Romney on Jobs

Mitt Romney has said that this election is about one thing: jobs. If I were drafting President Obama’s convention speech, here’s how I would re-frame and respond …

… Now my challenger says that this election is all about jobs — that what our country needs today isn’t all that complicated or profound. We need jobs.

So here’s something Governor Romney and I agree on: we need jobs. Lots of them.

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Ryan and Ayn

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Democrats attempting to paint Paul Ryan as a slavish devotee of novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand may see their efforts backfire. In the first place, while Ryan has praised Rand’s defense of the free market, he’s a former alter boy who has made it clear that he rejects Rand’s atheism and is closer to St. Thomas Aquinas when it comes to questions on the meaning of life. So identifying Ryan with Ayn may not be as easy as they think.

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Lowering the Volume

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If there were an example of the one percent, it would be someone who made $19,740,023 in 2010 – $1,930,000 of it in salary, the rest in benefits. These were the earnings of Jim McNerney, Chairman, President and CEO of Boeing. I don’t begrudge him of it.

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The Sinologist in Each of Us

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Now that a blind human rights activist is being seriously hassled in Dongshigu Village and/or Beijing, everyone is a Sinologist. I am not minimizing his plight, or the distemper of a nasty regime prepping itself to take over the world.

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Is Top 1% Target Too Small?

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Successful pundits have a habit of unearthing a Big Idea and then mining it with endless variations on a theme. This is a good technique because it simultaneously makes life easier for them while the riffs help the audience to understand fully because no Big Idea can be fully explained in less than a thousand words.

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