A Flea in the Fur of the Beast

“Death, fire, and burglary make all men equals.” —Dickens

Race to the Bottom, Michigan Edition

by evanmcmurry

For a guy who didn’t want to pursue Right To Work, Rick Snyder sure does seem awfully happy about it:

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says state development officials are already hearing from manufacturers interested in relocating, just 10 days after he signed new right-to-work legislation into law. 
“The phone’s already been ringing at the MEDC (Michigan Economic Development Corporation) since we passed that legislation,” Snyder told reporters today, according to the Detroit News. “People are starting to look at Michigan.”

This is, of course, what’s called “race to the bottom,” in which states compete to see who can gut their own standard of living the most to offer best tax breaks to corporations, all to steal businesses from just across state lines, a constant downward march of declining wages and disappearing benefits in which one state’s gain made on the backs of workers is another’s depleted economy. But hey, “People are starting to look at Michigan.”

Naturally, though:

Snyder told the paper it was “premature” to name interested companies.

Michigan will just have to take his word for it, just as they did when he said, multiple times, that he wouldn’t pursue RTW.

George Will: Voting Is For Nazis

by evanmcmurry

The headline pretty much says it all. Also, this nugget:

“Sleep is an opinion.” So is nonvoting. Remember this as the Obama administration mounts a drive to federalize voter registration, a step toward making voting mandatory.

Skip over the high brow Obama conspiracy theory; Will seems to be—implicitly and accidentally, I think—recommending non-voting as a means of protest against Democratic administrations. I highly, highly support this endeavor.

Gun Nuts Are Now For Affirmative Action, Apparently

by evanmcmurry

Charlotte Allen continues her lonely quest to make us realize the Newtown shooting would never have happened if there had been more men at the school, because penises stop bullets men are stronger and thus better able to take down a shooter except in every other mass shooting when there were plenty of men around and they stopped nothing. In the new post, Allen reprises her essentialist riffs (“Women are less aggressive by instinct, and they are typically trained to be nice”), but her improv solo toward the end is truly out there:

I am also responding to David Weigel, who told me I gotten my facts wrong: that there are actually two men, a custodian and a fourth-grade teacher, on Sandy Hook’s 52-person staff. He’s right, and I stand corrected. This does help prove my point, though: just two adult men in a building containing 500 people — and it’s not clear that both of them were at work that day.

So it’s not even enough that more men need to be employed by the school, but a certain percentage of the male staff must be present every single day. I would love to hear Charlotte Allen detail the implementation of this policy without using the word “quota,” or without contradicting any of the countless pieces the National Review has published on the supposedly odious idea of gender diversity in schools or the workplace being mandated from above. Also, it’s amazing the things gun rights advocates think should be controlled by the government, given that their precious Second Amendment is ostensibly rooted in an anti-government framework. Wayne LaPierre thinks Congress should nitpick elementary school hiring policy and censor video games. But a limit on magazine size is tyranny?

This, meanwhile, is just sad:

Another depressing page on the Sandy Hook website is the “Safe Schools Climate” page. It’s a page of links to “anti-bullying” resources. Yes, the Sandy Hook staff’s idea of a “safe school” was a school where kids didn’t say mean things about each other on Facebook! 

Given the role bullying has played in previous mass shootings—the Columbine shooters didn’t kill thirteen of their classmates for being nice to them—that Allen doesn’t see the connection between tamping down on bullying and safety in the school is inexplicable.