Tuesday briefing and open thread

“One of the challenges that we will have – I’m being very clear about this – is I doubt we have a lot of companies coming forward to say that right to work was the major reason they came to Michigan because they’re going to be concerned about people simply protesting them … So this is a case where we’ll have data, but I don’t think you’re going to find a lot of instances of companies being very public about it … they’re going to be worried that they’re simply going to become a target for the same kind of protests that I’m seeing.” ~ Governor Snyder

So that’s Governor Snyder telling you that he really is a data driven nerd, and if only you could have access to the same secret data he has, you would really appreciate him.

The Detroit Free Press asks when Snyder’s wager will pay off:

So where have business tax savings gone so far? Definitely not into hiring.

… the business tax cuts came with no built-in accountability or analysis to show whether they’re driving job creation, and whether those new jobs are sufficient to balance out the pain from the cuts made to support them.

But the notion that a massive tax cut would quickly draw sufficient business to swell the state’s economy was exaggerated, at best. So, too, is the expectation that residents at the lowest ends of the socioeconomic scale will weather more hardship indefinitely while new jobs trickle in.

There’s a lot more worth reading in that article.

Remember those two little bits. They’re going to come up later in another post.

These next two pieces showcase how unwilling Republicans are to accept the modern America.

First, Rick Santorum. It hurts.

Here’s more from Wonkette and the first piece from Think Progress.

And here’s Jason Gillman on the homos:

Never in my life would I have imagined a presidential inauguration that contained reference to those with specific sexual proclivities as a class worthy of ‘equal rights’.

“Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law”


First, one needs to ask how does the law treat them differently?

To my friends in the “gay” community:

You have the same rights we all do.

I’m guessing Jason is thinking about the fact that gay people have the same right as the morally superior heteros, to marry someone Jason approves of. Yes, gays have that right. In some states the homos even have the right to marry each other, which Jason does not approve of. But here in Michigan the law would not recognize that marriage the way that it recognizes a marriage that Jason approves of. So that would be one way in which his friends in the “gay” community do not have the same rights as everyone else.

[aside: I do not know why “gay” is in quotes]

Next I’d talk about that military stuff, but “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” was repealed almost 18 months ago! Seems like a lifetime. Still the homo spouses are certainly not treated the same as the spouses that Jason approves of.

But I quibble, and I don’t want to pick on Jason so much as the position he represents. I actually kinda like Jason. (unguarded moments) But the fact that Jason Gillman thinks this way is important because he’s one of the young opinion leaders in the Michigan GOP, and his position is out of line with America.

A modern America believes that we can make our society safer by taking murder weapons that have no legitimate function other than mass destruction, out of our communities. A modern America believes in legal equality for all citizens, not just the ones who act in accordance with Jason’s preferences. That is why a modern America keeps marching forward, and Republicans are so desperate to rig elections. There is no place in modern America for the modern Republican’s policy preferences.

Here’s more on that, from a conservative:

“William F. Buckley in the 1960s at some point had to start defining the boundaries of conservatism,” Scarborough explained to NBC’s David Gregory. “He went after the John Birch Society, Ayn Rand, George Wallace. That has to happen again with this party because it’s getting smaller and smaller.”

“In this debate, we actually have conservative thinkers, talking about Ronald Reagan being a RINO — a Republican in name only — because he supported an assault weapons ban. They keep pushing themselves closer and closer to the cliff.”

“But I just have to say one other really important point, because I made a mistake over the past month talking about how Republicans have also won a majority in the House,” he continued. “We actually got a minority of votes nationwide in House races.”

“It was just gerrymandering from 2010 that gave us the majority.”

Oh and here are some gun appreciation day casualties.

Malia and Sasha: Tots Adorbs.

Census Daily Tuesday, January 22nd. An innovation in product packaging — and a staple of TV advertising — is having its 78th anniversary this week. The first canned beer was put on sale in 1935 as a marketing test in Richmond, Virginia, by the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company of Newark, New Jersey. Experiments with putting beer in cans had taken place as early as 1909 but the technology of the time couldn’t stop the beer from interacting negatively with the metal of the can. Prohibition delayed further development. By the late ’60s, canned beer sales exceeded that for bottled beer. There are 523 beer brewing establishments in the U.S., employing nearly 25,000 people.

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