Unemployment Rate Without Government Cuts Would Be 7.1%

The Wall Street Journal says “One reason the unemployment rate may have remained persistently high: The sharp cuts in state and local government spending in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, and the layoffs those cuts wrought.”

I remember that one cause of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s “Texas miracle” was the growth of government jobs in his state. And someone else — perhaps our bud MrMild — pointed out that conservatives have been cutting government jobs and then blaming Obama for the resulting unemployment.

via Unemployment Rate Without Government Cuts: 7.1% – Real Time Economics – WSJ.

Doonesbury mocks Texas anti-abortion law

Trudeau skewers Rick Perry's anti-abortion billDoonesbury author Gary Trudeau said in an email that the “party of limited government,” a reference to Republicans, has legislated “onerous preconditions for a perfectly legal procedure” and withdrawn funds for reproductive health services that prevent unwanted pregnancies.

“This is happening in statehouses across the country,” Trudeau said. “It’s lunacy, and lunacy, of course, is in my wheelhouse.”

via Author defends “Doonesbury” abortion strip – Yahoo! News.

Rick Perry, Bill Maher and CNN’s Dana Loesch all defend peeing Marines

Where oh where to start? That peeing on corpses is bad? That desecration is prohibited by God? That only an asshole would photograph it? That only an asshole who wants to undermine our national security would post it on YouTube?

I can even understand that soldiers who’ve been ducking bullets and skirting IEDs might try such a boneheaded stunt. But what kind of jerk would go and publicly defend it? A jerk like Rick Perry (but you knew he’s a jerk); a jerk like Bill Maher (everyone knows he’s a jerk); or Dana Loesch (she’s a fox, but she’s still a jerk).