- The latest census results show that 1 in 5 children live in poverty in America. Don't worry though, the Republicans are there with a plan to fix that. Newt Gingrich thinks that child labor laws "are truly stupid" and if we just eliminated them, all the poor children can become janitors (which would have the side benefit of eliminating the custodial unions). Michele Bachmann would take a different tack and eliminate food stamps, public housing, and federal student loans. I don't know if her plan is to kill all the poor children or simply pretend they don't exist, but either way that's the kind of ingenuity I've come to expect from the Republican Party.
- While labor unions obviously need to be crushed here at home, Rick Santorum thinks that it's vitally important that we support Iranian unions because they'll help us disrupt the government there. This also marks the point where I'm pretty sure Rick Santorum is just messing with me personally.
- Senator Rand Paul believes that "millionaires and billionaire are paying all the taxes, that's who pays the income tax." Which is funny, since many of them use tax loopholes to reduce their tax rate down as low as 1%.
- I'm not sure what to say about the fact that two housekeepers from Hyatt were fired for complaining that they were humiliated by a coworker posting photoshopped images of their faces onto bikini clad models in the break room. Other than I hope their union helps them get their job back, and if Republicans had their way, they wouldn't even have that hope.
- In case you were wondering why privatizing prisons was a bad idea, Corrections Corporation of America (the largest private prison company in the country) charges inmates $5 a minute to use the phone, even to talk to their attorney. Oh, they also only pay prisoners a dollar a day for their labor, so hopefully no one was planning on participating in their own defense.
- While some truly horrific things are being done to the Occupy Wall Street protesters, my focus is on how screwed up the Republican Party is. Newt Gingrich thinks there's no such thing as the 99% in America (possibly because having a 2 million dollar line of credit in credit at Tiffany's puts him firmly in the 1%), Rep. Joe Walsh thinks that military veterans who are part of the OWS movement "don't understand this country" and are "anti-American," and perhaps (as always) best condensing the Republican message, Karl Rove wants to know "who gave you the right to occupy America?" Because in the GOP's world, no one should have the right to protest their 'betters.'
Welcome to the working week.