- GOP Frontrunner and likely nominee Newt Gingrich thinks we should drug test everyone before they can qualify for government benefits. Putting aside that this will actually increase costs, and even putting aside that the point of this is just to humiliate people, how does the "party of small government" get behind collecting everyone's pee? Then again this is the same Newt Gingrich who has doubled down on abolishing child labor laws this week arguing, "really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works, so they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday. They have no habit of staying all day. They have no habit of 'I do this and you give me cash' unless it's illegal." You know, unlike those rich kids who slave at jobs after schools, never do anything illegal, and certainly don't get allowances.
- Speaking of child labor, the monstrous human beings who are in favor of it, and those with real experience buying illegal drugs, Rush Limbaugh is totally on board with Gingrich's plan. Of course this is the same Rush Limbaugh that thinks it makes Democrats happy when poor kids get free school meals (which I guess it does, compared to the alternative of them not eating) and that talking about inequality makes you "sound like a Bond villain", so it's possible he's just an idiot.
- Then again I guess that's still better than calling the 1300 workers you just locked out of their job "a cancerous tumor."
- Mitt Romney's son whistfully remembers Thanksgiving Dinner at his parent's "small" $12 million home, you know, like normal folks have.
- Grover Norquist has spent the last 30 years traveling the country forcing Republicans to pledge never to raise taxes under any circumstances. So when is a tax hike not a tax hike in his eyes? When it only hits the middle and working class. Which is a good thing too, since a majority of Republicans have voted against both the Democratic and Republican plans to extend Obama's payroll tax cut.
- Rick Santorum makes an excellent point that insurance companies shouldn't have to insure people who have pre-existing conditions. And by excellent point I mean only if you think the point of health insurance is to make insurance companies rich. If you think that maybe health insurance should be about keeping people from dying of treatable illnesses, you are a communist.
- Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker thinks that the key to shutting down the Occupy Wall Street movement is to just start charging protestors money to exercise their First Amendment rights. And proving that the point of Rightwing pundits is to drag the Overton Window to the right so that Republican ideas sound less horrifying, Ann Coulter says "it just took a few shootings at Ken State to shut that down."
Welcome to the Working Week!