- A California Judge ruled last week that DOMA was unconstitutional. Which frankly seems like the most obvious decision ever for anyone with the vaguest familiarity with the Contracts Clause, but hey, I'll take it.
- In "I'll believe it when I see it" news, the Boy Scouts of America is reconsidering a proposal to allow local scout troops to decide for themselves if they want to accept gay scout leaders. And it's only going to take them until 2013 to come up with an answer. So that's special.
- The first gay marriage on a military base happened at Fort Polk in Louisiana. Since gay marriage is still illegal in Louisiana, the military is describing it as "same-gender private religious ceremony," personally I call it a good start. And of course, congratulations to the happy couple!
- Annoying me (in a good way) with her continuing ability to perfectly summarize sentiments I struggle to put into words, Elizabeth Warren on the difference between corporations and people: “No, Mitt, corporations are not people. People have hearts, they have kids, they get jobs, they get sick, they love, they cry, they dance, they live and they die. Learn the difference.”
- Speaking of Democrats siding with people over corporations, House Democrats have introduced legislation to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10 an hour and pegging it to inflation. A shocking concept I know, ensuring that when we set a minimum wage it actually stays in line with the cost of things. Now the bills going to die in the Republican controlled House, but I think that probably also says everything anyone needs to know about which Party has working people's backs.
- And as payback for taking a dig at Republicans in what's supposed to be a positive post, I want to thank Florida's 67 county elections supervisors (including 30 Republicans), who've chosen to stand up to Republican Governor Scott Walker's attempt to disenfranchise Democratic voters. It's not always easy to do the right thing, and you can bet they're going to be made to pay for it. So thank you.
- Finally, here's Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman explaining why Republican austerity is quite possibly the stupidest and most dangerous response to an economic depression imaginable:
We are in a depression. We are actually in a classic depression. A depression is when nobody wants to spend. Everybody wants to pay down their debt at the same time. Everybody is trying to pull back, either because they got too far into debt, or because if they’re a corporation, they can’t sell because consumers are pulling back. The thing about an economy is that it fits together. My spending is your income. Your spending is my income, so if we all pull back at the same time, we’re in a depression. The way to get out of it is for somebody to spend so that people can pay down their debt, so that we don’t have a depression. So that we have a chance to work out of whatever excesses we had in the past, and that somebody has to be the government.
We ended the Great Depression with a great program of government spending for an unfortunate reason. It was known as World War II…but when the war broke out in Europe, and we began our buildup that Great Depression that had been going on for ten years. People thought it would go on forever. Learned people stroked their chins and said there are no quick answers. In two years, employment rose 20%. That’s the equivalent of 26 million jobs today, the depression was over. We had full employment, and it never came back, or it didn’t come back until 2008, because people managed to pay down those debts, and we had a durable recovery.