"Little Queenie" - The Rolling Stones
- I was outraged to learn that not only is Limbaugh going into the Missouri Hall of Fame, but Chuck Berry has been omitted from it, if you will.
- A front page story in the Times on the continued war on Planned Parenthood in Texas and its terrible effect on poor women. And no, the phrase "war on women" is not hyperbole.
- Why do I think that consecutive losses in Kansas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Missouri just might hurt Romney's ability to rise above the fray? Somehow I don't think further memos on his inevitability are going to help. The timing of the primary schedule could not be worse for him right now. I think his likely run of losses here (and I predict he will drop all four contests) is going to really spook Republicans and hurt the narrative that they are trying to establish with the national media that the contest is winding up.
- Yet another article on how ill prepared for retirement Americans are. Only 17% of workers now have traditional pension plans, with 39% having 401(k)s. A majority of workers -- 53% -- have neither. 52% of people between the ages of 45 and 54 have less than $25,000 in retirement savings. Social Security pays benefits on average of $14,700 a year. How the hell are people going to survive in retirement?
- And Charles Murray offers the lamest set of policy prescription for declining American mobility I have ever seen in one column. Eliminate race-based affirmative action, unpaid internships, BA requirements for jobs, and the SAT -- yeah, that will really drive up the wages of high school graduates. How about national health insurance, labor law reform, raising the minimum wage, a guaranteed national income, subsidized day care, paid parental leave, comprehensive family planning services for free, federally mandated evidence based sex education in all schools, raising taxes in order to lower state university and college tuition, and immigration reform as starters.
What say you?