At CNN Money, Nina Easton defends Wal-Mart and blames the new minimum wage law on "unions more attuned to their own self-interest than the futures of low-income workers."
Remember when Senator Robert Dole was considered a conservative? Those days are long gone when one considers the 216-208 vote yesterday in the House of Representatives to pass a Farm Bill that de-linked farm subsidies from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (
According to the Napa Valley Register, Bishop Jaime Soto has requested that a speaking engagement featuring Robert Spencer not be held on Catholic Church property. I called attention earlier this week to a review of Spencer's latest book at the National Catholic Register that stated Spencer was an "expert" on Islam when. in fact, he is one of the nation's most notorious anti-Muslim bigots.
Evidently, Sarah Palin is considering a bid for a U.S. Senate seat. If that means more frequent replays of the movie "Game Change," I hope she runs. I could watch that movie over and over again. Of course, if she runs, there is the danger she might win. But, win or lose, there is no one on the national stage who more perfectly embodies the intellectual vacuity of the tea party than Mrs. Palin.
"You're a Catholic; I'm a Catholic; we cannot have a permanent underclass of Americans exploited in America."
"There is a dictate of nature more imperious and more ancient than any bargain between man and man, that the remuneration must be enough to support the wage-earner in reasonable and frugal comfort. If through necessity or fear of a worse evil, the workingman accepts harder conditions because an employer or contractor will give him no better, he is the victim of force and injustice."
-Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum, # 45
I have a strong stomach. But, this op-ed from WalMart nearly put me over the edge this morning. If you didn't know better, you would think WalMart is just the most altruistic company around, with a strong sense of community, and not the kind of enterprise that would let crass concerns for profit deviate them from their noble goals or, in the event, earning a mention in an op-ed.
Politico has the story that Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid is thinking of "going nuclear" in order to limit filibusters of executive branch confirmations.
Leave it to the group Catholics for Choice to pronounce "Obama Administration Caves to Ultraconservative Religious Leaders." Catholics for Choice would be merely foolish if the effects of their activities were not so pernicious.
Over at Religion & Politics, I have an essay on Pope Francis's economic vision. Unlike an earlier piece I did here at NCR, which spoke to social justice activists like Sr. Simone Campbell and Eric LeCompte, this one focuses on the theological vision of Pope Francis. The quote from Mark Silk is worth the price of admission!