Standing up for the 47 percent: Poverty isn't a character defect
From Oregon Live
Romney's remarks, then, are of a piece with a narrative -- poverty as character defect -- favored by many who know exactly jack about the reality of poverty, but who have discovered that demonizing the faceless poor, giving us someone new to resent and blame, is good politics. They wrap their attacks in rags of righteousness and pretensions of pragmatism, but there is something viscerally wrong, morally shrunken, in a nation where the most fortunate are encouraged to treat the least fortunate as some enemy race. So the big story here is not about what damage Romney did to his campaign. Yes, the fact that he used condemnation of the poor as a lever of political advantage shames him. But the very fact that the lever exists shames us all.
Anti-immigration Measures Have Negatively Impacted Arizona’s Economy
The state of Arizona is hurting its own economy by approving harsh measures targeting undocumented immigrants, according to a report by a libertarian think-tank. After the approval of the state employer sanctions law in 2007, firms have reduced their hiring and are using an “informal” economy to eliminate paperwork when hiring personnel, the Cato Institute said in its analysis entitled “The Economic Case against Arizona’s Immigration Laws.” The law forces all businesses in Arizona to use the federal E-Verify program to ascertain the immigration status of job applicants. The report also says that since 2010, when the state enacted SB 1070, the nation’s first law to criminalize the presence of undocumented immigrants, many such people have been driven out of Arizona.
‘Super PACs’ Finally a Draw for Democrats
From New York Times
James Simons, a Long Island investor and philanthropist, has not given a cent to President Obama’s re-election campaign this year. Peter G. Angelos is a major donor to Democratic “super PACs.” But Mr. Simons has given at least $2 million to Priorities USA Action, the “super PAC” aiding Mr. Obama, and $2 million more to two allied groups supporting Democrats in Congress, making him the biggest Democratic super PAC donor in the country. With the election just weeks away — and millions of dollars in advertising time booked but not yet paid for — Democratic super PACs are finally drawing the kind of wealthy donors who have already made Republican outside groups a pivotal force in the 2012 campaign.
More than 40 individuals and couples had given at least $250,000 to the leading Democratic super PACs through the beginning of September, according to a New York Times analysis of campaign finance records, and dozens more have given $100,000 or more.