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Took a break from politics (for the most part) this week and focused on technology news. I will be happy to change my mind about the pointlessness of Google Glass if they comp a beta version my way.
And it is true that the Library of Congress has exerted more authority in 2013 than the Securities and Exchange Commission has in, oh let’s say the past twenty years or so.
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Raising the federal minimum wage came up during the State of the Union speech. It’s a good idea. But don’t take my word for it. A guy with a fancy Nobel Prize in economics agrees with me.
Finally, it’s important to understand how the minimum wage interacts with other policies aimed at helping lower-paid workers, in particular the earned-income tax credit, which helps low-income families who help themselves. The tax credit — which has traditionally had bipartisan support, although that may be ending — is also good policy. But it has a well-known defect: Some of its benefits end up flowing not to workers but to employers, in the form of lower wages. And guess what? An increase in the minimum wage helps correct this defect. It turns out that the tax credit and the minimum wage aren’t competing policies, they’re complementary policies that work best in tandem.
I’ve been lax in updating the blog with links to my comics and even lazier about writing commentary. Currently the minimum wage for maintaining this blog is $0, so I think I’m putting in the right amount of effort.
I’ve backdated posts with links and mini-commentary to The Strips that I’ve neglected to post. Now future generations will be deceived into thinking that I wasn’t a lazy sack o’ crap for most of February.
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Have I mentioned that I think the Obama Administration’s drone and targeted killing programs are bullshit? Yes, I have. But here’s another cartoon mentioning that. Now with Post Office jokes!
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Immigration reform is long overdue. And it might be the one thing Congress can get done in 2013 before the midterms and the race to 2016 brings everything to a halt. But if you’re one of the millions of undocumented immigrants in the country already, I wouldn’t count it. ¡Lo siento!
I hate writing about myself, but since you’re reading this blog, maybe you’re interested. A bunch of my cartoons are up at Essex Art Center in Lawrence, MA for another week or so. The show also features my friends and fellow New England cartoonists Norm Feuti, Don Mathias, and Elena Steier.
I was also the subject of a very kind profile in my local paper, The Patriot Ledger, a couple weeks ago. Read it and see me looking like a goofball in my natural habitat.
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Yikes! I’ve been pretty lazy with keeping this blog up to date. January was chock full of extraneous work that comes with the freelance territory. So with much delay, here is the cartoon from two Sundays ago.
Scientists agree that we’re pretty much fucked as far as climate change goes. “We” being those young enough to not die of natural causes before 2050. If you’re old, congrats! You will die free from the hellscape you’ve bequeathed to the rest of us.