Morning Action: Liberals Flock to Marxist Propaganda
Propaganda. Liberals, including President Obama’s Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, are fawning over a new left-wing manifesto that is now #1 on Amazon. The Federalist’s David Harsanyi explains what it means and why we should care:
[Thomas] Piketty, a professor at the Paris School of Economics, argues … only a massive transfer of wealth could make our nation whole again. … But how does a book that evokes Marx and talks about tweaking the Soviet experiment find so much love from people who consider themselves rational, evidence-driven moderates? … Despite the extremism of his positions, Piketty has already become a folk hero to inequality alarmists everywhere. So if his popularity tells us anything, it’s that many liberal “though leaders” have taken a far more radical position on economic policy than we’re giving them credit for.
IRS. The perverse incentives of the federal government continue. The Associated Press reports the IRS rewarded employees who owe back taxes:
The Internal Revenue Service has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with recent disciplinary problems, including $1 million to workers who owed back taxes, a government investigator said Tuesday. More than 2,800 workers got bonuses despite facing a disciplinary action in the previous year, including 1,150 who owed back taxes … the bonus program doesn’t violate federal regulations, but it’s inconsistent with the IRS mission to enforce tax laws.
Spending. Next week the House will consider two appropriation bills. According to National Journal, some Republicans see the bills as an opportunity to advance policy:
Republicans are stepping up efforts to insert special provisions—including some that are partisan or ideological—into fiscal 2015 appropriations bills, according to memos from Republican House leaders. And Democrats will be doing the same. … Republican lawmakers have been encouraged by leaders to consider next week’s House votes on the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs as well as the Legislative Branch appropriations bills as the beginning of an “opportunity” to enact conservative policies through policy riders, many of which couldn’t pass as stand-alone bills. … The two bills are the first of a dozen annual spending measures due for completion by the start of the new fiscal year Oct. 1. Neither has traditionally been a vehicle for more-controversial policy amendments, but later bills are expected to include stronger efforts.
Obamacare. President Obama may consider the debate over, but his choice to replace outgoing HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius ensures another high-profile vetting of the law’s disastrous impacts. From CQ (sub. req’d):
Senators of both parties are preparing to ask tough questions of Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the president’s nominee to be secretary of Health and Human Services, concentrating on her plans to implement the 2010 health care overhaul. … Republicans likely will ask Burwell whether she agrees with the administration’s decisions to delay or extend deadlines under the law, and whether she plans on delaying any additional provisions.
Amnesty. A biting headline from National Review: “GOP Congressman: If You Like Your Job, Keep Your Job—No Matter What Your Immigration Status.” Their story:
In a video address to a group called the Illinois Immigrant Business Coalition, Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) made a case for abandoning any attempt to enforce immigration laws at the workplace. Typically, advocates of amnesty make some nod toward punishing employers who use illegal labor. Not Schock, who enunciated a sweeping endorsement of all immigrant labor, regardless of the status of the immigrants.