Panera franchisee’s Gavin Newsom payoff to skirt minimum wage law shows woke policy’s a bake & fake

Source: New York Post
by staff

“Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom fights for fast-food workers’ rights … unless their bosses donate big to his campaign, like billionaire Panera Bread franchise owner Greg Flynn. How else to explain the bizarre carveout in California’s $20-an-hour fast-food minimum wage, letting restaurants that bake and sell bread as a standalone item dodge the blow of this law? The loophole stinks like a three-day-old Filet O’Fish. The sordid history: Newsom signed a similar fast-food wage-hike bill in 2022, though to $22. Flynn — the largest restaurant franchisee overall in the country and a major donor to Newsom — had publicly slammed the law; he reportedly lobbied Newsom’s team to reconsider classifying Panera as a fast-food chain at all. Instead, what he got was that shady ‘baked bread’ exemption.” (02/29/24)

Nostalgia versus numbers: Challenging America’s economic pessimism

Source: Orange County Register
by Veronique de Rugy

“America is celebrated for its economic dynamism and ample and generously paid employment opportunities. It’s a nation that attracts immigrants from around the world. Yet Americans are bummed, and have been for a while. They believe that life was better 40 years ago. And maybe it was on some fronts, but not economically. Surveys repeatedly demonstrate that Americans view today’s economy in a negative light. Seventy-six percent believe the country is going in the wrong direction. Some polls even show that young people believe they’ll be denied the American dream. Now, that might turn out to be true if Congress continues spending like drunken sailors. But it certainly isn’t true based on a look back in time. By nearly all economic measures, we’re doing much better today than we were in the 1970s and 1980s — a time most nostalgic people revere as a great era.” (02/29/24)

How Workers Brought Starbucks to the Bargaining Table

Source: In These Times
by Natascha Elena Uhlmann

“After a grueling and innovative organizing campaign characterized by stonewalling, fear mongering and retaliation, Starbucks workers are closer than ever to a first contract. Days after Starbucks Workers United announced the largest single-day union drive in the company’s history, the union declared it had reached ‘a constructive path forward … on the future of organizing and collective bargaining at Starbucks.’ According to the statement, Starbucks will no longer deny benefits and credit card tipping to union members, and will work towards a ​’foundational framework’ for collective bargaining agreements. … How did workers bring the corporate behemoth to the bargaining table? In this post, you’ll find a selection of some of the movement’s victories and challenges along the way.” (02/29/24)

The Consensus Conspiracy

Source: Brownstone Institute
by Thomas Buckley

“What is a consensus? At its heart it is a group of people thinking that something is most likely correct or good or the best way to do or think about something. What is a conspiracy? At its heart it is a group of people thinking that something is most likely correct or good or the best way to do or think about something. The difference between the two is the impression of the intent of the group by those on the outside. … over the past decade or so, at least as to some of the most important moments of supposed consensus – Covid, climate change, and the idea that democracy is being in being imperiled – they have actually turned out to be nefarious conspiracies while supposed conspiracy theories – elite global restructuring, the threat of climate change being used to gain political power, and, of course, Covid – have turned out to be correct.” (02/29/24)

Be The Outsider

Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“Please believe me that the coolest things happen outside, and not within the hierarchies of the status quo. Trudging along in the middle of the crowd is a recipe for a boring life. (That includes getting drunk with the crowd, going on political rants your parents will hate, and other forms of merely reactionary rebellion.) Outside is where personal computers came from. It’s where the Internet came from. It’s where Bitcoin came from. It’s also where Abraham, Jesus, Tesla, Einstein and a dozen other crucial people came from. Nearly everything cool comes from outside. Inside is where cool things are corrupted, ultimately either fading away or being turned into tools of conformity and abuse.” (02/29/24)

For Socialists, It Doesn’t Matter if Socialism “Works.” What Matters Is Power.

Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Jason Montgomery

“A recent rash of libertarian-leaning right-wing podcasters’ rehashing of a shopworn takedown of socialism has bothered me to the point of launching into this essay. It goes something like ‘Why is this still a thing? When are they going to realize that IT DOESN’T WORK, and drop it?’ … Other than stripping the ethics, morality, and all humanity from human action; whether it ‘works’ can never be resolved, just deliberated ad infinitum, making it ideal mainstream media fodder. Under any legitimate scrutiny, it collapses under its own haughty intellectual weight because there’s something missing at its foundation; fundamental principles that can be ascertained as self-evidently true or not.” (02/29/24)

Broken [sic] border a public health emergency [sic]; here’s how to fix it

Source: Fox News
by Dr. Marc Siegel

“All the presidential trips to the southern border in the world won’t change the fact that the border is porous, that there have been more than 7.3 million illegal [sic] immigrants who have reportedly crossed there over the last three years. I believe this constitutes a public health emergency, especially when you consider that migrants cannot be screened for diseases before entering the U.S. And not only do migrants come originally from countries where rates of potentially deadly illnesses like measles, polio, drug resistant tuberculosis or chicken pox are higher than in the U.S., at the same time, the vaccination rates are lower and the compliance rates among migrants lower still. I spoke with Dr. James Hodges, a prominent internist who works in Laredo, Texas at our southern border.” (02/29/24)

Netanyahu’s Last Battle Promises No Victory, Just Slaughter in Rafah

by Ramzy Baroud

“The Palestinian city of Rafah is not only older than Israel, it is also as old as civilisation itself. Rafah has existed for thousands of years. The Canaanites referred to it as Rafia, and Rafia has been almost always there, guarding the southern frontiers of Palestine, ancient and modern. As the gateway between two continents and two worlds, Rafah has been at the forefront of many wars and foreign invasions, from ancient Egyptians to the Romans, to Napoleon and his eventually vanquished army. Now, it is Benjamin Netanyahu’s turn. The Israeli prime minister has made Rafah the jewel in his crown of shame, the battle that will determine the fate of his genocidal war in Gaza; in fact, the very future of his country.” (02/29/24)

Sorry AP: Mitch McConnell is no Ronald Reagan

Source: Responsible Statecraft
by Jack Hunter

“The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Mitch McConnell would be stepping down in November as Republican Senate Minority leader. Two points in the reports were highly irritating as they peddle common misrepresentations in mainstream journalism of Ronald Reagan and his legacy, particularly on foreign policy. AP’s Michael Tackett wrote, ‘(McConnell’s) decision punctuates a powerful ideological transition underway in the Republican Party, from Ronald Reagan’s brand of traditional conservatism and strong international alliances, to the fiery, often isolationist populism of former President Donald Trump.’ … Since at least the 1990s, neoconservatives have tried to claim Reagan’s legacy as being indistinctive from their own world view when it simply is not true, however much mainstream outlets simply accept their narrative. There’s more than mere nuance or even contrast. There are areas — big ones — where Reagan and the neocons are exactly opposite.” (02/29/24)

Stuck in the Middle with Hayek

Source: Law & Liberty
by James E Hartley

“I am an evangelical Christian who works at a secular liberal arts college. I am thus personally acquainted with not only this new wing of evangelicals, but also with the woke academy. While the woke movement is incredibly and aggressively vocal on college campuses, it is a minority of the community. There is a very noticeable difference between the generally liberal members of the faculty and student body and the woke activists who capture all the headlines. A good estimate of the size of the latter group is 20 percent. Looking at the American landscape, we are watching a pair of dueling religious movements consisting of a vocal minority of people using fear of their opponents as a recruitment tool.” (02/29/24)