Thursday, July 7, 2016

Look at the evidence

When Colombia and a few more states in Mexico achieved marriage equality we passed a milestone: more than 1 billion people live in states and countries with legal same-sex marriage. That's pretty good in 15 years (Netherlands began same-sex marriages in 2001). Even so, 1 billion is only 14% of the world's population.

A sweet five minute film in which the dad is getting a boutonniere ready for his son's prom and the son says his date is another guy.

Just before the end of the legislative session, lawmakers in North Carolina fixed the nasty bathroom law. Notice I didn't say "repeal." The original bill blocked those discriminated against from filing claims in state court. Those claims can now be filed in state court, though with a statute of limitations of a year. Before this bill was passed, the statute of limitations was three years. Those affected by this change are mostly straight people. All better now. NOT!

In addition the lawmakers needed a half-million dollars to pay for the legal defense of this nasty bill. They found that money in the state's disaster relief fund. Better hope for no hurricanes.

Bill Maher, in an 8 minute video, repeats a frequently touted phrase that states are laboratories of policy. Try something and see if it works. He then asks an important question: Isn't someone supposed to look at the evidence produced by these laboratories?

Case in point: the experiment to see if cutting taxes on the rich improves the state economy and raising taxes on the rich hurts the economy. Evidence: GOP-run states such as Kansas and Louisiana are "failing catastrophically." Democrats control the state government in California. They raised taxes on the rich and the place is booming. This one state has risen to be the sixth largest economy in the world and closing in fast on the UK for fifth place.

So what was that bit about the definition of insanity is keep doing the same thing and expecting different results...

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