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No Sam won't ever understand women!

Does he understand himself? Is he in favor of education? If so, how does he justify cutting funds? How is the system going to double kindergarten hours with diminished funds?

Does he understand our system of government? Independent courts are hard to come by, if one branch has authority to appoint them. Does he only think the courts should okay his perception of fair funding?

Does he understand responsibility? Women are responsible to deliver babies, but society isn't responsible for the culture and environment? We'll protect that fetus until birth and then it is the woman's responsibility thereafter. Cut off all those freebies and she'll learn.

He will invite the corporations to take over agriculture and move the profits out of state. Those corporations will deal directly with manufacturers and suppliers and bring in labor on a seasonal need. Does he know or understand what makes a community a community?

Will Sam Ever Understand Women?

Gov. Foot in Mouth Disease, otherwise known as Sam Brownback, did it again, this time in his Jan. 15, 2014, State of the State address. It seems he still has no clue about women and reproductive choice.

During a speech at Butler Community College in April 1999, Brownback, then a senator, said, "You can see a real impact in the abortion policy we've had in this country. We have a lot fewer people out here. You can see we have a lot fewer workers coming on board."

I was at that speech, during which he also exhorted the high school students in attendance to have a lot of children. (Do we really want teenagers to be thinking along those lines before they've finished their education and found a way to support themselves and a family?) I asked Brownback why he was putting the problems of Social Security of the backs of women. He said he wasn't blaming women. However, he didn't make that comment at any other stops on his Congressional tour.

Ron Unz, a Silicon Valley executive and former editor of The American Conservative magazine, is among the most eloquent in his championing of a ballot initiative to increase the California Minimum Wage to $12/hour. His argument makes a great case for making $12/hour the Federal Minimum Wage.

A couple of pull quotes from the interview with an NPR reporter:

What we're talking about is a massive system of hidden government subsidies for these low-wage employers where they can shift the costs of the workforce over to the taxpayer. I think businesses should stand on their own two feet and have to pay their workers instead of forcing the taxpayers to make up the difference.

Wal-Mart is America's largest low-wage employer. Three hundred thousand Wal-Mart workers average about $9 an hour. All Wal-Mart would have to do to cover a $12 minimum wage is raise their prices by 1.1 percent one time. The average Wal-Mart shopper would pay only an extra $12.50 per year. People wouldn't even notice the price hike.

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