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.........................A timely collection of conservative articles about corrosive liberal influences on politics and culture in America ......................

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Life under liberal socialism (do those words go together?)

Will liberals never go away and leave us alone? As Will Rogers wisely put it,

The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets.

People who never had jobs in private enterprise, nor kept a payroll, nor had to watch a financial balance sheet pass laws that businesses have to live with.

Congratulations, You’re Fired! Obama Regime Dictates Doubling Of ‘Overtime Pay’
"This has some of the same issues of minimum wage. Artificially and suddenly creating a doubling of the overtime would break the back of some businesses."
As the sun sets on the Obama administration, its members appear determined to allow themselves a few final self-satisfied victory laps. The latest cause for self-administered back pats in the West Wing is the announcement of a forthcoming Labor Department regulation that will double the income threshold for full-time workers to become eligible for overtime pay — from $23,660 annually to $47,476.

 The heavy hand of government speech control is on us.

The Washington Times

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio testifies during a hearing in Albany on Jan. 26, 2016. (Associated Press) **FILE**

"Greeting customers as “Mr.” or “Mrs.” could be costly for New York City businesses under Mayor Bill de Blasio.
. . . "The guidance also notes that some people prefer non-gender-binary pronouns, including “they/them/theirs or ze/hir.”
. . . 
“' For example, repeatedly calling a transgender woman ‘him’ or ‘Mr.’ after she has made clear which pronouns and title she uses,” the guidance says." . . .  "Guidance" has the force of law behind it.

Here it is again from the WaPo by way of Volokh Conspiracy:
You can be fined for not calling people ‘ze’ or ‘hir,’ if that’s the pronoun they demand that you use
That’s the official legal guidance from the New York City Commission on Human Rights:
. . . "So people can basically force us — on pain of massive legal liability — to say what they want us to say, whether or not we want to endorse the political message associated with that term, and whether or not we think it’s a lie.

"We have to use “ze,” a made-up word that carries an obvious political connotation (endorsement of the “non-binary” view of gender)." . . . 
(I myself am not sure whether people who are anatomically male, for example, but perceive themselves as female should be viewed as men or women; perhaps one day I’ll be persuaded that they should be viewed as women; my objection is to being forced to express that view.)

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